Space is a valuable asset in Tokyo.
Billboards and brightly lit signs occupying every available inch of the buildings above. People jostling for room as they bustle along the crowded streets below. The entire city can prove a shock to the system. And yet there is a sense of order within the chaos.
In such a densely populated city, people learned to work together, to bring order to everyday life. Japanese society has practically been built on complex social rules with which govern virtually every aspect of everyday life. Whether is it knowing when to walk, when to stop, who goes first and who gives way, the people just seem to understand what to do.
Where elsewhere in the world, we are so caught up in our own lives and thoughts, utterly unaware of the people around us, in Tokyo, co-operation has become a way of life. They have understood the simple truth, that by thinking about others, everyone can benefit.
Perhaps it is a lesson we all benefit from learning.