Other things I miss from Japan:
- Green Tea Diet Coke. I am a Diet Coke junkie and the little green tea flavor was really delicious and refreshing on a hot, hot day. There's also a shiso-flavored Pepsi but I don't like regular Pepsi so I didn't try it.
- Delicious, cheap food. What I wouldn't give for some of this right about now. With a Shoju sour. (It's Shoju with soda then they bring you fresh citrus fruit to juice into it. Wonderfully light and refreshing.)
- Clean public toilets. Toilets in Japan are practically an art form. It's always an adventure heading to the restroom to see just how many buttons are on the toilet. Many have built-in bidet but one restaurant had a motion sensor toilet that raised the lid for you as you entered and turned on a light. Unfortunately a lot of these toilets have heated seats which is lovely, I'm sure, when it's cold out but extremely unpleasant on a super-hot summer day.
- Clean streets with no grafitti.
- Great public transportation. The train and subway system in Tokyo is confusing but operates efficiently. It offers you a clean, safe way to get all over the city. Seattle is lightyears behind even most American cities in public transit.
There are a lot of things we don't miss about Tokyo too. Like the oppressive heat and humidity and cigarette smokers everywhere.