Why is everything from marshmallows to raisins individually wrapped, within larger bags?
Why does the loud speaker announcer use different pronunciations for Japanese names when speaking English? I get that Japanese people have problems with the pronunciation of Rs and Ls because the Japanese language doesn’t distinguish between R and L-sounds. But what I don’t get is how the Japanese version on the metro clearly states Roppongi, while the English version is Loppongi. Surely, when it’s a Japanese word you just say it as it’s supposed to be pronounced?
Why are there no trash cans anywhere? Granted, there is also no trash, so perhaps the system works?
Why does the mobile sweet potato seller sound exactly like a Muslim minaret, calling to prayer? “Sweeeeet potatooooo! Buy sweeeeet potaaaaatooooooo!”
Why are there dried mini-fish placed next to chocolate in the store? Is this a devious trick to make me lose my appetite for chocolate? Dried mini-fish is NOT candy!
Why do bookstores that don’t carry a single English book bother putting up a sign in English, announcing that it is a bookstore? If you cannot read the sign saying “Bookstore” in Japanese, chances are you cannot read any of the JAPANESE books inside either… (Why don't the bookstores carry any English books, by the why*?)
Why do shops and restaurants do their best to give the impression that they are closed when they are, in fact, open? Do they not rely on customers for income?
Why is it many places forbidden to smoke on the street, but it is allowed inside most restaurants and cafées?
*Why can't I just say "by the way" like normal people, instead of trying to be clever by adding an extra why? Why, Cruella, WHY?!?