I’ll keep this one short…
We woke up in Hamamatsu and took the bullet train into Tokyo, where we had a very full day that included a visit to Tokyo’s ultra-trendy and ultra-expensive Ginza shopping district. It’s here that the flagship stores for brands like Louis Vuitton, Armani, Boss, and more line the streets and it’s here where the world’s biggest music company has the opportunity to do a bit of showing off.
The Yamaha Ginza store is truly a sight to behold, both inside and out. Inside, it includes a multi-story music school, one floor dedicated to pianos, one to brass and woodwind instruments, one to guitars and drums, one entirely to sheet music and books, another for CDs and DVDs, plus a 333-capacity concert hall with pristine acoustics, and a lot more.
After having some time to wander around and do some shopping, we set off for a busy day of sightseeing that included a trip to Tokyo’s biggest fish market, where we dined on some a-one sushi, visited another temple, had the chance to ascend the city’s SkyTree – the second-tallest freestanding structure in the world – for an incredible 360-degree view of the world’s largest city, and then a bus ride to our hotel.
Another great dinner, this one just outside Shinagawa station, and then a few drinks in the lounge on the top floor of our hotel. As Raph would say, it was totally jet-set.
The next morning, we headed to Narita for the long flight home.
Huge thanks go out to Omar Ales at Yamaha Canada Music for organizing this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, as well as his colleagues Taiki, Dave, Ryan, and Doug who joined us on the outing, and all of the dealers that made this trip what it was.
Check the October/November 2016 issue of Canadian Music Trade for more, and expect a video recap of the trip very soon.
And don’t forget, 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Yamaha guitars, and next year is the 50th anniversary of Yamaha drums and 40th anniversary of the BB bass series, so there’ll be plenty coming down the pipe from our friends at Yamaha, the quality of which we can now all attest is beyond reproach.