We made it to japan safe and sound! We are in Dotombori in osaka at the moment. Its pretty much all the lights, sounds and bicycles the tv makes it out to be. Haha, i now know what it is like to be stared at. Out side the city, you get so many double takes and lingering stares it is a little unsettling. but i did see one other caucasian person today, so they cant be non existent. We are staying at a Homestay about 15 minutes from the city, with a very helpful man called Takamoto San.
I will post some drawings when i figure out an effective way to do it. I tried taking a photo, but the flash sort of destroys it. But there are plenty of good things to draw, and the moleskin sketch book flic got me is perfect for drawing people in the street.