Well, until know, as I am about to board a flight to Tokyo (interestingly from Dusseldorf, an airport I have never used before, but will come back in 6 weeks for HSC). Japan is a place I know absolutely nothing about and that's what makes it interesting. It has a terrible reputation for being confusing for a foreigner, with nobody speaking English and everything written in funny pictures, while being terribly expensive at the same time, making any missteps more painful (as compared to say, Thailand, where if you end up in the wrong place, a night in a hotel or a bus ticket won't set you back much). So that almost sounds like an adventure!
The adventure will be tamed a little bit by the presence of my colleague, who has lived ther for a year, so he probably will know his way around. On the other hand, his flight was 7 hours before mine (even though he kept insisting that we will surely meet each other on the airport, until I made him actually look up his itinerary) so we have arranged to meet in a small village on the wild (as wild as you get on Honshu, I guess) pacific coast of the Chiba province, where I have to get by a train. Should the meeting be successful, we will hike into some hills and spend a night wild camping before coming to Kashiwa for the meeting that stars on Monday. I am sure he will do his best to actually meet me there, because I have the tent
Anyway, I am really looking forward to this. Maybe I will get a little disappointed finding that Japan is yet another modern country, maybe I won't. In any case I plan to bring home a lot of new bird photos for my collection.