DEAN FUJIOKA Lives Stream Acoustic Performance & 2020-2021 Tour Announced

09.March.2020 | MUSIC

DEAN FUJIOKA had a series of acoustic live shows entitled DEAN FUJIOKA FamBam Exclusive “#Acoustic” penned in for members of his official fan club, which was originally set take place in mid-March, but due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus, the six shows for Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka have been cancelled to ensure everyone’s safety and peace of mind.

 

DEAN FUJIOKA and his staff decided to instead hold a live acoustic performance for everyone who was looking forward to the acoustic tour, and it took place yesterday in an at an unnamed studio.

The set consisted of 7 songs specially arranged into acoustic versions, from his debut track My Dimension to his hit track Shellyーthe latter of which was used as the main theme song for the popular Japanese drama series Sherlock: Untold Stories which aired last year. FUJIOKA also spoke about his music to fans during the stream. At the end of the performance, the singer-songwriter announced that the tour merchandise for the cancelled tour will be put to purchase online, and that he will embark on a nationwide tour of Japan beginning this October.

DEAN FUJIOKA promised fans, “Let’s meet in your hometowns this autumn!” The stream was over in what seemed like an instant, but people in the comments expressed how special of a performance it was. Fans are sure to be excited at the announcement of the new tour – check out the dates and venues below.

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    27.October.2020 | MUSIC

    DEAN FUJIOKA released his new single Go The Distance digitally on October 25, 2020 along with a promotional video on his official YouTube channel.

    The song was written by DEAN FUJIOKA for the Chinese real time mobile battle RPG Hidden World Records (隐世录). Two versions of the song are available, one in Japanese and one in Chinese, both sung by the Japanese singer-songwriter.

     

    The digital cover art was created by Japanese digital artist wataboku whose work has been showcased across Japan as well as in Shanghai, Jakarta, and elsewhere. The artwork captures the story of the song which sings of the distance between the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi in the Japanese festival known as Tanabata, also called the Star Festival.

     

    Check out both versions of the song below.

     

    DEAN FUJIOKA & 隐世录 – “Go The Distance – CH Ver.” (Official Promotion Video)

     

    DEAN FUJIOKA & 隐世录 – “Go The Distance – JP Ver.” (Official Promotion Video)

  • Ibaraki Prefecture Announces Official Tours of Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura

    17.October.2020 | SPOT

    Ibaraki Prefecture has been promoting the areas of Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura with a variety of events and programs since 2018. For 2020, one of the programs the prefecture has announced is ‘Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020’ which invites people on a trial tour around Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura.

     

    About Mount Tsukuba

    Mount Tsukuba is the doorstep to tourism in Ibaraki Prefecture, known for its iconic double peaks which has it listed officially as one of the “100 Most Beautiful Mountains in Japan.” The mountain offers 10 different courses for climbers, all of which boast gorgeous views and scenery throughout all four seasons. It also has a famous shrine halfway up the mountain known as Tsukubasan Shrine which is considered the physical enshrinement of the mountain itself. The shrine has long been a place of worship for people.

     

    About Lake Kasumigaura

    Lake Kasumigaura is the second-largest lake in Japan after Shiga Prefecture’s Lake Biwa. It is loved by locals and tourists for its beautiful natural environment and the expanse of its breathtaking view. It also has its own cycling route, Tsukuba Kasumigaura Ring Ring Road, which is an official National Cycling Route that has become a popular route with cyclists in recent years.

     

    During the autumn season on weekends, the area offers a special long-ride cycling tour as an opportunity for people to soak up the local area, as well as kids programs, concerts for parents and their children, and other activity programs and guide tours. Bookings are now available online.

     

    A Look at Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020

    Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura – 2 Day 1 Night Sports Experience Tour

    Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020 is offering a special sports tour for elementary school kids where a guide will take them to climb Mount Tsukuba and canoe around Lake Kasumigaura, amongst other activities.

     

    A Photogenic Tour in the Small Town by the Lake Shore

    atacamaki, a ‘slow photographer’ and resident of Kasumigaura, will be taking photographers on a two day trip around the lake and surrounding area with rental bicycles to teach them how to shoot photos like a pro.

     

    Concert in Tsukuba Forest

    A concert will be held for children in the forest where they can lay down on the grass and be at one with nature as they enjoy the performance. The performance will be played by Akashi Yamada, the forest instructor and a singer-songwriter.

     

    Cycling Along the Kokai River and Near Chikusei With Tsukuba Mounta in the Background

    A local guide will give parents and children a tour of Tsukuba and all the must-see spots. The 37km cycling tour will offer plenty for people to see and encourages beginners to cycling.

     

    A Long Cycling Tour Around Lake Kasumigaura, Kitaura, and Tsukuba

    The program also offers a two-day long distance cycling tour of 100km.

  • ONE OK ROCK Announce Worldwide Live Stream ‘Field of Wonder’ for October 11

    24.August.2020 | MUSIC

    ONE OK ROCK have announced their first ever online concert, ONE OK ROCK 2020 “Field of Wonder” at Stadium Live Streaming, which will be streamed worldwide on October 11, 2020.

    The band will perform from an audience-less venue – ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba. Tickets are now available for both Japanese and international fans via the stream’s official website.

  • DEAN FUJIOKA to Premiere ‘Permanent Vacation’ Live Performance On YouTube

    18.August.2020 | MUSIC

    DEAN FUJIOKA will drop his new song Neo Dimension tomorrow on August 19, 2020. A short clip of the song is currently available to listen to on the singer-songwriter’s YouTube channel until tomorrow.

     

    DEAN FUJIOKA is currently premiering live performances over the next four weeks on his YouTube channel. His next premiere will be of his performance of Permanent Vacation which will be posted today (August 18) at 20:00 (JST).

     

    DEAN FUJIOKA “Permanent Vacation” from Live 2017

    DEAN FUJIOKA will celebrate the release of his new single Neo Dimension tomorrow with a special YouTube stream. Details below.

  • DEAN FUJIOKA Releases Audio & Cover Art for New Song ‘Neo Dimension’

    11.August.2020 | MUSIC

    A short clip of the audio from DEAN FUJIOKA’s upcoming new song Neo Dimension, which will be a digital exclusive, is now available to listen to on the singer-songwriter’s YouTube channel until August 18 before the song is officially released on August 19.

     

    The song was originally written in 2008 as a self-introduction and expression of DEAN FUJIOKA’s intention as an artist. It was first released as My Dimension back in November 2013 and was used as the main theme for the Japanese film I am ICHIHASHINeo Dimension is a new recording of the song, 12 years later, which breathes new life into the original.

    The digital single’s cover art features a photo taken by DEAN FUJIOKA himself at an airport. All of the flights are cancelled, except one which is listed as ‘New Gate’—a metaphor denoting DEAN’s embarking into the future, starting with the newly-recorded Neo Dimension.

     

    DEAN FUJIOKA – Neo Dimension Short Ver. (Official Audio)

    DEAN FUJIOKA is currently premiering live performances over the next four weeks on his YouTube channel. His next video will drop on August 13 at 20:00 (JST) and will be his performance of History Maker taken from his set at InterCycle 2016 held back in 2016 at Osaka-jo Hall.

     

    DEAN FUJIOKA “History Maker” Live from InterCycle 2016

  • DEAN FUJIOKA Announces Four Weeks Of YouTube Premiere Concert Footage

    06.August.2020 | MUSIC

    DEAN FUJIOKA has announced that over the next 4 weeks he will premiere his live performance of My Dimension held at Osaka-jo Hall back in 2016 over on his official YouTube channel starting on August 6, 2020 at 20:00 (JST).

    DEAN FUJIOKA wrote My Dimension back in 2008, a song that would go on to be released for the first time in 2013 when it was used as the main theme for the Japanese film I Am Ichihashi: Journal of a Murderer which DEAN FUJIOKA also directed and starred in.

     

    The live performance footage to be premiered is taken from the artist’s concert DEAN FUJIOKA Special Live “InterCycle 2016”.

     

    DEAN FUJIOKA “My Dimension” Live from InterCycle 2016

    DEAN FUJIOKA will premiere more live performances over the next four weeks on his YouTube channel.

     

    The singer-songwriter is re-releasing My Dimension under the song title Neo Dimension on August 19 which breathes new life into the 12 year-old song with new lyrics.

  • DEAN FUJIOKA Announces New Single ‘Neo Dimension’ and Releases New Artist Photo

    03.August.2020 | MUSIC

    DEAN FUJIOKA has announced that his next single Neo Dimension, which will be released digitally only, will drop on August 19, 2020—the day of his 40th birthday. The singer-songwriter released a new photo in promotion of the new single.

     

    The song was originally written in 2008 as a self-introduction and expression of DEAN FUJIOKA’s intention as an artist. It was first released as My Dimension back in November 2013 and was used as the main theme for the Japanese film I am ICHIHASHI. Neo Dimension is a new recording of the song, 12 years later, which breathes new life into the original.

     

    DEAN knows no borders, travelling and being active around the world. He takes inspiration from the daily experiences he encounters and shapes it into music. For Neo Dimension, he has written in some new lyrics. The song shows his ability to continue evolving as an artist, one that is always looking to do something new, and so it can be called a completely new song to that of the original My Dimension.

    DEAN FUJIOKA is also holding two live streams on August 19 over on his official YouTube channel to celebrate the release: DEAN FUJIOKA「Neo Dimension」 YouTube Special 0819 and DEAN FUJIOKA「Neo Dimension」〜After Party〜, the latter of which is exclusive to members of the artist’s fan club FamBam. Fans will get to hear DEAN talk about the new track amongst other stuff on his birthday.

     

    The singer’s nationwide tour, which was set to begin this October and run into 2021, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it’s not all sad news for fans, as DEAN FUJIOKA is planning to perform live in some other form in the near future. More information about this will be released at a later date.

     

    An official DEAN FUJIOKA Twitter staff account is also now open in addition to the singer’s personal account, so fans can follow that for future updates.

  • DEAN FUJIOKA to Celebrate ‘Shelly’ EP Release With Christmas Eve Live Stream

    10.December.2019 | MUSIC

    DEAN FUJIOKA will release his new EP Shelly tomorrow, and to celebrate, the singer and actor has announced that he will hold a special Christmas Eve live stream entitled “Christmas Streaming Party 2019” on December 24, 2019.


    The live stream will take place simultaneously across various platforms including YouTube and the official LINE accounts of SSTV and A-Sketch. It will of course be free to view. FUJIOKA will discuss the writing and production of the EP as well as look back over his experiences in 2019.

     

    A campaign is also being held in Japan for 20 lucky fans who have purchased a copy of the Shelly to sign up and watch the Christmas Streaming Party in the place it will be streamed, with FUJIOKA in point-blank range. More details can be find on the special Shelly website. Applications close on December 16, 2019.

     

    Be sure to write in your calendars that you’ll be spending your Christmas Eve with DEAN FUJIOKA this year.

  • DEAN FUJIOKA’s ‘Sherlock’ Opening Theme ‘Searching For The Ghost’ Music Video Released

    28.November.2019 | MUSIC

    DEAN FUJIOKA is currently in the midst of a 3-month consecutive release cycle, with three singles to roll out over three months respectively. The first song is entitled Shellyーfor which the music video was released earlier this monthーwhich features as the main theme for the Fuji TV drama series Sherlock: Untold Stories.

     

    The second track Searching For The Ghost was released digitally on November 4, and today, the music video dropped on YouTube.

    The song serves as the opening theme for Sherlock: Untold Stories, a thrilling drama series inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s titular character. FUJIOKA plays the part of Shishio Homare, a crime consultant with an outstanding eye for observation and a genius pattern of thinking. Playing the part of Watson, known as Junichi Wakamiya in this series, is Takanori Iwata. Wakamiya is a psychiatrist who gets involved with Homare due to a certain case.

     

    The song has received praise for its dark sound and infectious melody. The music video, directed by Atsunori Toushi, keeps with this theme, with ‘ghost’ as a keyword, its mysterious visuals and FUJIOKA’s myriad of stylish looks.

     

    Atsunori Toushi released a comment explaining the music video: “There’s a room which is supposed to be empty, with no-one inside. You’re in an uncertain world in which question even your own existence. But after seeing a ‘ghost’ (a nightmare), you feel like you really are alive. It becomes a game of concentration, almost like Russian roulette. You feel like a ghost: did you in fact win and are alive, or did up end up in the gutter? Even if you were lucky enough to survive, you may still receive an unexpected visit from the ghost, like a scorpion sting.”

  • DEAN FUJIOKA’s New Single ‘Searching For The Ghost’ Features as TV Drama Sherlock’s Opening

    03.November.2019 | MUSIC

    DEAN FUJIOKA recently announced a 3-month consecutive release cycle, with three singles to roll out over three months respectively. The first song is entitled Shellyーfor which the music video  was released on Mondayーwhich features as the main theme for the Fuji TV drama series Sherlock: Untold Stories. The second track is entitled Searching For The Ghost and will be released digitally on November 4.

     

    Searching For The Ghost will be used as the opening theme for Sherlock: Untold Stories in which DEAN FUJIOKA stars as the titular character, known as Shishio Homare in this adaptation, a crime consultant with an outstanding eye for observation and a genius pattern of thinking.

    The opening theme enjoyed rave reviews from viewers when it first aired. The song pulls you into its world from the first note, with a distorted bass and hand clapping that you just have to join in with. The song’s bass-y sound is dark like that of FUJIOKA’s song Echo which was released last year and was used as the main theme for the Fuji TV drama Monte Kurisuto Haku: Karei Naru Fukushu. It also has rock elements woven into it which, together with the artist’s latest album History In The Making and the announcement of his first Asia tour is proof enough that FUJIOKA is going all out with his music career right now. And seeing as he himself is a part of the Sherlock series, his understanding of it means the music further synchronises with its world.

  • DEAN FUJIOKA Releases Music Video For TV Series Sherlock: Untold Stories’ Main Theme ‘Shelly’

    29.October.2019 | MUSIC

    DEAN FUJIOKA’s talents span across an arsenal of work, from actor to musician, model, film director, DJ and more. The star is set to release his new EP Shelly on December 11. The record’s title track is being used for the new Japanese drama series Sherlock: Untold Stories. The music video for the track was released yesterday (October 28).

    Sherlock: Untold Stories is a thrilling drama show inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s character. FUJIOKA plays the part of Shishio Homare, a crime consultant with an outstanding eye for observation and a genius pattern of thinking. Playing the part of Watson, known as Junichi Wakamiya in this series, is Takanori Iwata. Wakamiya is a psychiatrist who gets involved with Homare due to a certain case.

     

    The song Shelly is a ballad written by FUJIOKA about a girl who is or was a goddess of fate at some point in Sherlock’s life, whether in the past, present, or future. FUJIOKA plays the part of Shelly in the music video, a mass produced android who is delivered to a girl. The girl enjoys spending time daily with Shelly, but she receives a message that all Shelly androids must be recollected due to a bug that may cause them to malfunction. The video sees the girl grant Shelly’s final wish to dance with her just one more time, and they do so against the beautiful nightscape of Tokyo.

     

     

    The girl in the video is played by middle-school dancer TSUKUSHI, a member of the Fukushima all-girls dance crew Fabulous Sisters. She has won successive victories in the international dance contest World of Dance (held in the US). Her choreography in the video was inspired by the music in the song Shelley.

     

    The music video’s director Atsunori Toushi commented: “[DEAN FUJIOKA] wrote the song and also played the character. The scope he works at is one of the incredible things about him. He’s able to craft something so pure. In this video, he plays the part of an android whose life his limited to a smartphone from which he can move. He lives out fun days with a young 13-year-old played by TSUKUSHI whose dancing is captivating and who is active around the world. A standout scene from the video is when they dance in the city with the magical city nightscape in the background.”

  • Lolita Singer Luna Haruna Announces Surprise Solo Live Performance at Most Recent Concert

    05.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Tokyo singer and lolita fashion model Luna Haruna finished her premium solo summer concert at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF7 on August 4. The concert title Lupa and Aries no gastronomie was named after her single Lupa to Aries which was released earlier this year in June and is so far only available on streaming services. Haruna performed once in the afternoon and once in the evening with a live band. She performed a total of 28 songs, including some brand new hits.

     She launched into her concert with her hit songs Stertear, Kimi Iro Signal, Stella Breeze and Overfly. She then performed her two new fairytale-themed songs Lupa to Aries and Kaiten Mokuba live for the first time. 

    Afterwards, she turned to her fans and said:

    “I challenged myself to something completely new this time. I want to show you all a side of me you have never seen before.”

    What the fans heard next was an unexpected surprise. 

    She announced that she will be performing at Mt.RAINIER HALL SHIBUYA PLEASURE PLEASURE, Tokyo on November 16. The venue, packed with fans, could not contain their excitement, responding to the glorious news with cheers of joy that echoed throughout the entire room. 

    Her recent release Kaiten Mokuba follows the same fairytale theme as Lupa to Aries. The beautiful harmonies created by the strings pierce through the strong and pressing beat of the song. This gothic fairytale song is appropriately titled Kaiten Mokuba (Carousel) to further emphasise the distorted feeling of being spun around in endless circles. Luna is an artist who represents the lolita scene for lolita fans worldwide. This fairytale video is where her true self comes alive. Her new, mysterious visuals are a fusion of lolita fashion and Alice in Wonderland themes. 

     

    Luna Haruna Music Video: Kaiten Mokuba 

    The head-spinning music video shows Luna in different lolita fashion outfits. Each outfit explores the depths of a different character from Alice in Wonderland. Watch Luna spin her way through five Alice in Wonderland-themed lolita dresses including the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and of course, Alice.  

    Luna will also be singing the theme song for the upcoming anime film Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Fine, which will premiere on October 26. This isn’t the first time Luna has been involved in the Saekano anime series. She performed the theme songs Kimi Iro Signal and Stella Breeze, which were the TV anime’s first and second anime openings respectively. 

     

    The anime film opening will be written by Miku Sawai, who wrote the lyrics for the TV anime’s first and second ending theme songs Colourful and Sakura Iro Diary respectively. Miku Sawai and Luna Haruna have become massive sensations in the news for their anime hits. Just what kind of chemical reaction will unfold when these two heroines collaborate on the anime film’s opening theme song? Please keep your eyes peeled for future updates. 

     

    Photos: ©美澄

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