Aloha Kakahiaka! It’s 4am here in Japan and I’m wide awake. I always have a hard time adjusting to the time change (-5 hours) so I end up going to sleep around 7pm and waking up around 1 or 2am. And just around the time when my body finally adjusts, it’s time for us to return to Hawaii and I have to go through the process all over again! We’re staying the first two nights near Narita airport since we’ll be performing there today and tomorrow before heading into Tokyo for a grueling 3-day, 10 performance stretch. After that it’s on to Sendai and then on to our last stop, the Aloha Yokohama Festival. Although the weather is hot & very humid, it’s great to be back in Japan again and the food is as great as ever! After we got in yesterday, we took the bus over to the AEON MALL in Narita to do some shopping and eating. Of course we spent a lot of time in the music and electronic stores (geeks!), but the highlight for me was having a DOUBLE curry katsu plate – that’s right – two crisp tonkatsu fillets drowned in curry sauce over a huge mound of rice! YUMMMMM! The oddest thing, though, was that we couldn’t find any draft or canned beer anywhere – not in restaurants or any of the mini-marts around the area! Very strange .. I wonder if there’s some custom or law prohibiting the sale of beer, although they sell other alchoholic beverages like chu-hai … hmm, go figure. Anyway, by the time we got back to our hotel it was about 9pm and we were very tired and thirsty, so we went upstairs to the sky lounge where we found our beloved nama beeru and were finally at total peace!
We’re going to start today off with a good hearty breakfast in the hotel before heading out for a quick trip to the (you guessed it) shopping mall! We need to be back by 2pm to start getting ready to head over to the venue at Narita Airport since soundcheck is at 4pm and our first performance starts at 5pm. Ahhh … life on the road!
My cough is pretty much gone so I don’t think it’ll be a problem once the performances start. By the way, I want to thank everyone for coming down to our zoo concert on Wednesday night, and I’m sorry if I didn’t have a chance to see or talk to all of you. The zoo is very strict about time limits and doesn’t allow much time after a performance for people to stick around and visit. I’m sure it’s because the animals need their rest too! I want to thank our good friends Kuniko and Leland for the Rock ‘n Rye for my throat (yea, right!) and also Yutaka for leading the cheering section for “Love The One You’re With”. And thank you, Roy & Kathy Sakuma, for again allowing us to be a part of this wonderful event … good luck on this weekend’s Ukulele Festival and I’m really sorry we’re going to miss it AGAIN!
Stay tuned for more from Japan … btw, sorry I don’t have pics – I still haven’t learned how to download them yet. I’ll have to have the boys email me some and I’ll load them into my blog.