It’s around 10:30 am and we just arrived home after a long overnight flight from Narita. We left Sapporo at 1:45 pm “today” (Japan time is 19 hours ahead of Hawaii), connected to our flight out of Tokyo. We saw a lot of musicians and dancers who were returning from the Na Hiwahiwa concert in Tokyo … there were so many of them that they had to have 5 large tour buses to transport them! We saw our good friends Kimo Kahoano and Gaylord Holomalia amongst the crowd.
Our last day at JATA was a lot of fun, and as usual ManoaDNA saved its best for last! We were so happy to see so many of our friends and fans there on both days. We send our warmest mahalo to each and everyone of you who came to see us – thank you for coming out to Big Sight and supporting us! And thank you for all the nice omiyage that the boys & I received from you too! One omiyage gift that was especially interesting was the chilled box of glazed sweet potato french fries from our friend, Hiroyuki – so ono, but very different! Thank you!
Sapporo was also a lot of fun too, as we joined emcees Reiko, Sarah, and Nobby from FM Northwave for a Hawaii celebration day at the Sapporo Factory. We then stopped by their reception afterwards to say “hi” and to thank all of the staff and supporters who helped put on this great event. Thank you Reiko, Sarah, and Nobby for making us feel so welcome! We made many new friends and fans that day and I hope we get to go back to Sapporo soon! And at dinner that evening, we finally got to enjoy ice cold mugs of our favorite Sapporo Classic nama beeru (draft beer) and platters of Genghis Khan (fresh lamb teppanyaki) … it doesn’t get much better than that!
Thank you to Hawaii Tourism Japan for being such wonderful hosts and a big mahalo to our manager, Ann Suzukawa, for keeping us fed and out of trouble!