Got my BA, with only 3 years delay, prospect of going to Japan was a good incentive :).
My history related to trip to Japan started around August 2005, when I saw an offer for Internship in Japan, Tokyo.
I applied promptly, went through an interview process and got accepted.
After the interview, nothing happened for a while, and now with all the papers in hand, I have 3 months to enter Japan or my visa expires.
Tomorrow I’ll be defending my graduate thesis, apply for Masters course and a 1 year sabbatical, then I’m free to go for 1 whole year to Japan.