It’s pay back time

I have only ever experienced fantastic service and hospitality from Japanese people to me as a tourist. already in these 2 days I have been afforded service and support only dreamed of at home. But this little anecdote is not about them, its about me.

It may come as a surprise to some of you, but I really am a nice guy. Today on the Taito Community Bus service from Ueno to Asakusa, a person who well and truly met the aged criteria for AIDER services, this bloke stood up to get out at the same stop as me. But he caught his shopping bag on the seat and became flummaxed as older people can get. I unhooked him and we got out together. The smile and repeated words of thanks (I hope, anyway) was uplifting.

Being nice – as Japanese folk do all the time to me – is not bound by language.

(Thursday 28th July, 2011)


About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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