I'll be leaving shortly for Japan and was wondering if you recommend the Genki textbooks. (An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese) I have the first one, I'm not sure how many are there in all...but I like that it has order and structure, and to supplement this I do have a basic phrase-book and vocabulary guide, kind of geared towards travelers and the essential 'survival' phrases.
I am thinking if I take it with me, perhaps I can find a Japanese tutor to work with, and perhaps take a chapter for each week to work on, do the exercises. I'd like to hear people's experiences if you've used this text. thanks and happy language studying to you all =)