Hello everyone! Mark, Jessie, Amber and Dan here, reporting from Japan. Update number one:
It was an incredibly long trip for the four of us into Japan, and once we got here on the plane we had to sit on the tarmac for over an hour while people in full suits, face masks, gloves, goggles, and hair coverings came onto the plane and thermo-imaged everyone with a hand-held device, then collected this health information sheets we had to fill out. It wasn't too bad, but the plane heated up, and we had been sitting for 14 hours already... so it was nice to finally get off the plane.
Then we took a few trains into Tokyo and met up with one of Mark's friends, Kenji. He took us to a cheap sushi place for dinner and then we dropped off Amber and Dan at their hostel before heading back to Mark's friend Syacho's place for the night. At that point, I think we had been awake for 20-some hours (no idea what the time difference is yet) and we were totally pooped. After a few beers with our hosts, we headed to bed and crashed.