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

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Kaika here!

Posted by Steve

So contrary to popular belief, I did make it to Japan, I've had a most wonderful time. We're now 9 days in and these guys are starting to drive me crazy (not really).

Everyone here has been incredibly warm and friendly and even now it's still hard to believe that we're here.

Possibly the most appreciative and enthusiastic audiences ever - it's a real privilege to play for these fans. It's pretty incredible to have people halfway across the globe singing the words to our songs. The fan reaction has been much more intense than we ever could have expected. Sincere thanks to our Japanese hosts and fans. You made our time here truly special.

While gift shopping the other day, I stumbled upon a little something for myself. I was able to trade-up the the Epiphone Les Paul that I brought into Japan for a Gibson model. Language barrier aside, the music store guys were truly great to work with, and they hammered out a great deal for this western visitor.

It's a land of mystery (especially the plumbing) and it's sometimes tough when you can't read menus, road signs, newspapers, etc... The TV's have been useless except for American feeds of baseball games.

Speaking of baseball, we went to a professional Japanese baseball game last night and the Yokohama Bay Stars (our faves) easily handled the Chunichi Dragons. Man, you should hear these people cheer. It was a real rockin environment. Interestingly enough, they divide fans by team allegiance to opposite sides of the stadium. It was like an American baseball game but instead of hot dogs they were selling sushi and sake and bourbon. What a trip!

It's all been great but it's getting to be that time where we're all looking forward to heading home to familiar surroundings. I look forward to seeing you all and thanks for your interest and support.



Posted by Steve on July 02, 2004 at 09:37 PM EDT

Comments

Steve Lives!! I was afraid that perhaps they had traded you in, too!! Thanks so much for writing, everyone here is so into reading updates every day.

Loved the picture of you asleep behind ? Sumo? Tommy in the hotel - god, there must be so many stories. I hope we can get together over enough beers in the next few weeks to wring most, if not all, of them out of you!!!

Can't wait to see you all on Sunday - but in the meantime, ROCK THE HELL out of the Shelter tonight!! Rock'em till they can't breathe, till they can't possibly dance one more song, till they think okay, that's enough, if I keep dancing I am going to pass out -- like you have done to me and us here for the last 26 years -- okay??

Love you Stevie - m.

Posted by: martha at July 02, 2004 at 09:57 PM EDT

Good to see you checking in finally K-Man, figured you were hangin from some temple over the Sox recent follies, which I must say you guys have kept me from getting ever more morose and insane about! Kudos to McD and Brux for getting the picture gallery up, WOW, it truly looks like you guys have had a major impact on the Land of the Rising Sun! Can't wait to hear all about it next weekend during Sailfest. Rock hard and travel safe home, you guys indeed have "had a time"!

Posted by: Timinator at July 02, 2004 at 11:50 PM EDT

All Right Steve!
I knew you had it in ya! The reports of your early demise were greatly exageratted (Especially by me)!

I'm so happy for The Reducers! The audience reaction to you guys is the way I know about you guys! Intense, Jump up and down! "Punk Rock Kings, pub rockin!" all over Japan, neigh, New London or where ever the Reducers play! This is so cool!

OK, I've been praying for you all for a safe and succesful time, and I'll be praying for your safe flight home. Can't wait to talk to you at sailfest!

ONE MORE SONG ONE MORE SONG ONE MORE SONG!

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