If you ever get the opportunity to visit the beautiful and fascinating country of Japan, here are some thoughts you probably will have throughout your trip.
And if you already have visited the country and fallen victim to these thoughts, congratulations we're on the same boat.
1. There's so much good FOOD
When in Japan, you simply have to devour everything in sight because it all looks too good. Some of my personal favorites are ramen, sushi, donuts from Mister Donut and traditional Japanese snacks made from red bean paste or mochi.
2. So Many Cafes
Japan is famous for its many types of unique cafes including (but not limited to) cat cafes, 'maid cafes', rabbit cafes, and more. When I visited Tokyo, I went to the Kawaii Monster Cafe, which opened in Harajuku in summer 2015. Created by the a famous Japanese artist who likes all things 'strange', the cafe is made to be the inside of a 'kawaii' ('cute' in Japanese) monster's stomach. The cafe is home to crazily decorated sitting areas, waitresses dressed as monsters, and very brightly colored foods. Throughout Japan, there is a wide selection of different cafes to go to depending on your preferences for what kind of experience you want.
3. That tech tho.
Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. In addition to its mind boggling inventions and new infrastructure, Japan is also famous for its quirky gadgets. But we've got to admit that some of those inventions are pretty useful.
4. Why does everything need to be so cute?
From pencils and plates to water bottles and junk food, somehow everything is cutely shaped, designed, or decorated in Japan. Every store, even the 100 yen shop (equivalent to the 99 cent store in the U.S.), is able to offer the cutest and trendiest items for such an affordable price.
5. You get the best of both worlds.
Japan has the best of the both worlds: it preserves its historical and traditional culture while allowing the growth of new technology and advanced infrastructure. Within blocks in just one city, you're able to see elaborately decorated Buddhist temples and a towering skyscraper. This visible contrast between the old and new generations of Japan's cities is what puts it apart from all other countries in the world. In addition, Japan also maintains an ideal balance between its rural countrysides and populated urban cities.