1. Why does a country that gave us the heated toilet seat with the toilet cover that automatically raises when you open the stall door place the hook to hang things on at the very top of the stall door, so that I have to stand on tiptoe to use it? (And I'm taller than many Japanese women!)
2.Many toilets in public areas (department stores, train stations, etc.) appear to include the full complement of private part washing functions. Does anyone ever use these????
3.How do most Japanese stay so slim when there is delicious food EVERYWHERE?????
4. There is only one pants size larger at the Uniqlo chain clothes store than the size that fits me .
5. The women's pants inseam length at Uniqlo does not take into account short Japanese legs.
6. It's worth going to a kabuki performance or a geisha odori performance even if you can't understand a word.
7.Before you cross a sidewalk in Kyoto, you need to look over your shoulder to make sure you won't be run down by a bicyclist.
8. The other night we were walking home after a long day of sightseeing. It was about 9:45 pm and dark. There was a whole passel of people wandering along the river bank in our neighborhood, looking in the grass and the bushes. What was going on? Turned out they were looking for fireflies! A man caught one for me, my very first one! I was thrilled!
A few nights later, there were even more fireflies (and people looking for them). A gentleman told us that they usually come out in May and last until mid-June. He also said they come in two sizes, with the larger one being the brighter one. Feel very privileged to have seen them.
9. You can't wear shoes into the ladies' fitting room at Uniqlo and only into the first 5 or 6 inches of the Daimaru fitting room.
10. We took at train to Kurama the other day. A man and his two little boys were seated across from us. All the seats were parallel to the sides of the train, so the little ones could not see out the window unless they stood up on the seat. Before letting the boys do so, their dad removed their shoes.
11. The inside of a sweets manufacturer when they're steaming the sweet rice is hotter than a dry cleaners on a hot day in August. This photo is hazy with all the steam. I think they sell wholesale, but they open the backdoor and sell retail to whoever passes by (like me).