What I learned from shadowing at a Japanese middle school…
Everyone is respectful with each other and towards their campus.
People were very welcoming.
They were very curious about us and they gave us a lot of attention.
Kids are able to have fun without being disrespectful or rude. They knew when they could or could not mess around and when the teacher started the class, they all go quiet.
The were so kind and showed so much hospitality. The whole school came out of their classrooms to give us a warm good bye.
Their hospitality and kindness was very powerful.