September 6 2002 at 5:11 PM

Response to My suggestion...

From what I hear, clothing - yeah, it's expensive - but only to an American. Supposedly, the prices are comparable to those in the UK. I've never crossed the Atlantic, so I don't know. I did a lot of shopping around for clothing while I was in Japan. I didn't buy anything, but I know that if you look hard enough, you can find some decent prices that might pass for "ok, that's good enough" in America.

But, yeah, bring your clothes. If you're just going there for a while on a tourist visa, then this isn't such a big issue. Of course, you know what to do if you're going to stay there longer: bring everything you have for this season (assuming you're a regular guy and "everything" fits in a suitcase ) and have a friend ship you the rest later on.

I don't think I really need to tell you anything about cool things to do in Japan. You'll figure that out. It's not difficult. Half the fun is learning how to entertain yourself.

I will say this: domestic flights in Japan are damn cheap right now. Don't just stay in Chiba. Contact an agency like IACE (HIS has increased their prices lately...) and order some tickets and go to Fukuoka, Sapporo, Osaka, etc...

How long will you be there? What are you going for?

Take it easy.

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