The IPO conquered new territory on Sunday when it played in Tsu, 1-1/2 hours by train from Tokyo to Nagoya, then an additional 90  minutes by bus into the countryside.

What kind of a concert hall is there is Tsu?  Zubin summed it up in one word after the first movement of Beethoven’s 6th: “Amazing!”  At the break he said, “You can’t even find it on the map, and look at what a great hall they have!”

Returning to Nagoya the highways were completely jammed because of an accident. After two hours the orchestra buses pulled into a highway rest stop and  we joined thousands of Japanese clamoring for snacks and toilets.

One Japanese innovation worth copying was restrooms not only for men and women but also for children!