#160 Kindness

Most people who have visited Japan have a story to tell of the kindness of strangers.

Looking confused at a map? Someone will ask where you’re going and if you need help.

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Often, they’ll escort you there while discussing the area and recommending good sight-seeing spots. They’ll go out of their way to help and ask for nothing in return.

Sometimes the thoughtfulness can be a bit over-the-top (like giving you the English menu straight away or offering you cutlery instead of chopsticks, y’know, just in case) but it comes from a genuine feeling of wanting to ensure you enjoy your time in Japan.

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From living in the countryside, I experienced kindhearted people offering help with everything from setting up internet to giving me freshly grown vegetables. Mmm.

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