Don't get me wrong, I appreciate and sometimes relish the chaos and who-gives-a-shit attitude that is found in many developing countries; as an American, I have a strongly rooted sense of independence, of a you-can't-tell-me-what-to-do attitude, which causes a part of me to rejoice when I'm visiting family in Colombia or Dominican Republic. But sometimes, I yearn for order, quiet, peace, and common courtesy. The Japanese are masters of this art form. They greatly value social cohesion and harmony and go out of their way to make sure that they are not inconveniencing their neighbors.
Below are some examples of the way this social contract plays out in every day Japanese life:
Long story short, Japan is really, truly amazing. Come visit.