It was really cool to go back to my fav spot every.... Japan!
I love the culture so much... i love how they value hard work, integrity, morals, righteousness, and togetherness. How there is little to no crime. (You don't have to lock up your bike!) Japan really has it's shit together. It's unusual to feel so safe in a place... especially as a woman. I'm used to men yelling at me while I walk down the street and wondering if my car window will be smashed again. When I'm touring in Japan it's one of the only times I can consistently relax and have a drink and let loose while on tour. I have more fun and am a happier person. (I love the USA and Los Angeles but just sayin!)
It was especially cool going with Sophie & Gina, who had never been before. I expected they would love it and am so glad they did. I got to live vicariously through their first-Japan-trip excitement.
The bands we played with were AMAZING. The venues were really cool. The gear we played out of was extremely well maintained. It was super pro, legit, we loved it! It felt so luxurious.
Our friends that helped make the trip happen (Jin! our booker) (Tomomi and Hiromi!! Our generous hosts) and all the promoters were so great.
Here's a little write up Sophie wrote about her experience (so sweet thank you Sophieeeeee)
Currently enduring the worst jet lag I've ever experienced but I would do it all again without a second thought. Thank you so much Alexandra Hanlon for letting me see the world and be part of the coolest punk rock girl squad on the planet. Coming from a lower middle class family (however I still consider myself incredibly privileged to have the upbringing I did), I never imagined by the age of 20 I'd get to see France, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Hungary, Czech Republic, Belgium, The Netherlands, The UK, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Canada, and now TOKYO, all while getting to do what I love more than anything in the world (not to mention getting to do it with my best friend Mo Dotti) . Words will never be able to describe how grateful I am for all of the life-changing experiences and life-long friends I have made...Japan in particular has a culture that is so humbling and really encourages you to put your heart into everything you do. As much as I love Los Angeles and wouldn't rather live anywhere else, when you are young and vulnerable, it is easy to fall into the seeking of validation through transparent behaviors and relationships, especially when living in a city that has a tendency to measure self-worth through image and social status. The kindness, selflessness, and compassion of basically every person I came across during my stay in Tokyo gave me a much needed reality check, and I hope I can continue to exercise a bit of that heart that makes Japan so special. K sorry bye