But I do think there is a consideration for others that is perhaps the result of an island culture constantly in contact with one another, unable to find much space and in need of certain rules to make things go more smoothly. The tendency not to get too close to one another in conversation material or eye contact. A softer tone of voice, a privacy in the midst of presence. England is a Japan whose words I can understand. I wonder if I will understand Japan in a new way after having been here.