ザ・日本 The Japan

by Mary Torricke-Barton

Wherever you go, there are kind people; but I think that people who don’t think about themselves and help others are rare.  However, I have met many of those people in Japan.

I first came to Japan on a family trip when I was 11 years old.  At that time, none of my family could speak much Japanese.  On our first day here, we were trying to catch a train from the airport, but we couldn’t read the kanji on our train tickets.  A man saw that we were confused, so he came over to help us.  He didn’t just tell us how to read the ticket, but actually picked up some of our luggage and got onto the train with us to show where our seats were.

I recently met another kind person in Japan.  Two weeks ago, I went to the post office to send some money to a company.  I didn’t know how to send the money, but the post office staff were very helpful and telephoned the company for me to check the details.

There are many foreigners living or travelling in Japan, and there may be times when they are lost or in trouble.  Even if you don’t speak another language, I think you can make a deep impression on them.  You can also meet many interesting people, and have many good experiences.

Let’s make this world a better place by having the courage to selflessly help the people around us!

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