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I am safely ensconced in the Hotel New Otani, in Makuhari, Chiba Province. I couldn't have asked for better accommodation, actually. First of all, it's huge - it looms above the surrounding area like some giant Arthur C Clarke monolith, and I'm at the bottom taking pictures with my little gaijin digital camera (which really is like some sort of neolithic instrument compared to the J-phones they have here), exclaiming, "My god, it's full of gamers".
Secondly, the room I've been assigned is gigantic compared to my actual needs. When I would have settled for anything larger than a coffin, I've ended up in a suite featuring no less than two double beds and a walk-in wardrobe. I suppose I am paying nearly $200 AUD a night, so at least I'm getting what I'm paying for.
Thirdly, the hotel is right next to the Makuhari Messe convention centre, which is where TGS is being held. I can literally walk to the convention hall without once exposing the top of my head to sunlight.
I've already done a heap of stuff and taken a ton of photos, so there'll hopefully be lots of posts to come. The only limitation is that upon getting here I discovered my laptop charger is of the three-pin variety with an earthing prong (which I had known previously, but forgotten) and hence will not fit into the two-pin power converters I brought with me. My phone/camera, DS and PSP are all fine, though. I'll try and fit in as much as I can before my laptop dies, and/or hopefully find a store which will sell me a more suitable converter.