Hey sorry, I just found this post--not sure how I missed it.
Japanese beer is basically a slightly heaver than Miller lite. My favorite is (was) Orion, which is made here in Okinawa. It is just barely heavier than Kirin/Sapporo, which are the other two big names.
I've recently learned of a brewpub here (I's pub) that supposedly gets its microbrew from Mainland but I don't know anything more.
I hope she enjoys her trip!
More importantly, how is your bar project coming? How about some pictures or even pictures of napkin sketches? Something we can comment on and give unsolicited advice!