For many people, Japan is Tokyo, or even Shibuya, Shinjuku, Roppongi…
For me, this is Japan:
Sure, this is not only that, but this is also that. And honestly, I think that this picture represents more closely “real” Japan than the neighborhoods previously mentioned (which may be representative and characteristic of Tokyo, but definitely not of Japan).
And for those of you who would like to know more about this picture, it was taken a year ago, just outside of Karato on Teshima.