I returned yesterday from a quick trip to Melbourne to see Shonen Knife… and some friends and my family. My friends picked me up from the airport on Saturday night and we went over to Glen Waverley to have Japanese for dinner. And beer.
After that, we went back to Stephen’s place where he installed a new SSD inside this computer. I originally had a 60GB drive, now it’s 240GB. No more storing everything on an external drive. Yes!
On Sunday morning, everyone popped over. My brothers, parents and some friends I hadn’t seen in ages. It was the first time in three years my brothers and I were in the same place together and it was really cool. I also got to meet my niece, Addison, for the first time.
We all went out for lunch at a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant in Bayswater while my parents went shopping. That lasted ages.
Then came 3pm when Steve and I visited Burwood K-Mart to buy some goodies from Rakuten and the Asian supermarket. I probably spent too much, but I did come out with goodies like Cookies and Cream Pocky, various soft drinks and mochi. Sweet, delicious mochi.
When it came 5:30pm, we headed to downtown Melbourne for another feed and then to see Shonen Knife. The support bands were hmmm…. different. Shonen Knife were excellent! I’m amazed at how much energy Emi Morimoto has. The whole show she was dancing along while drumming, her smile never leaving. Afterwards, they signed some goodies. I was wearing a shirt from England which they signed.
When we got back, I did the obligatory posts to Facebook and Twitter, tweeting some Kansai-ben to Naoko. She favourited it. Sooo happy. (おおきに / Ookini is another word for ありがとう / arigatou / thanks in the Osaka area where they’re from).
Then yesterday morning my parents came over to drive me to the airport. We made a detour to see my uncle and aunty for an hour. The flight home was pretty okay, a little bumpy near the end, but no worse than the Bruce Highway.
All up, a fantastic weekend, with lack of sleep being the only downer. And the fact my camera was totally sucking at photos. I didn’t get to do any of Shonen Knife, even though I’d used RAW, maxed out the ISO and used an F2.8 aperture for 1/60 sec. It was all dark, whereas other concerts I’ve done on this camera were pretty good at quicker shutter speeds.
I’d love to see Shonen Knife again, but when and where? Another great Japanese band, Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her, have reformed and are now playing a bit in Tokyo, but that’s a bit hard to do at the moment. They’re definitely on my to see list though.