In London, some people say the people are cold, as few people will help a Mum who has a buggy to carry at the stairs at a station.
However, I feel people in London are very friendly.
I was always helped to carry the buggy. Some people offered me help first and others simply just carried it along with me, so I always thought Britain was a country of gentlemen.
Anyway, back to Japan…
Nobody helps me. Never ever.
Even if a person was going downstairs at the same time as me, he just ignored me.
It is like I was not there.
It is so disappointing…
I am strong enough: I can manage it on my own.
One day, a train assistant kindly offered a help, but he said to me, “Please hold your baby and I will carry the buggy downstairs.”
At that time, my baby was sleeping in the buggy and I didn’t want to disturb him and I said, “Would you please carry the buggy with me.”
Then he told me he could not help.
I don’t know…
If he helped me to carry the buggy, might he fall over and injure the baby??
I cannot see any point.
Is it a cultural thing?
No. I don’t think so.
However, no worries.
Japan is a high tech country.
At almost all stations, there is a lift!!
That is good news, isn’t it?