Thunderstorms in Tokyo!

Good morning! There was thunder, lightning, and rain last night here in Tokyo but it really didn’t cool things down … just more humid! I had lunch with my good friend, Kazuyo, at a great tempura restaurant near the Shinagawa Prince Hotel. We’ve had dinner there with Kazuyo and her family several times before, and the fresh tempura bar is UNREAL! For dinner Mark & I went to eat at the katsu place across the street from our hotel and I ordered their jumbo katsu-don dish (pork cutlet w/ egg & vegetables over rice). It was ok, although a little too salty for my taste … but it doesn’t even compare to the quality of the tonkatsu which we eat at Katsu-kura and Meisen restaurants – our favorites!

I’ve found a new favorite snack here in Japan … Cheeza snack crackers! They come in Cheddar, Camembert, and Gorgonzola (my favorite) flavors and they’re AWESOME!! You can find them in any market or convenience store here in Japan, but they only come in small, snack-size packages. I bought about 10 packs already and will probably get another 10-20 more to bring home, although I’m having trouble finding the Gorgonzola flavor. If you like Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish, you’ll LOVE Cheeza!

We have a meeting this afternoon before we head on over to Eats & Meets Cay in Aoyama for our final performance here in Tokyo. Tomorrow we have a couple of more radio interviews and then we’re heading over to Alex’s favorite restaurant, YAMA-CHAN! Then it’s on to Fukuoka for the final leg of our summer tour … sigh! Although I’ve complained a lot about the heat & humidity here, Japan is still an amazing and wonderful place! Our fans are THE BEST, and the food, beer (naturally!) and service are second to none!

Aloha, “D”


  1. Next time you come to Yokohama I will show you a very famous tonkatsu restuarant, and hope you will like it.

    A famous Japanese clothing store, UNIQLO has a new underwear which can be wear under shirts and holds sweats. I recommend for you.

    • Hey Hiroyuki-san!

      I love UNIQLO and we try to shop there every time we’re in Japan! I will look for the underwear next time we’re there. And mahalo for all the omiyage you gave us in Yokohama … it was very special! We look forward to trying the special tonkatsu restaurant next time we’re in Yokohama too! Please take care, Hiro-san, and we look forward to seeing you again very soon!

      Aloha, “D”

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  3. NORIKO and MANA

    Dear Dad
    Good morning! Your gigs always awesome for me everytime,
    but I feel yesterday’s was the highest!(I don’t know why I did
    thought so, but really awesome!)
    I’ve never crying with emotion by listening to the gigs,
    but yesterday, I cryed many times .I could’nt stop it.
    I thought one reason is I’m missing of you and yours because of not
    seeing for a while.
    Another one is your gigs were so amaging,awesome☆

    Thank you fof giving me so much aloha.
    Mahalo Dad☆
    I’ll go to Hawaii from 24 Septenber to 2 October, and will go to
    Lulu’s and Kanika Pila on 24,25.
    I’m looking foward to seeng that time. Until that,
    I’m looking foward to see you and Nick, Alex by this blogs and internet lives!

    Best wishs for the Fukuoka gigs?And take care!
    I really miss that yours will leave Tokyo…(;~ ;)
    Mahalo and Aloha from the bottle of my heart☆
    watashi-mo ganbarimasu(^ ^)/


    • Thank you for your beautiful message, Noriko-san!

      We really felt that last night’s performance was one of ManoaDNA’s best on this trip. The crowd was full of excitement and aloha, and it was truly a magical evening! I hope everyone who came last night had a really great time and will also share MDNA’s music with all their friends. I’m sorry that Mana was not there to see our performance, but maybe next time ne? Please take care, and I look forward to seeing you in Hawai’i in September. Mata, ne?

      Aloha, “D”

  4. Aloha, D!

    I love tonkatsu too! My recommend is “katsuretsuan” here in Yokohama.
    They serve ono tonkatsu with ono sauce!
    Please check this out and try it When you come to Yokohama.


    • Aloha, Junji-san!
      Thank you so much for coming to see us in Aoyama last night! It was truly a special night and it was so wonderful to see you and all of our friends at our final performance in Tokyo! Your support and aloha mean so much to ManoaDNA!
      Mahalo, “D”

  5. Aloha, D, Nick & Alex!

    Last night was AWESOME too!!
    I enjoyed your great live performance so much!
    Your gig is everytime fabulous!
    Thank you so much for great moments here in Yokomaha and Tokyo in this summer.
    We love you Dad, Nick & Alex (of course Mark-san too!) and we support ManoaDNA always.

    Have a nice trip to Fukuoka and take care!
    See you at Lulu’s in September 24th & at kanikapila in September 25th.

    Mahalo, Junji