The following is Our Man's last-minute entry in the Japan blogathon Matsuri thingy here, on the theme of slow times and relaxing in Japan, though the eagle-eyed may notice he has tried his best to sex it up with gratuitous references to politics.
Hmm. Slow times in Japan. Are there any? Japanese sleep less, work more and practice more synchronised swimming than anyone on Earth.* Even pursuits that are considered pleasurable in other countries (playing golf, going for a walk, watching telly) are turned into great feats of endurance in Japan. Things that are considered a chore abroad (having a bath, making a cup of tea) are elevated into great forms of relaxation here.
But on the other hand, Japanese have more public holidays and moon-viewing, flower-snapping, sea-appreciating days than anyone else*, so clearly they do value their downtime. Our illustrious leader, Taro Aso, noticeably enjoys shooting the skeet, even though he claims Japanese uniquely enjoy working. This is clearly nonsense. Talk to any salaryman and he'll tell you, between sniggers of embarrassed honesty, what he really wants to do is sleep or get pissed (there's a new verb for that - to be nakagawad), so Our Man concludes they are really just like the rest of us.
So, to answer the question, how does Our Man enjoy himself in Japan? Snigger, snigger, he gets pissed and sleeps.
*These facts were completely fabricated, but could well be true. Pic lifted from here.