I've just booked a flight to Japan, traveling out on the 9th of May about three weeks from now. As an experiment I'm only staying for two weeks this year, not my usual three weeks. I'll be roaming about Japan with a 7-day JR pass in the middle of the trip bookending with a few days in Tokyo either side. It does mean I'll be in Japan on my birthday (誕生日 = tanjoubi) and my plan is to be in Onomichi on that day, just because. 誕生日おめでとうございます to me!
The airfare this year is a bit higher than I've paid for previous trips but later in the summer it climbs to eye-wateringly high numbers according to the online booking services so I've decided to forgo the delightfully scorching high temps of a Japanese summer for the more temperate late spring climate (plus some rain). I'm still expecting it to be warmer than it is here in Edinburgh over the same period.
Anyone wanting Stuff brought over to or back from Japan should get in touch with lists and other details about forwarding etc. Cargo space is likely to be limited the most on the return journey due to mass limits rather than volume since I'll be hitting up Book Offs and other target-rich environments while I'm there.