A quick search on Google Street View last week showed me that before my apartment building was here, it was a Chinese restaurant (which would have been torn down for the new building’s construction).
- A peculiar example of Japanese politeness: The other day, I stopped by a Sunkus (convenience store) on my way home, and as I reached the door, there was a guy on his way out. Out of habit, I held the door on my side open for him. He paused and nodded toward the door, gesturing for me to go ahead — which I didn’t, because I was already holding it open for him — whereupon he proceeded to open the door on his side, walk out, and then hold it open for me. Unbelievable.