After Arati at 5:45 a.m. Bhagawan’s entourage, which also included Dr Ravi Pillay and his devout wife Smt Shyamini, proceeded to the Changi Airport to board their flight for the next leg of the three-country Divine Visit, Land of the Rising Sun – Japan. The six-and-half-hour flight ensured some good rest for everyone, as they landed around 4 p.m. at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Brother Genzo Makino, host for Bhagawan’s trip, along with Brother Toshi Ando, Sai youth leader for Japan lovingly welcomed everyone. The entourage left the Airport in a bus to the Bullet train station at Shinagawa. The venue for the next three days was Amagi Sanso, in Izu-shi at Shizuoka, a good four hours or more by road from Tokyo. Devotees had prayed for the entourage to experience travel by the fastest train and Swami permitted the adventure.
The entourage arrived at the Misima station in less than an hour, and were driven to Amagi Sanso. Brother Anthony Tan and his wife Mrs Karen, along with Brother Sivaramakrishna and his wife Smt Aparna had already arrived in Japan to take care of all the arrangements along with other Japanese devotees. They lovingly welcomed everyone, and Bhagawan manifested in His room at Amagi Sanso. The room was very beautifully and tastefully decorated, and Swami was very pleased and happy with all the arrangements. South Dinner prepared very lovingly by the ladies from Singapore was served to the Lord and the entourage. Hot authentic South Indian dinner was served on the cold evening when the mercury dropped below five degrees. South Indian dinner in Japan? Yes, you read it right, as the devoted ladies from Singapore had prepared the dinner by hiring a house outside the retreat centre to cook in the kitchen. They had air flown everything that was needed to cook, from pots to pans, plates to paper napkins, masalas to mixer, grains to garnishing, and even vegetables, just to make Swami and His guests comfortable.
Swami was moved by their devotion and emotionally remarked, “Where do you find such devotion! Truly, I do not need the food, but only the love with which it has been prepared. Just like Krishna who would find the love soaked butter of the Gopikas far tastier than the one made in His own home, by His Mother Yashoda.”
Thereafter, everyone retired for the day after a sumptuous meal.