Rather than feeding your brain with dolled up Instagram photos of the mega tourist spots, why not, you know, read the stories from people that live and create here in Japan.
So that you can learn how Japanese people really think (straight from the source)...
So that you can clear the mist and see the humanity Instagram and Youtube fail to communicate...
Yes, your brain might hunger for the drone shots of the shrines, temples, ninja and geisha.
Or the vlogs and Quora answers from Westerners who've lived here for some time.
But you are only distracting yourself from truly connecting with Japan.
So what I want to offer you is a completely different experience of Japan.
An everyday experience of Japan.
One where I am the bridge. Not the guru.
One where you can still get all the anime, samurai and fake sushi you want, but with more depth. And more humanity.
Less worship. And less assumptions.
If you want to connect with Japan in a real way (without even coming here), this is the way to do it.
And if you are coming here, why not make some friends beforehand?
You'll enjoy your trip more when you've connected with people eager to share their lives with you.