April 15, 2012- S.A. Barton
This weekend The Japan Society, hosted J-cation Sakura. This year’s theme, Sakura,[Japanese for cherry blossoms], was in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of cherry trees to Washington, DC and New York City’s Upper West Side. Visitors were transported to a cherry blossom-filled haven, including hana-mi a cherry blossom viewing lounge.
Before the concert, I sat down with the band as they conducted their first all English interview. There were lots of laughs; afterward, Rie, pianist, said she loved the “I ♥ Rice” Sticker located on my messenger bag.
When The Suzan hit the stage, it was dynamite. They played their hit song, Come, Come; and the audience got a sneak peak of their newest songs.
The Suzan knew how to entertain the crowd, as they tossed giant colorful balloons into the theater. The mood was electrical as the balloons passed from person to person; while the audience danced in their seats. Enjoying the reaction, the band encouraged them to keep dancing. It was non-stop action, as the theater was transformed into a nightclub.
When the concert was over, the audience begged for an encore. The Suzan played one more song, but that was it. Alas, all good things must come to an end. The Suzan had left the stage, but the memories of this concert will last forever.