• Donavon Does Japan Part 1

Donavon came to Japan to play at the Green Room Festival this year. Being the charismatic person he is, he has a LARGE Japanese following. For many years, the GRF has wanted Donavon to play, but due to his busy schedule he hasn’t had a chance up until this year, which saw his first appearance at the GRF.

This year, the moon and sun lined up to allow Donavon to play. At the same time, a second project was lined up for Donavon to be filmed for a T.V series which is yet to be announced…

With these 2 events lining up simultaneously, it was inevitable that a magic road trip would evolve…

The road trip consisted of Donavon and his band, a film crew from Australia and America which included director Angelo Mei, cameramen-Dwayne Fetch and Salvador Cantellano, Billabong Japan staff members Kenji Kojima, Damien Kloot and Hirata Kazumasa (a.k.a Banana), Randy from Surf Rock International (who grew up with Donavon), Funaki-san, who is one of Donavon’s good friend’s and photographer, and Doc from Doc Tavish Surfboards(Donavon’s shaper).

The day started by picking up Donavon from Narita airport. Along the way, Randy, who is a good friend of Donavon and has a major role in promoting Donavon in Japan was interviewed by the film crew.

Donavon arrived safe and sound and we all drove back together to the hotel in Yokohama. After a quick refresh, we all gathered in the hotel lobby where it was decided that we were to catch the subway to Shibuya instead to driving. As it was a Friday night, and the reports indicated that it would take over 2 hours to drive due to heavy traffic, where the subway would take around 50 minutes.

The ride into Shibuya was an interesting one. At first, the train was empty as it was the first stop on the line. 3 stops further was Yokohama, where the train quickly filled! Everyone was curious as to what was going on with the film crew interviewing Donavon on the train. We arrived at a very busy Shibuya station where a fan spotted Donavon and asked for his autograph.

A quick cab ride later and we arrived at Funaki-san's surf shop opening. Funaki-san is a good friend of Donavon and one his favourite photographers. Donavon played a very warm gig to a crowd of around a 100 people, where he jammed with a local Japanese band.

After the gig, we all walked up the street to have dinner at Treehouse restaurant. A very cool place to eat, if you are ever in Tokyo!

Then came the trip home... Being Hana-kin (Flower Friday), or as we know it as Happy Friday, the last trains out of Tokyo are very, very busy! We all spent almost 40 minutes squashed like a tin of sardines to get back to our hotel in Yokohama.


Early afternoon: Kenji, one of the drivers, waits for the crew at a road stop where we all had a quick lunch, where Randy was interviewed.Kenji, one of the drivers, waits for the crew at a road stop where we all had a quick lunch, where Randy was interviewed.
Late afternoon: After picking Donavon up from Narita airport, the trailer car follows Donavon's car to film his arrival into Japan. Salvador film's the process...
Late afternoon: After picking Donavon up from Narita airport, the trailer car follows Donavon's car to film his arrival into Japan. Salvador film's the process...

Mid afternoon: Donavon's car enter the aqua line (a VERY long tunnel which goes under Tokyo Bay)

Mid afternoon: Donavon's car enter the aqua line (a VERY long tunnel which goes under Tokyo Bay)

Early evening: Due to HEAVY traffic, it is decided that we catch the train from Yokohama to Tokyo. Here is Donavon walking to the subway station... Director Angelo Mei films the process!
Early evening: Due to HEAVY traffic, it is decided that we catch the train from Yokohama to Tokyo. Here is Donavon walking to the subway station... Director Angelo Mei films the process!
Early evening: Donavon heading to the station. rector Angelo Mei and Cameraman Salvador Cantellano film the process!

Early evening: Donavon heading to the station. rector Angelo Mei and Cameraman Salvador Cantellano film the process!

Early evening: Donavon being cautious of the SWINE flu...
Early evening: Donavon being cautious of the SWINE flu...
Mid evening: The crew at the gig
Mid evening: The crew at the gig

Donavon jam with the local Japanese crew
Mid evening: Donavon jam with the local Japanese crewMid evening: Donavon jam with the local Japanese crew
Mid evening: Donavon jam with the local Japanese crewMid evening: Donavon jam with the local Japanese crew
Mid evening: Donavon jam with the local Japanese crew
The crowd enjoys the gig.
The crowd enjoys the gig.