Pardon me if I sound excited with my trip to Japan. Gee, it's still in March next year (we already have plane tickets though). I am just preparing and trying to gather as much information as I can. Now it is the communication. When I first went to Hongkong in 1994, we had a hard time conversing with the Chinese. In the restaurant, it is the sign language that almost failed us. Fortunately with the vendors, they were using the calculator to negotiate with the prices. And in Japan, how good are they in English? Do we need to know some basics in conversational Nihonggo or are there many English-speaking Japanese now?