Last week I went with friends to Sendai to a concert by American rock singer Adam Lambert.
Here we are just after the concert, with our T shirts and BIG smiles.
It's funny to be a fan...at my age. I first saw Adam on the American TV show "American Idol" in 2008. He didn't win the audition program, coming second to a nice, sweet Christian boy. Many said that Adam didn't win because he was flamboyantly gay, and the young,middle-America voters for that show didn't like that.
But 8 years later - nobody has heard of the program winner and Adam has gone on to be the highest earning star from that TV show.
He was invited by British rock band Queen to be their guest front-singer on their world tours, he has released three albums and come to Japan four times. I've seen him in concert four times.
I love his voice, with an amazing range and control. He's cute and sexy. Great performer.
This time was really special. Sun Plaza Hall in Sendai was small and amazingly the concert was not sold out. This is for a singer who sells out huge stadiums and has concerts all over the world. Maybe Sendai after Ohogatsu is just too...inaka?
Our seats were RIGHT near the stage. 5 rows from the stage, and with an aisle open in front. When he came forward to meet fans I rushed to the stage - like a fan - and shook hands with him and said "Thankyou for coming to Sendai".
And - yes - I did eat gyu-tan. Delicious actually. And a very long, fried gobo dish? Local special food?
On the way home via Sendai Airport I had many memories of the tsunami disaster in Tohoku, and remembered how many times I have seen the scenes at Sendai Airport of people on the roof and the parking lots and small airplanes being washed away.
It was a poignant moment. The view from the plane was wonderful. But it is hard to know that thousands of people died there just five years ago.
Here are some pictures from my trip: