Have my fingers crossed that I'll be able to return to Japan for work sometime this fall. Really miss it, and online poker would just be a nice bonus. Would be awesome to ,set up with some fellow 2p2 members.
In general, you can get around fine without having to use Japanese..****ch easier in cities like Osaka than the rural areas.
Pachinko is so goddamn lame...I'm a bit surprised there really aren't many other forms of gambling that are popular, but I suppose that's Japan for you.