Tokyo is a wonderful city and as one gets to know it, one discovers the hidden places in this strange and beautiful city.
Asakusa is a neighbourhood in the city known for the most famous Buddhist temple in Tokyo and the narrow side streets packed with tiny shops selling just about everything you could wish for ! ! !
The area next to the Sumida river is lined with house boats and there is a thriving alternative life style there which gives the area a vibrant and carefree atmosphere.
SLADE – So why am I talking about a neighbourhood in Tokyo when this post is about Slade ? ? ?
Well part of this neighbourhood hosts a flea market called Sumida Park Flea Market, and in the flea market is the shop of my friend Hiroki san.
I do not know how old Hiroki san is, maybe 200 years old maybe 20 years old. Who knowa ? ? ?
He has a stall in the market where he sells second hand Music CDs and he specialise in western rock.
He has an incredible knowledge of Western CD releases and you can spend several hours with him talking about music and groups, and the times they lived in, and their CD releases and as a young and innocent 18 year old when I first moved to Tokyo, I spent many hours with him discussing music.
My dad has a great collection of Soul, Motown, Gospel and Jazz and also Western Rock and from my dad I gained a lot of knowledge. Hiroki san eventually admitted my knowledge of western music – after some time – and we became friends and spent many hours on Sunday afternoons talking about western music of the 1960 to 1980 decades, drinking tea and playing cards and talking to the collectors who stopped by the store.
One day, I meet Hiroki san at his stall and he said to me . . .
“What do you know about Slade?”
“Slade ? ? ? ?” I replied
“Slade are the best ever British rock band, there would be no Visual Kei in Japan if there was no Slade ! ! ! “
He sold me Slade’s Greatest Hits, and I rushed home to load it onto my iPod. Gosh ! ! ! My life changed ! ! ! How could such a wonderful band nor be famous in Japan – or even actually anywhere outside the UK ? ? ?
They are now part of my life, and my running playlist includes them at a critical moment ! ! !
At 17 minutes in the playlist I arrive at bottom of the hill in Meguro – I dig my heels in – take deep breath , and rush up the hill shouting . . . .
“I say you’re so young ….you’re so young ! ! ! ”
They are so Great ! ! !
Gud Bye Ta Jane ! ! ! The Fabulous Slade
Next Week Mr P and I will debut our exciting new He Said – She Said Concept ! ! !
Dont worry we will not ask you to look into our eyes ! ! !
Dont Miss it ! ! !