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June 24, 2017 Sled Island, Calgary CANADA Day#3

今日は帰る日。カルガリーからバンクーバー経由の関西国際空港へ。帰りはAir Canada Rougeと言って、なんやろ、ちょっとカジュアルなLCCっぽいフライトです。液晶画面も機内には無くて、前もって自分のタブレットにアプリをダウンロードして、それで機内のWifiで映画などを見ます。あつこはロサンゼルスへ、みよこさんはトロント経由でバッファローへそれぞれの便に搭乗します。わたしとりさちゃんの便が一番早いので、ゲートまで見送りにきてくれました。別れを惜しんでいざ搭乗。

It was a travel day from Calgary to Osaka-Kansai via Vancouver. We took Air Canada Rouge for the return trip which is a kind of casual, LCC, Low-cost carrier, style flights. The airplane doesn’t have LCD screens. The passengers have to download the application beforehand and are able to watch movies during the flight via Wifi. Atsuko will flight to Los Angeles and Miyoko will go to Buffalo via Toronto. Risa and my flight is the earliest and they came to see us off to the gate. I will miss everybody. Then it’s time to board.


We go to Vancouver first for transfer. We had no time to find any souvenir at Calgary so I walked around Vancouver airport with Risa for an hour. Please do not feed the bear!?


Seems like Chinese Japanese. Full of Chow Mein in a bowl.


Vancouver airport is big.


There were a big fish tank.


After 10 hours 50 minutes flight, we arrived at Osaka-Kansai Airport. This picture is the sea of Sen-nan area on the way home from the airport. The tour of 4 days 2 night passed very quickly but we had so many audience and very kind Sled Island volunteers, I could have a very rewarding experience. Thank you everybody!

少年ナイフ、次のライブは、「712 Day Party 2017」東京、名古屋、大阪です。ぜひお越しください!

Shonen Knife’s next shows are, ‘712 Day Party 2017’ tour in Japan. We’ll play in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Please come to our show!

Sat. July 8, Sin-Daita FEVER, Tokyo

Sun. July 9, Ikeshita CLUB UP SET, Nagoya

Sat. July 15, Shinsaibashi SOMA

These shows will start from 5:30. Don’t miss it!

June 23, 2017 Sled Island, Calgary CANADA Day#2

第2日目、Sled Island フェスティバルのライブ 会場は#1 Legion



I went to bed around 10:30 pm last night and woke up around 7:00 am this morning but it was still early and I slept again until 9:00 am. I slept very well. I always try to keep awake in day time until night and I go to bed at night because I don’t want to have jet lag. I got well conditioned.

I was hungry before noon, I went to a pub to get a sandwich with a meal ticket from the festival.


I got egg, bacon, tomato sandwich to go. It was good.


All of us met at the hotel lobby for a photo session at 3:30 pm. Kenny and Jake joined. It was our North American party’s reunion after 3 weeks. We walked to Studio Bell which is a National Music centre. The places of photo shooting were the landing and the lobby. This building was so beautiful.


a connecting corridor


We took a picture with the photographer Sebastian.


I found a big Knife sign at the neighbor.

いったんホテルに戻って機材を持って、車で会場の#1 Legionへ。徒歩で行っても5分ほどです。機材があるので車ですが。

We went back to the hotel and took our equipments and off to the venue #1 Legion by car. It was five minutes walk from the hotel but we took a car ride because of our guitars and equipments.



May 16, VFW Hall, Galveston TX

Then we did sound check.

This venue is a social place for Veterans of Canadian Armed Forces. We played at a similar venue on May 16 at Galveston TX, USA last month but this venue #1 Legion is huge. Capacity is 500 people.







Big wooden clock!


A fountain at the entrance


Shonen Knife good table


Silk screen posters were on sale at the venue.


We made the limited Canadian version T-shirts. This is red the Canadian color.

サウンドチェックを終えて、夕食を食べるべく外へ。会場の向かいはトラム「C Train」のセンターストリート駅です。

We finished soundcheck and went out for dinner. The other side of the venue is Centre Street station of C Train.



みんなで中華街まで歩いてDragon Chinese Restaurantというお店に行きました。6人分で99カナダドル(税、チップ別)というコースを頼みました。

All of us walked to the China town and went to Dragon Chinese Restaurant for dinner. We ordered a course menu which was CA$99.- aside from tax and tip for 6 people.


First one was soup. I chose Won Ton soup. There were three Won Tons which have a lot of minced pork in soup.


Next one was spring roll. One each for one person. I was foreseeing that a lot of food would come, I kept my spring roll until the end. If I wouldn’t eat it, I can take it to go. I might be contented with Won Ton Soup and a Spring Roll.


We chose one entree each from the menu. Unexpectedly, everyone ordered different entree. The portion was so big!! I thought that one plate was for 6 people.


This is stir-fry shrimp and celery which Atsuko ordered.


Stir-fry Beef and Broccoli with oyster sauce which other person ordered. I ate a lot of broccoli.


I ordered Chow Mein. It tasted of Chinese spice. Fried Rice were served which included the course. So much food!!


photo: taken by Miyoko


We ate and ate but the portions were so big. There were lots of leftovers. Someone got a box and put food from the leftovers. I put my Spring Roll without forgetting.


We went back to the hotel and had a rest. Fancy hotel.


Hotel lobby was beautiful.


It was still bright outside at 9 pm in Calgary. This photo was taken around 10:30 pm.


We prepared for the show at our hotel rooms and walked back to the venue. When we arrived, a front band was playing. The venue was already crowded. Yeah!

pic by Miyoko

pic by Miyoko


Then our show time! The show from 12:30 of Friday midnight was packed. The audience looked happy with our show. Thank you so much! Calgary was hot! I’d like to come back again and have a Canadian Tour some day! Sled Island is the best!


After show at the dressing room.


I drank Canadian beer. Good.


After show, we took a picture at the hotel lobby. Kenny and Jake will flight back to Georgia, US, tomorrow afternoon. Other 4 person will take early flight. Everybody did a great job!

June 22, 2017 Sled Island, Calgary CANADA Day#1




Day #1 From Osaka to Calgary.

Leaving home early in the morning, Risa and I flew from Osaka-Itami to Narita Airport.


There is a tapestry of Tower of the Sun at Osaka-Itami airport. I felt retro.


Arrived at Narita Airport around 9 a.m.


This Robot welcomed us at Narita. Intentional object?!


This duty free shop at Narita has Manga wall. Absolutely.


Or there was a doll wearing Kabuki costume.


We had more than 7 hours for transfer. Risa and I decided to meet at the departure gate before boarding time and went our several ways. I got hungry and walked around the terminal nearly for an hour and went to food court. The food court has only curry, soba noodles, ramen, coffee and sandwich, though.


その後、休憩ルームで横になろうかとも思ったけど、そこで寝てしまうと機内で寝られないと思い、コンセント付きの長椅子がたくさん置いてある待合スペースへ行き、ソファーに座って、タブレットを充電しつつ、ここ2年ぐらいハマっているCradle of Empiresっていう落ちものゲームをひたすらしていました。そうこうしている間に、なんとか7時間の暇つぶしが終わって、ゲートに行き、りさちゃんと合流。

I ordered Chicken Tempura Bowl at Soba place. It had two pieces of white meat tempura, half Nitamago egg and deep fried green pepper on rice. I wanted to ask some more sauce on it but I couldn’t.

Then I was thinking I should use a sleeping room at the airport but if I slept a few hours there, I might can’t sleep on the airplane. Then I went to a rest area which has a lot of sofa with power. I was sitting on a sofa and charging my tablet and played “Cradle of Empires” which is a kind of puzzle game. A few hours have passed on the sofa and totally I could spent 7 hours. I went to the gate and met Risa.


We used Air Canada from Narita to Calgary this time.


Finally the boarding time came. Yay!

機内食、その1 ビーフシチュー的なものとごはん、春雨サラダ。


Flight meal #1 Beef stew, steamed rice and glass noodle salad.

I watched two movies on flight. “Nagai Iiwake” and “Boku Dake-ga Inai Machi”. I often watch Japanese movies on an airplane. Both movie was wonderful because kids actors were so great. A Japanese actor Masahiro Motoki was acting good, too.

機内食、その2 朝食は、鶏肉がトッピングされたお粥とカットフルーツ。

Flight meal #2 The breakfast was Japanese congee topped with chicken and cut fruits.


9 hours flight brought us Calgary!


I see Red everywhere in Canada.



Passed through immigration and baggage claim and exit, Miyoko was waiting for us. She arrived from Buffalo, the U. S. to Calgary via Toronto. I saw her first time after 3 weeks since Ramen Adventure USA Tour. Thank you always!

Jeff, a volunteer staff of the festival, would take us to a hotel. We took a picture with him. I heard that he used to teach English at a high school in Hokkaido, Japan. That’s cool!


In front of a hippo from Calgary Zoo.


We arrived at the downtown after 30 minutes drive. After checked in the hotel, Miyoko, Atsuko and I went to eat lunch. Risa was sleeping at the hotel room. There were beautiful buildings.


There were many monuments.


Stone elephant


Kabuku? Is that really OK? I think it is Kabuki.


We came to the China town which from 15 minutes walk from the hotel for eating Chinese food.


A shopping mall at the China town.


Carp fish was swiminng.



There was a temple or shrine with Christmas trees at the 2nd floor of the Chinese mall.

After this we went out from the mall. When we passed by the front of a butcher at the China town, a meat delivery track was there. A butcher carried 3 pigs with no heads on his shoulder with holding their legs. It must so heavy to carry. There were 2 buckets contains many pig’s heads.



We couldn’t find a suitable Chinese restaurant and toward to the hotel.

There are many glass building.


I saw Calgary Tower!


We walked and walked and finally found a cafe. I had sandwich and coffee. It was already 3pm.


From the window of the cafe


I brought a fish eye lens for smart phones and could take a picture of wide view.


There was a local free paper BEATROUTE at the cafe and Shonen Knife was on the front cover!

How nice! Thanks a lot!

いったんホテルの部屋に帰ったのち、あつこと隣のタワー内にあるSled Islandのケータリング会場へ行くため外出。

I came back to the hotel first and went out to go to a catering area of Sled Island at Calgary Tower with Atsuko.


Calgary Tower


The plate of elevator buttons was shaped of the tower. Cool.


The view from the observation lounge was wonderful.


The city area were surrounded by greens.


There were many tall buildings. I’m sure that the city was developed since the last time I’ve been here nearly 20 years ago.


I tried to stand on the glass floor at the observatory. It was so scary. I was standing with my back bent.


A moose was standing on the floor of the observatory.


We took a picture with it.


At the exit of the tower. ‘Merci de votre visite’ ‘De rien!’


Then I went back to the hotel and went to bed around 10:30.

May 27, Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles CA


From Fresno to Los Angeles. 

No trees on the mountain. 

Pyramid Lake? I’d like to see. 


My lunch. I tried not to eat greasy food. Every other people went to In-N-Out but I had these in the van. I made this rice ball yesterday at the hotel. Risa gave me a scorn. 

一旦あつこ宅へ寄って私用荷物を下ろして、会場のBootleg Theater到着。

We loaded out our belongings at Atsuko’s house first and arrived at today’s venue, Bootleg Theater. 


Our poster 


See the bottom left! Our photo was used for the venue’s calendar. Fun!


There was a strange circle on the floor. This was took away when the door open. 




When we finished sound check, a lady came near and gave us Top Ramen goods. 


Nisshin caps were wore by Kei Nishikori’s coach and trainer. Cool! Thank you so much!


It must be busy after show, I took a picture with everyone. Our reliable crew. From L to R, Jake, Kenny. 


Band and crew


With Miyoko from Good Charamel Records, everybody 


A person at the venue gave us 4 dollars and said that we take pictures at the photo booth and went there. 


It took 4 minutes to get ready. 


Oh no,  I only can see the half of Risa’s face. 


I tried it again and soon after I inserted money to the machine, shooting started. We were surprised and set the position immediately. All of our faces were in a picture at the fourth one. 


After sound check, we came back to Atsuko’s house and I made rice and egg soup. I wanted to eat no greasy food before the show. 

A poster at the dressing room 



There were only one beer left in a fridge when we came back to the dressing room from Atsuko’s house. We had many beers in the fridge when we left the room and I was looking forward drinking them after show. We were shocked. Then one person from a front act entered into our dressing room silently and opened the fridge and took the only one beer. Our tour manager put a warning sign of “Private for Shonen Knife” before we left, though. 

A person from the venue apologized to us but it can’t be helped. It wasn’t his fault. 
pic by Miyoko 


Thank you for coming! I could have precious time. Mostly 500 people were there. 

pic by Miyoko 

Only my elbows were bending. lol


I ordered whiskey and soda at the bar after show. 


Atsuko, Risa and I had a tiny party at Atsuko’s house at midnight. 


I got Spinal Tap card from our fan. Nice. 


This roses were from our fan,too. Beautiful. 


Thanks to everyone, we could finish Ramen Adventure U.S. tour 2017 successfully. I thank to people who came to our show, cooperated Ramen restaurants, everybody who supported us from all over the world, Robby and Miyoko from Good Charamel Records, our great crew Kenny and Jake and Atsuko and Risa. Thank you so much!

May 26, Strummer’s, Fresno CA


From the car window. Pyramid of Luxor. 


Eiffel Tower of Paris. 


Stratosphere. I stayed here when our show was cancelled caused by the venue matter. 


We off to the next town Fresno. I wanted play more in Las Vegas. 


Passing through this place,


Looking cactuses 


I had lunch at Panda Express in a town on the way with Miyoko and Risa. 


Fortune cookie. “A new relationship awaits ”


Driving through these scenes,

休憩込みで8時間ほどかけて、会場到着。リハ(sound check)なしでラインチェックのみ。この日は慌ただしくて、会場の表の写真を撮る暇もなかった。

We arrived at the venue after 8 hours drive including some break. We had no sound check but line check. It was a very busy day and I had no time to take a picture of the outside of the venue. 


Trying to work the smoke machine. 


I got a drawing from a fan. Great!


Around the outside of the venue. ‘Tower’ seems like a landmark of this neighborhood. 


We, the band went to a Sushi and Japanese food restaurant searched by Atsuko’s google maps of her mobile. Mobile data communication of my SIM for the U.S. got very slow from around Albuquerque and it got useless. 


I ordered Bento Box. Miso soup was on the side. Soup is served at first in America. Actually I want it to be served at the same time with steamed rice and entrees as a Japanese. 


Salmon teriyaki, deep fried Gyoza, Tempura, California roll, salad and steamed rice. Gorgeous. I ate most of all Tempura and salad in a great hurry and took out the leftovers because we didn’t have enough time until the show. It was yum. I wanted to eat more slowly. 

pic by Miyoko 

pic by Miyoko 


It was a very busy day but I could have a show safely. Everything was thanks to the great audience. There were some people who came from far away. I got a message with a T-shirt. It said that SAC(RAMEN)TO. Sacramento has Ramen in its name. Cool! There was an another person who took his 8 years son. We took a picture with the cute boy. Thanks everybody!
pic by Miyoko 

After show, with the front act Spacehooker.