What makes Japan great also sometimes makes it teeth-grittingly irritating. Japan grew to greatness because it typically leaves no stone unturned in its pursuit of something, and pays inordinate care to detail.
While this can lead in one direction to near-economic supremacy and the achievement of great elegance and beauty, it can also lead to the plain old persnickety.
I came home this evening from work to our apartment on the upper floor of a security-protected apartment building. Our apartment is at the very end of the corridor.
The only people who go as as far as our entrance are the occasional visitor, the occasional delivery person, and the building's (very genial) caretaker.
A couple of weeks ago we put a plant, a hosta, that hadn't been doing too well on the balcony, just outside the gate to our front door, hard up against the barrier.
This evening I came home to find a note slipped underneath the flowerpot:
What we had done without a second thought - put a pot plant that needed a change of location out the front - had been turned into an act of guerrilla gardening!