Hello and welcome to the LSO tour of the Far East 2007! We’ve just arrived safely, after a somewhat extended 13 hour flight, and it’s a beautiful warm evening here. The journey into Tokyo from the airport is lush and green at first, but stark in contrast on entering the city.
The orchestra seems cheerful and chatty on the bus, although I feel a bit groggy, I have to say. Still, we’ve got all evening and a free day tomorrow in which to recover from the journey, and prepare for what will be a hard working tour for the LSO. Fourteen concerts, eight cities, just enough time.
So tonight, after a quick shower, we’re off to eat, and to soak up the atmosphere, and are quite content to settle for one of the first places we find….it’s a place with a suits-all menu, with these incredibly addictive Gyoza – we order far too many, but it’s rude to leave anything, and besides, we need to build up our strength in case tomorrow’s trip to Mount Fuji happens… watch this space!