Yesterday in Nikko I became briefly separated from my fellow travelers.  Walking outside I looked for them forlornly: looking up there, down there, across the street, all to no avail.  A kindly man stood up, got my attention from about 50′ away and pointed vigorously in a certain direction.  Knowing instantly he was talking to me for some reason, I nodded, bowed slightly and smiled.  Satisfied, he sat down and watched me walk toward them exactly where he said they were!  I love these connections with strangers in a strange country!