I thought it was just me until I watched ZIP this morning - there are record numbers of foreign tourists visiting Japan this year and Kyoto is global number #1 destination (I think it was Bangkok last year). That has to be a good thing whatever way you look at it. It has sure taken people in Europe a long time to work out that Japan is actually cheaper than their own countries for eating out and hotels, even tho u get a lot less space in ur hotel room. I have run into a lotta Italians and Spanish - it must be nice 2 have euros rite now. Even if those countries got 25% unemployment, there are still 75% working n who can probably afford 2 come here. What r ur thoughts?