Hello from Tokyo - a funky trailer





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Uploaded on Nov 16, 2011

Being immersed in Japanese culture was like meeting an old friend and starting up a warm friendship right where we left off 30 something years ago. Not the starry eyed admiration of a 23 year old who was so disappointed in her US 'culture' that this exchange mirrored my feelings:

Reporter: "Mr. Gandhi, what do you think of Western civilization?"
Gandhi: "I think it would be a very good idea." (Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

I know the US has some fine traditions and that Japanese culture also has an dark side. Still, there are so many norms of civil society in Japan and so many Japanese people are so very kind and genuine...it is remarkable.
Examples of general public civility ?

Water in the subway, to drink and to fill bottles.
Water in fountains at public parks - with faucets that stay on...unless turned off. Think about it... where in the US do we still have that?
Outside vending machines with beer, cigarettes and soft drinks?
Lights in a subway station with chain pulls that are easily reached by any passerby.
Public places in the airport are clean, and bright and comfortable. And filled with people to help you find your way.

Will write more at my blog:


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