November 4 HOWLWR, Melbourne Australia

昨日のケータリングのシナモンドーナツと豆乳ラテを食べ、11時15分にホテルのロビーへ。RegurgitatorのBenの友人で、ギタリストのBonnieと待ち合わせ。徒歩でAustralian National Tennis Centre へ。4年前にもここに来た!

I had cinnamon donut from yesterday’s catering and soy latte for breakfast and went to the hotel lobby to see a guitarist Bonnie who is a friend of Regurgitator. Bonnie, Atsuko and I went to Australian National Tennis Centre. I came here 4 years ago!

一昨日、ステージで私がプロテニスプレイヤーになりたいって冗談言ったら、Bonnieが夢を叶えてあげようと、プロの試合が行われるShow Court 3 のコートを予約してくれた!

I said on stage “I would like to be a pro-tennis player” on stage for just joking, Bonnie reserved Show Court 3 for us!


It was threatening to rain. We three played tennis together. Bonnie played well.


After we hit balls in 20 minutes, it started rain. We had to stop playing tennis. She was so kind to us. Thank you very much! It became my precious experience.


My tennis form look like Gorilla. In short, I have no sense of tennis. But I love tennis because I can be relaxed and it is so fun.


Rain was falling heavily. We were lucky to play tennis even 20 minutes.


After that, we had snacks and coffee at a cafe in the tennis centre. Then Bonnie went back because she had to work and will have a show tonight.


Beside the reception, there was a gym.

その後、午後1時から館内ツアーがあるというので申し込んで参加した。参加費は30オーストラリアドル 。ガイドは英語のみ。(旅行サイト風?!)

Then we joined a tour of the tennis centre from 1pm. The fee was AU$30. Language of the guide is in English only.


This is the Show Court 3 which we played. The maintenance will start from December 15th and paint the court and stand by for Australian Open Tennis tournament from the middle of January.


This is corridor to the court which players walk to the court. During the tournament, photos of champions will be decorated on the wall.



This is the reception lounge for players. For example, asking arrangement for nannies. Some players are touring with their family.


Locker room for players. High ranking players can choose numbers of the locker by their lucky number. I’m standing in front of number 217 locker. Because it the opposite of 712!


Player’s lounge.

ここでお寿司等のケータリングが出されるとのこと。ここのコートは普段はコンサート会場として使われている。わー!スコーピオンズとホワイトスネイクの2マンやるんや〜。他にLenny KravitzやLiam Gallagherのコンサートも行われるとの広告が出てた。

Catering like sushi will be served for players. this court is usually used as a concert hall. Wow! Scorpions and White Snake will play here as 2 headlining show. Other than that, I saw advertisement of Lenny Kraviz or Liam Gallagher will play.


The ground floor of Margaret Court Arena.

2階からの眺め。さっきテニスしていたShow Court 3。

The view from the 1st floor. This is Show Court 3 where we played tennis.


Melbourne arena. It used to be called Hisense but the naming sponsor quit, the name changed. Disney on Ice show is held here. The guide tour took more then 1 hour and I got tired of my legs.


On the way back to the hotel.


There were many objects.

アンテナ? Antenna?

Flinders Street Station 2年前に来たときは 確か、工事中だった。

Flinders Street Station. It was under construction when I came here 2 years ago.



Walking through these places, Atsuko and I went to China Town.


We ordered seafood lettuce. This restaurant used tablet order system.


Lemmon Chicken was used artificial colour of yellow. I think if they don’t use it, it would be more tasty.

小籠包。皮が少し厚め。遅めのランチの後、中華系パン屋さんに寄って部屋へ もどった。

Xiaolongbao. Dough was a little thick. After late lunch, we dropped at a Chinese bakery Bread Top and went back to the hotel.


We gathered at the car at 8:15pm. Ben took us a ride to the venue. This venue is in northern Melbourne, Brunswick area which is “hip” area. There are many fashionable shops for young people.


Inside of this venue is fashionable, too. The outside looks like a kind of factory.


The first band today, DICKLORD was playing when we arrived at the venue.


After their show, I took a photo with the vocalist of the band. Then we played. It was 50 minutes set. The audience seemed having a good time. Thank you for ROCKing with us.


I was watching Regurgitator show from the bar through a big window.


The end roll expressed the gratitude and thankfulness from them to Paul who mange everything for the band. He even administrate their stage costumes!


The visual tech Ken will leave this tour because he has another work. He is popular. Thank you so much, Ken. The new tech will come. We went back to the hotel after everything was finished. I ate tiny freeze dry noodles and went to bed. It was so yummy!