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  • It's a long flight from America back to Japan

  • It is a long flight back to Japan, that is right.

  • Alright, so here we go. I'm starting a clock.

  • Start.

  • We will see how long it takes from one door to the next.

  • How many seconds until we go home!

  • We're on our way to our flight to Japan,

  • and we've done as much prep as possible to be able to enter the country, including our negative COVID tests.

  • But will it be enough to get back home to Japan with no issues?

  • It's going to take a long time — is that what you said?

  • The second flight is the 13-hour one.

  • The second flight is 13 hours.

  • The first flight, do you know how long that one is?

  • Two Two hours, that's right.

  • So you want to go to Japan in 2021? Not so fast!

  • There's a lot of things you need to have in hand before you can even get on that plane.

  • We had the benefit of hearing from others what the process is like, so now we can share it with you.

  • That is a lot (of luggage)!

  • We're going to unload.

  • Mask

  • OK, to come back to Japan it's quite the complicated process.

  • So once you get your COVID tests, not only do they have to be negative,

  • The place where you get your COVID test has to fill out a form for the Japanese government

  • Stating what type of test it was, when it was done and that it was negative with the signature of the doctor.

  • We have our negative COVID tests!

  • I can't wait to play baseball with you again.

  • Oh yeah!

  • Hey Mr Josh

  • Grandma needs a big hug.

  • Thanks for coming. Love ya.

  • Can't kiss you with a mask.

  • I love you. She can't kiss you with a mask on!

  • Just kiss your mask.

  • Eating breakfast, huh guys?

  • Saying "goodbye" is never easy.

  • It's one of the hardest parts about going back to Japan.

  • But we really are looking forward to getting back home to Japan.

  • Hi Dude. Hi.

  • Look. Can you see?

  • Look, the bags are going in. Can you see them?

  • Yeah.

  • And you can pop your ears like...

  • That's right, that's how you pop your ears.

  • Bye Peoria.

  • We're taking off Dude, we're taking off! Yes!

  • Then also you have to fill out a questionnaire for each person in your family

  • And have that QR code ready to show the officials at the airport in Japan

  • We are higher than the clouds!

  • Wow — look at the mountains down there.

  • This is how you pop your ears, right?

  • So your ears don't hurt when it goes down. Did you figure out how to do it?

  • Ah! There you go, your ears are good.

  • What is that?

  • There's Dallas/Ft Worth.

  • Touchdown!

  • The first leg of the journey may be done, but the trip has only begun.

  • Next will be a transfer in the hub city of Dallas before we board our plane headed for Tokyo.

  • OK, our trams here.

  • Before you even get on a plane for Japan, you must have a way to get into the country.

  • In pre-COVID days an American could just show up in Japan and get a tourist visa.

  • Anna... Getting ready to board.

  • Now, about the only way a foreigner can get into Japan is if they are a returning resident, and even then it is strict!

  • I get the whole row to myself!

  • You got the whole row to yourself? Yeah!

  • You too?! Oh that's so cool! This is my dream.

  • You can tell there are no tourists going to Japan and very limited business travelour huge plane had only around 40 people on it!

  • Here we go! Look - oh so cool, huh?

  • Just how strict is Japan, you ask?

  • Well there are a couple countries from which you can't even get in.

  • Then there is a long list of places where a returning resident must quarantine in a government hotel for at least 3 days

  • before finishing their 14 day quarantine at home.

  • Fortunately for us, we're on a short list of places

  • where we should only have to quarantine at home for 2 weeks before returning to normal life.

  • Well we've been following the sun for over 5 hours

  • We just keep tracking along with it

  • And so it never actually gets dark outside

  • Just the windows get dark

  • By the time we touch down it will have been day the whole time.

  • And our time keeps ticking on

  • It's been over 11 hours since we left the house

  • Well girls, did you hear? It's 4 1/2 hours to go.

  • Wow! That's not so bad, huh?

  • Sarah, looking at her map.

  • About an hour before landing, they open up the windows to let light in again.

  • We've been on this flight for 12 hours now,

  • but the new COVID immigration process may take us up to 6 hours,

  • and includes a second batch of COVID tests

  • and the installation of a couple of apps that will track our position inside Japan.

  • We're going to bump, it's close to the ground!

  • There it is! Well, was that loud?!

  • What I did that really helped me was I printed out a piece of paper with all our passport names, numbers and expiration dates,

  • So I don't have to go through all the passports at the airport trying to find it. It's just all on one sheet of paper.

  • And if you have all this stuff already beforehand, in your hand, in a file folder,

  • Then when you go to each station, which there's like 30 stations you have to go to,

  • You can just hand them the file and they will look through and pull out what they need and what they want to look at.

  • And it really makes things go so much smoother.

  • Oh, so it took us 2.5 hours just to get through the tests, installing the apps,

  • The spit test.

  • I did not like it.

  • The apps. Yeah, no joke. You didn't like it. Maybe the nose one was maybe better.

  • 2.5 hours. Now we get to do immigration which is everything you normally do when you get off an international flight.

  • It took us another hour of walking and immigration before we finally exited the airport and went to our car.

  • Oh my goodness.

  • That is a finally packed car right there if I do say so myself.

  • We are back in our car. Is there somebody back there? Who's back there? Oh!

  • Anna!

  • My goodness, sweetie! It's so nice right here, it's so hot!

  • We're back in Japan which means I'm driving on the other side of the car and on the other side of the road.

  • So if I just keep following traffic I should be just fine.

  • We've got an hour and half until we get home.

  • How much time, do you think, has passed? 6 hours?

  • Mommy's going to have a good guess. I'm going to say 24 hours.

  • Oh, our bridge! You can practically see to our house, oh!

  • We made it. We made it, alright, let's see.

  • Twenty three hours and forty-three minutes.

  • Our tree is large and in charge, my goodness!

  • Time to unload.

  • And that's it, we're home!

  • Night night.

  • Oh yes! It's been a long time since we've seen that view!

  • Some of these trees just absolutely exploded while we were gone, my goodness!

  • It's only 5 weeks.

  • Here comes that familiar sound...

  • Oh yes!

  • Oh that's just right, yes!

  • Oh, the girls are up for the second time!

  • Yeah. We were awake for 2 hours before You were awake for 2 hours?!

  • Playing on the Switch.

  • Oh!

  • And then you decided "Let's go back to bed?" Yeah.

  • Is it exciting to be back home guys? Yes.

  • We have 14 days until we're out of quarantine, this is day one!

  • I'm going to skip 9 days, 9 days...

  • I'm going to skip school, eeeee....

  • No school! Bye bye!

  • Becca, you getting hot chocolate for everyone?

  • Yes, except Joshua and Daddy and Mommy.

  • Well that was nice of you.

  • And momma chan woke up, talking with Grandma already.

  • The kids playing Minecraft... And me, but I'm making hot chocolate

  • By 8 PM I think we were in bed

  • I mean, we were going to watch something but I don't even know what happened

  • I mean I was out so fast

  • And then at 10 PM Anna was like "I'm awake"

  • And I looked at the clock and I was like "Oh no honey, it's so early!"

  • Please try to sleep some more.

  • She was like "If I sleep until 3 AM then can I get up?"

  • And I was like "Yeah, if you sleep until 3 then you can get up."

  • So, here we go! Let the unpacking commence.

  • Ruth has begun!

  • Barely begun Barely, here goes the first bag

  • We only have 2 weeks to get it done, so...

  • Goodness, how good is it to be back and be in my own working space!

  • Our groceries came, look!

  • No, I don't think it's groceries...

  • What is it?! Should Mommy open it?!

  • We'll see what it is, it might be my groceries.

  • Might not be.

  • Oh my! Let's go! Let's go!

  • Oh my goodness! Here's our quarantine project!

  • So that was our experience coming back to Japan, what did you think?

  • Next week we're going to show you what quarantine is like

  • Especially with the app and the calls that you get

  • And this big Mario project that we have coming so stay tuned!

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  • And until next time, we'll see you on Life in Japan, back in Japan! Alright!

It's a long flight from America back to Japan