Mikio, a Japanese man living in Kyoto, had always been a fan of 1980s American music, especially Lionel Ritchie. After years of listening to his songs and watching his music videos, he finally had the chance to see him perform live.
He spent weeks scouring the internet for the perfect ticket. He eventually came across an online ticket broker who had an amazing deal on tickets to a Lionel Ritchie concert in Los Angeles. After some convincing from his friends, he decided to take the plunge and purchase one.
Mikio was over the moon with excitement. He couldn't wait to travel to Los Angeles and see him performing live on stage. He had already booked his flight and accommodation.
As the plane took off from Japan bound for Los Angeles, Mikio was on board. Having only traveled internationally a handful of times before, he was both nervous and eager. He had always wanted to go to the United States but never had the opportunity. He was ready to make the most of this chance now that it had presented itself.
He took a seat and gazed out the window, taking in the vastness of the sky and the beauty of the clouds. He could see mountains, valleys, and deserts below as the plane descended. This was a magnificent scenery.
At the moment the plane landed, Mikio felt a surge of anticipation. He actually did visit the USA. He grabbed his bags and jetted out of LAX.
He checked into the Hilton Hotel on Rodeo Rd. and dropped of his bangs and hit the streets. He started his trip with a visit to the Hollywood film studios, where he was given a special behind-the-scenes tour. He was shown the sound stages, the editing rooms, and the areas where the sets and props were kept. The enormous size and splendor of the facilities left him in astonishment.
He took to the streets of Hollywood after his tour ended. To keep the memory alive, he took numerous photographs and videos.
Later that day, he decided to take advantage of the California sunshine and head to the beach. He winds down by renting a beach umbrella and a chair.
He dressed to impress in a tailored navy suit and white dress shirt. He smiled, looked in the mirror one last time at his hair, and then he was out the door.
He was ecstatic with anticipation as he made his way to the stadium. He couldn't believe his blessings at being able to attend a legendary concert. He got there early, found a seat near the stage, and waited expectantly for the show to begin.
The house lights went down and the audience cheered wildly. The venue was suddenly filled with Lionel Richie's voice.
At the Lionel Richie concert, Mikio was seen bopping his head and singing along with the music. He had been eagerly awaiting this evening for what felt like weeks. He was having a fantastic time and didn't want the evening to end.
The lights on the stage shifted, indicating an important moment was about to take place.
To Mikio's delight, Lionel Richie then launched into a performance of "Hello," another of Mikio's all-time favorite songs. Listening to the music legend perform a song he had loved since the song was released left Mikio speechless. He sang along, feeling the emotion of the lyrics and the music, as if he were the only one in the audience.
Mikio sadly packed his bags and got ready to board his plane back to Japan the following morning. Though he hated to leave, he was filled with happiness after such a wonderful evening.