I was asked to summarise my first 4 years of living in Kumamoto and put it into a 2 minute video! Here is my effort. Your first impression may be of confusion - if so, then I have succeeded!
Japan is truly a land of contrasts - tourists usually get this impression too. What they do not have time to learn, is that the seeming contrasts and confusion in Japan are actually part of a well-balanced system that can probably exist due to a underlying "Shinto" and "Buddhist" belief that is found deep in the soul of most Japanese. Even though they themselves may be loath to admit it.