Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Will Miss #237 - no line jumpers
One of the major complaints that I hear when friends travel in other parts of Asia is that people don't line up when it is necessary to wait your turn for something. In China in particular, it's a free-for-all and can be quite disconcerting and aggravating in a crowded situation, but even in the U.S., you see some pretty selfish and bad behavior while waiting in line. The Japanese are masters at the art of lining up. They don't try to jump ahead, patiently wait for the person in front of them to move on, and don't get frustrated or act up even in the longest lines.
I'll miss the civilized, polite and orderly way that people line up in Japan.