Japan: Day 1

Tokyo is busy, bustling, and fast paced. We rose early, seeing as we were not used to being 15 hours ahead. Mistake #1 - stores on average, (aside from the occasional coffee shop) do not open until at least 10:00 AM. We experienced an uncomfortable subway ride (literally smushed up against other people) and got a look firsthand at the morning commuter traffic (typical intersection at 8 AM). See how packed it is?
Having said that, there are no words to explain how polite the Japanese are. If you accidentally bump into someone, they are almost instantaneously apologizing profusely. People make room for you on the subway, people say "thank you," even when the conversation did not merit any thanks on your behalf.

More to come in a bit...
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