It is easy to slip back to the quiet days of kimonos and bicycles. The mode of transport is still there but its jeans and T's now.
The Buddhist places of worship are called temples and usually have graveyards in them. In Shinto, the worship of ancestors and national heroes, the mon or gate at the entrance to the shrine is characterised by bright orange wooden pillars and cross bar, instantly recognisable as Japanese.
The avenues of sakura are gentle to the eye and instantly transports one to a happy safe place. The Hanami (sakura picnic) is casually spent here by the side of temples and grave stones. The Japanese are known to be both Buddhist and Shinto and embrace life with an openness that is rare.
Yakana Ginza is the local shopping street full of character and ethnic shops. The local biscuit shop.Calligraphy anyone?