Most cell phone cases sold in the US don't have the two little spaces to fasten them, so the craze never really caught on here. On my trips to Japan I bought a new iPhone case and a few charms (ok, I have way more than those below) and it was as if I took the bullet train to kawaii city. I prefer small charms, but it always made me smile to see the girls with bigger-than-your-hand stuffed animals attached to their slim-designed flip phones. It was art somehow.
Way up in the mountains of central Japan sits the tiny UNESCO village of Shirakawa-go. The heavy snowfall in the region created a need for a distinct style of traditional house design called Gassho-Zukuri, which have severely sloped thatched roofs. It is a magical place that I need to get back to. If you visit please put in the time to learn some Japanese phrases. Even though it is a tourist area almost no one speaks a word of English. Walking around I got the wonderful feeling I had traveled back in time 200 years or more.