Now, I have had friends of Japanese origin in the west, but these were mostly so westernised, it was easy to hit off with them. But otherwise the Japanese have been impenetrable and that is one Asian community which I have had absolutely no luck in dealing with and getting comfortably pally with. On two different occasions I couldn’t go to Japan – both vacations that had to be changed at the last minute, and then of course business meetings have been few and far. Further, my Japanese partners/ affiliates mostly preferred to meet in some other Asian location. (And again, even outside Japan their office meetings would sometimes be conducted uncomfortably, sitting on mats with knees and back hurting, and with at least one person having smelly feet/ socks, and polluting the room. The fetish with wearing a formal dress made those meetings more hell-like, though I admit, more recently some have relaxed these formalities, and it is easier to do meetings in more amenable situations).