Thursday, October 21, 2004

My Name Is...

I got a bit caught up in the thread of my narrative yesterday and forgot one of my points. Japanese people have a reputation abroad for being thorough on introductions. In many business situations I have found this to be true. However, in places like this doctor's office, things are different. During my whole inspection, my doctor never introduced himself. When I went for a job interview I was greeted in the lobby of the office and taken to a cafe before my host introduced himself. This is not at all uncommon here, while in the US, even your waiter may introduce themselves. Everyone here has a name tag, but never introduces themselves. This makes me uncomfortable somehow. It also makes me nervous that moms don't hold their kid's hands when crossing the streets.

Today I completed my ballot, sealed it in the twin envelopes it came with, and will be sending it back to Petersham during my lunch break tomorrow.

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