Yesterday the two of them bit the bullet and bought their plane tickets, because Seanie found an incredible deal: a round-trip flight between San Jose and Tokyo for $400. That's an amazing deal. It'll be expensive, but if Seanie lives frugally while in Japan we won't eat too much of our savings up. He'll have to buy some equipment, like a bike capable of bearing the weight of his gear, but it won't be a financial hardship.
I will join them at either the beginning or the end of the trip for a week or so, just so I can have a mini-adventure too. I have to talk to my boss and negotiate the best time to go, but considering I've always wanted to visit Japan I will definitely find a way to make it happen!