Nothing is what it looks like in Japan. What you see is surface, most of the time. Deeper layers are usually discovered over time. Everything that strikes you as typical for Japan has also another side. Polight on the one hand, a great interest in gambling, drinking and agressive strip figures on the other. Innovative technology is paired with superstition and a range of gods and ghosts that can either help or hinder. Beautiful modern architecture and old temples as well as ugly office buildings. A country of contrasts. Maybe these contrasts express the essence of this extraordinary country. .