Interview for • Thursday, November 21, 2013

Japan Q&A

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From, November 21, 2013:

Paul was met by thousands of excited Japanese fans on Saturday 9th November after he flew into Osaka for his first tour of Japan in 11 years. Paul’s “Out There” tour will see him performing to fans in Osaka, Fukuoka and Tokyo over the next two weeks. To mark this special occasion recently sat down with Paul to do a Q&A about Japan, including questions from Japanese fans. […]

What are your favourite memories of Japan?

Some of my favourite memories are staying at a traditional Japanese hotel in Kyoto, sleeping on the floor and then sitting around by the open fire in the morning. Also playing to fantastic Japanese audiences!

What is your favourite Japanese food?

Having been vegetarian for many years, in support of animals rights and the environment, my favourite Japanese food is vegetarian sushi with avocado and cucumber.

What are your favourite places in Japan?

Although I don’t know all of Japan two of my favourite places are Tokyo and Kyoto. Tokyo has a modern city vibe which I always find exciting and Kyoto has the historical ancient traditions of Japanese culture which is interesting to people like myself.

What is your favourite type of tea?

I have two favourite types of tea; English Breakfast tea if I’m in the mood for a traditional British ‘cuppa’, or green tea that I like to take not quite as strong as many Japanese people take it. I find it light and refreshing.

Do you think that singing your songs is a good way for me to learn English?

I think that it is definitely a good way. Many people all over the world, for instance Russia and South America, learn English by listening to our music and finding out what the lyrics mean.

Where do you write your songs?

To write my songs I find a quiet corner of the house so I can develop it in private. Then, when I think they are finished, I can come out and play them to my family and friends. So the song may be written in the cellar or an attic, some sort of quiet room or my music room at home.


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