Saturday, December 20, 2008

lost & found

Last night I visited the convenient store down the street. CVS has nothing on this place! It has everything from cute little boxed lunches to cell phone charms & any kind of fruit drink one could imagine. I decided it might be a wise thing to buy a phone card & let my family know of my safe arrival. When I approached the cash register, two men greeted me with simultaneous bows & percussive words I only wished to understand. I asked, "phone cardu?" & clumsily bought the card. A little while later, I went to take out the card from my bag only to realize it was no where to be found. I retraced my steps, which lead me back to the convenient store.  As I approached the counter, a grey headed man no taller than myself (possibly the manager) recognized me, handed me the phone card & bashfully said, "phone cardu! I sorry. i so sorry!" while bowing multiple times. I tried to communicate it wasn't his fault & I forgot to put my purchase in my bag, but it was no use. He insisted on taking the blame. This single moment gave me a glimpse of how polite and respectful the people of japan are. they are quick to claim their own mistakes, rather than point fingers or make an excuse. This characteristic puts my nerves at ease, for I know the kind and thoughtful people of Japan will take care of me and in some way, remind me of family. 

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