TFOS ASIA -1st Conference on the Tear Film and Ocular Surface in Asia-
General Information

Clothing (Important Information)

The conference will be held at Kenchoji Zen temple. Please come in casual clothes and also be aware that you will be asked to take off your shoes at the entrance of the temple. Since the weather in Japan in early spring is unpredictable and can get chilly in the morning and at night, please dress in layers and be ready for cool temperatures and occasional spring rain.
we also suggest wearing warm socks in the temple.

Information for Presenters

1. Presentation style
a) Please follow the chairperson's instructions.
b) Presentation times have already been informed to all presenters.
c) Please come to the Speaker Ready Desk which is next to the Registaration Desk 30 minutes before your presentation.
d) All presentations must be done using a PC. Please note that there will be no slide equipment or OHP available. Please ensure that your presentation is compatible with "Microsoft PowerPoint 2003-2010" and bring your data stored on a USB or bring in your own PC. If you prepare your presentation with Macintosh, bring your data on your own PC and connector which can be connected with Mini D-sub 15-pin connectors.
e) Please make sure that the data is not infected by any virus by checking it with the latest antivirus software with the most up to date virus definitions.
f) Please prepare any printed data if necessary. There will be no equipment available to make print out.
g) Please make and bring back up data on another media device.

2. Data preparation for presentation; for presenters who bring data on media devices.
a) Please prepare your presentation so that it is compatible with "PowerPoint 2003-2010". We'll use a PC with "OS: Windows XP"
b) To avoid problems, such as improperly positioned characters and paragraphs, unreadable characters, and missing characters, please try to use the following fonts:
Century Gothic, Arial, Times New Roman

3. Data preparation for presentation; for presenters who brings data on their own PC.
a) Please make sure you bring your own AC adapter. We use a two-way flat type socket, so please bring an adapter if necessary.
b) Please make sure that it can be connected with Mini D-sub 15-pin connectors which the organizer will provide. Please bring an auxiliary adapter if conversion is needed.
c) Please check that all data appears on outside monitors beforehand.
d) Please cancel screen saver, power saver set up or a password for start up, if it's set.
e) Please check that all moving images and audio data appear on monitor beforehand.
f) Please be sure to bring a back up of the data beside your own PC.

Conference Language

All sessions will be conducted in English.

Passport and Visa

To visit Japan, you must have a valid passport. A visa is required for citizens of countries that do not have visa exempt agreements with Japan. Please contact the nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate for visa requirements.


The Organizing Committee can accept no responsibility for accidents or damage to the private property of participants. Please make your own arrangements for health insurance and any other necessary insurance.


In early April, the average high temperature is 15 °C/59 ° F while the low is °C/41 ° F in Kamakura.

Local Time

Japan Standard time is 9 hours ahead of G.M.T. The time difference for major Asian cities is shown below (decrease by 1 hour during Daylight Saving Time period):

Beijing: -1 hour
New Delhi: -3.5 hours
Seoul: 0 (same)
Singapore: -1 hour

Public Transportation

For general transport, taxis are plentiful but expensive. JR Railway provides easy access to and from Tokyo Station.


Currency in Japan is the Yen (¥ /JPY). Notes are available in denominations of 10,000, 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000 yen. Coins are minted in denominations of 500, 100, 50, 10, and 1 yen. Exchange at the airport is recommended for your convenience. Most foreign currencies and travelers' checks can be exchanged at authorized foreign exchange banks. However we highly recommend purchasing travelers' checks or cash in Yen, U.S. dollars or Euros before leaving your home countries. A passport may be required for currency exchange services.

Credit Card

American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, shops and restaurants.


Electric current is uniformly 100 volts, AC, throughout Japan, but with two different cycles: 50 in eastern Japan including Kamakura and Tokyo, and 60 in western Japan including Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. Leading hotels in major cities have two outlets of 100 and 230 volts but their sockets usually accept a two-prong wall outlet only.


In Japan, tipping the hotel and restaurant staff is not necessary.


Shops and other sales outlets in Japan are generally open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays as well as weekdays from 10:00 to 20:00. Department stores, however, are closed on one weekday, differing by store, and certain specialty shops may not open on Sundays and national holidays.

Mobile Telephone

Mobile telephone rental is recommended, as most foreign cellular phones are not compatible with Japan's network. Mobile phone rental shops are conveniently located at Narita and other international airports. Please check with your mobile network provider prior to your departure.
You can use only NTT DOCOMO phone at Kenchoji. Other mobile phones e.g. au, iPhone etc., will not function there.

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