Thursday, October 29, 2009

Day 8 Tokyo

After meeting the Imperials, Steve, Will, and I went out for dinner in an area called Shinjuku. It has one of the busiest train stations in the world with over 1 million people traveling through it each day.

The packed train.

We found a great little Indian place.
Shinjuku is the futuristic city that Blade Runner was filmed in. Neon signs everywhere!

Today we went for a rehearsal with the Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus, with whom we will be sharing a concert tomorrow.

Chifuru Matsubara, the conductor of TPC, came to Vancouver 2 years ago as a guest conductor for one of our concerts. It was great to see him again.

We sang 2 joint pieces together, so we sat in mixed formation. It was a little intimidating singing in Japanese with native speakers sitting right beside you, but with our excellent language coaching we were well prepared and held our own.

A great thing about traveling with a group like this is that people split off and do their own thing. People took a boat trip of the city, some went shopping in Shibuya, and some went out in Ginza.

Ladies were off for a night on the town.
Big concert tomorrow!


  1. It's really great to keep up with this adventure, Tom... thanks for doing this. Many memories of Japan so many moons ago! Love to all... Wendy K.