A few more observations about Japan:• It is a massive event when each train turns up – flashing signs, music or beeping. Same with crossing the road.

• They are nuts about recycling. The Maccas in Tokyo even split the straw and cup lid from the rest to recycle.

• The girls always wear shoes a size or two too big. This makes them look smaller and more ‘cute’.

• They are crazy about stationery and customising their phones. And they don’t use Sony, Motorola, Nokia and an iPhone is rare.

• Short skirts and above the knee stockings are in fashion. And are appreciated.