Three Things Learned:
1. The famous Great Wave of Kanagawa is actually part of a print series called Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (so that little wave in the middle is actually Mount Fuji). Also, the original print is literally only 26x38cm. For my American friends, that’s about 10 inches tall. Despite this, seeing it in person is still a life changing experience.
2. The reason why there are no trashcans around Japan is because a religious cult released sarin gas in the subways back in the 90s killing 13 and injuring about 5,500 people. The reason why I didn’t know this sooner is because no one wants to talk about it.
3. Taxis are insanely expensive. One reason being the fare starts at 750 yen (about $7.50) before you even start to drive. I took a cab for 25 minutes (because I missed the last train and didn’t want to sleep outside or in a hotel) and despite there being not a single car on the road, it was over 6000 yen (over $60). On the plus side, the doors always automatically open and shut, so at least you don’t have to struggle with that if/when you’re drunk!