A first-hand journal of The Reducers' Japan Tour 2004.

The Reducers at the El 'N Gee Club, New London, CT

Tuesday - June 29 pre-noon

Posted by Peter

Hey ho! It was fantastic to get out of Tokyo and see not only the countryside passing by on our long drives, but also the passing cities and roadside attractions. Unfortunately we missed seeing Mt. Fuji again, since it was already dark when we passed that point last night. Also the chance to get a small sample of life in Kyoto and Osaka was a priceless experience. The two cities appear very different, but both were fascinating. Kyoto, the original royal capital of the country was much less built up, less modern maybe. It still features lots of old architecture, including ancient temples and shrines. (We learned the difference!) Osaka on the other hand seems a huge modern city, with much more ethnic and cultural diversity than we have encountered here in Tokyo. (Maybe we just haven't found those neighborhoods here.) Now we are back at our home base in the capital, and it will be nice to be able to use some of our free days to explore diffent areas of this sprawling city. I think our plan for today is to take the subway back into the Shinjuku district and explore more it more thoroughly. Our first night there we were jet-lagged, overwhelmed and just to excited to take it all in with any efficiency. Information overload!! Today we can have a better look.

I'm looking forward to tonight's gig at the Fiddler, for a couple of reasons. It'll be good for us to be able to stretch out a bit, and play for a long time. Our sets so far have been of the "all killer, no filler" variety - wham bam! Tonight we can stroll through our vast catalog of covers and some originals we might ignore in a shorter set. For another thing, I'm hoping that the Fiddler might really be close to an english pub sorta setting! If so, then I'm going to feel right at home! Fish & chips and pints of Fosters!

We're all enjoying this web site as much as you all have. It's great, and it's great fun for us to feel in touch with everyone at home. Please continue to write into it, because we treasure any contact with our world at home! (Hopefully Steve & Tom will get in on the act!)

We'll let you know how the show goes tonight. Now it's off to Shinjuku!


Posted by Peter on June 28, 2004 at 09:21 PM EDT

Comments

Peter - thanks for writing, thanks for calling - miss you like crazy but this is so much fun it's worth it! And I'm not even there!!

As requested: the record to look for is Flaming Groovies.

Hello to my cousin Greg & Sadao in Tokyo!

Love to you and all the others - hope tonight's show is even more fun than the first two!!

M.

Posted by: martha at June 29, 2004 at 01:44 AM EDT

What a wonderful experience this is proving to be for you guys, and such a treat for your fans to be able to "experience" it from half a world away. Thanks for taking the time to log in frequently with your reports!

Clearly, this has heightened the anticipation of these ex-pat New Londoners as we eagerly anticipate your Sailfest show on our upcoming visit. Pre-fireworks beers at the Dutch!

Posted by: Don and Rosemary at June 29, 2004 at 07:33 AM EDT

English pub setting? ... Fish & Chips? ... pints of Foster's? There's a great place in New London (you know it intimately) that has all the ingredients but the Fish & Chips ... I'm thinking a new Friday Special ... Nah ... only kidding.

This web site is a blast!

Later ...
Bill

Posted by: Bill at June 29, 2004 at 08:21 AM EDT

Hey Pete,
What's the all killer no filler stuff? You been dogin' us for years with filler or what? Sailfest better be a juggernaut!

Now that we have heard from Tom, I'm really assuming you guys brought a different bass player with you, Kaika would just cause too much trouble, no passport, legal hassles, his usual gig! Smart move guys!

This tour seems to be a great combo of shows/time off. Bring lots of pictures home. This is cool.

Rodi

Posted by: Rodi at June 29, 2004 at 12:25 PM EDT

Hey Pete it sure sounds like you guys are having a blast over there as you all reek of positive vibes/comments. (Not that anyone was having any doubts..) Anyways...Keep on posting as it appears that quite a few people are enjoying it and even more are really looking forward to hear about this "epic voyage" upon your return to NLC.

Posted by: Theo at June 29, 2004 at 08:00 PM EDT

I am SO fucking happy to see my favorite band (yes, now that (sob) the Kinks are defunct) playing in front of large, enthusiastic audiences! With some rock & roll luck, perhaps the popularity will follow the guys back home...

Posted by: Rick Wrigley at June 29, 2004 at 10:49 PM EDT


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