Telex number arrived the other day, so getting tickets is a go. Will probably pay a premium for not having bought them earlier, but didn't want to splurge on the off-chance that my visa would not be approved. Lesser of two evils.
Will probably be going with AIS
for travel insurance. Supposedly they support airlifting out in medical emergencies. Hopefully nothing comes to that point, but would rather be safe than sorry.
Tickets purchased through JTB. Will be spending the night in Seoul on the way over.
Stopped by for some curry at CoCo IchiBan after picking up my tickets. Popped into some shops in Orion Dori whilst walking back to Utsunomiya JR station. Picked up a handful of old CDs (￥300/ea.). Hit Yodobashi Camera, swapped out a battery I'd made a mistake on last week and picked up an SC-01 case/battery pack for my Samsung Galaxy SII.
Now just hope my visa will show up in the next day or two.