Sorry if this thread doesn't belong in this forum.
I am very likely going to Japan for a few weeks in some time, but the passport service website is down (you can't register for a new account), and I hear they've also stopped making the physical book. So where does one go to find homestays? Should I contact some Japanese Esperanto clubs and ask if any of their members can help? Or do any of you have any contacts I can/should contact? How have you travelled during the time the service has been down?
I would rather, honestly, talk to Japanese people through Esperanto (and my little Japanese) than through English. : P So that's why I'm wondering how to find arrangements through Esperanto stuff. Of course, I don't have to stay with just Japanese people, but that would probably be the most fun for a first-time trip.
Is there another forum somewhere that's risen up to replace the service?? Or maybe I should find a Japanese Esperanto BBS and post there?