Arriving in Japan, one can’t help but feel special and very much welcomed. From porters, coach drivers, waiters, hotel staff, tour guides and locals passing on the street, everyone bows to greet one another. On the ultra modern bullet train, a staff member delivered lovely lunch boxes to each of our seats. As she was leaving our car, she turned and quietly bowed before departing. This pleasant bowing is an invitation of peace and mutual respect, as well as a constant reminder of Japan’s charming culture.