Valentine’s Day in Japan is an all-chocolate affair, as millions of women around the nation stock up on the sweet treats for their friends, partners and colleagues. Lately, women have even been extending the offering to the inanimate world, with handsome anime characters receiving large amounts of gifts from their fans.

Now it seems someone in Japan may have developed a soft spot for a train on the Tokyo Chuo Line as chocolate was found to be the cause for a door jam that delayed commuters during morning rush hour on the most romantic day of the year.

Not everyone on the train was aware of the reason behind the two-minute (yes, it’s a big deal in Tokyo!) delay to their usually punctual service. Only passengers with a smartphone app that provides live updates on local train information would have known the real reason the train had to make an emergency stop.

The app, called  Jorudan Live, provided this unusual update below.


The first update says that a stopped train on the Chuo line resumed running at 8:26am. Further information below reveals more details: “An emergency stop caused by chocolate jammed in the door. Train is two minutes late. Status: crowded.”

One user posted the update on Twitter and since then, it has been retweeted over 6,000 times, alongside a number of cheeky comments from fellow netizens. Some readers pointed out that carriage doors look like mouths, so the train was probably trying to bite into the chocolatey goodness. Another wondered about the state of the chocolate and commented that it would be great to find free chocolate on the train. Lastly, others said this was a good way to stand against Valentine’s Day, by putting the emergency brakes on it.

Whatever the reason, it’s clear that train doors and chocolate don’t mix. Let’s hope this isn’t a trend that train enthusiasts jump on and replicate year after year!

Source: Hamusoku
Top image: Nihon tetsudo rosen seiha e no chosen