Well, I fianlly made it! After 16+ hours of travel time, an hour and a half of commuting on the train system (which is really quite pleasant), and multiple fumblings and butcherings of the Japanese language I am finally settled in. My hotel is nice though it is small, the people are just like everyone says; they are very polite and accommodating. Maybe coming to Japan is a good way for me to realize that there is so much more to learn about the language and culture than I realized.
Today I am meeting up with Heather Perry and the folks from Zoka Coffee Japan for our first practice session for WBC. I'm sure that today will be more of setting up and getting all of the equipment/ingredients that she needs, so we may not get into the swing of things right off the bat. Have a great day and many excellent cups of java until my next update!