To top this off, however, I came home and Googled "Joss Sticks" to see how common they are. I came across this Guiness World Record article about the Worst Joss Stick Disaster when three giant joss sticks collapsed...at a Jedi temple.
What are the odds?
Also, prompted by finabair, I thought I'd post my event calendar for the rest of the year (as it stands at the moment).
1. 2005 World Expo July 17th (and possibly 18th), in Aichi Prefecture. I will be attending with melf42 and wednesday_10_00.
2. Comic Market 68 August 12-14 at Tokyo Big Sight with wednesday_10_00.