“Japan adheres to strict, unwritten rules of comportment. It is a culture of courtesies and public reserve — a land of order, where people line up to board subways, where they rarely eat or drink in public, where trash and graffiti are virtually absent.” NYT: Japan’s Skateboarders Roll, Warily, Out of the Shadows: “A culture long seen as a disruptive and dangerous presence on Tokyo’s streets wonders if Olympic success this summer might finally bring everyday acceptance.” (If Japanese skateboarders want to be accepted, they just need to import some of the adult hipsters on electric skateboards. They make kids on skateboards seem pretty great…)