1. The banking system in Japan is antiquated. The only ATMs which accept foreign cards are those in 7-Elevens and post offices. The latter are closed in the evening and at weekends. If you forget to withdraw cash on a Friday, you will have a tedious hike around town in the pouring rain looking for a 7-Eleven so you can pay your hotel bill. The hotel of course only accepts cash.
2. Planetarium type shows in scarily intellectual Tokyo science museums are a great place for a sneaky nap.
3. The Japanese take Disneyland VERY seriously. Never have I seen so many grown people dressed like Minnie Mouse.
4. Since we have been away, restaurant menus have become perplexingly complicated with sections called small plates, intermediate plates, big plates and so on. Makes ordering confusing.
5. You can get alcoholic ginger beer. I wonder if Enid Blyton would approve?
6. When all the magazines and newspapers are in your own language, there’s more to read than you can possibly manage. After months of word deprivation, it’s lovely.