- At six pm in Takayama they play a song over the municipal loud speakers, telling children to go home for supper.
- When a brewery has finished a new batch of sake, they hang a ball made from fresh, green cedar fronds above their front door. When the ball has turned brown, the sake is mature enough to drink.
- For some unfathomable reason, a single, weak iced coffee, drunk sitting down in a cafe, is only fractionally cheaper than iced coffee, toast, an egg and a portion of potato salad. Must be why vending machines are so popular.
- The floats for Hida festivals have their own special tall warehouses with giant double doors.
- Japanese cranes (as in the building aid, not the bird) have special anti-earthquake dampners at the top.
- If you are four, Ultraman is very exciting, but a little bit scary.
- There is a type of tradtional puppet in Japan which is solely designed to bring you tea and cake. Those Japanese have got their priorities sorted.