Jeremy Hedley discovers that foreigners are now allowed to donate blood in Japan:
One of the questions on the form was whether I have Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Really, how would I know? I sway a bit and dribble occasionally but I think I’m OK. I said no.
And when he was done, they gave him a towel:
(You get these small bath towels â€” good for hot springs â€” on all sorts of occasions in Japan. Open a bank account, get a towel. Bump into a stranger on the street, get a towel. Sneeze, towel.)
Well, you know, they are massively useful.