In other Japanese news, the country may be giving away 10,000 round-trip tickets to help boost tourism after a plummet resulting from the recent tsunami. AND THEY'RE GONNA GIVE THEM AWAY TO BLOGGERS. I am like, sooooooooo in. *puts on Harajuku costume, practices peace sign in mirror*
The tourism agency says it plans to open a website to solicit applicants interested in the free tickets. Would- be visitors will have to detail in writing their travel plans in Japan, and explain what they hope to get out of the trip. Successful applicants would pay for their own accommodation and meals. They would also be required to write a review their travel experiences, and post it online.
"We are hoping to get highly influential blogger-types, and others who can spread the word that Japan is a safe place to visit," said Kazuyoshi Sato, with the agency.
The agency has requested more than a billion yen to pay for the tourism blitz. If lawmakers approve the funding, Sato says visitors could begin signing up as early as next April.
"Highly influential blogger-types" -- that has Geekologie Writer written all over it! Also, the drawing someone taped to my door of me getting stabbed with like a thousand swords. Somebody's got a secret admirer!
10,000 Free Round-Trip Tickets to Japan [abcnews]
Thanks to Harley and Steven, who can come with me provided they both fit in a single suitcase and bring plenty of sake money.