I’d like to share this sign I saw on the street the other day:
This is pretty typical for a sign in Tokyo. If you really look at it, the man in the picture is bowing. This is a sign near a construction site, and the sign is warning pedestrians to take care. It also apologizes for the inconvenience. Apologies are generally accompanied by a bow.
Signs bow everywhere, though. When you buy a ticket on the Yamanote line at some machines, a cartoon character thanks you and bows on the screen. The animation is a hoot! Here it’s a still drawing, but you get the idea. Kindness and politeness reign. It’s a lovely concept.