1) Family ties: The family ties here are pretty strong, and you would see many families walking out on the street, and adolescents attending to their elderly grandma or granddads. In Toronto, it would be difficult if you see that much families walking outside. And almost virtually impossible in Japan as youngsters only hung out with people their own age and am busy with work - sorta negliecting their families.
2) Feeling of Warmth: Last Friday, the company was selling old computer parts - mainly old things that was inherited from the company that our corporation bought. My colleages were running around quite happily and were trying to bargain for a deal in the cafeteria auction. These comg of wputer parts were things that we rarely even look at back in Toronto and would just put it in the basement until it runs to EOL where we would drive it to the local recycling plant. Strange, I was also amongst one of them running back and forth cheering on my friends to win a bargain. Two of the members of the team got stuff - two old Pentium III machines, some SDRam, and a used monitor. I had a strange feelinarmth - with these old machine as the channel connecting the hearts between several of us as we tried to bring the old worn down system back to life while our hands were all covered in dust and rust. It was a strange feeling since I admit that I am not quite a sentimental person myself - usually these type of stuff happens only in movies in this new age. Mmmm.