More evidence of politeness was the train employees always bowing when entering or leaving the train car. Even when buying groceries at the store, the cashier would hand you your change with two hands, bowing and saying thank you for visiting their store.
The townhouse where we are staying in Kyōto has traditional futon beds on tatami mats. And the front door is located in the middle of a covered shopping street. This evening, one of my cousins stopped by with his wife and daughter. It has been a really long time since I had last seen them. They came loaded with groceries for our stay.