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Interesting observations. But for me, (been in Japan many times over the last 5 years), I didn't notice any of the items you mentioned.

Seemed similar to NY/SF speed in Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokohama.

To me, there is less or no small talk- definitely in places like Lawson and 7/11, but even department stores, with local or foreigner customers.

I noticed things go slower in Kyoto and other small towns, but no slower than small towns anywhere else in the world.




> To me, there is less or no small talk- definitely in places like Lawson and 7/11, but even department stores, with local or foreigner customers.

Even though I'm pretty basic, there are a couple of cashiers I'm friendly with / make small talk. I think it's there if you initiate it. Albeit, I'm pretty friendly / jovial.

> I noticed things go slower in Kyoto and other small towns, but no slower than small towns anywhere else in the world.

I think it depends on where in Tokyo you are. Ginza feels slower than Shibuya and Shinjuku to me. I'd say Tokyo is most like LA in how many different "feeling" neighborhoods / micro-cities you have within one area.




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