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The Shinagawa Prince (Main Tower) is a good all-around hotel. Rooms are small, but well appointed. Convenient to all transportation.
The Riveria Hotel in Taipei is a gem! Great breakfast. Large rooms. Free internet access. What's not to like!
For the best Japanese-English online dictionary, see Jim Breem's WWWJDIC Japanese dictionary server/
Another Japanese-English/English-Japanese dictionary, Jisho
The Ochanomizu district in Tokyo has the best musical instrument shops and used CD stores in Japan. It's easy to while away hours just browsing.
Check out Kevin's blog, UKULELEjapan.com.
Tonki: the best tonkatsu in Japan!
Yo-Yo Ma. Need I say more?