Saturday, May 20, 2006

Japan pt. 2 - KOBE. SUMO. ROCK!

This writing comes as we near the end of quite an awesome trip to Nippon! Just about every day we've had KILLER FOOD! Every city was known for something special, weather it be Unagi (eel), chicken wings, or ramen. Timothy and I even went out to a Robata restaurant in the Roppongi area on our first stay in Tokyo. I call it the most expensive date I've ever been on, but I gotta say- the food was fabulous. You point to any uncooked food you want, and 1 of 2 chefs grills it up for you. Live seafood and Kobe beef stood out to me. ESPECIALLY THE KOBE BEEF! I've never tasted anything like it... It really is ridiculously good. We've met many cool folks along the way. Our Japanese promotion team has really done well in taking care of us, which includes coordination of nocturnal activities (thanks Toshi)! Local bars and late night food.

The memorial museum in Hiroshima moved me to tears. Unfathomable that we (humans; americans) were capable of such atrocities so recently in our history. There's a pic of the park and Atomic dome in my previous post.

Yesterday's show in Sendai will go down in history for Whitesnake. Why? Dare I say it? We performed one of the new songs! Finally Whitesnake has debuted new material for the first time in how many years? 17? The crowd was paralyzed at first, but a few bars into it they lost control. It went over fabulously! I can't wait to do it tomorrow in Tokyo. The fans deserve this!

Today, on the eve of our final show here, I feel my Japanese experience was really topped off. I woke up and went to a touristy shopping area, but found cool side streets and little shops and food places (food REALLY is the running theme for me here!). It was 90 degrees and sunny! I even found some more blue hair dye (it's been fading to green after every wash- no more!) After a few hours of walking I made it back to the hotel at about 3:30. I met with our man-about-town Toshi, drummer Tommy Aldridge and 2 crew members to go to see LIVE SUMO! It's the finals right now and the place was packed! We've been watching the matches on TV, but this was something else. What an experience! I'll put up pics of all this stuff. Back at the hotel, I had a massage and accupuncture treatment (for my lower back disc-issue). What an amazing day. Someone told me there was even an earthquake around 2pm.

So now it's Saturday night and I think I'll keep it mellow. It's been such a full day!
But then again, maybe I'll get dressed and go for a quick solo Udon hunt- I AM getting hungry again!

Packin' on the pounds in Nippon!


At 11:18 AM, Blogger Minna said...

Hi Uriah!!! Great story, awww I wish I could go to Japan too! You have had such a good time there. I'm also curious about the new song!!! Can't wait!!!

Have fun in Tokyo!!!

Gimme aka Minna

PS. Bad Moon Rising has a song called One night in Tokyo....

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Ana said...

Thank you Uriah for the beautifull story that u's interesting to be in the middle of good food, sumo in live and pure good rock...:) I'm happy that you and guys have a great time...and all your dasy are full with interesting deserve that! :)

I'm realy realy happy for the fact that WS will performed a new song after so many years...I can't wait to hear all of them...I hope you will perform some of them on the concert in Macedonia...almost two months and 4 days left until I can see you in live...:)

Stay in good I hope that now you will take a break little and put some new pic here and told us about interesting stuffs from the tour in Japan :)

Before u leave Japan...please eat some kobe beef for me....:)


At 11:04 AM, Blogger Kazu- said...

Hi, Uriah ! I saw you in today's last show at Tokyo-Kokusai-Forum in Tokyo (Japan). It was so great as you played a new song for Japanese fans tonight and also your play was so great, too!! Thank you so much and I hope you all guys will come back to Japan again.
It sounds like you have enjoyed in Japan... Please take care for the long journey for your world tours!
Thanks and lots of love xxx

At 2:32 AM, Blogger Cindy said...

Hi URIAH!!! FOOOOD!! ME TOO. I can't believe the food here! THANKS for the NEW SONG!! It is so wonderful!! Can't wait for the release of the others. Tokyo show was killer! Watched the sumo on TV , Too...Glad your (and my) first time in Japan was great! Hopefully, you'll play here a lot more in the future!!! See you in Manchester..Cindy


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