Spalding's Trish Burgess shares more about her trip to Japan for the Rugby World Cup
After nearly a month in Japan, following the Scotland team as they played the pool matches in the Rugby World Cup, it's fair to say Dougie and I are completely smitten with the country.
We enjoyed the bright lights of Tokyo and Osaka, paused for reflection in Hiroshima, and explored the shrines and temples in Kobe and Nagoya. There's so much I want to share with you about our experiences in Japan but here are some brief observations about the people and the country that we found admirable, adorable or amusing.
The Japanese are the most courteous and generous people we have ever met. Customer service is faultless. Train guards bow to everyone in the carriage and cabin crew bow to passengers before they board planes. A shop assistant, selling packets of crisps outside her shop to rugby supporters, gave me a tiny origami bird with my change.
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