Hikaru Utada Begins Her 2018 ‘Laughter in the Dark Tour’

07.November.2018 | MUSIC

Hikaru Utada’s much anticipated 2018 Laughter in the Dark Tour began on November 6. This marks her first nationwide tour in Japan in almost 12 years. With the release of her 7th studio album Hatsukoi back on June 27, 2018, the singer-songwriter is full of zeal and vigour as she celebrates her 20th anniversary since her Japanese debut.

The first night of the tour was held at Yokohama Arena. Stood in front of her fans for the first time in forever, Utada began with, “Thank you for coming during such bad weather. It’s been 8 years since I last opened a concert here. Sorry to keep you waiting. Truly, thank you for waiting. I’m sure you’ve experience all sorts of things in these last 8 years, both good and bad, but put them aside for today and let’s have an amazing time.” After saying this, the venue was filled with fans shouting, “Welcome back!”


Utada’s set featured a string of her famous hits as well as a video of a short skit she said with Japanese comedian and author Naoki Matayoshi themed on the name of the tour, ‘Laughter in the Dark.’

After another night in Yokohama tonight Utada will head to Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Saitama and Chiba for a total of 12 concerts. The tour finale will take place on December 9, the memorial day for Utada’s 20th anniversary.

A limited edition vinyl release of Utada’s newest album Hatsukoi also dropped today on November 7. Each edition has its own unique serial number. Full details here.


Live Photo: Teppei Kishida