Myths about Japan
Fruit is REALLY expensive.
You can buy the panties of schoolgirls out of vending machines in Tokyo.
All Japanese people are rich.
They don't know how to relax.
What can I say about a country, a culture, a people that has captured my imagination to such an extent that I leave my friends and family in Australia to learn more.
Japan, huh? Make good cameras. Good motorbikes, too, actually. Make a lot of good stuff really. Old-school analogue synthesizers and what not. Good food. I'm tempted to make some sweeping generalization here about how careful and attentive the Japanese people are to details. It would be a generalization and thus not always true, but I'm still tempted to say it.
I've spent about three years of my life here (I'm 26 now). I like the learning curve. I think the culture here is complex and I enjoy learning about it because it's like some delicate, ancient yet still evolving organism with many component parts.
I think the people here can be very considerate in a lot of ways. Maybe I could say the society is quite closely knit, but a lot of people maintain a kinda mental distance from a lot of things. I could also say I often find my Japanese friends to be quite empathic.