Japan, like most travel destinations, offers tourists a rich variety of hands-on experiences. Visitors with enough money and time can usually find opportunities to practice flower arranging, calligraphy or tea ceremony — or perhaps learn some Japanese cooking, get fitted for a photo in kimono, and so on and so on.

All tried and true. Yet, I think it is time for some more up-to-date experiences — ones that the waves of tourists due to flood Japan up through the 2020 Olympics might savor more than those that revolve around traditional Japanese culture.

After all, culture is ever evolving, blossoming and transforming. Sometimes it creates something beautiful and endearing. Sometimes it comes up with Hello Kitty.