I was going to blog about my trip to the Osaka Aquarium last Saturday but I haven't uploaded to my computer yet (.w.;). Sorry! I will make a blog post later this week about that.
So, I thought I'd talk about trains in Japan instead. The train system is very good and almost always on time. Most of the time if we want to go anywhere in Japan we have to walk, ride a bike, or take the train. In Osaka there are usually places to sit down unless it is a busy neighborhood/ area or it is rush hour. In this case you can stand and hold onto one of the rings hanging down for balance.
The trains are always kept clean and are usually quiet. It is rude to be rowdy, talk loud, or talk on your cell phone on the train. Japanese cell phones have a manner mode that people use to keep their phone from ringing on the train.
The trains can be an awkward place for foreigners, because they often get stared at. Foreigners are not common in Japan and many Japanese will stare at you out of curiosity.
Another important thing to know is that if your train is ever late it was probably due to your train or another train hitting a person. Suicide is a big problem in Japan and one of the more common ways to commit suicide here is to throw yourself in front of the train. I experienced this once while staying here. Luckily I didn't see anything and didn't find out what really happened until after I got off the train. It's truly terrible when something like this happens and I hope I never have to witness it happen first hand.