Our eternal day of travel began with a 4:30 get up. All transitions went smoothly and as planned. First there was a flight to LAX and a five hour layover. Then an eleven hour flight to Narita. It was awkward chasing the sun and somehow losing a calendar day when we finally landed in Japan. We all were able to sleep, some much more than others. Calvin and Sassa were at Narita to meet us. A euphoric feeling accompanied the realization that after more than two years of anticipation, we were finally in Japan with Calvin. We next caught a couple of trains and a taxi to ultimately collapse in Calvin's 200 square foot apartment. We almost completely covered the floor space with futon's, air mattresses and exhausted bodies. After 26 hours we had made it from Southworth to Mitaka, Japan.