Japan Duet Tour -- June 7, 2006
7/27/2017 6:34:26 PM - June 7, 2006 -- This is the first time in 3 years that I am traveling alone. The last image I have of my son is dropping him off at his daycare -- I was nervous about forgetting things (my passport, leaving his car seat there, etc.) and then realized as I headed on the highway towards the airport that I hadn't given him a huge hug. It haunted me.

While I'm missing Sasha and Nikita like crazy, it's nice to do things on my own for a change. I got up at 7:00 a.m., not bad for the first day (8 hours sleep!) -- had Nikita been with me, I'm sure he'd have woken me up like at 4:00 a.m. It took me nearly 2 hours to get myself together, leisurely taking a shower and washing my hair, then slowly dressing myself, first in one outfit then another. Frankly, I didn't know what to do with myself! Usually I'm tending to Nikita or getting housework or computer work done first thing in the morning. I realize a little sadly that perhaps many women lose a certain sense of femininity once married with children simply because of the responsibilities to others and the lack of time to themselves. It felt luxurious to have this time to myself.

Cerulean Tower Tokyu, where I was staying, is still a relatively new hotel and has a fresh and modern vibe. I went to the lobby for breakfast and treated myself to their buffet -- very nice. A lot of non-Japanese there, equal part professional, models and those of creative professions. Although I'd brought the newspaper along to read, I far more enjoyed reading the people around me. I've always enjoyed people watching, trying to guess their professions, circumstances, what country they're from, and searching for hints on their persona.

I later took a walk around Shibuya naturally falling into the pattern of walking and passing people on the left side of the sidewalk. One never thinks of this, but because cars drive on the left as opposed to the right like in America, people walk on the left as well, whereas in America people naturally walk and pass people on the right. Silly detail but one I find interesting when trying to find a certain pulse and rhythm of walking in new surroundings.

I stopped by Loft, a department store that specializes in various goods such as arts and craft, interior, stationary, toys, etc. I found a stencil of a dragon and a butterfly, as well as an ink spry in various colors for cloth material, which I brought as a gift for Nikita and some of his buddies, thinking it could be cool for spraying patterns onto T-shirts. Also some beautiful stationary -- I love stuff like this in Japan. I noticed there were at least 3 Starbucks, probably in as many block. Crazy!! Walking back to the hotel, I ran into Kosaki-san who used to be the PR lady at Sanei (Jill Stuart, Vivayou, etc.) who was in charge of PR when they used me as an image girl for their campaign years back -- got a lot of nice free clothes back then. She promised to come to the show the next night.

I picked up some white peaches to much on later, absolutely luscious in Japan and just starting their season, and went back to rest. At 3:30 we had our sound check. Always great to see Higuchi-san who is such a professional. We went through the songs, 13 in all. I was holding up surprisingly well (in terms of the jetlag and general energy which usually wanes around 5:00 my first few days in Japan). (to be continued)
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