Sofia Coppola got it right: To visit Japan is to enter a parallel universe where everything looks vaguely familiar, but where you can't quite grasp the meaning of what's going on. Westerners' impressions of Japan generally seem to vacillate between confusion and enchantment, sort of the way children move through the world.

The New York Times today points to two new tours to Tokyo run by Pop Japan Travel that attempt to bridge the divide and give travelers an inside look at Japanese pop culture:

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