I am a compulsive reader and researcher so I'd say reading's incredibly important for me.
What am I reading? The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Beautiful dark story in graphic novel format.
Everyday Things in PreModern Japan by Susan B. Hanley
Japan's Medieval Population by William Wayne Farris
With frequent excursions into
Kawanakajima 1553-64 by Stephen Turnbull
Japanese Tales by Royall Tyler
Chanting from the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh
Useful Plants of Japan: Described and Illustrated (1895) by the Agricultural Society of Japan
and several other books floating about.