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Saturday, January 30, 2016

An Australian's View of Japan

Above, Tokyo residents boarding the JR Yamanote Line. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Japanese are well-known for their natural politeness, which is nice to experience, especially during rush hour commutes.

For an Australian's perspective on a visit to Tokyo, News.com.au has an article on a visit to Tokyo and her thoughts on it.

She begins with:
THE first thing I notice when I got to Japan was how nice everyone on the peak hour Tokyo subway smelled. Like the delicate fragrance of clean hair and freshly washed linen. 
The second thing I noticed was the carriage was so quiet I was afraid to blow my nose, and a third of the passengers wore face masks. 
“It’s not because they’re afraid of catching your germs, it’s because they’re sick and don’t want anyone else to catch theirs,” my partner explained. 
To an Australian used to riding with the great unwashed, negotiating junkies, violent ticket inspectors and clouds of teenage girls’ Impulse, the Japanese are unnervingly respectful of other people’s personal space. 
Stand still and look confused, and within 30 seconds someone will have either offered you help, or else queued politely behind you (queuing is a phenomenon in Japan) for no apparent reason.
To read more, go here.

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