Intinerary Set for Crown Japan Adventure
With only nineteen days to go until the CrownJAPAN team jets off across the Pacific, preparations are in full swing. The itinerary for this ten-day adventure is set, with busy days in store for the 75 members and staff making this trip-of-a-lifetime.
Ever wonder how long it would take to fly to Japan? On Wednesday, October 8, following a quick flight from Charlotte to Atlanta, the Crown team will take off at 1:46pm and arrive in Tokyo at 4:50pm. Seems like a pretty quick flight! Well, not really. They arrive in Tokyo at 4:50pm yes, but on Thursday, October 9. And with the time zone difference—the East Coast is 13 hours ahead of Tokyo—the flight will take about 14 hours.
When they land, the weary travellers will feel like it should be almost 4:00 in the morning, but in reality, it will be almost 5:00 in the afternoon. Talk about jet lag!
After travelling the short hour and forty-five minute drive northwest to Takasaki City, the Crown team will check into a hotel for what surely will be a good night’s sleep.
On Friday October 10, the corps will head to downtown Takasaki, the host city for the Takasaki Marching Festival which will feature Carolina Crown, to view the performance venue and visit City Hall, pictured above. After an afternoon rehearsal, which will be open to the public(over 500 fans are expected to attend), the corps members will meet their host families and call it an evening.
Saturday will be the first performance day for Crown. After holding morning and afternoon clinics, the corps will perform a stage concert with local elementary, junior high and high school bands at 6:00pm in the Gunma Music Center, pictured here to the left, before heading back for one more evening with their host families.
A parade and outdoor show on Sunday will conclude Crown’s performances in Takasaki. The Takasaki Marching Festival Parade will begin at noon, after which Crown will perform their full show at 2:30.
The Crown creative team has been busy redesigning the drill and some of the music for this trip, as the corps will not be performing on a regular football field. The show, while still the same Out of This World show that was performed at DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, IN, has to be staged for only 65 musicians and guard—less than half of the usual 150—performing on a smaller scale baseball field.
After a closing Takasaki Marching Festival party, the Crown team will say goodbye to their host families and stay in a hotel for the evening. On Monday, they will travel to Makuhari, a community in the City of Chiba, 25 miles southeast of the center of Tokyo on Tokyo Bay, to perform at the Makuhari Marching Festival. The festival will be held in Makuhari Messe, pictued below, a Japanese convention center that hosts many high-technology events. The Tokyo Auto Show is held there annually, and even the popular UK band, One Direction, performed last November at Makuhari Messe, in front of 150,000 Japanese fans.
Tuesday, October 14, is scheduled to be a free day for the Crown clan and details are still being worked out, although at this time it looks like they will spend at least some time in Tokyo.
On Wednesday the crew will fly the friendly skies back home to Charlotte with memories of an adventure that will last a lifetime.
In coming stories we will talk more about the marching festivals, host familes, the cities and even some of the traditional Japanese customs.
Also, do not forget that the Send Crown to Japan campaign is in full swing. Donations are very much needed to take care of the costs the Crown organization has to absorb to make this trip a success. You can click here to see more information and make your donation today.