So far, in my relatively limited scope of world travel, Japan is possibly the most amazing place I've ever been to. I've never been anywhere else where I've felt like such "an ignorant American". I say that out of total respect for Japan- the people are so nice and generous, gracious, respectful, dignified and elegant. It makes me feel coarse and rough. I've never been anywhere cleaner either. Tokyo is a city of about 20 Million people and I have not seen one cigarette butt on the ground.
I'll have more later- promise- but I have to get ready to leave and visit bike shops in the city today; I am VERY excited about that.