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from the final episode

At last Yamapi arrived at L.A! He completed his Route 66 trip successfully.

When he saw something new in America, he kept using the word ” sugeee!(which means “Wow great!”, young people’s language in Japan)”It was very funny for me.

Even though it was only a two week trip,  we enjoyed seeing his natural face on the show. Whenever he appeared on a variety program in Japan, he seemed not to express his feelings very much. In contrast here, he talked freely, laughed aloud, raised a cheer, rocked to the music. We could see a variety of his aspects.

The theme of the trip was ” what is the most important thing in the world? ”
Every time he met experienced people on his trip, asked “what do you think is the most important thing in your life? ” and he hung on their answers.
I guessed he might be searching for his own way of life as a talent, because he started the trip right after he had gotten out of the NEWS, a Johnny’s group he had belonged to for long time.
Anyway,  the trip became a memorable work for him as a watershed moment in his life, I think.

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*Yamapi is Yamashita Tomohisa who is a Japanese idol talent belonging to Japanese major talent agency Johnny’s. Arashi and  SMAP also belong to the agency.

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.                I did it!!,  in L.A

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.                   Thank you Akkun! You did a fine job!

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.  Yamapi scratches the surface of his car with a coin” Tomo , 2011,11.15, In L.A

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.                I’m  filled with a feeling of accomplishment

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.                 I could have various meetings on my trip.

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.  Look back at the trip

.            With an elderly couple who run their private museum of Route 66

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.               He’s amazed at the big steak in a restaurant in Texas.

He ordered a steak which could be free if eating up everything of it, but he couldn’t 🙂

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.      The man is a stuff of one of the Route 66 museum in Oklahoma. Yamapi is surprised to look at his full-body tattoo.

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.              At a coin laundry in Oklahoma, it is for the first time in his life. While waiting for finishing the laundry, he is studying English.

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.             At the mysterious Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona

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.                       He’s jumping at the Monument Valley in Arizona

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.                                  viewing the map and checking plan for the day

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.       Quenching  Akkun‘s thirst at a gas station.

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.              Yamapi drives led by the local bikers in Willams, Arizona

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.              Yamapi happens to know them at  restaurant. They say “We have something we want you to see” and they take him to the Grand Canyon.

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.       With the owner of the old souvenir shop along the Route 66. He is 84 years old. Wow!

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.      The old man says ”If you try, you can do it.”

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from Episode 3

Yamapi encountered Veterans day Parade in St. Louis Missouri.
Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring armed service veterans.
There are many cars and hundreds of motorbikes from Missouri or Illinois, waiting for the parade. Yamapi was amused to see some cars and bikes which were refurbished by veterans as they like.
He enjoyed watching the parade and talking with veterans who show off their car of their own making merrily.

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Yamapi “Excuse me, What’s going on here?”
the American “Veterans day parade,you see flags everywhere?
you gotta be here for Veterans Day ”
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the American ” So, what are you filming for?”
Yamapi “I’m going to go to L.A by Route66…. ”
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yamapi “how fast is it?”
man in the car “it’s pretty good, 48 mile by an hour, it’ll fly 😉 ”
yamapi “so cool!”

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the man said “I got a website. check it out” giving his name cards to Yamapi

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with a veteran on his tricked-out car (great!)
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“call me later!”
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Yamapi seems to be really moved by Vast land, wide skies and
openhearted people in America.
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Yamapi‘s new TV show has started on Nihon TV in
January 3,2012.
the Program title is
YAMASHITA TOMOHISA ROUTE 66, all alone in America
He travels on Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles by car,
alone, a cameraman and a few staffs aside.

First of all he went to a used car dealership in Chicago
to find his partner of the trip. and met an old red truck
there.

Yamapi “How old is this car?”
shopman “It’s 1985 ”
Yamapi “Oh, same age as me…”
shopman  ”Realy? this will work perfectly.”


Yamapi test-drived the car


shopman  ”Do you like it?”
Yamapi   ”Yes,I like it…I’ll take it!”

after this kind of talk Yamapi bought this rickety vehicle.
I guess the reason why he picked out the car is
“the same age” maybe 😀
Yamapi gave a name to his new car as “Akkun
He looks kind of happy, feeling relaxed than usual in a
strange place where nobody knows him.
By the way, it is also in 1985(the year of Yamapi’s birth)that
Route 66 was decommissioned, something mysterious connection ♪
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at a used car dealership in Chicago

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finally he got this car of the same age as him

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buying a sleeping bag, foods and magazines for travelling,
talking friendly with the store staff

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going to restaurant for breakfast

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He ordered an omelette as the old kindly waitress recommended it

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the restaurant is famous because most of the route 66
travelers are first to visit
He was saying “I was looking forward to coming to this restaurant”

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”delicious!” with a pleased look

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drinking beer in the bar, his beautiful profile like an actress!

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