It’s Been an Isogashi Kind of Spring (BUSY)


Annie singing Karaoke at 11pm in Shibuya
Annie singing Karaoke at 11pm in Shibuya

Last weekend, Tokyo International School held it’s Charity Concert.  The annual event takes place at a theater the school rents and all of the students in the school get to perform.  Tickets aren’t sold  – there are donation boxes as you enter and everyone stuffs the box on the way in.  The money raised goes to a different charity each year; this year it was for orphanages in Japan.  Annie’s grade performed a rap “I’m Young and Positive” and Sophie’s grade performed an African Drum Dance.  Both of these can be seen on the photo site.  The show was the most entertaining of any school show i’ve ever seen (multiply 4 x a lot)… very creative and energetic.  It was a pleasure to watch.  As soon as Sophie performed, I dashed off in a cab to the next event, The 60th Anniversary of the Women’s Group at the Tokyo American Club.  This was a black tie/red dress formal event held at Happo En a formal Japanese Garden.  They had Geisha and sake barrel breaking (a tradition) along with Japanese dance and music and a 12 piece orchestra.  It was a gorgeous evening and I was happy to be a part of it (I put together a keepsake journal reliving the last 60 years…) and I wrote a poem that was read at the event.  That was pretty cool.  The following weekend, Julie our babysitter from Amagansett and Purchase came for a visit with her friend Megan.  As it was my third set of visitors, I felt I had the itinerary down pat.  I even threw in a few places that I hadn’t been to.  We had a non-stop, action packed week that included conveyor belt sushi, singing elvis’, monkeys, dogs in every shape and size, a korean scrub, a shrine sale, boutique browsing, karaoke, the New York Grill, an onsen theme park, walking across the rainbow bridge, little edo, boating in the imperial palace moat, the fish market, tasting food in department store food halls, eating under the train tracks, tea at the peninsula hotel, lying out at the American Club pool, love hotel hill, watching pizza being made, foot massages, 100 yen shops and beach volleyball.  I’m pretty sure it’s a trip they won’t soon forget.  And I don’t think I’ve heard Sophie laugh that much EVER… Tom was in Hong Kong and New York for most of it so it was an ALL GIRLS WEEK.  Hayden was around but he tried very hard to make himself invisible!  It is May and we are in final countdown mode.  Only a handful of weeks and we will be stateside…

2 thoughts on “It’s Been an Isogashi Kind of Spring (BUSY)

  1. Liser:

    I was involved with a program called “Baby think it over” as a pregnancy prevention option when I wa the coordinator of the “Lawrence 2000 Parentingprogram”.
    Each of our teen girls were given a baby doll similaiar to what Hayden was given and the
    requirements of parenting the baby doll were almost identical. Good for him that he did that.

    It looks like your Mom and Marc had a fabulous time when they visited. It was great to seea picture of all of you together.


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