Watch “Shimanchu Nu Takara” on YouTube

If you ever get the opportunity, please visit Okinawa! I had heard this song several times during my sixteen years in Japan, and ashamed that I just now learned the title and artist. Begin has been playing music for 20+ years, with a big fan base. I love this song…and very uplifting to me.

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Tokyo Station 9-13-15

This is my first post in a while, I apologize for my absence!! My work took me near Tokyo Station today, and before work, I walked around and took some photos that I couldn’t take last time! Tokyo Station is enormous, to say the least.

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On the platform, when I stepped off of the Marunochi Line.

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Big wheels keep on turnin’…

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Near the entrance to KITTE, where I worked today

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Another corridor

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A Mt. Fuji graphic, just past the JR gate

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The Shopping street. Shops were just opening up, when I arrived. There are many more shops, than I could take pics of!!

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Temporary shop for the movie, “Ted 2”

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The Rilakkuma (relaxing bear) Store. This character has been around for awhile

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The Tokyo Broadcasting Station Store

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Miffy Style!! Dick Bruna would be proud!!

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Kitty, Kitty, everywhere!!

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TV Tokyo Shop

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“The Bears’ School” is becoming more popular

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Alex would absolutely love this!!

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They are starting construction on the next tallest building in Japan, just in front of Tokyo station…enjoy this view while you can!

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Inside the entrance to the station. Recently remodeled to it’s original design.

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Ozzfest 2015 in Makuhari-Messe, Chiba, Japan 11-22-15 (2nd Day)

Here are some pics that I took at Ozzfest 2015…and it was great! It was actually a two-day event, but I went on the second day.

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Walking towards the venue. There was a ZUMBA convention going on at the same time.

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The vendors were selling merchandise, before opening time, which was 10am. I tried to get a t-shirt for my son, but no children’s sizes available.

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These are just the people waiting to buy merchandise…the admission line was behind me

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Got my armband…ready to go!!

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At 10, we slowly march towards the arena.

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The marquee at the entrance to the arena. The flowers on the right are common in Japan, when a new business opens, or a special event takes place.

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Food venders were already set up, and ready to go.

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The festival used two stages…one on the right, and the other on the left. The bands would take turns playing back and forth, between the two.

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More merchandise vendors in the back of the arena

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The first band plays. You could see the performance on the two large screens.

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The band timetable for both days. Ozzy closes out the festival

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An early lunch…because I had nothing else to do. Not bad for eight bucks (800 yen)

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Another shot of the food vendors. They were lit up, almost as bright as the stage.

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Mtv Japan. Didn’t know Headbangers Ball was still on the air…

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Setting up for another band…

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This is Animetal…they do metal versions of popular Japanese Animation songs

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This is Black Label Society…and they were amazing. The lead guitarist/singer is Zakk Wyyld, former guitarist for Ozzy. They look like a cross of ZZ Top, Lynard Skynard and The Allman Brothers…but their sound is pure metal!!

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Another of Black Label Society

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When we weren’t watching the bands, we would hang out in the back of the arena. Some people would actually try to sleep!!

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BabyMetal’s stage being set up, as another band plays on the left stage.

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The prince of darkness himself…putting on a great show!!

Hate Breed and A Day To Remember were also some great bands that I enjoyed very much, so I was glad I could come, and hope I can again next year!!