Yes! I just booked my ferry tickets for Fukuoka, Japan. I will be in Japan from February 8th until February 12th. I love going to Japan and every visit is a real pleasure. In fact, my plan after finishing grad school is to maybe move to Japan. I can't say enough good things about Fukuoka. It's a beautiful city, and the people are very friendly (just like most of the country). I've been twice before: once to receive my Korean visa and another time for vacation (my last vacation in Japan was for three weeks).
Also, I will get to visit Axis Fukuoka again! The gym instructor and owner is Takeshi Kanda.
I had the pleasure of training with Mr. Kanda about a year and a half ago. He was very warm and friendly, and I really dug his teaching style. In fact, Mr. Kanda is a pretty small guy and just a little bigger than I am, so his style appeals to me very much. Rolling with him was funny, because every time I would go into reverse DLR his eyes would get all big and he would let out a, "ooooh". He had a smile on his face pretty the entire time. For example:
I can't wait.