I wish I found that Jisho site earlier! Thanks, ruvlkng, I'll use it in the future.
Japan was really great. Stayed there for 7 days (Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo) and 5 days in Hong Kong. If I lived in Japan I'd live in Osaka, more slower paced than Tokyo but just as lively. It was really easy to get around Tokyo with the Tokunai pass (unlimited one day pass on the Yamanote line). The Yamanote line is a circle line that goes to all the main suburbs/stations, it's the only one you need to use unless you go to the 'local' train stations. And all the train lines are color coded and have English names and directions underneath the Kanji so I never got lost but the main stations are like labyrinths!
I went to Shibuya, Harajuku, Shinjuku, Ginza and Ebisu. It was really hot there though, usually around 35 degrees Celsius but no one I saw was wearing thongs (flip flops) or singlets (wife beaters), a lot of people were even wearing light cardigans and jeans.
A friend took me to dinner at this tapas bar in Ebisu near the train station that was amazing. The thing I quickly realized was that you can't judge a store by its name or storefront, you just go in and see for yourself, Japan has really odd names for their shops. I don't remember the name of this bar but the outside looked like an apartment block but interiors were really earthy and warm and was packed full of what looked like business professionals, but the best thing was that if you looked to the stucco on the walls they had full sized casts of vaginas, assholes, boobs and lips! My kind of bar!
But it wasn't such an alien world to me, I felt quite comfortable being around places and people despite understanding only every two thousandth word. And everyone was incredibly polite.
My main purchases were from Uniqlo which I knew was going to happen
Amazingly priced quality clothing that has great design and fit. The secondhand (recycle) clothing stores were pretty expensive but you walk into the stores and wouldn't realize that the clothes were secondhand, amazing quality.
I didn't end up going to Book Off but found the books I wanted in a store in Ginza and bought heaps of magazines too.
The food was the best I've ever eaten hands down. With the same of everything there (architecture, personal and work attire) the food was diverse and everything was considered, from presentation to what food 'tastes' were eaten together.
If anyone is considering going to Japan, don't consider it and do it!