Japan has some of the cleanest streets and friendliest people I’ve ever met. People go out of their way to help you. They will drop what they’re doing, leave they’re store to point you in the right direction. Walk you down the street to your destination, Google Map the place is they can’t find it, and help you translate if you look stunned.
Getting off one subway Suzie forgot her gloves. A lady saw this, grabbed them, ran off of the subway to find us and return her gloves and then made an adventure movie leap back onto the subway before the doors closed. Now that’s gong out of your way to help!
They take your money with both hands and they bow. Even traffic controllers bow to cars when they stop for them – how polite!
There seems to be a sense of morality amongst even Japanese youth that we are beginning to lose grips on in Canada. Stealing is highly shameful, and shameful acts do not only affect the perpetrator but his or her entire family as well. Of course you can’t paint an entire culture with one brush, but each culture tends to have a general character… and that of Japan leans towards acceptance, honesty, helpfulness and compassion.