Japanese Music Artists Performing Overseas in 2019: Part 4

09.July.2019 | FEATURES / MUSIC

More and more announcements have been rolling out about Japanese artists set to perform overseas in the latter half of 2019. Let’s take a look and see if one of them is coming to a city near you in Part 4.



Singer-songwriter is set to take her enthralling set to Shanghai with a headline show. The music video for her hit song Marigold, taken from her album Shunkanteki Sixth Sense which released in February, was shot on the streets of Shanghai. Currently knee-deep in her Japan tour to promote her new album, this will mark Aimyon’s second time performing overseas following up from a successful show in Taiwan. Her popularity is steadily surging across the globe, be sure to check out her music available on Spotify as well as her many music videos.


Related Article: Aimyon Releases Music Video Teaser & CD Cover For New Song ‘Manatsu no Yoru no Nioi ga Suru’



Date: July 13, 2019

Venue: 世博中心—紅庁, Shanghai 2019

Japan Enquiries: http://www.accessbright.com/aimyon/

AIMYON Official Website: http://www.aimyong.net/



Celebrating 10 years since their debut, OKAMOTO’S are currently touring Japan nationwide in promotion of their new album BOY. The four-piece rock band performed what they called their “first and last” Nippon Budokan show on June 27 but are following that straight up with two concerts in Beijing and Shanghai. OKAMOTO’S are veterans when it comes to having performed overseas. They are the younger Japanese male act to play SXSW in Texas, US when they performed back in 2010. They also embarked on a 7-city US tour and have toured Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and other countries. Don’t miss out!


Related Article: OKAMOTO’S New ‘Dancing Boy’ Music Video Features Lots Of Guest Artists


2019/7/19 @ Beijing MAO Live House, Beijing
2019/7/21 @ Shanghai MAO Live House, Shangai

Tickets: https://www.showstart.com/event/list?type=1&tag=22685

OKAMOTO’S Official Website: https://www.okamotos.net




Since debuting in 2012, Japanese rock band MY FIRST STORY have performed at some of Japan’s biggest music festivals and have also collaborated with foreign musicians. Their lyrics are fluent English which have racked them up some real attention outside Japan. This will mark their first headline show in mainland China.



2019/7/27 @ Jing’an Sports Center, Shanghai

MY FIRST STORY Official Website: http://www.myfirststory.net



Yuzu’s popularity trickles down all generations having performed the song Muscat for the anime series Crayon Shin-chan. The duo have their eyes set on two days at Legacy MAX in Taipei on September 28 and 29. The musicians performed at the 30th Golden Melody Awards, which is nicknamed the “Taiwanese Grammy Awards,” on June 29 and hail as the only Japanese artists to do so.


Related Article: Yuzu Joined By Crayon Shin-chan On Stage to Sing New Song ‘Muscat’



2019/9/28 @ Legacy MAX, Taipei

2019/9/29 @ Legacy MAX, Taipei

Tickets: https://ticket.ibon.com.tw/Web/ActivityInfo/Details/36025

YUZU Official Website: http://yuzu-official.com



MAN WITH A MISSION recently announced their US headline tour. They joined Jimmy Eat World and Stone Sour on tour back in fall 2017, but which is their first North American solo tour in five years. Full details can be found over on their official website.


Related Article: MAN WITH A MISSION To Embark on First North American Solo Tour in 5 Years


▶︎MAN WITH A MISSION presents Chasing the Horizon World Tour 2018/2019 -North American Tour-

2019/9/6 @ Great American Music Hall, San Francisco

2019/9/8 @ The Regent Theater, Los Angeles

2019/9/10 @ Canton Hall, Dallas

2019/9/16 @ Gramercy Theatre, New York

MAN WITH A MISSION Official Website: https://www.mwamjapan.info/



BABYMETAL will released their new album METAL GALAXY this year on October 11 and follow it up with their GALAXY WORLD TOUR where they will hit up Europe, US and Russia. BABYMETAL’s unmatched force continues to be felt across the globe.


Related Article: BABYMETAL Announce New Album ‘METAL GALAXY’ & World Tour



*For full dates, please check the band’s official website below.

BABYMETAL Official Website: http://www.babymetal.com



SKY-HI will release his second collaborative album with SALU entitled Say Hello to My Minions 2 on September 4 which will be promoted with the “Say Goodbye to the System” Asia tour. SKY-HI has performed in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Shanghai, Taiwan and Hong Kong in the past. Be sure to keep up to date with his tour schedule via his official website.


▶︎Say Goodbye to the System -ASIA TOUR-

2019/9/29 @ Seoul (Venue TBA)

2019/10/1 @ Hong Kong (Venue TBA)

2019/10/4 @ Taipei (Venue TBA)

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


If you love Japanese music and an artist you like is heading to a city near you, be sure to show them love and support by getting your hands on a ticket!


  • MAN WITH A MISSION Digitally Release ’86 Missed Calls’ Feat. Patrick Stump

    20.September.2019 | MUSIC

    Wolf pack rock band MAN WITH A MISSION now knee-deep in their first solo US tour in 5 years, which also includes their first-ever shows in Canada and Mexico.


    It was revealed back in July that the band had written a new song entitled 86 Missed Calls feat. Patrick Stump as the main theme song for the Japanese film Three Nobunagas which hit theatres in Japan today (September 20). To celebrate its release, the song has just been released digitally ahead of the release of their new single Dark Crow, which is to hit shelves on October 23 and will include 86 Missed Calls.

    The song features guest vocals from Patrick Stump who is known as the lead singer of American rock band Fall Out Boy whose 2018 album Mania was nominated for the category of Best Rock Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.


    Stump surprised the crowd at Summer Sonic Tokyo on August 17 when he joined MWAM on stage as a surprise guest on their set to perform the song live for the very first time. Since then, fans have been anticipating the song’s release.

    When purchased at select music stores, MWAW’s new single Dark Crow will be coupled with the above-pictured “reflective stickers.” When you take a picture of the stickers with the flash on, you’ll see the members in completely different poses.

  • BABYMETAL’s Show at The Forum in Los Angeles to be Screened Live Across Japan

    05.September.2019 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL are gearing up for their headline show at The Forum in Los Angeles on October 11. It’s just been announced that the concert will be screened live at theatres across Japan on October 12 (JST).


    2019 has been a very busy year for BABYMETAL so far. They performed at Yokohama Arena in Japan and Glastonbury in the UK in June, Port Messe Nagoya in July, and music festivals SUPER SLIPPA in Taiwan and Summer Sonic 2019 in Japan last month. The 20-date North American leg of their world tour began yesterday at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida.


    BABYMETAL’s third studio album METAL GALAXY will drop on October 11, the same day as their show at The Forum in LA.

    The album welcomes on board five international guest artists: Tak Matsumoto of B’z joins the band on DA DA DANCE, Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén is on board for Oh! MAJINAI, Polyphia guitarists Tim Henson and Scott LePage step up to Brand New Day, Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz features on Distortion, and F.HERO on PA PA YA!!


    This marks the second time that BABYMETAL have premiered a new album overseas straight after its release, following their second album Metal Resistance which dropped on March 29, 2016 and was quickly followed by BABYMETAL’s performance at the Wembley Arena on April 2.


    Fans in Japan can look forward to viewing BABYMETAL’s concert in LA live at the special live viewings. They will also be able to pick up exclusive merchandise to the event.


    It was revealed on Tuesday that British rock act Bring Me The Horizon will join BABYMETAL at four shows in Japan later this November. This incldues Saitama Super Arena on the 16th and 17th and at Osaka-jo Hall on the 20th and 21st.

  • OKAMOTO’S Drop HELLO WORLD Anime Film Main Theme ‘Shinsekai’, Official Soundtrack Details Released

    04.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    HELLO WORLD is an upcoming anime film directed by Tomohiko Itō and produced by Graphinica. It’s set for release in Japan on September 20.


    It has been revealed that Japanese rock band OKAMOTO’S will write the film’s main theme and background music. The main theme Shinsekai (“New World”) has just been released across digital music platforms. The song was written by band members Shō Okamoto and Kōki Okamoto. Keyboardist and composer Takeshi Kobayashi served as producer on the track, collaborating with the band for the very first time.

    For the first time in the Japanese movie music industry, OKAMOTO’S have formed a unique music project titled “2027Soound.” They are joined by Official HIGE DANdism and Nulbarich, huge names in the contemporary music scene in Japan, as well as  OBKR, Yaffle, STUTS, and BRIAN SHINSEKAI who will provide background music for scenes in the movie.

    You can hear songs from the original soundtrack in the video below posted on the official OKAMOTO’S YouTube channel.


    The original motion picture soundtrack, comprised of 38 songs, will be released on September 18, 2019.


    ©2019 “HELLO WORLD” Production Committee

  • Bring Me The Horizon Join BABYMETAL as Special Guests On Japan Leg Of World Tour

    03.September.2019 | MUSIC

    With their third studio album METAL GALAXY set to drop worldwide on October 11, the North American leg of BABYMETAL’s upcoming world tour to promote the new record is right around the corner.

    BABYMETAL will perform in Japan on the tour this November, with shows at Saitama Super Arena on the 16th and 17th and at Osaka-jo Hall on the 20th and 21st. It has just been revealed that British rock band Bring Me The Horizon, who dropped their sixth studio album Amo back in January, will join them as special guests at the four shows.


    Like BABYMETAL, BMTH also performed at Summer Sonic Festival 2019 recently as an extra show to their Japan concert. BABYMETAL were in contact with BMTH at UK shows and award ceremonies and shared a mutual musicianship and respect for one another, leading to this collaboration.

    On the same day that the album drops on October 11, BABYMETAL will perform at The Forum in Los Angeles. BABYMETAL will begin their US tour tomorrow at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida. They will head to in Japan in November and their European leg will follow shortly after in February 2020.


    We look forward to seeing what kind of show BMTH put on for Japanese fans at BABYMETAL’s shows.

  • milet Performs Vinland Saga Anime ED Theme & Announces Collaboration With MAN WITH A MISSION

    02.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese singer-songwriter and newcomer to the music industry has enjoyed huge success this year, releasing her debut EP inside you back in March and making it to No. 1 on Recochoku’s ranking for Best New Act for the first half of 2019.

    milet dropped her third EP entitled us on August 21, the title track of which was used as the main theme for the Japanese TV drama Gisou Furin. The song made it to No. 1 on Oricon’s Daily Digital Singles.


    Having already dominated the charts with three releases, milet has announced that her fourth EP entitled Drown / You & I will be released on November 6.

    The song Drown will be used as the second ending for the ongoing TV anime series Vinland Saga, which milet describes as her clashing with emotions to a beat that sounds like marching on the ground with intent.


    The anime’s second opening theme Dark Crow will be performed by MAN WITH A MISSION, who are set to release the song as a single on October 23. milet will in fact feature as a guest vocalist on the single’s coupling song Reiwa.

    Speaking about the Vinland Saga series, millet commented: “When I first stepped into the world of Vinland Saga, I felt something that I had never felt before. [The character] Thorfinn is someone who rides the invisible wave between life and death, and who lives his life while learning about a part of him he never knew before. I wrote the song about the whirlpool emotions that I feel: pain, hope, strength, and love. I clashed with my emotions when I sang, along to a beat that sounds like stomping on the ground one step at a time. I am so happy to be one small part of this wonderful series. I hope people enjoy the song together with it.”

    Photo by Daisuke Sakai

    She also commented on MWAM’s song Reiwa on which she will feature, saying: “When I first heard to Reiwa, my heart shook at the vocals-which feel like they are wrapping around you gently-and the powerful and majestic music which sounds like a bright white world spreading before you. I sing about the transition from the Heiwa era to the new Reiwa era and reflect on what it means to be happy. The best thing though is that I get to be a part of MAN WITH A MISSION’s music who I’ve always loved. I’m full of joy at that. Look forward to hearing us come together.”

  • New Details Drop On BABYMETAL’s New Album ‘METAL GALAXY’

    09.August.2019 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL are set to release their third album METAL GALAXY worldwide on October 11. The record marks three years since Metal Resistance hit shelves across the globe, which peaked at No. 1 and No. 3 on the weekly and yearly US Billboard Charts respectively for World Albums.


    In their home country of Japan, the new album will receive an exclusive Japan Complete Edition release which features two CDs. The tracklist as well as the jacket design for the limited-edition vinyl release have been unveiled.

    BABYMETAL have toured the world countless times, snapping photos with the biggest artists in music today and posting them to their social media, as well as joining some of them as guest acts on tour including Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica.


    The international release of METAL GALAXY will feature 14 tracks, but the Japan Complete Edition will include an additional 2 songs. This is the first time they have released a Japan-only CD with two discs. The album takes on the concept of dichotomy, with things like light and darkness, and sun and moon, at their core, which according to the band will give rise to “a new kind of metal.”

    The album features five international guest artists: Tak Matsumoto of B’z joins the band on DA DA DANCE, Sabaton vocalist Joakim Brodén is on board for Oh! MAJINAI, Polyphia guitarists Tim Henson and Scott LePage step up to Brand New Day, Arch Enemy vocalist Alissa White-Gluz features on Distortion, and F.HERO on PA PA YA!!

    On the same day that the album drops on October 11, BABYMETAL will perform at The Forum in Los Angeles. BABYMETAL will begin their US tour in September before heading on tour in Japan in November. Their European tour will follow shortly after in February 2020.

  • MAN WITH A MISSION’s New Song ’86 Missed Calls feat. Patrick Stump’ Used as Japanese Movie’s Main Theme

    27.July.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    MAN WITH A MISSION are currently embarking on their North American ‘Chasing the World Tour’ which began in September 2018 and includes their first ever shows in Canada and Mexico.

    It has been revealed that their new song 86 Missed Calls feat. Patrick Stump will be used as the main theme for the upcoming Japanese film Three Nobunagas starring TAKAHIRO of EXILE which is set for release on September 20. The song features Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy and marks their second collaboration with him following Dead End in Tokyo.


    Three Nobunagas 60 Second Promo Trailer

    The latest trailer for the film features the song itself to be sure to check it out.

    ©2019 “Three Nobunagas” Production Committee

  • Häagen-Dazs Releases Mouthwatering Yuzu Orange Blanc Manger Ice Cream

    22.July.2019 | FOOD

    Häagen-Dazs Japan will release their mini cup Yuzu orange Blancmange ice cream countrywide on 23rd July. This will be available for a limited period only. 


    This cooling ice cream is made with milky blancmange. You will be hit by the sudden sourness of the yuzu orange which accents the flavour perfectly. Blancmange is a chilled French dessert which is perfect for the summer. It is made by boiling milk and adding milk, sugar, whipping cream, vanilla and gelatin. This is then cooled to solidify. 

    This ice cream is made using rich-flavoured milk and the juice of Japanese yuzu oranges. This is then combined with Häagen-Dazs ice cream. Yuzu oil is also added to the ice cream so that you immediately taste the deeply-flavoured and aromatic yuzu orange with your first mouthful. The refreshing fruitiness will instantly spread all over your mouth, simultaneously harmonising with the milky flavour.


    Even the sauce for the ice cream is made using the skin of Japanese yuzu oranges so that ice cream-lovers can fully enjoy the true flavour of yuzu oranges. The rich milky flavour is accented with the refreshing sourness of the yuzu orange. 


    This summer, treat yourself to a mild and milky yet fruity and flavourful ice cream.

  • Soundtrack For Animated Film HELLO WORLD Managed By OKAMOTO’S, Official HIGE DANdism and Nulbarich

    16.July.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    It has been announced that the main theme song for Tomohiko Ito’s latest movie HELLO WORLD will be written and managed by OKAMOTO’S, Official HIGE DANdism and Nulbarich.


    Tomohiko Ito’s new high speed animated movie is a breakthrough sci-fi film that follows a youthful love story. 

    The 90-second trailer reveals the artists behind the opening theme song and background music. The trailer also reveals snippets of the songs “Yesterday” (Official HIGE DANdism) and “Shinsekai” (OKAMOTO’S), which were written for the purpose of the film.  The music was managed by the exclusive experimental project 2027Sound, which was formed specifically for the purpose of HELLO WORLD.

    The original soundtrack for HELLO WORLD will be released on September 18. This is a collection of music by artists from the same generation, including OKAMOTO’S as well as Official HIGE DANdism, Nulbarich, OBKR, Yaffle, STUTS and BRIAN SHINSEKAI who support the 2027Sound project. 


    The three main songs were written by OKAMOTO’S, Official HIGE DANdism and Nulbarich. These were specifically written for scenes of the film and perfectly cover the variety of feelings felt over the course of the film. This one CD is a precious masterpiece overflowing with excellence. The opening theme song also features AAAMYYY on vocals. 

    Statement from OKAMOTO’S

    This was the first time OKAMOTO’S has ever written music for a movie. We were just handed the script and we immediately got down to writing what then became “Shinsekai”. I can’t express our delight the moment the director told us that there was no other song that could fit the scenes better than what we had written. Upon this wonderful feedback, we set out writing other songs in a way that would perfectly link back to this song. The music team included musicians who we know and 2027Sound. All the things that we couldn’t do and the sounds we couldn’t produce were put left in the hands of trustworthy companions who worked with us. Being involved in the film production is an absolute first for us and we can say from the bottom of our hearts that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The wonderful fruits of our individual labor has been put together and will be delivered to so many people. We are working hard so that 2027Sound becomes the bridge that connects the viewers to the film. 

    Official HIGE DANdism’s Statement

    This film is special because a range of artists were involved in making the music for the film. This was one of the many reasons that made us instantly fall in love with the world of the film. We seriously engaged ourselves with the task of fusing a beautiful melody with feelings from the film. For example, the strong heart that holds onto precious people, and the anguish and pain that comes with it. 


    Nulbarich’s Statement

     This was the first time Nulbarich has ever written music for a movie so we were incredibly pleased. At the same time, we were unsure on how to go about all this. Considering the enormous scale of the scenes we were writing music for, and also the different things we wanted to try as a band, we succeeded in creating a unique song in our own style in a natural way. We put ourselves in the same positions as the characters and managed to fuse the character’s image and feelings into our music. Usually we write lyrics and compose music that comes straight from our own feelings and words. To completely become the movie characters ourselves in order to go about the songwriting was quite challenging. 



    ©2019 HELLO WORLD Production Committee

  • BABYMETAL Release Music Video For ‘PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO)’

    02.July.2019 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL just dropped a music video for their new song PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO) featuring live footage of the track played for the first time at Yokohama Arena for their concert “BABYMETAL AWAKENS – THE SUN ALSO RISES -“.

    Acclaimed Thai rapper F.HERO appeared as a surprise guest for the live performance. Fans swung their towels in the air to the catchy rhythm of the summer metal song.

    BABYMETAL performed two huge shows at Yokohama Arena on June 28 and 29 and immediately headed to Glastonbury in the UK on June 30 for a hugely successful performance. They performed on the same stage as Bring Me The Horizon, Billie Eilish and other big names.

    Tonight, they performed at O2 Brixton Academy in London, the first time they have played the venue since 2015. They will next head to Port Messe Nagoya for two shows on June 6 and 7 titled “BABYMETAL ARISES – BEYOND THE MOON – LEGEND – M -“.

    BABYMETAL will release their third studio album METAL GALAXY worldwide on October 11. They will support it with a world tour where they will hit Japan, Europe and the US. The tour will include their first US arena show at The Forum in Los Angeles.


    Photos by Tina Korhonen, (C) Amuse Inc. 
  • BABYMETAL performed their first shows of 2019 at Yokohama Arena on June 28 and 29 for their concert “BABYMETAL AWAKENS – THE SUN ALSO RISES -“.

    At the end of the first night, BABYMETAL unveiled that their third studio album is titled METAL GALAXY and will release on October 11. They also announced that they will head on a world tour from with dates in Japan, Europe, US and Russia. It will begin in early September and run into March 2020.

    Su-Metal and Moametal were greeted to riotous applause as they stepped onto the illuminated stage, outfits glistening, on the first night at Yokohama Arena. Three dancers then appeared, one of which was singled out to lead out the Kami Band.

    During the show, F.HERO joined BABYMETAL on stage to perform their new song PA PA YA!! for the first time, a track which features the popular Thai rapper. The one-and-a-half-hour spread out a set list of 14 songs with songs taken from BABYMETAL’s forthcoming album  METAL GALAXY.

    METAL GALAXY will be the first album from BABYMETAL in three-and-a-half years and the first to not feature former member Yuimetal. As the title suggests, its theme centres around journeying through the metal galaxy.


    After their second Yokohama Arena show, BABYMETAL headed straight to the UK to perform at Glastonbury on June 30. Catch them on their upcoming world tour – details below.


    Photos by Tsukasa Miyoshi (Showcase)

  • BABYMETAL Release New Song ‘PA PA YA!!’ Featuring F.HERO

    28.June.2019 | MUSIC

    BABYMETAL just dropped a new track entitled PA PA YA!! today (June 28). Themed on the summer fruit papaya, the upbeat track features guest artist F.HERO, a popular hip-hop singer from Thailand.

    This summer’s hot metal track, PA PA YA!! has a festive feel to it and elevates BABYMETAL’s chaotic sound to the next level.


    BABYMETAL are performing two shows at Yokohama Arena on June 28 and 29 titled “BABYMETAL AWAKENS – THE SUN ALSO RISES.” They will subsequently play at the Glastonbury Festival in the UK on June 30 before heading to London’s 02 Brixton Academy on July 2. The band will headline their first ever arena show in the US at The Forum on October 11.