Messages coming from an acquaintance about plans to visit Japan have become threateningly genuine over the past couple of weeks.

“The messages are starting to get quite serious – it sounds like he really might come and visit me in Japan,” said Phil Meredith.

Meredith had met this guy on a vacation to Hawaii several years ago for about half an hour in a bar.

“This guys been saying he’ll come visit me in Osaka for years but now he’s starting to mention specific dates.”

Meredith began to suspect something was afoot when a message came through about prices of flights.

“As soon as any mention of airline ticket prices came up I knew I was in trouble.”

Meredith began posting articles from gaijin blogs this week about must see locations in the northern most areas of Japan.