"In the hotel, as I walk by the staff, they bow. Every one of them, in a big long line, like some hospitality version of being in a baseball stadium and doing The Wave.
The bowing is contagious, too. I've been here for four hours and I'm already doing it. They bow, you bow. Which makes them bow again. And then you bow again. This can go on for hours. I'm still bowing to the woman at the Japan Rail counter and I haven't seen her since 6pm. I'll bet you she's still bowing, too."