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Golden Week and "Omotenashi"

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One of my favourite parts of living in Japan is the friendliness of the people. While it is very true that you should not over generalize about any group of people or any population from any given country, it is also true that there are certain situations that do occur more frequently in each country that you visit on our planet. I would say that one of these truths is that Japanese people are very proud of their country, culture, and values. So proud that they will, more often than not, go out of their way to make visitors feel comfortable or even revered.

Train Troubles! by Hanxta

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For those of you who don’t live in Japan, you probably have an image of what commuting to work by train is like in Japan. You have probably seen those crazy YouTube videos of train conductors pushing people into trains during the morning rush like sardines packed into a can. And while that definitely does happen on certain trains, on certain train lines, at certain times of the day, it is far from the norm. I thought that it might be interesting to share a couple of my experiences on trains over the past 22 years.