It has been a few years since I went to Japan. Last month, I had to travel to Japan for the second time.
Most of the folks whom I know, have difficulty with Japanese food, well.. some how I like the food there. So typically do not carry any noodles pack. What impressed me the most last time, was the cleanliness. I still vividly remember the sight of a lorry-kind-of machine cleaning the roads using some form of soap water. Well.. really... was I dreaming.. don't know.. but the memory is still there. Whether it is true or not, the cleanliness is really distinguishable. Everything is spic and span. And considering the orderly fashion in which they arrange the garbage collection - you have to place a specific type of garbage out on a particular day of the week, like..say plastic garbage on Monday, paper garbage on Tuesday...etc - the cleanliness is a given. The underground train stations were impressive and if not traveling during rush hour, were really comfortable.
It was in Japan that I "touched" snow for the first time :-) It snowed while I was there last time. It was also the first time I cooked on my own (barring a few times when I cooked during my scout camp days). Unfortunately, as there were no friends staying with me then, there is no proof of how tasty the food was ;-) Breakfast was typically some banana stuff, lunch from local Japanese hotels and dinner was typically from "KK kitchen".
That was my first international trip. Hence was not sure on what all to carry. So finally I landed in Japan with a suitcase which did not have a trolley tyre..and of course the suitcase was heavy..so was mostly holding it with both hands. I still remember during my return trip to the train station, which was at a distance from the place I was staying, I literally carried the suitcase on my head :-( !!
Coming back to this trip. I did go sight seeing a bit. But other than that I was mostly at the hotel. Hotel had a sidewalk beside a river kind of body. Have got some nice photos taken by my friend Shree. Will post them soon.