"N" and "A" relaxing at InterFM studios in Roppongi

"N" and "A" relaxing at InterFM studios in Roppongi

J-WAVE studios

J-WAVE studios

Good morning everyone!  It’s Day 1 for the JATA World Trade Fair and since it’s media day, we’re only doing one performance at noon today.  We’ll be attending a reception later this evening, so we won’t be able to join our dear friends, the Taguchis, for some great Tokyo shabu shabu … oh well, maybe in November?  The JATA/WTF is a huge tourism convention where countries from all over the world gather to showcase their food, music, and attractions to the public.  I heard that over 150,000 people attend this 2-day event … I recall past JATA events when I couldn’t even cross an aisle because there were so many people!  I hope our favorite Ghana food booth will be there again this year .. they have this awesome meat sandwich that is sooooo good!  I also wonder whether Alex will buy another instrument to add to his collection at home … last year he bought an African jembe (sp), a conga-like drum with a really great sound but a real pain in the butt to carry on the airplane home!

It was another busy day yesterday with a radio interview at InterFM and a visit to the J-WAVE studios.  I want to send a big “mahalo” out to our manager, Ann, for taking such good care of us and putting up with all of our b.s.!  U da bess, Umelani!  Well, I gotta run and start getting ready, so as we like to say to each other right before we go on stage, “see you at the end, boys”!

Aloha, “Pops”

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