Today, taking a taxi back from an event I'd attended on behalf of the consulate, I chatted a bit with the driver. "What things do you recommend I do while I'm in Japan?" I asked him.
"Well..." he strummed his gloved fingers on the steering wheel, considering. "Have you been to Koya-san? That's a really wonderful place."
"I was just there a couple of weeks ago, for the Candle Festival," I told him.
"Ah. I see." More strumming. "Have you climbed Mt. Fuji?"
"I did that my first time in Japan. It was beautiful. I don't think I'd do it again though; you know the saying: 'If you don't climb it once, you're stupid; if you climb it twice, you're stupid.'"
"Yes, that's true. Say, I'll bet you've never seen sumo!"
"Oh, well actually... I saw a tournament in Osaka."
"Have you been to a hot springs?"
"Yes, many times. They're great."
"Have you eaten a lot of japanese food?"
"Fermented soy beans?"
"Any Osaka food?"
"I especially like okonomiyaki."
"Hmm." He thought a bit longer, raising one hand up from the steering wheel to adjust his glasses. "Sounds like you've really seen Japan."
I guess I can go home now!