Day 10. (940 km)
Around 9:30 Yuichiro arrived at my hotel with my bag.
I had left it at his house because of all the travelling we did the last days and just brought some clothes I needed for these shows.
The interview went very well, we talked about the new album, the tour we were doing and the future plans we both had. After this Mr Shunichi Nakamura invited us to show Osaka and so we went with his car to the centre of Osaka. After some sightseeing we stopped to taste some special dish and have some drinks. Mr Shunichi Nakamura told us not to eat allot because later that evening we would go with him to eat at a very special restaurant.
The dinner we did was simply amazing, so much details and different dishes. After this great night out we got introduced to the chef and took a picture with him. Mr Shunichi Nakamura dropped us of at the station and after saying goodbye to him we took the train back to Tokyo. I walked back from the station to my hotel and went to bed. The next day was going to be my first free day.
Sleeping most of the day I went out around 21:00 to get some food in Tokyo centre. This city really never sleeps and you can get anything at any time.
Because we were going to fly to Okinawa the next day I did not do anything special. The next day I had to take the Narita Express to meet up with the rest of the band at the airport so I packed my bags again and arranged a taxi in the hotel lobby. The taxi would pick me up at 6:00 in the morning.
Fly to Okinawa
At 6:00 I took a taxi to the train station to get the Narita Express to Narita airport. We were going to fly to Okinawa to play at the jazz festival there.
After arriving at terminal 1 I had a little panic moment. I forgot my little bag with all my documents, passport inside the train. I rushed to the Narita Express info desk to get help. Japan is very well organized so when I got to the lost and found department my bag was already there! When I got at the check in desk the rest of the group was already waiting for me there. The flight to Okinawa was going to be around 3 hours of flight time.
After this meal we got dropped off at the hotel we were going to stay. After checking in the hotel we got dropped off at the festival to do a sound check, the festival would start the next day.
The location was very special, Nanijin Castle, a world heritage. It was almost surreal, when it got dark it felt like a different planet.
After the sound check we went back to the hotel to have dinner there. I was looking forward to play the next day, but also to discover more of the surrounding area.