Brendan’s Brand New Yamaha D & E Flat Trumpet!
Just before I go into the ins and outs of today’s free day, have a butcher’s at Nobuyuki Tsujii, Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performing Rachmaninov Concerto no. 3 in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall a couple of months ago, prior to the tour. This is in our newly refurbished Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.
This morning I managed to have a modest lie in and then I went down to the marvellous breakfast in the ANA Intercontinental Hotel. I was thinking that I’ve been away for six days now so I decided to make use of the hotel laundry service. I had to get my bag collected from the room before ten in the morning and it would be ready by six early this evening.
Well, you can’t say much fairer than that!
So, off I went. The first thing to do would be to negotiate the underground railway system with the travel pass supplied by my wife. I had three stops to go to get to Ginza to meet my wife and father- in – law at the tube station at midday.
Phew! Well, that was easy.
Ginza is Tokyo’s leading upmarket shopping and eating district. It is a centuries old part of the city and apart from the usual branded shops many stores and businesses have been here for a very long time. We met successfully and my father-in-law, Professor Tanigawa-san, announced that we would start with lunch.
The Gyoza restaurant – Japanese pan fried dumplings
A very popular dish in Japan, indeed also in my own household in Liverpool, is Gyoza. Inhabitants of Tokyo know to head for Ginza Tenryu, whose Gyoza are twice as big as other restaurants and who sell 5000 of these delicious dumplings every day!