September 20 City Winery, Washington DC


Checked out the hotel at 11am, we went to Guitar Center in Richmond. Each one bought bass cables or drum sticks. After that, we bought a fan for stage at CVS. Because one fan of the three was broken. Kenny noticed that he left his credit card somewhere when he paid at a cashier. He found that he left it at the Guitar Center and went to get it. Driving more and filled fuel.


Tons of squashed insects were on the car window. Kenny cleaned up.

しばらく走って、昼食は、Cracker Barrelへ。

Driving more and had lunch at Cracker Barrel.


Souvenir market was at the entrance.


Let’s eat.


I had rainbow trout sauté. I was hungry and ate very quickly but I was still hungry.


Wow, Obelisk!


Then we arrived at the venue. Loaded in from a back door. This is like “Billboard Live” in Japan which has table and people enjoy a show with dinner. I had no time to take a picture of the building. Sound check and went to a dressing room.


Mosquito incense was burnt and I felt like Japanese summer. There were lots of mosquitoes. It may welling up mosquitoes somewhere. I protected by peppermint oil but I had some bites. Big poster was sat and we autographed on it.


I saw many school buses from the dressing room window.


I drew Drumhead Art. This is Tanuki-neko Ponta-kun.


This is Risa’s. A girl.


Dinner was from the venue kitchen. “Risotto” and sweet potato on the side. Risotto was different than I imagined. It was made by wheats.


There was a billiard board at the side room.


Show time! It was our one-man show. We played a little longer set.

Live pics by Kira


I saw some families and children seemed enjoyed our show with dancing. The audience can come forward and dance or staying at the table and enjoy the show. It was a pleasant atmosphere. Thank you so much for coming to our show!


I was hungry after l came back to the hotel and made cup Udon noodles and ate it, then went to bed.

September 19 The Camel, Richmond VA


It’s a show day after very very long drive. We left the hotel at 9:40 and drove a while, went to a Chinese bakery which Kenny’s recommendation.


They sold fancy breads. I bought 4 pastries. I wanted to buy sliced bread but it was too big. I might can’t eat all. I didn’t buy it.


I bought a red beans mochi pastry which Kenny’s favorite and ate it in the van. It was my first experience to eat such tasted bread. Not too sweet red beans and sweet mochi which is the same one with mochi ice inside and covered a little sticky bread then crispy shell outside. Yum.


At a gas station we stopped after a while. There were various kinds of beef jerkies.


Why skeletons are so popular?


The way of display was unique.


After that, we dropped at Chick-fil-A which is a chicken fast food restaurant. I asked that could I ordered kids meal and it was okay. Atsuko and I ordered this. A small toy came with the meal. We gave them to FISA and Kira. It was good that they looked happy.


At an another gas station where we filled up fuel. The design of the packages were interesting.


Finally!!! We could see the town Richmond. It took 12 hours from our hotel this morning.


The door at the venue was already opened. There were many people at the bar next to the venue. The show hadn’t started. We loaded in our equipment quickly. We had no sound check today.


We picked up our dinner from the menu of the bar and delivered to the dressing room. I ordered crab cake sandwich. For the side, salad with ranch dressing. It was so yummy! I ate half of it and took away the leftover. You should be careful for crab shell when you eat crab cake.



2 support bands finished to play. It’s our show time! We had to set up whole drum kit. After line check, our show had started.

The venue was packed and there were many people not only the venue but at the bar.

Live pics by Kira


Thank you for the sold out show! I was happy so many people came to see our show after 12 hours travel. Thank you for coming to our show and cheerful support during the show. Washington DC tomorrow.

Sep 18 Atlanta, GA. SMITH’S OLDE BAR


Drove through Louisiana heading to Atlanta.


We had lunch break. Our tour manager also sound man, Kenny did part time job for the first time when he was sixteen at a same sandwich shop.


They warmed up turkey and ham. It was good. They sell small, medium and large sizes. I like it.


We arrived at the venue. Wow lots stairs! There was a lift for equipments. We carried up small stuffs.


Loaded in our gears and sound check.


There is a special cocktail!


Audiences had to walk up the stairs!


I chose blue cheese burger from the menu.


The venue

サポートバンド、The Sunset District 。

The first support band, The Sunset District.

お次は、Sex Farm。

Next support band, Sex Farm.


Finally our turn!


The crowd was cheerful. Lots smile! We had fun time. Thank you for coming to see Shonen Knife!!

Live photo by Kira


I enjoyed Atlanta beer after the show!

Thank you Atlanta Rock City!

September 18 Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta GA


Got up in the morning and I had a bad stomachache. It seemed that I got chilled in bed. Oh, no! I was very exhausted and left the hotel at 9am. A typhoon was coming to Houston where we stayed last night. We could avoid it but scary.

途中、Firehouse Sub’s という、消防署がテーマのサンドイッチ屋さんに寄り、みんなはそこで昼食。意地悪な虎の絵が壁にあった。わたしは断食の為、隣の1ドルショップ、日本で言う100均を見に行く。怖いハロウィングッズたくさんあった。

We dropped at a sandwich house, Firehouse Sub’s which theme is firefighters.

Everybody but me ate something there. I had better to eat nothing and went to a dollar store next to the sub’s which is like a 100 yen shop in Japan. Scary Halloween goods were sold.


Dropped off our luggage and went to the venue.

It’s a long way to the

top if you want to rock’n’roll.


I don’t like long stairs. It’s impossible to carry heat equipment to upstairs.


Wow! There is a small lift. Jake said that when he came here last time, there was no lift. Oh, boy.



A roller of our guitar cabinet was broken from a few days ago. It’s so inconvenient. We should repair.

I wish our bass bass cabinet had rollers, too.


Loaded in and soundcheck.


Twist Barbie のカクテル飲んでみたい!おいしそう。

I’d like to try Twist Barbie cocktail. It seems yummy.


We ordered foods from the restaurant at the venue for dinner. I had spinach, mushroom and cheese quesadilla. It was good. If I didn’t have stomachache in the morning, I would eat everything but I ate half of it and took away the leftover.


I went to a drugstore CVS to buy HALLS candies. I could buy my favorite honey lemon flavor.


At CVS, a magazine for Joker was sold. Hmm…


I came back to the dressing room and drew Drumhead Art after a few days. I draw the shape from the front and put colors from the other side.


We did a short photo session 30 minutes before the show and played.

Live pics by Kira



It was a hard day for me but thanks to kind audience, we could have a great time during our show. Thanks a lot!

Went back to the hotel and slept quickly after taking a shower. We have to drive 526miles, 850km tomorrow. It’s a same distance from Osaka to Sendai, London to Aberdeen or a little shorter than Melbourne to Sydney or Paris to Munich! So far!

Sep 17 Drive Day from Houston to Saraland, AL


Good morning! I woke up and went to a breakfast room in the hotel.


I found Bean&Cheese Burrito!  I heated it up and ate it. It was not so bad than I thought.


We checked out the hotel at 11am and drove a while. We stopped for lunch at Texas BBQ place. I had Ribs, beans and coleslaw. It was good!


Drove again.


Toilet break. The store sells lots souvenirs.


Mr. Alligator.


Our van needs food!

後ろにSHONEN KNIFE みたいな名前の看板が! レストランの名前は”SHONEY’S “入った事は無いけどね。

I saw a sign “SHONEY’S”. It looks like Shonen Knife. I’ve never been there before.


Heavy rain!


Cross the bridge.


Potato chips. VOODOO HEAT!!


Naoko’s favorite sweets these days.


Toilet break again. Ice cream for 8pm snack.


Added toppings.


They were happy people!


Finally we arrived at the hotel at 9pm. It took 10 hours drive.

部屋に入って自炊した。タラコパスタをいただきました!Thin spaghetti のパスタで美味しく出来ました。

I made cod roe pasta using microwave.  It was delicious!


We have a show in Atlanta, Georgia!


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