@aminam I am seriously so excited for your trip - being in Japan was one of the best experiences of my life and I crave that scary yet exhilarating feeling all the time! I know you are well traveled but perhaps something will be helpful, So..
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    Apparently there are SIM card vending machines (shocking since Japan is the vending machine capital of the world)
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    I, like you, am a huge planner try to plan like 2 days when you don't have plans and make spontaneous decisions
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    Breathe in the moments when your heart feels so happy and things feel surreal! I believe the details of memories last longer this way!
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    Take tons of pictures like old school style 📷
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    Don't be a hero, bundle up you're cold! Actually, the weather looks fair and not too windy! 🌥(yes I just looked at the forecast)
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    The rail system in Japan is one of the most organized and efficient in the world - you won't get lost!
    Also, embrace the quietness of the trips on the rail!
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    Sumimasen- the one word I used most often - means "excuse me" or "sorry" & can be used in a variety of contexts
    By day 4 I felt brave enough to use it when trying to find my way then played the hell out of some charades (seriously talked with my hands for two weeks after returning). I also used this phrase to get get the attention of a waitress (no tipping required in Japan or most of the world, as you probably know)
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    Screw the iPad especially since you can't find the charger 🙃 Take one actual book in case technology fails you at some point & music!
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    Unless you are required to check your work email, DON'T or only check it every 5 days or something !
    I know we have different job types but I struggle with being absent/going to a workshop and having a substitute for even a day (what if they forget to...? I'll have so much to organize/fix when I get back...! "Why did they do it that way?) Once you get on that plane, literally and figuratively LEAVE IT IN HAWAII! Everything will be okay!
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    Try the food first then ask questions later! You'll probably do a lot of pointing to pictures of food choices anyway! 🍱
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    Have a local beer and some quality saké for me! 🍶
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    Allow yourself to take a break from social media - it's not going anywhere! 🙂