My first visit to Japan a few weeks ago amused and amazed me. We witnessed the splendour of sweet, pink flowering cherry blossoms that cover Tokyo and grab the attention of local people and travellers alike.
Stores and shops there offer hundreds of items and of high quality. I found that the country is one of the best places to shop for toys in particular.
One of my colleagues asked me to buy a plastic figurine of a fictional character for her child. What staggered us was a big toy store with shelves full of everything from cute dolls and radio-controlled cars to game boxes and electronic pets.