Strolling around local neighbourhoods is where you feel the real Japan.
Seeing the local cats hanging out, office workers cycling home through the streets and of course kids playing.
Even in the big cities you can find these residental areas down side streets away from the station.
One of the cool parts is seeing a families character by the exterior of their houses.
Especially, each house often has a name plate.
The family name is displayed on a sign or plaque.
Sometimes in English, Japanese or both.
They vary in material, size, colours – there are as many varieties as there are families.
This website, Name Plaza, shows some order made designs and offers the service if you live in Japan and want to have your own house-name plate.