"Can't you feel it can't you see it
The promise of prosperity
It's overwhelming you and me
It afflicts us like a disease
Ubiquitous compelling too
We cling to you like crazy glue
And inject such a potent seed
It's best for all humanity" ·
Nothing will ever be the same.
The reason why I travel is to meet and connect with people from all over the world. It is the joy of my life to experience new cultures and the privilege of my heart if those experiences lead to new friendships.
One night, some friends and I stumbled upon what later became our favorite bar in the Golden Gai district in Tokyo called Albatross. It’s 3 stories high, with the top level being a tiny roof deck that overlooks Shinjuku that can seat MAYBE 8 people. Maybe. When we got to the top, there were 3 people up there who insisted we join them. They didn’t speak much English, really. But that was ok because we didn’t speak much Japanese either. Somehow, through miming and laughing, we came to discover that they were Kabuki teachers. That night after a few shochu, they gave us a demonstration and taught us a traditional song and the seeds of friendship were planted.
Throughout our 3 months in Japan, we saw them 3 times- including a visit where they gave us a Kabuki lesson.
Our final night together (pictured here), they took us out for Shabu-shabu and back to Albatross where we first met. They dressed the three of us in traditional kimono and we laughed the night away. I still think about them. I wonder what they’re doing, if they’re happy and if they ever think about “those crazy American singers” that shared 3 incredible days with them. I hope to someday make it back and find out. But for now I’ll just hum the sweet melody of “Sakura” and let my mind take me back to the night it all began.