But this totally isn’t what I expected of Japan!
Of course it isn’t. Japan has something my friends and I call “Export Culture” – they only show you EXACTLY what they want you to see. There’s a lot about this country that a person just won’t know and understand unless they live here for awhile. I was a Japanese minor in college, and came here before on a study abroad trip, and I’m still being surprised by things I’m finding here.
Face and image are of the utmost importance here. Japan doesn’t even like admitting it’s bad parts to itself. It sure isn’t going to broadcast it to the world.