My wife and I just came back from two weeks in Japan. We lived there for a while but it had been almost three years since we had visited last. There were temples and amazing food and sights galore, but I wanted to share some of the small things that make Japan an amazing place.
Buildings wrapped up like presents: When new buildings are being built or renovated the construction company wraps the building in neat scaffolding to keep dirt and noise to a minimum.
To the left: no matter how busy or crowded, everyone keeps the right lane of the escalator open for people who want to walk up.
Bicycle parking lots: in the USA, bikes are toys and cyclists are targets. In Japan there are bicycle parking lots near stations and town centers because bikes are transportation. This could have something to do with why the Japanese are some of the healthiest people in the world.
Regular parking lots: Japanese drivers have to have the hand-eye coordination of a carnival knife thrower to park in these insanely packed lots.
Alcohol is everywhere: because public transit is ubiquitous and firearms are strictly controlled it’s no big deal.
Small portions: it’s counterintuitive to some, but it turns out that gorging yourself is NOT the best way to enjoy food. Instead try a little bit of everything.