8.Most stores in Tokyo will clip your shopping bag together with tape as a proof of purchase.
9.People cycle on the pavement as well as on the road.
10.Convenience stores have a truly wild range of drinks, including this fluorescent green melon soda, which I became addicted to.
11.The whole country is obsessed with cute things — e.g., kittens, puppies, rabbits, mice.
12.Train seats can be rotated in the direction of travel for your pleasure.
13.There are these flat wooden flip-flops called "geta" (similar to clogs) that Japanese people sometimes wear.
14.You can't smoke just anywhere — there are these designated cages on the street for smokers.
15.Ninety-five percent of the toilets are ~super~ fancy, with lots of buttons to enhance your toilet-going experience!
16.There are these "maid cafés" where young women dress up in maid outfits and serve you food and drink.
17.And finally, when a train pulls into a tube station, an adorable little jingle plays over the tannoy.
18.Bonus — I HAD to include this point about masks, which I wrote back in 2019: And of course, everyone wears face masks, for reasons as diverse as wanting to avoid air pollution, allergens, or germs or even wanting to cover up a spot or blemish!
Anyway, hope to see you again soon, Japan!!! 🇯🇵♥️🇯🇵♥️🇯🇵
Have you ever been to Tokyo or elsewhere in Japan and noticed anything unusual or amazing? Let us know in the comments below!