The trip from Fukuoka to Virginia Beach is a long one; total of about 30 hours via Seoul, South Korea and Atlanta. The trip has been excellent; great guides, good travel companions and mostly good weather. Our timing was perfect as we saw beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom at almost every stop. We even got a little snow in the mountains north of Tokyo. The population density of Japan is ten times the USA (873/sq.mi. vs 85/sq. mi.) so everything in Japan feels crowded with people except for most remote farmlands. As a result the culture is one of exceptional politeness and adherence to the norm. Individualism is not valued as in the US and the saying is that the nail that sticks out gets hammered down.
We had a great trip and learned a lot about the culture of Japan.