What I learned from this trip to such a faraway, foreign land is that people are, in many ways, more alike than different. Because of the season, for example, there were many weddings and celebrations of young women--who enjoyed getting dressed up and celebrating with family members in Tokyo. In Kyoto, there were many young people on Spring break, enjoying the fun of the night life, a good beer and an evening of Karaoke. There were grandparents walking in the park with their grandchildren alongside the river. There were women in business suits and men entertaining visitors in the restaurants and hotels. In short, if you take a step back, you can usually find commonalities with nearly everyone--even if you expect otherwise based upon your preconceived biases.
Next time I catch myself leaning towards a particular viewpoint, I will remember the lessons from the Sakura season in Tokyo as I sip my tea and call myself on my own biases.