When Twitter user @K_beallicanbe posted this minute-long clip on Twitter, they gave it a simple caption: "I found an amazing video. Shinjuku Station in 1990. A time when there were no Suica cards." (Fitting, perhaps, for a Twitter user whose bio translates to the even simpler "I'm hungry.") They had taken an obscure, 30-year-old video now posted on Youtube
, and meant to share it with their friends. It turns out, more than just their friends appreciated the video.
In just the two days following its publication, the tweet earned tens of thousands of likes and retweets, plus hundreds of comments with people sharing their appreciation. The Suica card mentioned in the tweet is a rechargeable train pass, and it's been in use for almost 20 years already. A time before Suica cards is indeed ancient history - quite a few Twitter users were never even alive to see the days of Suica-less train stations! Looking back at this era of paper tickets and extremely skilled ticket punchers, those who remembered jumped at the chance to reminisce about the intense speed and skill of the station staff, and reply to the tweet with their own stories and documentation of the time.