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.

Aloha,

Lloy”D”

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7 thoughts on “Japan – Day #2!

  1. Mari 11 years ago

    Good morning Dad!!

    How is your condition?
    I hope everything is all right with you.

    You can get some nodo ame anywhere(nodo ame is candy for throat). And it suppresses the cough for a while.

    I missed your performance of golden week, so I’m looking forward to see your performance in Shinjuku and Yokohama!!
    I can’t wait!!

    Have a great day in Japan!

    Mari
    The lucky girl who received the headband from Alex and you after your performance last year!

  2. Miyuki 11 years ago

    Aloha Kakahiaka, Dad!! Welcome back to Japan!! 🙂

    I listened to the radio,”Wiki Wiki Hawaii” this morning.
    I heard your voice from it:-)
    You can listen to the program(Inter FM 76.1) at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning in Tokyo area, I believe.
    Take care and enjoy your stay!!

    miyuki

    P.S. Please say hi to all the members you bring from Hawaii!!

  3. reiko tokushige rogers 11 years ago

    ALOHA LLOYD, NICK AND ALEX
    THIS IS REIKO FROM HONOLULU.I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR YOU ARE ENJOYING IN JAPAN AND I FEEL SAFE YOU HAVE RECOVERED.I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU
    YOUR APPEARANCE ON OUR WIKI WIKI HAWAII @INTERFM , RADIO I , FM COCOLO AND LOVE FM WILL BE ON AIR ON THIS WEEKEND.
    IF YOU HAVE A TIME, PLEASE TUNE IN WIKI WIKI HAWAII @76.1FM INTERFM @8AM ON JULY20(SUN).YOU CAN LISTEN TO YOUR TALK AND LIVE PERFOMANCE.

    SEE YOU SOON!!

    REIKO

    1. dad 11 years ago

      Howzit Reiko!
      We already heard from some of our fans who already heard the interview on Wiki Wiki Hawaii and really enjoyed it! I’ll try to listen to it on Sunday …
      Aloha,
      Lloyd

  4. Naoko Sakata 11 years ago

    ALOHA!
    Hi,
    Dad!!
    How are you?
    Is the physical condition safe?
    Was tiredness able to be taken?

    How about Japan since May?
    Japan is sultry.
    It is not possible to go because it is in Kyoto though I wanted to go also to Narita.
    It is very regrettable.
    It participates in “International cultural seminar” in Yokohama Royal Hotel on the 24th.
    The seat is the rear side.
    It assists back, and look for, please.
    And, it goes to see Landmark Tower Live.
    It assists in “UCHIWA” by bringing it.
    It is the enjoyment to put the cheer learning from [yutakasan].

    Then, let’s meet there. See you again.

    Naoko Sakata

    1. dad 11 years ago

      Aloha Naoko!
      Yes, Japan weather is very warm & humid! We are still a little tired from the jet lag but are slowly adjusting to the time change. We have a long week of performances ahead of us, but are looking forward to the Aloha Yokohama festival where we can again see all of our friends and fans!
      Mahalo,
      Lloy”D”

  5. Naoko Sakata 11 years ago

    Hi,
    Dad!!
    I look forward to see you again too!!
    23th evening, EVENT at SIODOME ??
    I want to go the EVENT!!

    Let’s meet there!! Naoko Sakata

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