Hamamatsu is known as Music City, as in addition to being the home base of Yamaha Corporation Japan, it’s also where Roland and Kawai are based. What’s cool is that the city’s tallest building, the ACT City Tower, is designed to look like a harmonica – and its top 17 floors are the hotel where we’d spend the next two nights.
The first night, we dined at a Bavarian restaurant that brewed its own lagers and ales onsite – and served them in two-litre jugs. The fare was a mix of German, Japanese, and Italian (right?) and had us all in a great mood.
There, we met a few members of the Berlin Philharmonic who were in town for a reason that I don’t recall, but it was nonetheless cool to be making musical connections in Music City.