One of the strangest things is the language barrier. Everywhere I have travelled I have never struggled so much with being understood then here in Japan. A combination of not knowing English and being too shy to use the English they do know means that a lot of the time you feel immediately cut off from the world around you. Which I have to admit, can be delightfully refreshing. But sometimes, and quite quickly, your world can get a bit lonely. But a walk away from the electric town and the commuter squash and some time in a park with fresh air, greenery, temples and tranquility can even bring this crazy girl back to her senses.