After registration everybody got this nice fan as a present by the Kansai Kiin. It is on purpose that it's empty so we can ask professionals for their signature. Next to that, I got my name badge which included just another upgrade. Since the rankings in Japan are a bit shifted compared to other parts of the world the organizers tried to balance that. For me this resulted in a promotion to 1 Kyu. I would not be surprised if the Japanese people constructed the rankings like this on purpose so foreigners can feel stronger by just coming to Japan :-)
The playing site is also used for Sumo events. The circle in the middle is kind of a "channel" (I don't even know how I would call it in German). However one must constantly be careful to not stumble into it.
My room is in traditional Japanese style but actually it's quite comfortable. The fact that my room mate did not show up makes it a bit less crowded also.
That's it for the introduction, I will shortly report about the first day.
PS: Speaking about ranks and name badges. I guess there are not so many 10p's out there...