Did I ever mention how expensive cell phones are here, or Keitai as the Japanese call them. I had this thought in the back of my mind that I would get a cell phone and then use it back in the States also. The cell phones here are years ahead of anythings I have. They have dictionaries, great email service, maps and directions, high quality cameras, advanced messaging capabilities, and really large LCD screens. The disadvantage is that most people pay between $50 -$60 per month for service and then pay for minutes on top of that.┬á Also, to get a phone you have to sign up for a year.