Tokyo drift…

My blogger-friend, [SK], was surprised when I said that I had been to Tokyo before. He reckoned that I would only go to those ang moh (western) countries which was definitely untrue.Β My missus and I went there in December, 1983. Gosh!!! That was 30 years ago…and of course, I looked very young then…

*Tokyo Ginza*

…and was a lot slimmer too!

Japan 1

We went to Osaka, Kyoto, Hakone…

Japan 2

…and even up the slopes of Mount Fuji where there was snow…

Japan 3

It was winter then so of course, the weather was quite cold…and then, we took the bullet train to Tokyo, just to get the experience.

Now, what was the memorable moment during that whole trip? Well, they had a minus-one karaoke machine on the tour bus and our tour guide, a young and sweet Japanese lady, couldn’t really sing. She claimed that Japanese ladies couldn’t sing as well as the men as the guys would go drinking and sing their hearts’ out after work but not the ladies. Anyway, to cut a long story short, she was indeed stunned, so pleasantly surprised, that I could sing this Japanese song. Nope, I did not sing this English cover nor an earlier one by a duo called The Blue Diamonds (My first lonely night alone). It was a hit in the 50’s or 60’s and I knew the words by heart, more or less like how many young people can sing Korean K-pop songs these days but do not know what the lyrics mean. Well, she was so impressed that we were given special VIP treatment for the rest of the tour…and when she sent us off at the airport, she even gave me a goodbye kiss – everyone else in the group was green with envy!

And of course, I can remember very well the day we spent here…

TD, Japan
*Tokyo Disneyland*

It was so nice – all the smiles, the happiness all around. We certainly had a tremendously wonderful time there.

And just in case you’re thinking that I can only sing one Japanese song, [SK], I’m afraid you’re wrong there too. I can sing this one too…


Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

36 thoughts on “Tokyo drift…”

  1. wah….you look so smart then! hahaha…. Karaoke existed already in 1983? It only reached us in the early 90s…lol

    Was around even before then – started with minus-one cassette tapes…no video, no lyrics.

  2. ok…to be on the safe side I’m not playing that…but I shall learn one jap song just to impress any tour guides passing by!!

    Why not? It’s definitely not a virus or anything.

  3. Whoa! You can sing in Japanese! I didn’t know that – learn something new everyday. πŸ˜‰

    Dashing attire mate – Tokyo Disneyland appeared on the scene a lot earlier than I expected! Compared to HK Disneyland, that is.

    Yes, many things you do not know…and some, better not to know. πŸ˜‰ Hehehehehehe!!!!

  4. Eh, you look Japanese in that kimono robe. Like a young sumo wrestler in the making πŸ™‚ Any plans to visit Japan again?

    Nope, not too keen on heading that way.

  5. Phwettttt!!!!…you look good with that Japanese robe. Only today, made known to us you know how to sing Japanese song. Not bad, ehhh.Don’t play play, hehehe!!.

    You probably would know “man-hsia” – the blind swordman – very popular Japanese movie character in my teenage days. He used to be dressed like that. LOL!!!

  6. haha, not only SK but i guess many were surprised too, just that they didn’t express and voice out, kekekeke!! and indeed, i thought you have had enough of Asian in Sibu that’s why you didn’t choose to go to Asian countries but ang moh places~~ ooopsss!!! geeez~~ πŸ˜€

    That’s one reason too – would prefer places with a totally different culture. Why bother when we can get it here right our doorsteps? No need to spend so much money for the same thing.

  7. wow, going to Japan 30 years ago sure was very expensive, and our Food Mayor has been to so many places in Japan even the Disneyland!! woot woot.. look at him in the photo!! so slim, so young and so handsome like a star!!!

    Package tours that time, around a week…over 1K, longer…up to 14 days, 2-3K…depending on destinations and what you would get. But salary so little then, really had to save half dead to go and travel. 3days/2 nights Lake Today was a bit over RM500 only.

    1. Our Sibu Food Mayor went to Japan 30 years ago, really rich la!

      Package tours those days, 14 days – around 2-3K only. But low salary, had to save half dead all year to go on a holiday like this…and had to save for two persons some more. 😦

  8. wow wow wow, singing Japanese huh?? hahaha, but now it’s the K-pop thingy.. quick, record yourself singing that two Japanese songs and then share the video here!! we want to see and listen the Food Mayor sings Japanese song!! SHOW SHOW SHOW SHOW SHOW SHOW SHOW!!!

    You need to pay to see me perform…and I do not come cheap. Hehehehehe!!!!

    1. BTW i wasn’t contemplating how many Japanese songs you can sing lah, that’s nothing meaningful at all.. i was scrutinizing those photos of you lah, wow, so handsome lah our Food Mayor back then, of course you also look handsome now~~ πŸ™‚

      Don’t bluff!!! Time has not been kind to me, I know. 😦

  9. Hey Arthur…what sweet looking pictures of you.. the last two pictures especially.. LOL…

    Sweet kah? Young time, not the same…not old and grumpy liao! LOL!!!

  10. I enjoy looking at all these photos! Sure bring back a lot of memories to you huh?
    Actually Japan is a very beautiful country!

    Nice place, nice people…expensive. 😦

  11. Hey STP… you’re in Japan 30yrs bec then? So nice photos

    Those days, had to save hard, low salary…but we made it an annual affair before my girl came along.

  12. Then I should post my Japan trip 8years back….LoL

    That’s quite recent. This is a scheduled post – I’m in KL right now…desperately trying to find some time to reply to comments. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  13. 1983? I was still wearing nappy then! Hehehe~ Those yellowish photos sure are memorable. Planning another trip to the Land of Rising Sun?

    Nope, not too keen on heading that way again.

  14. Waah. Honeymoon in Tokyo? Great!! My father had his fisheries course in Japan,1982. That was when I was born. My mother only sent him a telegraph to mention that I was born in Sibu. His friends suggested him to give me name ‘Sakura’. In the end it’s Azura instead. Lol!.

    LOL!!! I think Azura is nicer than Sakura. Sakura sounds like one of those nightclubs or bars. Muahahahaha!!!!

  15. wow, that’s ages ago huh, but yet you manage to keep those photos!
    anyway I’ve always wanted to visit tokyo someday!

    Go, go. Young people must travel, explore, experience. Don’t listen to people who tell you that you must save, can enjoy when you’re old. Just look at me. Sobsssss!!!!

  16. You can sing Japanese song, this is indeed amazing. No wonder the Japanese girl kissed you goodbye.

    Like Malaysians singing Hindi or Korean songs lah…dunno what they’re singing about.

  17. isn’t photos awesome? we can always treasure memories of our younger days with photos….

    salute to you for being able to sing Japanese.. fuyoh!

    Can sing, don’t know the meaning one. Hehehehehe!!!!

  18. Looking forward for a Tokyo drift some day! =P

    You’re into that too? Can join my neighbour – the house in front of mine. The young chap’s into drifting.

  19. Wow…you still have all the old pics. Not sure where most of my pics went 😦

    They should be somewhere if you’ve not thrown them all away.

  20. Japan has been on my wish list for long time. I still haven’t been. You’re pics are making me want to go even more.

    Go! Go! Nice place, nice people but expensive…and even more so today.

  21. I thought it is about car racing from your title. Wonderful memories from the old photos. I learn Japanese in my uni times, but I have given back everything to my lecturer.

    Hah!!! Fast and furious eh? πŸ˜‰ Ya…if you do not practise, you will forget it all eventually.

  22. You look like Japanese. hehehe! Blend pretty well with the locals there.

    For the first time, I did not see any food picture in your post. Lol!

    No worries. There will be food coming up soon enough… πŸ˜‰

  23. Last time so expensive to travel anywhere. STP so KAYA! πŸ™‚

    No leh? We joined the package tours – all inclusive, hotel, food, tours and visits…less than RM4-5,000 per person, depending on the destinations and number of days, types of hotel and places for meals. We went to Lake Toba for 5 days or so – only over RM500 each from KL,all in.

  24. Wow! You can sing Japanese songs! Bravo!
    Yes, travelling in Japan is expensive. You’ve been to Tokyo, Osaka… good enough.. Been there once cukup lah… I came back from Japan last month and still haven’t got around sorting the hundreds of photos that I took! It was really a beautiful place but expensive. πŸ˜•

    Yup, been there, done that…good enough. Would rather go to places that I have not been to.

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