I'm currently in the midst of a trip to Japan to do some training. With all the great teachers available outside Japan these days, why on earth should anyone waste money and time going all the way to Japan when I could stay home and trian? That's my blog pos this time. The full post is at
For me, because Japan is a really cool country and traveling is fun...made more so by traveling with great friends, training in a new environment where you don't speak the language, making new friends, and getting immersion in foreign cultures. During our dojo trips to Japan, much more time is spent being touristy.