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This is the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan (taken in the spring of 2009)

Two days ago I had a dream I was back in Japan.

What to do???

Either I go back this autumn or I finish this blog post series about my latest trip there. But all I can manage now is a quick post.

 

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OK, I just got off work. Finished at 8 pm. I can’t take it anymore. I need to empty my head.

So I browsed through my Japan photos and I was transported back to Yokohama. I covered the conference for four days straight, wrote my stories on the fifth day, all day. I wasn’t able to leave my hotel room (which was really tiny, with a tiny soaking tub), except to eat in the restaurant just across my hotel.

 

I attempted to go to the mall in the early evening to have dinner but my editor was messaging me furiously on my Skype and I had to jump out of the train going to Minatomirai and back to my hotel in Kannai to fix one of my stories being edited.

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So it was only on my sixth day and my last day in Yokohama that I was able to see a bit of the city. I just walked from my hotel and didn’t care where I ended up.

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So Yokohama is a port city, the first one to open up to foreign trade. So naturally it had Western-style old buildings like this, which was the old Customs house of Yokohama.

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Which was bursting with flowers…

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I crossed the highway and ended up at the Red Brick warehouses, historical buildings which were the customs warehouses during the late 19th century. They are now shopping malls/event centers.

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And there was an adjacent park where I lingered for a bit. DSCF1177

And walked a bit further…Hey hey hey! There’s the Pacifico convention center. Minatomirai.

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And I just enjoyed the cloudy spring morning. DSCF1183

The flowers. Flowers everywhere. Everytime I come to Japan, there are always flowers everywhere, which I dearly love.

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I spent the rest of the morning taking photos of flowers around Minatomirai. I can’t remember where I had lunch but I remember going into one of the malls in Minatomirai. I left Yokohama at 1 pm-ish to go to Tokyo central, which was about 45 mins away…not bad.

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I spent 6 days in Yokohama and didn’t see much. Hahahaha!

Yup, my work week starts today. Even though I’m still feeling wobbly from that nasty flu, I think I need to get my butt out there again and start working. I have a conference again to attend.

Anyway, to inspire me, I searched for the Youtube videos of one of my drum heroes, Cobus Potgieter, whom I discovered about seven years ago. When I was pregnant with my girls, I was listening to a lot of Breaking Benjamin and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (I don’t know why), which brought me to the Youtube videos of this amazing drummer from South Africa.

I could not find his videos of his early covers (he did a really good drum cover of Red Jump Apparatus’ Face Down) yesterday. Good thing I had the foresight of downloading his other videos, thinking nothing lasts forever in Youtube. How true I was.

I fell in love with Cobus when he covered some Breaking Benjamin songs (I don’t know why Flickr doesn’t allow me to upload the entire video).

Cobus - Breaking Benjamin - I Will Not Bow (Drum Cover)

And solidified his place in my heart after watching his drum cover of 30 Seconds to Mars. If you could see towards the end of the video, he was smiling, like he was really enjoying playing This is War. Plus watch out for the stick flips.

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People who are very passionate with what they do inspire me.

UPDATE: Still sick. I just puked my way to the bathroom. No conference for me.

Sick again (been really sick for 3 days now) and did nothing but sleep and watch youtube videos all day. And I picked up a few gems along the way.

How awesome is this? Motorhead doing a cover of Metallica’s Enter Sandman…It’s like your heroes covering your songs and owning it.

Then there’s Korn doing a cover of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall and then owning it.

And how can a guitarist and a drummer deliver one of the best Grammy’s performances in recent years? Jack White is amazing but that Meg is a lame drummer.