I'm in Japan! Clock running out on the hostel internet connection. Managing the keyboard is a bit tricky. Was pleasantly surprised that the "subway" was more like BART, so the ride from the airport to central Tokyo was mostly above ground, and I got a view. The two things that struck me as really, really different: 1. every residential area I could see from the train had laundry hanging outside the houses and 2. Every now and then you see someone wearing a face mask. Not sure what that's about. Pretty impressed with my view and with what bit of Tokyo I've walked around. Already met an Iranian student and some Australians.
P.S. Please feel free to talk amongs yourselves! I can't really reply to comments while I'm here.