Many Japanese restaurants provide small boxes of some sort to hold women’s handbags, small packages or anything else you may be carrying around. Remember – most Japanese in the cities are not driving around with a car available to hold things!
Miyajima oysters are readily available as street food, just don’t stray too far from the stall while consuming. It’s impolite to eat while walking on the street.
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto often will have a geisha or maiko in the late afternoon for the entertainment of hotel guests.
Honestly, we’re too scared to ask for the translation of this, but the “many, many, money” was just too alliterative and fun to say.
We found this amazing nail polish done in “geisha” colors in Kyoto. Non-toxic and offered by a small, hidden shop.
We found this high carbohydrate offering on Miyajima – a spaghetti sandwich.
Catch the fish as it goes by on the conveyor belt at a Kaiten sushi restaurant.
Well, we are not sure but we think this is a food offering. But it could be some kind of decoration. Looks like gold fish and the sample fish on display did nothing to clarify what to expect if you got the item.
This entire shop in the Asakusa area is dedicated to the sale of umbrellas. As you can see from the picture, most of them are of the practical (rain and sun shielding) kind, and not traditional washi umbrellas.
Local artists go to town on a vending machine in Saijo, outside of Hiroshima. This one has a musical theme.
One of the most interesting things about shopping in Japan is the incredible range of products offered. This pictures shows just one of over 20(!) display shelf sections of wallets (not purses, just wallets) in a major Tokyo department store.
These Shinkansen trains aren’t really racing each other, but it sure looks like that as you pass the trainyard located between Osaka and Okayama.
It must be an acquired taste, but we found these “pastries” at a bakery at the Kanazawa train station. We’re pretty sure the beans are fresh and most likely some kind of soy bean and not lima bean. But we couldn’t read the sign in Japanese.
The Japanese use edible gold in a number of products. You can get gold leaf coated ice cream at stands on Miyajima Island.
While it’s now a worldwide phenomena, having a night out with friends to sing popular songs got it’s start on the streets of Tokyo. You can find Karaoke places with private rooms and English songs in Shinjuku.
What better way to relax after a full day of touring. Shops along Kawarawamachi offer a short respite from your day.
Looking for a unique gifts – try an umbrella with a traditional Japanese katana handle. You won’t find these at home!
You know you’re in Japan when all the taxis come complete with white lace seat covers and head rest covers.
Not only does Takashimaya have elevator girls, but there is an entire training program. We caught this elevator that had TWO young ladies in attendance.
Elevator attendents have gone the way of the buggy whip and dial phone in the US, but in Japan, the major department stores still have a staff of lovely young ladies who bow to guests and push the floor buttons in their main bank of elevators. See one in action HERE.