Those two weeks in Japan passed quickly, and it seemed like we were always walking to or from a train station! This may be why the Japanese (like the French) stay slim. Stairs, stairs and more stairs. The Tokyo metro or subway is run by several companies, so a major interchange station on the map, in reality, is 3 separate stations linked by by tunnels and walkways. And stairs.
Friends warned me the weather was going to be hot, and it was! It was equivalent to January in Melbourne, with the hot burning sunshine at 9am, and you know the rest of the day is going to be a scorcher. Oh, and they don't have daylight savings, so it gets bright at about 4am. Definitely the land of the rising sun!
I was in Japan to do a biodynamics phase course and I was the only foreigner. Due to the language barrier, I found a real simplicity to the practical sessions – “okay?”, “good?” was pretty much all the feedback I got. Still, everyone was very friendly and it was a good chance to relax and experience rural Japan.
Oh, and the food is quite amazing anywhere you go. You have to go out of your way to find anything sub-standard here. I can't wait to eat my way through Japan again! Just maybe not in their summer :)