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

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

Tokyo July 1 - Thursday

Posted by Peter

A new day dawns...actually the sun came up hours ago. I'm getting back into my regular sleep routine - nodding out as late as I can and sleeping until I'm late for something!

Yesterday was a fun day off, and a good chance to relax and ponder what's been going on here for the past week. I had one realization - when I had been attempting to describe the show we did the other night at the Fiddler, I had said there was nothing I could really compare it to, but I rethought this and realized that I was thinking about it in the wrong way. I was trying to compare it to a gig we had played, but the easier comparison is to a gig that I've been to as an audience member. So, for instance - it was like seeing the Jam at the Rat in Boston with Hugh, Steve and Martha back in 1977. That's how good it was, but I was viewing it from the opposite side of the stage, if you can follow that. And, in the end, it's all about the feeling that I was trying to describe when I wrote the lyrics to "Pub Rocking" - "this is the way it should be, dancing to a rhythm that was stupidly good." I'm glad to have caught that feeling again - strange that it came all these years after, and so far away from home.

Enough with all that! Today a new adventure awaits us, and a new club will host the Reducers tonight. I think the plan is for Hugh and me to change guitar strings and do a bit of maintainance on `em - they've taken a beating on this trip! Maybe run through some songs in our room, using the mini-amps that I brought over with us.

Everyone's up now. Steve and Tom are parked in front of the hotel TV, watching the Yankees-Sox game! Boston was up 2-0, but the Yanks have tied it up and are now threatening to take the lead. It's 11 am our time, so this game is being played at 10 pm in what is yesterday by our thinking. Ooops...Sheffield just drove in a run to put the Yanks up! A gloom descends over the Reducers rhythm section.

Last night Hugh went out to dinner with a friend, and Richard spent some time alone, downloading the photos and some of the video footage he's recorded. (We got a late night preview and it all looks fantastic!) Steve, Tom and I went out and had a beer in the nearby park, which we now refer to as "Tom's Park," since he feels so at home there. Then we wandered down the street and discovered Sonny's - Tokyo's Dutch Tavern!! Tiny place, wooden bar, sports memorabilia and the Yomouri Giants playing the Tigers on TV! We stayed for a short while before heading back to get Richard and go out for dinner. The Dutch-like atmosphere was not extended to the cost of our stay - a 500 yen seating charge had been added to each of our bills, resulting in a roughly $10 per beer total! (Hmmmmm.......this gives me an idea for when I get home!)

We're having a blast, but we miss everyone at home. I hope this site is as much fun for you all as it is for us! Thanks for all the responses - it's like getting the morning mail and having letters from friends!

Uh-oh...."Godzilla" has just put the Yankees up another run. All is silent.


Posted by Peter on June 30, 2004 at 10:16 PM EDT

Comments

I was just watching that Yankee v. Red Sox game! And it's still today over here. Bonds just put the Giants up 4-0 over the Dodgers. What's "shit" in Japanese?

Posted by: Michael at June 30, 2004 at 11:00 PM EDT

Heya - highest most excellent entry!! Thanks for taking the time to do this when there is such a huge great city out there to explore. I know you have hit the bar, the guitar and record stores - hmmm, let's see - do they have pawn shops there?

Please take pictures of Tom's Park - I don't even have any idea what a park in Tokyo is like - is it like a New York park? like the Japanese tea garden in SF Golden Gate Park (one of my favorite all time places)? Totally different? Can't wait to see all the pictures and movies.

Giants are now up 7-0 over the Dodgers, so the west coast series is going our way tonight.

Kitties say hi back - love m

Posted by: martha at July 01, 2004 at 12:12 AM EDT

Are the dark blue T-shirts going to be available at Sailfest? I'll take an X-large. I think a CD/DVD of this trip would be a good idea.

Posted by: George at July 01, 2004 at 03:29 AM EDT

Leave it to me to just discover I could get in on the action. This has been so amazing to follow! You guys are experiencing something that all of us should really recognize is important, that in the long run language and cultural differences mean little when faced with the power of music and the emotions it can evoke. Thanks to McD, Brux and the "boys in the band" for helping us share these moments. I look forward to hearing more and seeing the pics and vid when you all return! Pub Rockin indeed! And remember Sox fans it's only July 1! Weren't the Giints in the cellar not too long ago?

Posted by: Timinator at July 01, 2004 at 10:25 AM EDT

Yes, yes, yes - this is as much fun for us as it is for you!

Posted by: stidfoles at July 01, 2004 at 03:12 PM EDT


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