Nine participants gathered for the new Japan tour gathered at the well-known red/white block at Schiphol on Friday 19 October 2012. Participant number 10 had just arrived from England and we would meet him at the gate. After an uneventful direct flight to Narita with KLM we met the eleventh participant there. He had just flown in from Australia. It was Saturday already and the tour that would be remembered for its perfect weather was set to go.