Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Spot The Difference

Can you spot the difference between these two tickets? It's important to know how to buy train tickets in Tokyo. Children 12 and under are half price. I never paid any attention to who got which ticket when the family rode the train, but my suspicions were confirmed when I discovered that the ticket I held would make the machine chirp when I went through the gate. The sound tells the ticket agents that the ticket holder should be 12 or under to keep people from taking advantage of the system. Being a gaijin (foreigner) affords us greater leeway, because I've lost track of how many times I was carrying the wrong ticket without incident. But this time, it was good that I took a photo of our tickets because Ellissa forgot to retrieve her ticket when we transfered en route to Akiba. You must purchase a new ticket if you lose it, but I was able to get it for half price when they recognized the extra kanji on the photo of her ticket. Did you spot it?