Day four began in a similarly cheery fashion with another AFO birthday and this time it was Alice who has been lucky enough to have her 12th birthday in Japan. Her table had been lovingly decorated by her friends for her special day and of course, she received the chair treatment.
We were incredibly privileged to have our guides give us a detailed walk through a less commercial shrine, the Meiji Shrine. Our guides helped us really get stuck into some rituals and chatted us through the meanings behind them, which was totally fascinating. One of which was purifying ourselves at a purification fountain before entering the main area of the shrine. The shrine itself was set in the middle of serene woodland and it was a lovely morning of thoughtful relaxation.
The orchestra then went on to one of the most trendy places for a meal in Tokyo, the Gonpachi Restaurant. The restaurant was the inspiration behind that famous dinner scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. It is so trendy that it often the dinner choice of the Kardashian’s, Johnny Depp and Kayne West and as one of our players said, “If it is good enough for Kayne, it’s good enough for me!”
Then it was the much anticipated first concert at Otsuma Women’s University in Tokyo. Truly it was an outstanding first concert with a huge and happy audience. We even had them all standing at the end singing Auld Lang Sang. Our directors had the pleasure of presenting the Peace Tartan Scarfs to those who helped this wonderful concert come together, from the Japan Scotland Association and Otsuma Women’s University.
It is now time for bed and a good rest for Mount Fuji tomorrow!