It's tax season and my days have been chalk full of organizing my receipts and pulling together everything I can to get done EARLY this year. Of all the years I've been doing my own taxes, it'd be somethin' else (literally) if I was able to pull off an early completion this year, of any. It's a long story.
I was watching some old band and drum corps videos and came across the video of Aimachi from 2008 - my last year with the group. I just thought I'd share it because it'd been a while since I watched it - even though it's not THAT long ago. But I just fell in love, all over again, with the experience I had in Japan those two years and it's amazing how much I miss my Aimachi family right now.
For those who don't know, Aimachi is a Tenrikyo church based in Handa City, Aichi Japan. The band consists of about 140 members (mostly Tenrikyo) and included 9 American and 5 Thai members in 2008. This performance is from December 21, 2008 in the Tokyo Super Arena. We were awarded 1st place and crowned All-Japan national champions.
This goes out to all my Aimachi brothers and sisters, including the other American and Thai members who made this experience very special for me... Dan, Ollie, Chris, Gabe, Justin, Nick, Ted, Niel, Ame, Yoi, Binky, Belle and Junt. Also thanks to Mitch, Uichi, Michael, Michi, Kiyo, Hatsue and Yoshie - I love you all!
And a very special thanks to the one and only Coz Sekine - the most kind and most generous man I've ever met in my life.