Goodbye land of convenience where there are warm toilet seats so my bum never gets a chill, toilets that flush by themselves and sing you a wee tune while you do your business, vending machines literally at ever corner (whether it be located next to a sugar cane field or bar), baskets for your purses and coats next to ever table, a container for anything and everything.
Goodbye machine that pours your beer with thee perfect amount of foam; by mimicking how one should hold and pour beer over a tab, plastic bags made specifically for your freshly rain soaked umbrella and 7/11’s with everything imaginable at every street corner: t-shirt, coffee, late night snack. Someone I met on my trip said it well, "the Japanese think of everything you would need, before you even realize you need it."
I feel like Tom Cruise explained Japan well in the Last Samurai "Everyone is polite. Everyone smiles and bows. But beneath their deep courtesy, I detect a deep reservior of feeling. They are an intriguing people. From the moment they wake, they devote themselves to the perfection of whatever they pursue. I have never seen such discipline. I am surprised to learn the word samurai means to serve."
Until we meet again Japan, the place of my childhood.