Hi everyone! It’s 7:30 am here in sunny & cool Hiroshima and we’re getting ready to go meet everyone for breakfast. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to post a blog yesterday, but we were on the go from early morning to late evening and I was too exhausted to type! Anyway, lots to tell you …
We arrived in Hiroshima late Wednesday night (early Tuesday morning for us local folks .. huh?!) via the bullet train, and immediately made our AM/PM (local convenience store) run for water and snacks. The hotel we’re staying at – the ANA Crowne Plaza – is very nice and convenient. They have a great breakfast buffet – something that the boys & I take VERY seriously .. but I think Alex will only give them 3 stars out of 4 since they don’t have his favorite Cocoa Crispies (Japan version) and that great mustard that has the mustard seeds in them!
We started yesterday with an early TV performance promoting the Aloha Festival at the Tenmaya Dept. store followed by an early afternoon show. We then performed at the Honolulu Day concert at the Aster Plaza which really seemed like a political rally with music. You know me and the boys, though … we had a blast anyway and made sure that the audience joined in the fun! I really felt sorry for all the Honolulu guys though … watching them from the stage was hilarious! Their poor heads were bobbing up and down as they bravely fought to stay awake! Boing! Boing! That’s because, even though it was only 8:30pm in Japan it was already 1:30am in Hawaii!
The really cool part about yesterday was that we got to see our Hiroshima family again. I can’t express the emotions I felt when I saw my mom and our cousins Erika and Tadao warmly embrace each other again! I was immediately reminded of Alex’s words in VOICES SWEET … “On a journey over mountains ‘cross the sea .. Take me home to find my family”. We are indeed so fortunate to have found a part of our roots which had been lost for so many years … so VERY fortunate!
A big “MAHALO!” to our Hirsoshima “ohana” who came to see us … Nao, Naoko, Miyuki, Masuko, and all the rest! Kudos to HTA, HTJ, Mayor Mufi, Wayne, Don, Hokulani Elementary, and the rest of the Honolulu delegation who, along with Mayor Akiba and the City of Hiroshima, made this wonderful 50th Honolulu-Hiroshima Anniversary possible with all their support and hard work! Great job, gang!
Ok … I’m going to go enjoy another wonderful breakfast buffet now before we have to get ready for another show …
Aloha, The “:D”