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During a short break, I did some shopping, sightseeing
and eating in the district of Asukura. My hosts from Japan
even brought me to sacred temples where I participated
in customary ceremonies. I was most intrigued when two
young ladies approached me for an autograph while holding
my "Aloha Miles Away" CD. It was delightful
to see them walking around in their kimonos!
My first concert was held in Tokyo. I met so many wonderful
people and fans at the "Live Aloha Live 2005"
program. I was most honored to have Noriko, a native of
Japan, perform with me to "Flower Lei" while
dancing the hula. The audience filled the hall with a
sweetness that I've never felt before.
I was very emotional at my two other concerts in the district
of Shizuoka. I performed to many songs from my previous
albums that stirred-up memories. Singing my only Japanese
song, "Kimi Ga Irukara (Where I Belong)" gave
me chills with a strong connection of spirit. The natives
appeared to understand what I was singing about in my
American tunes even if they knew no English. Most of all,
the fans in Shizuoka were so gracious!
I was treated to the most exquisite dinner by Takeshi
and Yuko, my very special friends from Japan. We ate at
Gonpachi, a famous restaurant that President Bush dined
at in the up-scale neighborhood of Nishi Azabu. No kidding,
it was the absolute best Japanese food I have ever tasted!
The service was fast and incredible. Everything seemed
to melt in my mouth, including the teriyaki beef and chicken.
The highlight of my trip was the marriage of Raymond and
Noriko! I was honored to be chosen as a legal witness
on their Japanese marriage certificate. I traveled with
them to City Hall in Tokyo to conduct the documentation
process. Congratulations to Raymond and Noriko, I wish
you the very best in life together!
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Raymond & Noriko's "Love Story"
I'd like to extend my deepest gratitude to my Japanese
interpretors Maki and Kinuko. Big arigato to the production
staff, Hiroko and Michiko. Domo arigato gozaimas to Yuko,
Takeshi, Shin, Sono, Go, Kenta, Raymond, Noriko, Gerard,
and everyone else who shared the magical moments.