In my previous post, which began as an excuse to post some pictures of autumn, and then changed to become a ramble on seasonal rigidity here in Japan, I mentioned how the large number of rules governing Japanese society – and its perception of the world, gives:
“A sureness and certainty and a sense of organisation to things.”
But ‘rules are made to be broken’ says the Western saying; they’re perecieved as bad, as limiting. Not always: the Jesteress has borrowed her brother’s keitai, but forgotten the charger and now it has run out of battery. Her mum asked me this morning if it was on the NTT DoCoMo network, like her phone.
“Yes,” I replied. She then got her phone’s charger and – even though it’s a completely different model – plugged it in to bro’s phone.
“All NTT phones have the same charger socket?” I asked, surprised. “Yes,” she replied. “Of course.”
A good example of how rigidity can create convenience. Fat chance of Orange enforcing this in the UK though.