I can’t wait to tell you all about it. But I will wait, because I am so jetlagged that I awoke from my nap convinced that we were having a major earthquake, but it was just my head sloshing.
A few things I miss about Japan already:
Convenience store rice balls. In fact, Japanese convenience stores in general. They sell panko, and all sorts of good savory snacks, and banana Kit Kats, and onigiri, rice balls stuffed with a bit of something salty (tuna, cod roe, salmon, umeboshi).
Izakayas. Iris and I spent a lot of time in bars. I got sake and sashimi, and we shared crispy fried stuff. (I did not order the whale bacon on the menu last night, no matter how hard Iris tried to lobby me.) It’s possible people were annoyed that I was bringing my kid into the bar. Since it was Japan, however, they would have been too polite to say so. Heh heh.
Trains. Getting around in Japan is practically free of annoyances. In fact, our entire trip was like being in one of those restaurants where they know what you need a moment before you do.
Futons. Our beds seem so galumphing now.
Restaurants that would never meet the fire code in the US. Iris and I were delighted every time we were escorted up a rickety staircase to sit on the floor in our socks and eat something special.
and one thing I don’t:
- Smoking in restaurants.