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Japanese 9-Year-old Randy Rhoads

29 Aug

I’m a fan of the rock band KISS…but I also like Ozzy Osbourne just as much.


So, I thought it was great when I found out that nine-year-old 宮澤佑門 (Yuuto Miyazawa) is also a big fan of Ozzy Osbourne and the late-Randy Rhoads!

I had seen 宮澤佑門 (Yuuto Miyazawa) on a Japanese variety TV show last year. He’s a nine-year-old Japanese rock guitar child prodigy.

His favorite guitar is his black with white dots “flying-V” guitar that looks exactly like the one Randy Rhoads used to play when he was a member of Ozzy Osbourne‘s band in the ’80s.

宮澤佑門 (Yuuto Miyazawa) finally made his American debut after becoming a minor celebrity in Japan.
And he deserves it!
He can play heavy metal guitar as well as any adult musician…maybe even better!

Here he is playing the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Free Bird” in a small Tokyo club:

He was on the the American “Ellen DeGeneres” TV talk show. And he played the song “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne“. After which he was surprised when Ozzy himself came out to meet him.
Here it is:

And if you don’t know how close his playing is to the “real” song.
Here is a video of Ozzy Osbourne and his band including the late guitarist Randy Rhoads performing the same song (I wasn’t able to find a YouTube clip that showed Randy playing this song with the same guitar that 宮澤佑門 (Yuuto Miyazawa) was using.):

After 宮澤佑門 (Yuuto Miyazawa) met Ozzy Osbourne on that American TV show, Ozzy remembered him and invited Yuto to play the song with his band on stage earlier this year!
Here it is:

Observation deck

29 Aug

Yesterday my wife and I went to the top floor of a tall building that had an observation deck from which you could get a bird’s-eye view of the Tokyo area.

A sign there said that 富士山 (Mount Fuji) and 東京タワー (Tokyo Tower) could be seen from that observation deck on clear days.

The sky was fairly clear when we went…but there were some clouds. We could see Mt. Fuji and Tokto Tower…but just barely.

But it was still a nice view.

We went to observation decks in Tokyo before (Click here to see a post with photos from one in Shinjuku).
The difference between those and the observation deck we went to yesterday is that this one was in a Tokyo suburb…so the surrounding buildings weren’t as high, but the tall skyscrapers of downtown Tokyo could be seen in the distance.




After we left there, I saw a line of  「ヤマト運輸」 (Yamato Transport), also called 「クロネコ」 (“Black cat“), trucks going down the highway one behind the other. I took a photo only because I was mildly surprised to see a convoy of package delivery trucks.