Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Will Miss #32 - such clean people, the truth

In light of the previous post, one might wonder how urban areas stay so clean when people throw litter around. The truth is that someone is always cleaning up after everyone else. In particular, shopkeepers and janitorial staff for large buildings are sweeping, picking up, and keeping areas nice and clean on a regular basis. While many Japanese people don't respect the cleanliness of other people's spaces, they do preoccupy themselves with the appearance of their own spaces. As long as someone has enough respect for his business or home to keep it clean, the disrespectful and callous littering of others never has a chance to build up into a huge mess.

I'll miss this industrious cleaning and the results it brings.

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