TV Anime Run with the Wind New ED Theme to be Performed by Taichi Mukai

21.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Japanese singer-songwriter Taichi Mukai is currently on a completely sold out 2018-2019 tour to promote his second album PURE. The first performance at Mynavi BLITZ Akasaka in Tokyo was a huge success.

The song Reset on his new album is used as the current ending theme for the ongoing anime series Run with the Wind and it has been announced that he is set to perform the second ending theme with his new song Michi. The series, currently on its 11th episode, is set to begin airing again on January 8, 2019.

At his concert in Tokyo Taichi Mukai announced two special live shows to celebrate his birthday. They will take place at Billboard Live Tokyo and Billboard Live Osaka in March. Early-bird tickets for Billboard members are now on sale. General sale begins on December 27 at 11:00am (JST).

Following the Billboard shows Mukai will head on an Asia tour. He will also appear at Megaport Festival, one of the biggest music festivals in Taiwan. Ticket details will be announced at a later date.

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  • As we make headway into the new year, information on Japanese artists performing outside of Japan continues to roll out. This first article covers Japanese artists set to perform concerts overseas in the first half of 2019.

    ・Perfume

    The global popularity of multi-platinum electro J-pop group Perfume is clear for all to see, with their latest album Future Pop released back in August charting in at No.1 in 20 countries across the world. And now, international fans in the US and Asia will be excited to hear that the trio are set to hit a city near them in March and April this year.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/138536

     

    ■Information

    Perfume WORLD TOUR 4th “FUTURE POP”

    2019/3/2 @ NTU Sports Center / Taipei, TAIWAN https://ntusportscenter.ntu.edu.tw/#/

    2019/3/30 @ HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM / New York, NY http://www.mcstudios.com

    2019/4/2 @ QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE / Toronto, ON https://queenelizabeththeatre.ca/

    2019/4/5 @ CHICAGO THEATRE / Chicago, IL  http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/

    2019/4/7 @ THE BOMB FACTORY / Dallas, TX  https://thebombfactory.com

    2019/4/10 @ PARAMOUNT THEATRE / Seattle, WA http://www.paramounttheatreseattle.org/

    2019/4/17 @ CITY NATIONAL CIVIC / San Jose, CA  https://sanjosetheaters.org

    2019/4/19 @ ACE THEATRE / Los Angeles, CA  https://www.acehotel.com/losangeles/theatre

    *Details for Shanghai concert TBA.
    *All dates are local time.

     

    Tour Website: http://www.perfume-web.jp/cam/FUTUREPOP/world/

    Perfume Global Website: https://perfume-global.com/

     

    ・SID

    SID announced at their 15th anniversary tour Ichiban Suki na Basho 2018 that they are set to perform four dates in Asia.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/144270

     

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    SID 15th Anniversary ASIA TOUR “THE PLACE WHERE WE LOVE MOST 2019”

    2019/2/15 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei

    2019/2/20 @ MacPherson Stadium, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong

    2019/2/22 @ BANDAI NAMCO SHANGHAI BASE DREAM HALL, Shanghai

    2019/2/24 @ Tango Live House, Beijing

     

    SID Official Website: https://sid-web.info

     

     

    ・Kenshi Yonezu

    Kenshi Yonezu took the charts by storm in 2018 breaking many records with a string of singles. While riding this wave of success, it has been announced that Yonezu will embark on his first ever arena tour which begins today on January 19. Two dates in Shanghai and Taipei have been added to the tour.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/158468

     

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    Kenshi Yonezu When The Spine Becomes Opal

    2019/3/19 @ Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai

    2019/3/30 @ National Taiwan University Sports Center, Taipei

     

    Kenshi Yonezu Official Weibo: https://www.weibo.com/u/6888753808?is_hot=1

    Kenshi Yonezu Official Website: http://reissuerecords.net/

     

    ・Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

    Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, and what better way to kick off it off than performing at Lollapalooza Chilie in March. Before they do however they will first perform at PA’L NORTE 2019, a 2-day music and art festival in Monterrey, Mexico. They are part of a line-up consisting of big names such as Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Santana.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/146658

     

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    Lollapalooza Chile

    Location: O’Higgins Park, Chile

    Date: March 29, 2019 – March 31, 2019

    Event Page: https://www.lollapaloozacl.com/

     

    PA’L NORTE 2019

    Location: Monterrey, Mexico

    Date: March 22, 2019 – March 23, 2019

    Event Page:https://www.palnorte.com.mx/

     

    Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Official Website: https://www.tokyoska.net/

     

    ・Taichi Mukai

    Taichi Mukai is in the midst of his 2018-2019 “Pure Tour” to promote his newest album PURE. The artist is gaining much attention not just in Japan but across Asia too. Mukai is set to perform in Asia for the first time beginning on March 22.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155274

     

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    ASIA TOUR 2019

    2019/3/22 @ THE WALL TAIPEI, Taiwan

    2019/3/24 @ Megaport Festival, Taiwan

    2019/3/29 @ Jiangjinjiu, Beijing

    2019/3/30 @ HOULIVE, Shenzen

    2019/3/31/ @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    2019/4/6 @ HANATOUR V-Hall, South Korea

     

    Taichi Mukai Official Website: http://taichimukai.com/

     

    ・HYDE

    HYDE started his solo music career up again last year and has various planned for 2019. He performed at L’Arc-en-Ciel’s 2018 Christmas live show “L’ArChristmas” and will embark on an Asia tour in March.

     

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    ーHYDE WORLD TOUR 2019 ASIAー

    2019/3/27 @ Shanghai

    2019/3/29 @ Beijing

    2019/3/31 @ Chengdu

    2019/4/2 @ Hong Kong

    2019/4/4 @ Taipei

    *Ticket details TBA.

    HYDE Official Website: https://www.hyde.com

     

    ・GARNiDELiA

    GARNiDELiA released Kyoki Ranbu on September 26 this year, an album compiling every song from their internationally acclaimed online dance series including their hit song Gokuraku Jodo. The pop rock duo have announced that they will embark on their biggest Asia tour to date including shows in Hong Kong and Singapore.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/150236

     

    ■Information

    stellacage Asia Tour 2019 “Kyoki Ranbu”
    2019/3/21 @ Mynavi BLITZ Akasaka, Tokyo
    2019/3/30 @ MacPherson Stadium, Hong Kong
    2019/4/13 @ Zepp@BIGBOX, Singapore
    2019/6/23 @ PENNY LANE 24, Hokkaido
    2019/6/30 @ Namba Hatch, Osaka
    2019/7/7 @ Diamond Hall, Aichi
    2019/7/27 @ DRUM LOGOS, Fukuoka

     

    GARNiDELiA Official Website: http://www.garnidelia.com/

     

    ・Wednesday Campanella

    Wednesday Campanella is no stranger to performing solo concerts and at festivals outside Japan. The next place to be graced by KOM_I’s incredible performance is Barcelona for the Primavera Sound music festival.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/150817

     

     

    ■Information

    Primavera Sound
    Running: May 30, 2019 – June 1, 2019 (Wednesday Campanella to perform on May 31)
    Event Website: https://www.primaverasound.com/

    Wednesday Campanella Official Website: http://www.wed-camp.com/

     

    To all lovers of J-pop, J-rock and any kind of Japanese artist or band living outside Japan – if an artist is coming to a place near you, show your support and don’t miss the opportunity to see them live.

     

    Writer: Heir

  • TV Anime Run with the Wind’s Opening Theme by Q-MHz & Mitsuhiro Hidaka Revealed in New Trailer

    06.January.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    A new promotional video has been released featuring the new opening theme of the upcoming TV anime series Run with the Wind. The song, titled Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku, was written by Q-MHz and Mitsuhiro Hidaka―also known as SKY-HI―and will be released as a digital single on January 23.

    The song features a running-like melody coupled with SKY-HI’s vocals and rapping. Check out the video below which showcases the 10 members of the athletic club in Kansei University in their uniforms.

     


    Run with the Wind will continue with episode 12 on January 8, 2019.

  • Anime Songs Debuting in January 2019: Part 2

    03.January.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / MUSIC

    Japanese anime is popular worldwide, and one part of the watching-experience that makes a series so memorable is its opening and ending themes.

     

    This is part two of our list of bands and artists providing music for ongoing series and soon-to-air series. Click here for part one.

    Q-MHz & SKY-HI x Run with the Wind

    Japanese music group Q-MHz which is composed of Aki Hata, Tomokazu Tashiro, Katsuhiko Kurosu and Tomoya Tabuchi (UNISON SQUARE GARDEN) are teaming up with AAA member Mitsuhiro Hidaka―who is also active as a solo rapper under the bane SKY-HI―to release a new digital single called Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku on January 23. The song will be used as the second opening song for the ongoing anime series Run with the Wind. It features a running-like melody coupled with SKY-HI’s vocals and rapping.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155436

     

    Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Astsuku.

    Release Date: January 23, 2019
    To be released on iTunes Store, Recochoku and other digital platforms.

     

    Q-MHz Official Website: http://q-mhz.com

    SKY-HI Official Website: https://avex.jp/skyhi/

     

    Run with the Wind Official Website: kazetsuyo-anime.com

    ©Shiwon Miura・Shinchosha / 寛政大学陸上競技部後援会

     

    Taichi Mukai x Run with the Wind

    Japanese singer-songwriter Taichi Mukai released his second album PURE last month. The song Reset on his new album is used as the current ending theme for the ongoing anime series Run with the Wind and it has been announced that he is set to perform the second ending theme with his new song Michi. The series, currently on its 11th episode, is set to begin airing again on January 8, 2019.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155274

     

    ■Information

    Michi (Run with the Wind Ending Theme)

    *Release Details TBA.

    Taichi Mukai Official Website: http://taichimukai.com/

     

    Run with the Wind Official Website: kazetsuyo-anime.com

    ©Shiwon Miura・Shinchosha / 寛政大学陸上競技部後援会

     

    Miku Itō x Ueno-san wa Bukiyou

    Singer and voice actress Miku Itō’s 5th single Hirameki Heartbeat will be used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Ueno-san wa Bukiyou which is set to begin airing in January 2019. The music video was shot in Kyoto where we get to see the city’s beautiful streets. The theme of the video is “manufacturing” which we see as Itō challenges herself to a range of different activities.

     

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/154889

     

    ■Information

    Hirameki Heartbeat

    Release Date: January 16, 2019

    Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,800 (+Tax) [COZC-1497/8]

    Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,200 (+Tax) [COCC-17542]

    Miku Itō Official Website: http://columbia.jp/itomiku/

     

    Ueno-san wa Bukiyou will air in January 2019 on TOKYO MX, BS11 and J:COM.

    Official Website: http://www.miss-ueno.com

    © tugeneko・Hakusensha / Ueno-san wa Bukiyou Production Committee

     

    Maneki Kecak x Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan

    Japanese idol group Maneki Kecak will release their long-awaited new single Itsuka Dokoka de / One Chance on March 20, 2019. The track Itsuka Dokoka de will be used as the new ending theme for the anime series Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan which follows the adventures of the cute penguin Chitose-chan in Kyoto. It is described as a cute song that talks about the sights Chitose-chan sees while in Kyoto.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/153841

     

    ■Information

    Itsuka Dokoka de / One Chance
    Release Date: March 20, 2019
    Type-A First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥2,000 (+Tax)
    Type-B Miyuu Nakagawa Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)
    Type-C Rin Miyauchi Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)
    Type-D Reona Matsushita Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)
    Type-E Mio Fukase Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)
    Type-F Aoi Shinohara Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)
    Type-G Regular Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)

     

    Maneki Kecak Official Website: www.maneki-kecak.com/

    Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan Official Website: http://vap.co.jp/chitosechan/
    ©Yukiko Natsume・Kodansha / VAP

     

  • TV Anime Run with the Wind Opening Theme to be Performed by Q-MHz

    25.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese music group Q-MHz which is composed of Aki Hata, Tomokazu Tashiro, Katsuhiko Kurosu and Tomoya Tabuchi (UNISON SQUARE GARDEN) are teaming up with AAA member Mitsuhiro Hidaka―who is also active as a solo rapper under the bane SKY-HI―to release a new digital single called Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku on January 23.

    The song will be used as the second opening song for the ongoing anime series Run with the Wind. It features a running-like melody coupled with SKY-HI’s vocals and rapping.

     

    The sports anime is an adaptation of Shion Miura’s award-winning novel of the same name.  It is being directed by Kazuya Nomura (Robotics;Notes, Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie) at Production I.G.

    Comment: Q-MHz
    “We are Q-MHz and we have been handed the baton from the first opening theme to perform the second one! It has a colourful rock sound that looks towards the climax of the story. Hidaka’s numbing rapping too makes it mega exciting. [People’s] emotions are sure to rise when the song doesn’t play for a second time at the end.”

     

    Comment: Mitsuhiro Hidaka a.k.a. SKY-HI
    “Tabuchi was my upperclassman in high school. This is the first time we have worked together, so getting to sing for Q-MHz felt like going back to being a high school student. I also got to sing in a style different to what they usually do! In receiving a request as singer I feel that though the weight is fairly heavy that pressure is thrilling and ties in with the anime and the song. It’s an eternity of youth packed in an instant into 3 minutes!”

  • From Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Zombies: 5 Christmas Events in Japan in 2017

    18.December.2017 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Winter illuminations have become popular in cities around Japan in the run up to Christmas, with many being held every year. But did you know that there are lots of other exciting Christmas events too? Let’s take a look at some happening this winter season.

    Zombie Christmas Party at Nagashima Spa Land (Mie Prefecture)

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    Nagashima Spa Land will hold its very first Christmas event, “Nagashima Zombie Christmas Party.” Zombies will prowl around the whole of the huge spa dome venue as DJs and dancers put perform into the evening.

    Full Article: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/80315

     

    ■Information

    Nagashima Zombie Christmas Party

    Date: December 23rd – December 24th at 16:30-18:30

    Venue: Nagashima Spa Land Spa Dome

    Address: 333 Urayasu, Nagashima-cho, Kuwanashi, Mie Prefecture

    Price: Free entry after paying the Nagashima Spaland entrance fee

    URL:http://www.nagashima-onsen.co.jp/spaland/index.html/

    unBORDE Xmas Party 2017 (Shibuya, Tokyo)

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    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Shinsei Kamattechan, and RIP SLYME are all members of unBORDE, who will deliver an exciting omnibus live event this year titled “unBORDE Xmas Party 2017.”

    Full Article:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/71067

     

    unBORDE Xmas Party 2017
    Venue: Zepp Tokyo

    Date: December 23, 2017 – OPEN 14:00 / START 15:00 (planned finish time at 20:30)

    Line-up (Alphabetical Order): AIMYON, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Team Syachihoko, yonige, RÖE, WANIMA

     

     

    Hilton Tokyo “The World of a Miniature Christmas Market (Odaiba, Tokyo)

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    Hilton Tokyo in Odaiba is holding a special holiday dessert buffet at their Seascape Terrace & Dining where you can get your fingers into some deliciously kawaii Japanese sweets and take lots of Instagram-worthy photos for Christmas.

    Full Article:https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/68745

     

    ■Information

    “The World of a Miniature Christmas Market” Holiday Dessert Buffet
    Address: Hilton Tokyo Odaiba 2F Seascape Terrace & Dining, 1-9-1 Odaiba, Minato, Tokyo
    Running: November 1, 2017 – December 25, 2017
    Open: First Slot – 15:00-16:30 (90 mins) / Second Slot – 16:45-17:30 (45 min express buffet)
    Price:

    First Slot – Weekdays: Adults ¥3,000, Children ¥1,800 / Weekdays & National Holidays: Adults ¥3,500, Children ¥2,100
    Second Slot – Weekdays: Adults ¥2,250, Children ¥1,350 / Weekdays & National Holidays: Adults ¥2,800, Children ¥1,680

    *tax and service charge not included in prices

    *child price for those aged between 6-11

    URL:http://hiltonodaiba.jp/plans/restaurants/4134

     

     

    LEGOLAND Japan (Aichi Prefecture)

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    A Christmas event titled “Christmas Village” is currently being held at the “Mini Land” area of LEGOLAND Japan in Aichi where you can see a 10m tall and 4m wide Christmas tree made of over 610,000 Lego blocks. They are hosting various events at Christmas Village and selling seasonal food and merchandise.

     

    ◼︎Information
    LEGOLAND Japan
    Address: 2-2-1 Kinjofuto, Minato, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
    Running: November 16, 2017 – January 8, 2018
    Open: 10:00-18:00
    Telephone: 050-5840-0505
    URL:https://www.legoland.jp/

     

     

    Tokyo Christmas Market 2017 (Hibiya, Tokyo)

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    The “Christmas market” is a time-honoured festival that has continued to thrive around Europe since the Middle Ages. The Tokyo Christmas Market will be decorated with festive Christmas decorations and illuminations. Stalls will serve up many treats such as traditional sweets and mulled wine and sell various trinkets.

     

    ◼︎Information

    Tokyo Christmas Market 2017
    Address: Hibiya Park Fountain Plaza
    Running: December 15, 2017 – December 25, 2017
    Open: 11:00-22:00 (last orders at 21:30)

    *In case of rain, the event will go ahead, but may close during stormy weather
    Telephone: 03-3524-0890
    URL:https://tokyochristmas.net/

     

    Did you enjoy our list? There’s lots of Christmas events to look forward to this year. We hope you use our list for reference when spending your Christmas this year in Japan.

     

  • Interviewing with singer song writer, Taichi Mukai, who pursues the Japanese ways of choosing words, and creates the sound considering where the music will be played.

    11.December.2016 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    The singer song writer, Taichi Mukai, released newest album called “24” which he created with latest popular artists in Japan include starRo, yahyel, grooveman Spot, JiNeous and CELSIOR COUPE as composers.

     

    His genreless music style is based on Black music which is his roots as well as Electronica, alternatives, ambient and jazz.  He established the individual status as an artist who pursues the Japanese ways of choosing words, and creates the sound considering where the music will be played. He is definitely one of the most remarkable artists in Japan.

     

    He works not only as a singer song writer but also as a model. He also writes columns on the website of one of the popular fashion magazines called “men’s FUDEGE.” Furthermore, he has more than one million followers on his Instagram. He attracts great support from mainly young people with his great appearance and taste.

     

     

    We had an interview with him, and he told us about the favorite place in Japan, the artist who gave him influences the most, what he thinks about performing outside of the country and so many things like that.

     

    –You are originally from Fukuoka?  What is the biggest difference between Tokyo and Fukuoka?

     

    I only lived in Fukuoka until I turned 18 years old when I was a high school student. To be honest, I don’t know any place to hang out after I became adult. If I was to say it, Fukuoka is a place where I go home any time I want. This fact makes me want to work harder in Tokyo.

     

    –Do you have a favorite place in Tokyo? If so, tell me about it.

     

    I visit Todoroki-keikoku in Setagaya often. It is very quiet place that you can’t even believe it is in the middle of Tokyo. I just go stroll thinking about nothing.  Also, there are a lot of cats, so I recommend going there if you like cats.

     

    Taichi Mukai /24

     

    Taichi Mukai / THINKING ABOUT YOU

     

     

    –Tell me if there’s any parts that you want people to listen to the most, that also you really worked hard on the most, and your most favorite song of your 2nd EP “24”.

     

    There are more challenging tracks this time. I kept in mind to write lyrics all in Japanese that will make you feel something wrong.  I have the people who are much talked about in music scene as a composer, so I really enjoyed making this album.

     

    Taichi Mukai / SLOW DOWN

     

     

    –What is the album which you listened to the most this year? And tell me the reasons why you listened to it so much.

     

    I listened to many songs from old ones to latest ones for getting inspiration of my new album. I think I listened to the album called “Fantôme” by Hikaru Utada the most. I have really liked her for long time, and I’m absolutely amazed at her songs featuring new artists such as Mr. Kobukuro in 〈Tokyo Recordings〉 and KOHH.

     

    –Who are artist in the other countries that currently give you great influence the most?

     

    I often listen to Heyley Kiyoko recently.  They are not the latest songs, but I did research on her recently, and found out she is working as a director of music videos as well. All her music videos are great. I like thinking about the pictures and music videos too, so I want to do things like that some time.  And I just felt close with her because she is the same age as me and Japanese-American.

     

    –This is the last question.  I think you get great influence from English songs. Are you thinking about going abroad as an artist in the future? And also, if there’s any place that you want to have a live concert or any artist who you want to perform with in the other countries tell me about it.

     

    Of course! I have many things that I really want to do, and there are also many things that I can’t make come true right now, but I’m really going to some time. I got really nervous but was really fun when I had a concert in LA. I personally want to have a concert not only in Asia but also in Europe sometime.

    ■Information

    Taichi Mukai

    Official site:http://www.toysfactory.co.jp/artist/taichimukai/

     

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