I must admit; I have a sweet tooth for any snacks that are tasty. Japan has some of the coolest okashi (snacks) around. The taste is different from your traditional snacks in the USA. For starters, Japanese pastries are not as sweet as compared to that of the US. In addition, Japanese pastries look more like an art rather food. It looks too pretty to consume.
If you have visited Japan in the past or currently living here, you would also agree with me in that Japan's railway system is very convenient & precise to the seconds. No doubt, Tokyo area is heavily populated with people and lands are scarce. Driving around Tokyo is like driving in New York city. It's nearly impossible to get around conveniently not to mention there are no parking spaces. Quickly you will learn that taking the train is your best option to travel around and about Japan. Most of the popular attractions are located within walking distance from the train stations as a matter of fact.
Due to recent earthquake disaster in 3/11, tourisms have dropped significantly. Many vacationers have either cancelled their itineraries or booked their vacation to travel elsewhere. Let me be the first and certainly not the last to say, Japan is still and always will be a safe country to visit or live. To prove my statement correct, Japan government is making plans to give away 10,000 free airline tickets to anyone who 'qualifies.' That's right, FREE. What is the catch? Unfortunately, there are a few, but for a price of a round-trip ticket, minus other expensive, the catch is fairly small.
I've moved to Japan back in the end of 2008 after living in the states for many years. My wife, whose a Japanese decent, decided she wanted to move back to her hometown. It wasn't easy having to relocate my whole life from the states to a different country. Plans started in motion a year before we physically moved. We shipped what we could and sell what we couldn't bring or pack in a box. The most time consuming process was our 3 cats we have. It wasn't as simple as just placing them in individual cases and buy their plane tickets. Japan, as well as other countries, has regulations and procedures in bringing live stocks from aboard. One of which is blood test for each cats. Japan needed to make sure our cats are not a threat to their country as for as foreign diseases are concern. The blood work took over 8 months to process along with certain documentations.
My first experience when I visited Japan in 1998 was how many liquid vending machines available. There were practically one on every corner of the streets. I can see them on main streets, residential areas and places I never thought there would be one. The available drinks vary. It can contain water, soda, tea, coffee, and energy drinks.