Japan is such an incredible country. It is hard to say mata ne [see you later], since I know we will be back. What we will miss depends on who you talk to.
Eric is going to miss the bike shops. His new favorite bike shop is Blue Lug, located in Tokyo. It has all of the things that he reads about in magazines, all under one roof.
My daughter and I will miss the amazing popsicles, the food options (and popsicles) from Family Mart and 7/11, the fun and countless vending machines and the efficient and dependable public transportation. My phone now automatically calculates travel time in public transportation and it takes the same amount of time to go a few miles away here that it takes to get from Tokyo to Kyoto.
But the very best thing about Japan is the culture, how respectful everyone is of each other. There is no litter in the street, the public transportation is so clean and well cared for (like they are in their own houses). When you get onto the escalator people who are walking (and in a hurry) go to the right and the people who are standing line up on the left. No one talks on their cell phones in public, they aren’t watching videos without earbuds or walking around on speaker phone. It is quiet and peaceful and clean. It really is the most amazing country to visit, there is no place like it on Earth (not that I have found, but I am happy to keep looking).