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I Miss Flying 747 Tokyo-Sydney

Saturday, January 2nd, 2021

Have a look at my video on YouTube with no snazzy camera work, editing or music – just window seat views, the roar of the engines and flying for fun on my favourite jet the 747.

A few HND QF26 & SYD QF25 overnight flights, including a couple of re-scheduled daytime flights towards the end of the video.

www.youtube.com/GuyPerryman

GPS New Flight Time 2021

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Preparing for a smooth flight around the world of music on the first Guy Perryman Show of 2021 – take off Friday 1st January 6:00am!!

www.interfm.co.jp

Christmas Hummingbird

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

When we can’t be together for the festive season Christmas Hummingbird delivers the joy!!

Harmonious acoustic pop song by The Watanabes with melancholy lyrics, soaring strings, angelic choir and heart-warming spirit.

A new Christmas classic is here…

Christmas Hummingbird began its journey as the folk inspired song Hummingbird by The Watanabes (British brothers Duncan and Selwyn Walsh) on their 2017 EP Spoiled and Nostalgic.

Guy started spinning Hummingbird every December thinking the song had a Christmas feel and in early 2020 approached The Watanabes with the remix idea – adding festive flourishes, tweaking the lyrics and re-releasing as a Christmas season tune.

The brothers agreed and asked their regular studio collaborator and producer David Naughton to re-work the track and “Christmas Hummingbird” was on its way.

Guy brought in composer Nicholas Buc, who has conducted for many major international symphony orchestras, to write the string arrangement; Naughton recruited his three young children (locked-down at home) as the Christmas carolling choir with an arrangement by musician Matt Hogan; the final mix was mastered at Abbey Road Studios.

The result is a Christmas classic to enjoy season after season!!

数年前 The Watanabes がリリースした楽曲 “Hummingbird” を聴くたびに、いつもどこかクリスマスの雰囲気を感じていました。そこで制作チームが集結しクリスマスバージョンとしてリミックス。これからのホリデーシーズンにぴったりの “Christmas Hummingbird” として各音楽配信プラットフォームにて配信がスタートしました!!

Now available on all music platforms including:

Amazon Music

Apple Music

iTunes Store

Spotify

YouTube

The Band: The Watanabes

British brothers Duncan and Selwyn Walsh formed The Watanabes in the summer of 2005 while living in rural Ehime prefecture in Japan. Watanabe is a common family name of the region, so with a touch of whimsy they chose the name, alluding to British band The Smiths, while also being inspired by Toru Watanabe the protagonist in Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood.

The Watanabes jangly pop sound has drawn comparison to melodious artists including Belle and Sebastian, Pale Fountains and Crowded House, while Time Out have called them “Tokyo’s answer to The Smiths”.

Other founding members of the group and a number of diverse musicians have contributed to the band’s recordings and live performances through the years.

The Watanabes have featured regularly on the BBC Introducing Series in the UK and in 2017 they performed live from Tokyo as part of BBC Introducing’s 10th Anniversary celebrations.

www.thewatanabes.com

The Producer: David Naughton

From Glasgow, Scotland and currently living in Japan, Naughton has worked as producer, technician, studio musician, live performer, writer or arranger for an array of artists including Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Teenage Fanclub, Belle and Sebastian, Stephen Duffy & The Lilac Time, Nick Carter, Busted, Will Young, Geri Halliwell, Rachel Goswell, Mojave 3 and many others. He has produced for The Watanabes since their second album You’re Dancing I’m Absorbed released in 2011.

The Strings Arranger: Nicholas Buc

Australian composer, conductor, arranger, violinist and pianist whose commissioned works have been premiered by the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, The Australian Voices, and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra with selected works screened at festivals and theatres around Australia, Asia and the US. Buc has written for film and television; conducted live-in-concert world premieres of Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind,The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Harry Potter; worked with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chris Botti, Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds, Tina Arena and Nick Cave; written arrangements for Missy Higgins, Passenger, Eskimo Joe and The Whitlams; and worked on five seasons of The Voice Australia.

www.nicholasbuc.com

The Carolling Choir Arranger: Matt Hogan

Boston based musician, arranger and former member of The Watanabes.

The Visual Artist: Marina Elphick

The Walsh’s cousin Elphick is a professional visual artist specializing in batik art for over 30 years who’s work, including painting and drawing has been regularly commissioned for portraits and book covers. With her love of flora, fauna and mythical themes the hummingbird is a regular motif in Elphick’s work and a detail of one of her paintings was reimagined with a wintry effect for the Christmas Hummingbird artwork.

www.marinaelphick.co.uk

The Graphic Designer: Hitomi Tsuchiya

The Watanabes white and red text logo was created by Tsuchiya in 2009 and has been used on all The Watanabes releases since.

www.kinokodokukinoko.com

The Executive Producer: Guy Perryman

Bio link

Christmas Hummingbird

Lyrics:

If I were a hummingbird, I would cross the sea and I’d fly to you

Sail across the open fields, land upon your window and sing for you

Soaring the skies with wide open eyes, deep into the blue

Braving the seas, take wing with the breeze, come calling to you

And if you listen with your heart, then you’ll hear my tune

You can open up your window, and let the moonlight inspire you

If I were a hummingbird, I would cross the sea and I’d fly to you

Traveling a thousand miles, bringing a surprise with the morning dew

From flowers and trees drift sweet melodies sung only for you

Long into the night, the moon shining bright, when dreams can come true

And if you listen with your heart, then you’ll hear my tune

You can open up your window, and let the moonlight inspire you

Christmas Eve fall asleep, I won’t say goodbye

‘Cause if you listen with your heart then you’ll hear my lullaby

Lalalalalalalalalala…

Christmas Eve fall asleep, I won’t say goodbye

‘Cause if you listen with your heart then you’ll hear my lullaby

(Written by Duncan Walsh, Selwyn Walsh, David Naughton, Guy Perryman)

Happy Halloween Pumpkin Beings

Monday, October 26th, 2020

A positive song and message for the spooky season!!

Happy Halloween by Pumpkin Beings is a brand new theatrical and celebratory Halloween pop song released for your stay home, stay safe Halloween party 2020.

The song’s lyrics encourage young people to “be who you want to be for today and for life” with a sassy attitude and defiant anti-bullying anti-trolling stance.

While DJ’ing for Halloween parties over the years Guy Perryman realised the dance floors needed more Happy Halloween music – he wrote it and here it is…

Happy Halloween by Pumpkin Beings

Available now on all music platforms

Spotify

Apple Music

YouTube

Be a Pumpkin Being too and join the virtual Happy Halloween party Saturday 31 October 2020.

Dance to Happy Halloween by Pumpkin Beings in Halloween costume and share your photos and videos on social media with the hashtag #pumpkinbeings

And here are the Pumpkin Beings…

YURI – Vocals

Soul diva who was accepted to Berklee College of Music on a scholarship; is regularly in the recording studio and on the live stages of Japan and the US with artists including Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Toshinobu Kubota, AI and Dreams Come True; has sung on numerous soundtracks and TV commercials and has released her own original songs.

www.instagram.com/divafreshyuri

Endigo – Producer / Vocals

Swedish musician and composer who has released over 100 songs on YouTube, with over half a million subscribers and over 100,000,000 views; featured multiple times by some of the world’s biggest YouTubers including PewDiePie, DanTDM and Ninja; original music ranges from rock to electronic to full-scale big band swing.

www.youtube.com/endigo

Maya Fennec – Visuals / Vocals

Singer and visual artist for several bands in Sweden and Japan; has toured internationally with Japanese singers; currently active as a solo artist in Tokyo and performing with ensembles ranging from classic jazz to modern rock; collaborator with fellow Swedish musician Endigo on multiple releases and creating the artwork and animation for several hit videos on YouTube.

www.instagram.com/mayafennec

www.youtube.com/mayafennec

Guy Perryman – Executive Producer / Songwriter / Voices

Happy Halloween Lyrics

Happy Halloween I’m a Pumpkin Being come out and dance with me tonight

Happy Halloween be who you want to be for today and for life

Trick or treat, have fun be sweet it’s a kooky party scene

Haha Haha Happy Halloween

A holiday with spirits from the past

Light the jack o’lantern let’s have a blast

The beat goes boom, the ghosts go whoo

Costumes and faces, say cheese, say boo

DJ’s spinning Thriller on the killer dance floor

And the Pumpkin Beings scream more more more

Happy Halloween I’m a Pumpkin Being come out and dance with me tonight

Happy Halloween be who you want to be for today and for life

Trick or treat, cheeky peeks it’s a spooky party scene

Haha Haha Happy Halloween

Bullies and trolls get out of my way I’m coming through

And don’t even bother coz we’re not looking at you

This is my day and I’m feeling free

I am now who I want to be, I am me

Imagine yourself under full moonlight

Shining stars on the stage of life

Enjoy the show and spectacular scenes

Because now you’re together Pumpkin Beings

Skeletons, skulls, spiders, spooks

Witches, warlocks, wizards, kooks

Pumpkings, Queens and everyone in between

They are all welcome in this scene

Because it’s a Haha Haha Haha Haha Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween I’m a Pumpkin Being come out and dance with me tonight

Happy Halloween be who you want to be for today and for life

Trick or treat, have fun, be sweet it’s a kooky party scene

Haha Haha Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween all you Pumpkin Beings come out and dance with us tonight

Happy Halloween be who you want to be for today and for life

Scream out loud one more time every Pumpkin Being

Haha Haha Happy Halloweeeeen!!

With the Power of Music

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

WITH THE POWER OF MUSIC was first created in early 2020 as a 20 second jingle for the Guy Perryman radio show on InterFM 897 in Tokyo with lyrics written by Guy and music by singer/songwriter Endigo.

The lyrics took on greater significance as the world changed and life got more difficult for people everywhere so Guy and Endigo decided to expand the jingle into a full song released in May 2020.

With a positive message for people “alone all together” they hope everyone can love, laugh, listen, sing, whistle and hum to make life and our planet happier and healthier!!

Musicians around the world are invited to record their own original version using the lyrics and send to guy@guyperryman.com for radio airplay on The Guy Perryman Show InterFM 897 Mon-Fri 7-11am www.interfm.co.jp

Here is the first released version by Virtual People www.youtube.com/endigo

Guy and Endigo both live in Tokyo and didn’t meet face to face until after the song was released. They were introduced on-line by a mutual friend and like so many people around the world create at home and communicate via technology.

WITH THE POWER OF MUSIC

With the power of music we can fly
Alone all together reach for the sky
Around the world everyone
Love laugh listen sing whistle and hum

Hoping to walk with you hand in hand
So many apart across every land
Music and daydreams are another way
To imagine us together on a happier day

With the power of music we can fly
Alone all together reach for the sky
Around the world everyone
Love laugh listen sing whistle and hum

The melody takes your soul for a flight
Sunrise, daytime and all through the night
Feel vibrations and your spirits soar
With a song by your side forever more

With the power of music we can fly
Alone all together reach for the sky
Around the world everyone
Love laugh listen sing whistle and hum

At home with time to stop and think why
Maybe just maybe an answer comes by
This virtual life connects me and you
Re-united we’ll heal our real world too

With the power of music we can fly
Alone all together reach for the sky
Around the world everyone
Love laugh listen sing whistle and hum

GP Shirts

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

The Guy Perryman original designed GP Shirt and Sky Guy T-Shirt launched November 2017.

The GP Shirt

GP Shirt video

GPシャツヴィデオ

The Guy Perryman “General Purpose” GP Shirt born from Guy’s own need – not being able to find exactly what he wanted, he designed the shirt himself!!

The GP Shirt – versatile and useful – it’s smart.

With a straight cut hem wear the GP Shirt tucked out for a jacket look when you don’t want to wear a suit and all those layers – especially in hot weather.

Or wear the GP shirt tucked in just like a regular shirt.

No need to carry things – there are pockets…
Two hip pockets – no more bursting trouser pockets.
And a deep breast pocket for mobile phones or glasses hidden out of view.

Sharp tailoring silhouette – you’ll have a slim look.

Beautiful buttons inspired by Japanese pearls – four on each cuff in keeping with a suit jacket, and a formal shirt fly front with the buttons secretly concealed.

Made in Japan – the GP shirt is exquisitely crafted with high quality long lasting deep dyed 100% cotton.

Available in black and two men’s sizes:
Japan M (International S)
Japan L (International M)

Price JP¥ 15,000 (includes tax)
Approximate price guide US$135 UK£100 EU€112
Japan shipping ¥ 1,000.
International shipping ¥ 2,000.

The GP Shirt is only available directly from Guy Perryman.

Please email guy@guyperryman.com for enquiries and orders.

The GP Shirt – ガイ自身が求める機能的かつ汎用的な自分好みのシャツを一般のお店で見つけることができず、それなら!と自身がデザイン、製作したオリジナルシャツ。

主な特徴

万能性 – パンツに入れてシャツとして着るのも良し、 裾がストレートカットなのでタックインせずにそのままジャケットのように着こなすのも良し。気分やシーンに合わせて着用いただけます。

暖かい日に着るのが理想的 – タックインするかしないでシャツにもジャケットのようにも着ることができるこのシャツ1枚があれば、シャツとジャケットの重ね着をしなくともスマートな装いになるため、暑い日に最適。

微細なテーラードにより、スリムなシルエットを演出。

ポケット – ガイは自転車が大好きで、極力カバンを持ち運びたくない主義。そのためポケットが必要不可欠です。

携帯やメガネなどがスッポリと収まるようにデザインされた深い胸ポケット。

シャツ前面裾元の左右に施されたポケットも十分なサイズのデザイン。無駄にカバンを持ち歩く必要が減ることや、これまでパンツのポケットに入れてかさばっていたものもしっかり、スッキリ収まります。

ボタン – 日本の黒真珠から発想を受けた黒のボタンは、伝統的なスーツジャケットのように袖に4つあしらわれています。フロントは、前立てを二重にしてボタンが見えない比翼仕立てでフォーマルなもの。

メイド・イン・ジャパン – 日本国内で精巧に作られた、高品質で末長くお楽しみいただくことができるシャツ。深みのある黒色コットン100%。

サイズはメンズのMとLの2種類をご用意。
※Mは国際基準サイズのS、Lは同基準サイズのM

Price JP¥ 15,000 (includes tax)
Japan shipping ¥ 1,000.
International shipping ¥ 2,000.

シャツのご購入はガイ・ペリマンへの直接のご連絡でのみ可能です。guy@guyperryman.comまでemailにてご連絡ください。

Sky Guy T-Shirt

For jet setters and sky watchers the Guy Perryman original designed Sky Guy T-Shirt features Guy’s photo jetting 38,000 feet from Hong Kong HKG to Tokyo HND on-board one of the last Cathay Pacific Airlines 747 flights in 2016.

Short or long sleeve, black, 100% quality cotton. Made in Japan.
Available in two sizes:
Japan M (International S)
Japan L (International M)

Price JP¥ 4,000 (includes tax)
Japan shipping ¥ 1,000.
International shipping ¥ 2,000.

The Sky Guy T-Shirt is only available directly from Guy Perryman.

Please email guy@guyperryman.com for enquiries and orders.

T-シャツのご購入はガイ・ペリマンへの直接のご連絡でのみ可能です。guy@guyperryman.comまでemailにてご連絡ください。

Bridge Street Market T-Shirt

Created for Guy’s annual Bridge Street Market event – the London inspired festive market in the heart of Harajuku, Tokyo.

Short or long sleeve, black, 100% quality cotton. Made in Japan.
Available in two sizes:
Japan M (International S)
Japan L (International M)

Price JP¥ 3,000 (includes tax)
Japan shipping ¥ 1,000.
International shipping ¥ 2,000.

The Bridge Street Market T-Shirt is only available directly from Guy Perryman.

Please email guy@guyperryman.com for enquiries and orders.

GPS – The Guy Perryman Show

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

The Guy Perryman Show InterFM 897 Monday-Friday breakfast program on air since November 2017 in varied time slots.

The Guy Perryman Show “GPS” is the InterFM 897 “international time zone” for radio listeners in Tokyo and across Japan with a mix of good morning music, good news and guest interviews. The “all day breakfast show” you can listen to anytime you want on Radiko.

Guy has interviewed rock royalty including Paul McCartney, DJ’d for royalty including Prince William, was the world’s first person to DJ live on board airline flights between Tokyo and London and in 2017 was appointed MBE by Queen Elizabeth II.

Welcome on board!!

The Guy Perryman Show、通称 “GPS” はInterFM897の “インターナショナル・タイムゾーン” として朝にぴったりな音楽やニュース、ゲストインタビューなどをお届けする番組です。Radikoのタイムフリーでいつでも聴くことが可能な “all day breakfast” な番組です。

ガイはこれまでにポール・マッカートニーへのインタビューや、ウィリアム王子来日時のDJ、世界で初めて東京-ロンドン間の飛行機内でライブDJを成功させるなどをし、2017年に英国王室エリザベス女王より大英帝国勲章を授与されました。

From January 2021 on air Monday-Friday 6:00-7:30am

Listen anytime for up to one week on www.radiko.jp
In Tokyo on 89.7FM
Across Japan on line www.interfm.co.jp

Unfortunately due to broadcast laws Japanese commercial radio stations are not permitted to broadcast outside Japan.

Email gps@interfm.jp
Twitter @gps897
Instagram @gps897
Facebook/GuyPerrymanOfficial

A huge thank you to on air co-host Maya Watanabe for keeping the show flying smoothly for three years from the start in November 2017 until December 2020!!

Guy Perryman Voice & Radio Digest

Monday, October 1st, 2018

Listen to Guy’s narration, animation, game and character voices, radio airchecks and interviews on his Mixcloud page and YouTube channel..

www.mixcloud.com/GuyPerryman

www.youtube.com/GuyPerryman

Bridge Street Market 2017

Monday, November 20th, 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who joined Bridge Street Market 2017!!

We had more stalls, more guests and more success for our second year.

See the photo album on Facebook.com/GuyPerrymanOfficial

To discover more about all of the artisan brands who joined us this year please click on the names and links below…

Here’s the full list of the artisans who joined in 2017 – click on the name and link for more information:

Artisan Honey – from Estonia
Aston Martin – luxury hand made car
Atelier Shinji Ginza – jewellery
Biku Designs – jewellery
The Botanist – craft gin
Brew Dog – craft beer & KiNoBi Kyoto gin
Bridge Street Market – original T-shirts
British Made – luxury leather goods and accessories
Candlewick – children’s toys and aromatherapy products
Choosee – organic teas and jams
Design By Henna – jewellery and cufflinks
Designer Rascal – children’s clothing
Euro-Japan Elegance – aromatherapy and scented candles
Guy Perryman – GP shirts and Sky Guy T-shirts
Joseph’s Driftwood Workshop – recycled art objects
The Kato’s – festive wreaths, drawings and live art
Kodomoparadis – kids and family T-shirts
Laurier & Eiko – cosmic readings and music
Lilzebra – keychain and necklace workshop
Linda Dot Asia – textiles and bags
Mornington Crescent – British bakery and afternoon tea
Nadia McKechnie – books
Noox Designs – playful designs
Premium Beverages – whisky and rum
RIJ – Refugees International Japan charity
Sou-Sou-Japan – kimono’s re-crafted
Swan & Lion – British delicatessen
Te Veux Quoi Pour Ton Gouter – vegan French patisserie
Turquoise Port – homeware
Y’s Creations – jewellery

Following the success of Bridge Street Market in 2016 the London market in Tokyo returns on Saturday 18 November 2017!!

Created by Guy Perryman with the British community Bridge Street Market is Tokyo’s only artisan market with a London vibe and village fair atmosphere launching the festive season in the heart of Harajuku.

Bridge Street Market features unique high quality products and as the name suggests is a bridge between Japan, Britain and the world.

Market stalls include – organic food and drinks, premium craft gin, craft beer, British bakery, afternoon tea, jewellery, fashion, homeware, aromatherapy, Christmas presents, live music, entertainment and more.

We are honoured that British Ambassador to Japan Paul Madden CMG will join the market at 4pm for an interview talk show with Guy Perryman and Madoka “Maddie” Kato for broadcast on The Guy Perryman Show on InterFM 897.

Saturday 18 November 2017
12noon – 8pm
BA-TSU Gallery Omotesando

Open to the public, free entry, everyone welcome!!

Updates on the Facebook Page.


The Guy Perryman original designed smart casual GP Shirt will be launched at Bridge Street Market 2017!!


And the Guy Perryman original designed Sky Guy T-Shirt is also being launched at Bridge Street Market 2017.


British Ambassador to Japan Paul Madden CMG interview talk show at Bridge Street Market 4pm.


British Embassy Taiko Team perform live at Bridge Street Market 3:45pm.


Bridge Street Market original short and long sleeved T-Shirts.

My Day At Buckingham Palace

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Waking up on the morning of Friday 16 June 2017 in London was a feeling like no other – anticipation, excitement and nervousness enveloped with thoughts of – is this really happening or is it a dream? It was the day of my Investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive an MBE for services to British music in Japan. The sun was shining, a light breeze, expecting a top of 20 degrees. Perfect for what was to come.

The pink invitation said entry at the Palace from 10 o’clock AM for an 11 o’clock start. My mother and my partner were my invited guests for the ceremony. Up early, we all dressed, me in a brand spanking new three-piece suit, with its secret guilty pleasure of a gray silk lining with motifs of the iconic London skyline including St Paul’s Cathedral. And running between rooms to help each other. A cufflink here, a zip there, a sweep of a clothes brush. A final check, all done, a group hug and ready to go.

Seven months after receiving the news of the honour via a phone call from then British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens this really was happening. I made a pact with myself to relax, enjoy the day, remember as many tiny details as I could and just be in the moment. In fact Ambassador Hitchens gave me the best advice “Be authentic”.

The invitation also included a Buckingham Palace parking pass and Jaguar very generously loaned me a motorcar for the occasion. We drove through the London traffic and down the Mall. The Royal Standard was flying over Buckingham Palace. The Queen is in! But would she be hosting the Investiture? No one is ever told until the start of proceedings on the day.

I drove to the assigned gate – Central South, on the left as you face the Palace. Guided by the police, who were genuinely welcoming, said “Good morning Sir” and congratulated me on the honour, we drove at walking pace through the crowds of tourists waiting for Changing the Guard, their cameras clicking and peering through the car windows to see if it was a member of the Royal family arriving. I’m sorry to have disappointed them. But my mother, who has often been told she looks a bit like the Queen, was a passenger looking quite regal, so we giggled that maybe we had just made someone’s day! I have to admit driving a smart motorcar through the gates of Buckingham Palace with hundreds of people taking photos of you is quite a feeling. After security checks we parked in the inner quadrangle.

Other honour recipients and their guests, all dressed for the day were also arriving as we entered the Palace foyer. Everyone sparkling, some perhaps not feeling comfortable. “Be authentic” I reminded myself. My first impression continued throughout the morning – big ornate rooms with thick red carpets and huge paintings in gold frames, the luxurious aromas of polished furniture and perfumed guests. I wasn’t expecting the mood to be somber but surprisingly there was a very festive atmosphere with everyone chatting, laughing and introducing themselves to each other. The Palace staff were incredibly friendly and also genuinely welcoming, putting everyone at ease throughout the process. And it became apparent quickly that this is a very well-oiled machine.

As requested we checked our mobile phones and cameras into the cloakroom (no photos to be taken inside the Palace) and then walked up the grand staircase. Life Guards of the Household Cavalry, very young men in their uniforms of red and gold splendour lined the stairs not moving a muscle. Honour recipients were directed to reception rooms for the Investiture briefing and our guests were guided to the Ballroom to be seated.

In the MBE reception room we were offered apple juice and mineral water served in elegant glasses etched with ER. A couple of us quipped that these would make nice “souvenirs”. We mingled and chatted with our fellow recipients sharing stories of what we were being honoured for. I met Gillian Smith a delightful lady from Suffolk who has worked for decades with the Girl Guides. She is from Framlingham, the same town as Ed Sheeran (who I have interviewed and she has met) and the boarding school my father attended, so we found some common ground for conversation. It is interesting to observe how quickly people find their tribes in these situations.

At 10:45am we were briefed and told today’s Investiture would be hosted by HRH Prince Charles. We would remain in this reception room until it is our turn to be received. We can watch the proceedings on the large TV monitors. We will then be escorted to the Ballroom, our name will be called, we walk up to the Prince of Wales, gentlemen bow, ladies curtsy, there will be a little private conversation with him as he hooks our medal onto a clip that will be fastened to our lapel just before we enter the Ballroom. We address the Prince as Your Royal Highness once and thereafter as Sir. When he shakes your hand it is the signal that your time is up, take three steps back, bow or curtsy once again and head off to the right. Everyone in the room murmured “Will I remember all of that?” A few of the ladies rehearsed their moves. One lady’s hat fell off.

Over the years I have witnessed many shows backstage and this was very similar. We had the performers, the script, the costumes, choreographed moves, spectacular sets, an audience and pre-show nerves. We even had the music with a small orchestra on the balcony at the back of the Ballroom playing classical and popular tunes softly throughout the ceremony. I heard the Skyfall theme at one point. A James Bond moment in Buckingham Palace, now that was quite cool! I even heard a tune from West Side Story which was a delightful coincidence as I was going to the Broadway cast show on my return to Japan after this UK trip and had recently been listening to the soundtrack repeatedly.

On the dot of 11am the music stopped, everyone in the Ballroom stood and Prince Charles entered escorted by two Gurkha Officers. He took his place on the dais with five Yeoman of the Guard Officers and the orchestra played God Save the Queen. This was followed by one minute’s silence to honour the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire which happened three days prior. The Queen and Prince William were visiting those affected as this Investiture took place.

Everyone was gestured to sit and the day’s 96 recipients started flowing through. People receiving honours included percussionist Evelyn Glennie who has been deaf since the age of twelve and has taught herself to sense music through her body; race driver Suzanne Wolff one of the only women to have competed in F1; and hockey player Giselle Ansley an Olympic gold medalist. We all waited quietly as we watched, wondering what Prince Charles might ask us. This part we did not have a script for.

Then it was my turn. This is the moment. My heart pounded. I rehearsed it all one more time in my head. I was escorted down a corridor to a smaller reception room and the clip for the medal was attached to my suit lapel, then moved to a spot in the wings of the front of the Ballroom. And there was the Prince of Wales just a few steps away. My few steps away. My name was called, I walked, turned, faced the Prince, bowed and stepped up to him. He smiled and immediately started to talk in a very soft, gentle voice. I had to lean in to hear him clearly. He complimented me on my work. He said how wonderful it must be living and broadcasting in Japan. I agreed. I cheekily told him I had DJ’d for his son the Duke of Cambridge a couple of years ago in Tokyo. He looked a little concerned for a moment. I added that it was not cause for scandal but at a reception at the British Embassy. He laughed. The conversation felt genuine and authentic. There was a bit more banter, he congratulated me and shook my hand. I said thank you Sir, took my three steps back, we locked eyes for a moment (I wonder what he was thinking), I bowed, turned right and walked away.

My head was swimming. I was “off stage” in another room where the medal was unclipped and placed inside its handsome case. The tending staff shook my hand and congratulated me again. And then suddenly all of the emotion, anticipation, nerves, thoughts of my family and the meaning of all of this caught up with me and I promptly shed tears. The staff were amazing and let me have my moment in private, they said it happens to a lot of people. I composed myself, was taken to my seat in the Ballroom with the other recipients, saw my mother and my partner up on the left, they were beaming smiles. I could now just sit, take it all in and enjoy.

The Investiture lasted about another 20 minutes, and then everyone was done. We all stood and Prince Charles was escorted by the Gurkhas out of the Ballroom. Recipients met up with their guests and it was hugs, chat, laughter and tears all around the room.

The festive spirit continued as we made our way back to the entrance foyer. Walking down the grand staircase my mother made a flirty compliment to one of the silent standing Household Cavalry “I may not be allowed to tell you this but you look beautiful”. He blushed.

Back in the foyer we gathered our goods from the cloakroom and used the restrooms. Mother came back with a gold Buckingham Palace carry bag. Apparently only the ladies restrooms have these. I placed my MBE medal case and the Investiture program in the bag – tangible mementos from a fantastical experience. In fact these bags became a secret form of identification when later in the day walking through Hyde Park I spotted a well dressed couple holding the same bag. They spotted mine, we had a laugh, introduced ourselves and shared more moments from our very special day at Buckingham Palace.

The Investiture concluded in the quadrangle for the official photos. It was once again a “back stage” revelation seeing how and where these familiar images of people smiling with their Order of the British Empire medals are created. I met the daughters of Gillian Smith and we took snaps with our mobile phones not wanting to forget the fun time we had and the people we met.

Driving back out through the gates of Buckingham Palace to meet my sisters and an aunt for a celebratory lunch were once again the crowds of tourists looking and clicking cameras. And again it was not a member of the Royal family in the car, but this time it was a proud man who had just shaken the hand of the future King of England.

Reflecting on the day I can say it really was authentic and my mother noted it was also mysterious.