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    Greetings, well Melbourne's winter is here, seems a perfect time to go somewhere else! And why not Japan, I have been to many places but had never considered the Land of the Rising Sun, until, that is, I met a Brazilian girl of Japanese heritage a few years ago, she queried, given my professed love of Asia, why it was not on my list of places to see? I didn't really have an answer, she continued that given that I enjoyed diversity above most other things, Japan seemed a natural fit, being "one of the most diverse cultures in the world"..fair enough I thought, and after a bit of research, (and finding a cheap air fare), I'm off!



    I'm not sure for how long, Australians get an automatic 90 day visa on entry so, given other commitments, I expect I will stay between 30 and 60 days, by way of research I have met with a Japanese student to try to learn some useful phrases, she was very sweet and giggled a lot, I wondered were "all Japanese like her"? "No" she assured me, I managed to learn "arigato" (thankyou), and that if you say "konichiwa" to a Japanese person you will probably frighten them She gave me a more appropriate phrase to use, but I forgot it already, next language exchange I do I will be taking a pen and paper..

    So I'm busy researching accommodation and attractions, there won't be too much "carved in stone", it's not my style, but I obviously need to find a place for when I arrive. I imagine lodgings will consist of a mixture of hotels, airbnb, couchsurfing, and the occasional night on a bus or train..

    So far so good, what I've learned to this point has just whet my appetite for more, I'm genuinely excited to be going, and you, dear reader (there could be more than one down the track..) are welcome to join me for the ride..comments are welcome, particularly those that provide hint's, tips and generally useful information pertaining to the trip!

    Cheers!
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