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My trip to Tokyo Disneyland! April 27, 2009

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Tokyo Disneyland meets all of your expectations about a Disney park in its  traditional, original form.  Much like Magic Kingdom and Disneyland in California, it’s essentially guaranteed that you will Remember the Magic :-).  The park is beautiful, clean and welcoming.  All cast members wave, smile and gladly assist the guests.  Disneyland is designed to be an experience.  It is all about the spectacle, the entertainment, the customer service and the aesthetics.  Basically, Tokyo’s version of Disneyland does not disapoint.  The park mimics other Disney parks — Fantasyland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, Pirates of the Carribbean, Star Tours, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s A Small World.  Tokyo Disneyland has developed origional shows, it’s own day parade (Jubilation!), evening parade (Dreamlinghts) and fireworks presentation.

I visited the park during the last week of the 25th Anniversary celebration which concluded this month.



‘Tis the Season for Sacura! April 11, 2009

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Sacura Season, commonly known in english as Cherry Blossom season, is currently at it’s peak in Tokyo!  The annual cherry blossom festival, to put it mildly, is a HUGE deal in Japan.  Sacura viewing and hanami parties are said to date back as far as the 3rd century.  Basically, the Japanese have enjoyed festivites revolving around sacura trees FOREVER!

There are many popular spots to see cherry blossoms in full bloom.  At these locations, hanami parties are held where people picnic and drink while enjoying the view.  Food vendors line the streets selling traditional Japanese favorites.  It’s a carnival style celebration.  The weather is perfect, the tress are beautiful and the atmosphere is totally ideal — it’s an all around good time!

On Tuesday, I went to one of the famous sacura viewing locations, Kudanshita.  It was gorgeous — the perfect blend of relaxing while soaking in the beauty and experiencing the hanami parties!  The view of the sacura trees over the water  was my favorite.  From above the water, you could look down through the blossoms and see people riding paddle boats through the park.

Later, while doing some research, I learned that there are 305 varities of cherry blossom trees!  Also, I learned the history of our own cherry blossom festival in the U.S., which dates back nearly 100 years.  In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gave 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington, D.C. to signify the friendship between Japan and the U.S.  3,800 more trees were given to D.C. in 1965.  110122111114120118


Cape Cod Photos! April 5, 2009

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cape-cod-christinecape-cod-yukiyocape-cod-hirocape-cod-hajimeOpening Day, April 3, 2009 – Performing at Tokyo DisneySea!  Top Left:  Me!  Top Center:  Yukiyo playing the violin;  Top Right:  Hiro playing the guitar;  Bottom Right:  Hajime playing the whistle


Cape Cod Step Out Opens Tomorrow! April 2, 2009

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My rehearsal process is over!  Tomorrow is the beginning of my new routine — 5 days a week, 6 shows a day.  Our director, Charlie-san and our music director, Ozaki-san, seem pleased with the show!  They have given us the freedom to select songs for each set and to move about the terrace based on where guests are seated in the Cape Cod restaurant.  Since were are an atmosphere show, we perform amongst the guests, as opposed to a formal stage setting. In between songs, we speak to the guests (this is unscripted).  Hopefully, these small freedoms will add variety to the show — keeping it new over the next 9 months.

This morning, the band and I got a VERY early start.  Our dress rehearsal call was at 5:30 am.  The band spent the night at E-Village (the apartment complex where the foreigners live).  Since the trains do not run at 5 am, we took a cab to Disney in the morning.  By 7am, I was singing for a crowd of Tokyo Disney Resort artistic and technical employees.  It was a cold, windy morning (far from ideal for singing outdoors); however, we danced, stayed in motion and forgot about the cold!!  Dress rehearsals at Tokyo Disney take place late at night or early in the morning while the park is closed to guests.

Our dressing room is complete with coffee, sweets and snacks thanks to the musician’s agents!  The musicians at Tokyo Disney Resort are represented by an agency.  The agents are extremely generous.  After rehearsals, they often treat us to lunch or dinner at the cafeteria.  On Tuesday night, they treated the cast, the director, and my translator  to dinner at a Chinese restaurant.  It was soooo delicious!

I cannot get over how fortunate I am to have an awesome group of musicians to work with at Disney.  They are incredibly talented, driven musicians and really wonderful people.  We have been spending time together outside of rehearsal which is great; hopefully, we will talk over many more glasses of wine!  Everyone does their best to express themselves in English.  I am studying Japanese everyday and the musicians willingly help me to learn the language.

And SO, tomorrow ends my time as a paid tourist….it’s time to work a full week and to keep the Disney magic alive…Irish style.