Outside the hotel

Outside the hotel

There’s a little coffee shop in the lobby of the hotel, so after a cappuccino and a croissant it was out into the streets to see what was going on.

Out for a fine walk

Out for a fine walk

The streets in this town range from wide boulevards to ones that you can barely fit bicycles on. I chose to walk the narrow streets for the most part.

What is this thing anyway?

What is this thing anyway?

Everybody walks or bikes so the pedestrian is right at home here… unlike most cities and roads in the U.S.

Yet one more game store

Yet one more game store

Gaming is even bigger here than it is at home… there are multi-level game stores everywhere!

The kids

The kids

This reminded me of a book my Mom used to read to me as a kid, ‘Make Way For Ducklings.’ You gotta love this! The book was written in 1941 by Robert McCloskey. My time for sure.

The scen of the crime in 1997

The scene of the crime in 1997

Myron and I dropped by Stove’s, where Tuna recorded Live In Japan. Cool beans. Took a couple of snapshots and walked on.

Now that's miso!

Now that's miso!

Dinner time rolled around and we picked one of the many sushi joints surrounding us.

Unagi an tamago

Unagi and tamago

Yeah, this was delicious and good food is the best bang for your buck in Japan.

Night street

Night street

Back to the hotel and now to try to get to sleep.

One more thing. Wally Pfister got in touch with me. A great cinematographer, Wally is directing his first movie, Transcendence. Now I’m japan so I won’t get to see it until I get home but the movie looks great and I was flattered to have one of my songs included in it. Check this out:


Look forward to seeing this flick as soon as I get home. Thanks Wally!

I also look forward to Hot Tuna’s gig at Thumbs Up tomorrow night.



  1. Comment made on April 24, 2014 by Kate Sullivan

    You can still find “Make Way For Duckings” in a first grade classroom…….timeless! I was in Japan over 30 years ago, glad to see the yellow hats are still used.

  2. Comment made on April 24, 2014 by doug mlyn

    @Mike Anderson
    I heard that was the whole reason he went in the first place. To see Hot Tuna. What other reason could there be?

  3. Comment made on April 24, 2014 by Mike Anderson

    Just wondering, Obama’s in Japan now too, think he’ll try and catch a Tuna show?

  4. Comment made on April 24, 2014 by Scott Meyers

    Enjoy the trip and family time.

  5. Comment made on April 23, 2014 by chuck newman

    Just got done listening to some great vids of Duane Eddy, Carl Perkins etc. Finished it off with some great live Ventures doing “House of the Rising Sun”. Knowing how super popular the Ventures are in Japan maybe Jorma can grab a photo to kind of go along with the vibe.

  6. Comment made on April 23, 2014 by Joe in DC

    hey all bob…perhaps you are interested..good recent interview


    hows Japan?

  7. Comment made on April 23, 2014 by johno

    I just heard Pres. Obama arrived in Tokyo today and was looking forward to see some band called Hot Tuna and having some good sukiyaki this weekend.

  8. Comment made on April 23, 2014 by John B

    I wasn’t going to see that movie but now I will be going to see it tomorrow night . Have a great tour be safe and will see you soon .

  9. Comment made on April 23, 2014 by John B

    Make way for the Ducklings ?

  10. Comment made on April 23, 2014 by HOGAN

    Dear Jorma,

    I had a chance to travel to Japan when I was younger and living in San Francisco and turned it down, the old saying always comes to mind that “Youth is wasted on the young.”..Have a great tour and hope that you and all that are traveling with you have a good time…
    Be Safe

  11. Comment made on April 23, 2014 by doug mlyn

    Thanks for the pics. The Miso looks amazing.
    @ Joey. True that.

  12. Comment made on April 23, 2014 by Joey Hudoklin

    The people of Japan are in for a treat.
    The original acoustic Hot Tuna!
    It’s all about the music.
    Nobody does it better.

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