Placement called and said I might be going to Nasushiobara-shi instead of Oshu-shi as was the original plan. Both sound like lovely areas, but the former has the advantage that I might not have to drive a car, which I wasn't looking forward to. Also, Nasushiobara-shi (what a mouthful!) is in Tochigi Prefecture in the Kanto region, which would be convenient if I try picking up a show or something on a weekend off. But I have my international driving permit and am prepared for every eventuality.
I exchanged dollars for yen today. They're such pretty bills. I've read that travelers to Japan tend to overspend because it looks like play-money. I'll have to take care to avoid that mentality. I love that the bills have pictures of authors instead of our dreary politicians - Fukuzawa Yukichi, Higuchi Ichiyo, Murasaki Shikibu, especially Natsume Soseki.