December 14-28, 2018
After a few flights from Pittsburgh to Toronto to Haneda to Fukuoka, we were greeted at the airport with the most beautiful words I'd heard in hours: "Welcome to Japan! There are no open container laws". Elias handed us a few cans of Chūhai and cups of ice. We had a 45 minute drive to Sasebo, no concept of time, and this was a great segue.
At first, it seemed like the jet lag would be no problem... until days two and three, when I could barely stay awake past 1900 and was alert and functioning at 0400. Elias and Raquel were first-class hosts, which helped greatly both in getting our bodies on time and navigating Japan.