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Space enthusiasts travel from Japan to Idaho for eclipse

A new pin has been added on the international map at Colonial Motel in Weiser. (KBOI Staff Photo)

It's a big weekend for the usually quiet town of Weiser.

People are coming from near and far to see the eclipse in its full glory.

Yuki Kimuj and Kiemchi Hayakawa came all the way from Japan.

It's not the first time the two friends traveled for an eclipse.

They have tried twice before, once in Australia and once in Indonesia, but both times it was too cloudy to see.

For these two space enthusiasts, no number of attempts is too many or distance too far to witness such a phenomenon.

"We are so happy. [There are] no words," said Kiemchi. "It is a difficult event to watch. [It's] extremely difficult to watch the eclipse."

"It's a dream," said Yuki.

Kerry Kendall, owner of Colonial Motel in Weiser, said he's been taking reservations from places from all around the world.

"We have the majority from the United States. All over the United States. We have two parties coming in from Japan, one from Spain... and then another party from Denmark," said Kerry.

Kerry said his motel is completely booked for the night before the eclipse.

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