5 years later, Ringo Sheena surprises fans by releasing new song TOKYO before her new album Sandokushi!

17.May.2019 | MUSIC

After a five year-long wait, Ringo Sheena has announced the arrival of a brand new album called Sandokushi! Her new song TOKYO which is included on her new album was performed with Masaki Hayashi (piano), Keisuke Torigoe (bass) and Midorin (drums). TOKYO will be released at midnight on 17th May before the rest of the album. Those three minutes of song are a strong reflection of 2019 and “now”. As TOKYO is arriving before the album, please check it out!


Along with the news of the advanced release of TOKYO, a special website to celebrate the release of Sandokushi has been set up, displaying the official line notes that go with the CD. The line notes are based on an interview that took place straight after the album was completed and it is a precious key text to understand the album. You should check it out!


  • Ringo Sheena’s enlightening music video for Gate of Living from her new album Sandokushi unveiled

    22.May.2019 | MUSIC

    After a five year-long wait, Ringo Sheena has announced the arrival of a brand new album called Sandokushi, which will be released on 27th May. Ahead of this album release, the music video for her song Gate of Living has been completed! The video just went public today so you can catch it on her official YouTube channel as well as on other sites.


    Gate of Living is the opening track on her new album Sandokushi, and perfectly kicks off the theme of the entire album. The word “Sandoku” which is part of the title of the album means “three poisons” and refers to the three poisons of Buddhism, namely: Moha (delusion, ignorance), Raga (greed, sensual attachment) and Dvesha (avershion, hatred) which are believed to be the core causes of suffering.


    Gate of Living music video

    The music video for Gate of Living was directed by Yuichi Kodama; who is an essential component in all of Ringo Sheena’s recent music videos. Kodama made the following statement about the video:


    The night the Zen priest meets with a woman at Tokyo Tower.

    The night the woman walked to Roppongi, knowing she has nowhere to go.

    The night the man and woman met at Ginza.

    The night the man found himself lost in a mysterious tunnel.

    The happenings of the night that just happened a while ago in Tokyo have been made into a video.

    This video will enlighten you. 


    In the video, AYA SATO represents each of the three poisons as she dances in the costumes of the three beasts. This video masterpiece is the perfect visual to bring the audio to life. Enjoy it with the album!

  • Ringo Sheena Tribute Album “Adam to Eve no Ringo” Artists & Cover Songs Revealed

    06.April.2018 | MUSIC

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ringo Sheena since she made her debut. To celebrate, a tribute album titled Adam to Eve no Ringo (“The Apple of Adam & Eve”) is set for release on May 23rd. The full list of artists included on the album as well as the songs they have covered has finally been revealed.


    The pay tribute to Ringo on the album are AIYosui InoueHikaru Utada & Nariaki ObukuroKaela KimuraShiritsu Ebisu ChugakuTakao Tajima (ORIGINAL LOVE)Sakura Fujiwara, Takako MatsuDaichi YamatoRHYMESTERLiSARekishi, and the Urashima’s (Vo. Masamune Kusano from SPITZ, Dr. Hideya Suzuki from Mr. Children, Gt. Kensuke Kita from ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, Ba. Ryosuke Korenaga from Ame no Parade). The release comes coupled with a booklet featuring a novella by author Tetsuya Honda.


    In addition, overseas artist MIKA will also feature on the album. The record is themed around: “Transcending generations, genres, relations and national borders.”


    What does the forbidden fruit taste like? Relish in its flavour of freedom with this new release.



    Adam to Eve no Ringo

    On Sale: May 23rd, 2018

    Price: ¥3,000 (w/tax ¥3,240)

    Link: http://smarturl.it/adam-eve-ringo-sp

  • Let’s find out about the inimitable Shinjuku-style artist Ringo Sheena — from her past to her future

    03.October.2016 | MUSIC

    Since her debut in 1998, Ringo Sheena continued to pave her own unique path in her singing career. Ringo Sheena served as a music production consultant for the Flag Handover Ceremony at the closing of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic games, leaving a fresh imprint in our minds. Read on, as I touch on many aspects of her progress in her sparkling career!


    Striking debut! The Shinjuku-style girl

    During her 6th year of primary school, she moved from Shizuoka to Fukuoka due to her father’s job. Ringo Sheena then formed a band with some friends and it was from this point that her interest in music sparked. Eventually, she started to write her own songs, and then took a dive head first into the music industry by dropping out of high school in the 2nd grade to pick up part time work and to fill any extra time with make demo tapes.


    In 1996, her band entered the stage at a music tournament that spread across the district called “The 5th MUSIC QUEST JAPAN FINAL”. It was here that she was recognised by an official, who invited her to make a new name for herself as a solo singer called “Ringo Sheena”. Ringo Sheena then went on to release her award-winning massive hit “Koko de Kiss Shite”.


    Numerous record label companies started to reach out to Ringo Sheena, one of which was Toshiba EMI (Now known as EMI RECORDS), who outstretched their hand to Ringo Sheena in 1998, producing her single “Koufukuron”. At the time, Ringo Sheena was not widely known as a songwriter, however Toshiba EMI took interest in her songwriting and after directing her song, Ringo Sheena gambled her whole sense of musical style on her single “Koufukuron”, which she wrote herself alongside bassist Seiji Kameda, who arranged the song. Looking back on the past now, forming this duo helped her to advance greatly in the future.


    With the release of her next single “Kabukichō no Joō”, the density of her world was introduced to the mankind. This short song may last under 3 minutes, but carries a heavy, comfortable melody. Her later songs combine fiction as well as reality into her lyrics, creating a completely new type of music that is too good to be categorised! At the time, Shibuya-style music was big with the people, and Ringo Sheena rode this opportunity to create an identity for herself as a Shibuya-style artist. This led her on the right tracks to achieve her 3rd single “Koko de Kiss Shite” and her first album “Muzai Moratorium”, which has achieved what seems to be an everlasting stance in the market as a much loved album. Sheena’s 4th single “Honnō” (Instinct) features her dressed in a striking nurse’s uniform!


    A charismatic personality

    Ringo Sheena has not only taken the world by storm by her number of sales, but her enormous fan base of wildly craving fans has also surprised many. Having introduced the new concept of “Shinjuku-style”, she is bewitching yet cute. Her choice of words and the style uses to compose lyrics is unflatteringly cool. Her much-adored music has blossomed inside the hearts of many,  offering support to many people who idly stare into space, longing for something to fill their hearts.


    Enchanted fans search for many ways in which they could express their love to this irreplaceable goddess of music. For example, many try to express what her songs mean to them personally in a variety of ways, others who share her interests attempt to deepen their friendly relations with her, and there were even some who combined pictures with artistic fonts to create meaningful “Song lyrics images”. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the development of her nostalgic fan sites have had a considerable influence on her popularity up until this day.


    Furthermore, her love for Vivienne Westwood’s decorative jackets and armour rings became a noticeable charm point. Many fans at her gigs have been spotted wearing items of the same brand in order to get in on her armour fashion style craze.


    Ringo Sheena the Creator

    Ringo Sheena was respected for her charismatic personality, unfortunately, following her marriage in 2001, she gave birth to a child, and during her time off, her songwriting seemed to not come out as it should. As her situation became dire with misunderstanding resulting in her work being ruined, she seemed to want to retire and return back home. However, a second thought sparked in her mind when voices surrounding her urged her to press on in her career in music.  She finally decided to changed her mind and rescue her career. “This time, I’ll be making music for someone besides myself” she thought to herself and formed the band “Tokyo Jihen”. Starting from 2004, she placed her band at the centre of her attention and from then on started to produce many debuts, providing lots of music for the nation.


    A turning point then arrived in Ringo Sheena’s career ー one which brought out the creator in her. Mika Ninagawa, a photographer famous for her usage of vivid colours, directed her first movie “Sakuran” with Ringo Sheena by her side as music director. Naturally, Ringo Sheena is the kind of person to express her strong personality, however through the production of this movie, she proved to us all that she can also objectively state her desires and wishes — the traits of a good musical director.


    On 29th February 2012, Tokyo Jihen disbanded, and carrying years of music experience on her back, Ringo Sheena reentered the music industry as a solo artist. She wrote the song “Carnation”which was then used as the theme song to NHK Asadora (a television drama series that is broadcasted in the morning), and the theme song “Nippon” for the NHK soccer theme song in 2014.


    A recent topic making the news is Ringo Sheena’s collaboration with her old friend Hikaru Utada. Together they produced a new song called “Nijikan Dake No Vacance featuring Ringo Sheena” (2 Hour Vacation featuring Ringo Sheena). This release will mark Hikaru Utada’s first album release in 8 years! Even to this day, Ringo Sheena is pushing her way through numerous challenges ー so let’s not take our eyes off her!


    Original text written by: Kakoi(SHUTTER)


    Ringo Sheena’s official website: http://www.kronekodow.com/news/news_0.html