What do you remember by hearing “Japan”? High-tech companies? Old cities such as Kyoto? Traditional cultures like Kabuki, Sumo or Sado (tea ceremony)? Those are just a part of Japan.
If you work with Japanese people or have Japanese friends, you may be experienced to feel something curious.
As myself, I experienced to find many differences after working with foreigners over 15 years. The columns posted here is just my thought but I wish those would be help you to understand Japan and Japanese, and hopefully love us more!