Bowing experience

After living this long in Japan, it isn’t everyday that I think “wow this is Japan” but it happened today.

I timed going to the gym this morning so that I would finish right as the department store across the street would open so that I could nip in and get some groceries from the supermarket in the basement. In order to get to the Isetan (company name of the department store) grocery store I walked through the premium food area (includes everything from premade food to chocolates and cookies and the like) and every attendant was standing in front of their stand and bowed at the precise moment that I walked bay. It felt like a wave of bowing as I walked by, there must have been a total of thirty people. Rather than going to see things I think this is a must-experience for a visitor to Japan.