LIVE HUMAN 2020: Online Japanese Music Festival to be Live Streamed Worldwide

10.June.2020 | MUSIC

LIVE HUMAN 2020 is an upcoming online Japanese music festival that’s set to run for 20 hours on June 20 and 21.


The festival comes in response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) where concerts and music festivals have had to be cancelled or postponed, leading to disruption in the music industry and a change in musician’s schedules. LIVE HUMAN 2020 will bring artists and music-lovers together with high-quality visuals and audio.

Currently confirmed artists include Awesome City Club, Ai Otsuka, Trio Ohashi, kojikoji, THE CHARM PARK, SKY-HI, Asako Toki, tricot, BASI, Dai Hirai, Vickeblanka, betcover!!, and Miyuna. More are to be announced.


Performances will be held at venues, music studios, clubs, and elsewhere across Japan. Select artists will also be performing new tracks that touch on the reality of their lives today.


LIVE HUMAN 2020 will be streamed live on ABEMA’s “PayPerView” service. Merchandise is also in production for the festival.


  • 2019 Japanese Lantern Festivals: Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Okinawa & More

    22.February.2019 | SPOT

    Lantern events take place in Japan throughout the whole year. The country sees many types of lanterns decorating the atmosphere from sky lanterns that float up into the night sky to towering lantern monuments, colourful lanterns that hang like paper lanterns and more.


    Many of these events take place in February and March and bustle with locals and people visiting from all over the country. Since last year, Hankyu Travel International has listed the lantern festivals taking place across Japan.


    Here are some of  the major events taking place this year. There are many to look forward to each with a different origin and meaning whether it be for religious reasons or for festive fun.


    Hokkaido Event

    17th Takikawa Kamibukuro Paper Lantern Festival

    Date: February 23, 2019

    Location: Area from Takikawa Station to Bell Road

    Address: 2 Chome-8-9 Sakaemachi, Takikawa, Hokkaido


    The Takikawa Kamibukuro Lantern Festival sees paper lanterns handcrafted by the local residents of Takikawa. Each design is entirely different from the next, so simply looking at them is enough to warm your heart.


    Iwate Prefecture Event

    Hanamaki Hoshi Meguro no Yoru

    Running: February 3, 2019 / February 11, 2019 / February 14, 2019

    Location: Namari Ski Cente

    Address: Nakadaira-36-1 Namari, Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture


    This wintertime event is exclusive to guests staying with Hanamaki Onsen.


    Tokyo & Osaka Event

    Tanabata Sky Lantern Festival

    Running: July 6, 2019 – July 7, 2019

    Location: Tokyo and Osaka

    Address: TBA


    10,000 lanterns will be launched into the night in Tokyo and Osaka in this two-day event, creating a starry sky.


    Niigata Prefecture Events

    Tsunan Yuki Matsuri Sky Lantern

    Date: March 9, 2019 (Pre-event to take place on March 8 too)

    Location: New Green Pia Tsunan

    Address: 12300 Akinari, Tsunan-machi, Nakauonuma District, Niigata Prefecture


    The town of Tsunan in Niigata has held this sky lantern festival since 2012 to offer prayers towards the reconstruction work after the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011. 1,000 lanterns will rise into the sky during the March 8 pre-festival and 2,000 the following day for the main event.


    Niigata Tsunan Sky Lantern Festival

    Running: March 17, 2019 / March 21, 2019 / March 22, 2019

    Location: New Green Pia Tsunan

    Address: 12300 Akinari, Tsunan-machi, Nakauonuma District, Niigata Prefecture


    Hankyu Travel International has a range of events planned for this festival including sky lanterns, fireworks, food and more.


    Nagasaki Prefecture Event

    Nagasaki Lantern Festival

    Running: February 5, 2019 – February 19, 2019

    Locations: Nagasaki Chinatown, Central Park and elsewhere

    Address: Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture


    Every year the Nagasaki Lantern Festival sees over 1 million people in attendance. The event grown and expanded from a celebration of Chinese New Year from the people of Nagasaki Chinatown.


    Okinawa Prefecture Event

    Ryukyu Lantern Festival 2018-2019

    Running: December 1, 2018 – March 3, 2019

    Address: Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park

    Address: 1020-1 Takashiho, Yomitan-son, Nakagami District, Okinawa Prefecture


    The Ryukyu Lantern Festival has been taking place since December last year at Murasaki Mura, a theme park that reproduces the city of Naha when Okinawa was known as the Ryukyu Kingdom in the 14th and 15th centuries. The event has a magical atmosphere with its Chinese lanterns, Japanese paper lanterns and more.


    Be sure to use this list as reference if any of these events take your fancy and make some wonderful memories.