I miss Japan.
- I miss its modern skyscrapers mixed in with the old architecture and gardens.
- I miss the politeness of shopkeepers and assistants (they bow, graciously accept your money on a tray when you pay, and their thank yous are so genuine).
- I miss the synchronised welcome of all the chefs and wait staff when you enter a sushi restaurant.
- I miss the cleanliness of the toilets (everything is so clean and white!).
- I miss sushi buffets where each plate is worth the equivalent of 60p+ (and so fresh).
- I miss the boutiques tucked away in underground shopping malls.
- I miss the 11:00-21:00 store opening times.
- I miss the many Uniqlo stores.
- I miss the subway system as it’s so easy and efficient to travel around.
- I miss walking around Osaka all day long.
- I miss walking up and down Shinsaibashi, it has restaurants, street food, desserts, shops, the lot!
- I miss Dotonbori’s busy riverside and restaurants.
- I miss the Family Marts on every corner.
- I miss the polite way in which all Japanese people interact (queues are orderly, small bows of thanks are frequent, no one bumps into you).
- I miss the tranquillity and stillness of Tennoji Park.
- I miss the views of the whole city from the top of the Tempozan Ferris Wheel.
- I miss the sea breeze from standing at the port on the waterfront.
- I miss the currency, the coins are so interesting! And holding 10,000 yen in one note feels good too.
- I miss the baked cheesecakes.
- I miss the baskets that restaurants give you to put your handbag/rucksack in so it doesn’t get in the way of the wait staff or yourself.
I definitely want to visit Japan again one day. Osaka is such a beautiful city and the five days we spent over there were so packed yet we barely made a dent in the mass of things to do there.