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Day #1730

Posted by Caz on Tuesday, 25th September 2012

Day #1730 Title: Access All Areas
Location: Shibuya Kokaido, Tokyo, Japan
Camera: Canon PowerShot G12
Notes: One of the reasons I have stayed so long in Japan for this trip is the British band Asia. In the mid-1990’s, I met my Japanese friend Tomoo via the Asia email discussion group and we have kept in touch ever since. I’ve been a fan of the band since their first album in 1982, when I was too young to be going to gigs on my own. Then they split for a while, with some of the members carrying on with a different vocalist, or pursuing their own solo careers and joining other bands in the meantime. They reformed a few years ago with the original 4 members, Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, and have released some great new albums since then. But I had never seen them play live in all that time. So when I told Tomoo about my visit, he advised that if I stayed on for another week after the date I had initially planned to go home, I could see Asia start their 30th Anniversary Tour in Tokyo with two shows! And what’s more, he could get me on the guest list and a backstage pass to meet the band afterwards, as he knows their manager. Of course, I jumped at the chance! So here I am – grinning like a fool – with John Wetton (one of my all-time favourite artists), after the second of two fantastic Asia gigs at the Kokaido. It’s been 30 years in the waiting but what a brilliant way to end my Japanese adventure! Read more about my stay.
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Day #1729

Posted by Caz on Monday, 24th September 2012

Day #1729 Title: The Wall Of Sake
Location: Meiji-jingu, Tokyo, Japan
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM
Notes: I took a trip to Yoyogi Park via the National Gymnasium at Shibuya this morning. Don’t worry, I wasn’t exercising – merely taking some pictures of the iconic building which was erected for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo! After wandering in the quiet of the park for a while I headed for the Shintō shrine at nearby Meiji-jingu, where Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are deified. This wall of sake barrels is part of the offerings made to the shrine every year by the Meiji Jingu Nationwide Sake Brewers’ Association. The Emperor was a great supporter of Japanese industrial development, and, I suspect, a sake connoisseur. Early evening, I headed to Shibuya Kokaido to meet Tomoo and see the first night of Asia’s 30th Anniversary Reunion tour. It was a great show, but more on that tomorrowRead more about my stay.
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