Kenshi Yonezu’s New Single ‘Uma to Shika’ Achieves Record-Breaking Sales

17.September.2019 | MUSIC

Kenshi Yonezu released his new single Uma to Shika on September 11 and it has soon become a new record-breaking sensation. The song served as the main theme for the TBS Sunday drama No Side Game, which just aired its last episode. The Oricon Weekly Single Rankings revealed that the single has so far been sold 412,000 times, which is Yonezu’s largest sale yet.

 

The first ever solo Japanese artist to make over 400,000 sales within the first week of a release was achieved by Tomohisa Yamashita in June 2006 with his song Daite Señorita. After 13 years and 3 months, a new record has been set by Yonezuー the perfect way to start the brand new Reiwa Era.   

The Download Chart shows that the rank for Uma to Shika is remaining steady. The Oricon Digital Single Ranking Chart shows that the single was downloaded 74,178 times in just one week, earning the top place. Since the single’s advanced sales which started on August 12, the single has remained at No.1 for five whole consecutive weeks. 

 

In the drama No Side Game, Hayato Kimijima (played by Yo Oizumi) works as the general manager of the company’s rugby team named Astros. He puts up a rigorous fight to keep the team from falling apart so that they can face off against their arch rival team known as the Cyclones. Despite suffering an injury, team player Jo Hamahata, who carries the spirit of the team, rises to the challenge of the fierce battle with every ounce of energy to ensure victory, gambling his sports career by wagering everything on his last shot.

 

The team members, staff and even the team supporters joined forces as one to ensure the team’s win, putting every ounce of their body and soul into the match. The theme drama’s theme song Uma to Shika is perfect for summing up this heated moment. The overwhelming feelings of the drama resonate in Yonezu’s song and has even stretched out to inspire many viewers. Many fans are still sending in messages about their lingering feelings towards the final episode. 

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    Ghibli Museum

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    Toei Animation Museum

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    Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum

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    Official Website (English): https://www.usj.co.jp/e/

    Official Website (Japanese): https://www.usj.co.jp/

     

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    Official Website (English): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/en/

    Official Website (Japanese): http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/

     

    Numerous other sports and cultural events will also close for two weeks commencing February 26, 2020. If you’re travelling to Japan in February and March, please check the websites of any places you plan to visit during your trip to see if they are open.

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    27.February.2020 | FOOD / MUSIC / SPOT

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    The second permanent Kirby Café, themed entirely on Nintendo’s popular video game series Kirby’s Dream Land, is set to open in Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka on March 12, 2020.

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    Kirby’s Home: ¥1,980 (Before Tax)

    Kirby’s High-Spirit Helping Parfait: ¥1,580 (Before Tax)

    There are lots of cute food dishes and desserts to enjoy at Kirby Café. Kirby’s Dream Land home has also been turned into a dessert, and there’s also a cute parfait which Kirby himself helped make.

    Kirby Café Hakata Exclusive T-Shirt – Kirby & Home: ¥3,400 (Before Tax)

    Fans can also pick up a selection of new and exclusive Kirby merchandise, and an original Kirby Café soundtrack created by HAL Laboratory will play in the café.

     

    Priorities are given to those who book a table in advance, which can be done on the café’s official website starting on February 25, 2020.

     

    Get sucked into the world of Kirby and inhale your food like he does at the all-new Kirby Café HAKATA.

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