I sit down, give the Lazy Susan a spin, and the country of Japan lands in front of me.
Here's what I would unload onto my Australian plate from Japan:
- Alcohol vending machines. And it's not just the easy access to alcohol which is impressive, but the fact that Japan has these machines anywhere and everywhere - hotel corridors, street corners, alleyways. If you installed one in Australia, I get the sense that you'd only have to turn your back and it would be vandalised and emptied of its contents before you can say "Asahi". Which leads to...
- Sparkling cleanliness. No graffiti on the metro, no vandalism of vending machines, clean underground stations. So many people and so much order.
- Politeness. I'm not sure anyone does manners quite like the Japanese. Even buying something from the 7Eleven feels like a formal occasion. The downside is that it makes you feel like a rude, knuckle-dragging Neanderthal.
- Cities that work. Super fast public transport that runs on time in rain, sun and snow.
- Harajuku fashion sense. OK, so maybe not the fashion itself (not sure Little Bo Peep is going to catch on) but I like the idea of it. It's fun, non-threatening and spices up their metro journey and mine.
Perhaps one thing which can stay on the Lazy Susan:
A cartoon character for every occasion. Sometimes important health messages aimed at adults are best delivered without a cute animated panda.