BTW - I'm back in New Zealand. I was in Japan from the 10th to 25th of September. I got to see a new city, Kanazawa, and spend a bit more time in Tokyo.
Kanazawa was funny; we were expecting this little country town, but it turns out that Kanazawa is about the size of Auckland, with 500K or so people in the city and a million or so total in the region. Heh. I always forget that Japanese people perceive scale in a totally different way to Kiwis.
Currently rocking out to Bedrock Presents Luke Fair from samurai.fm (an excellent site to visit when you've run out of good music to listen to).