Japan is a crazy place, and still elicits massive culture shock even after you've been here multiple times. And you know what the craziest thing is? Everything is in Japanese! Nuts, right?
Even the video games, or at least their original, pre-localized for the English-speaking markets versions. As most of the games you encounter at the Tokyo Game Show are. So getting to play Star Ocean for about twenty minutes today in the Microsoft booth on the show floor was a mixed blessing.