Japanese Music Artists Talk About Music They Listened to When They Were 14

22.April.2021 | MUSIC

TOKYO FM and 37 other Japan FM radio networks are set to air a special program on April 22 at 19:00 (JST) titled Life Time Audio~My First Music “14-Year-Old’s Playlist.”

TOKYO FM celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 26, 2021. In line with the milestone, the radio network launched a new brand promise: Life Time Audio, a radio special that promotes audio content that enrichens people’s lives through music will weaving stories that connect with everyday people. It aims to be a place where people encounter musical experiences and audio content that gives people meaning as they broadcast each and every day their new show Life Time Audio~My First Music “14-Year-Old’s Playlist” is inspired by a New York Times article published in 2018 titled The Songs That Bind which looks at how music heard when you are 14 years of age sets in stone your music preferences.

The live broadcast will be hosted by Daisuke Tooyama who worked as the principal of the Japanese radio show SCHOOL OF LOCK! for 10 years until 2020. Listeners can submit the music they listened to when they were 14-years-old either on the show’s official website or on social media using the Japanese hashtag #14歳のプレイリスト (“14-Year-Old’s Playlist”) which will be discussed each episode. Guest artists will also talk about what music they were listening to back then. In the first episode, Masamune Kusano of Spitz talks with Aimyon. Aimyon has publicly stated that she has loved Spitz since elementary school. Masamune will talk Aimyon about other artists she listened to growing up, her music roots, and more. They will also talk about Spitz’s latest single Murasaki no Yoru o Koete as well as Aimyon’s new song Koi o Shiru Made wa which will be released on May 26 and is used as the main theme for the Japanese drama show Konto ga Hajimaru.

Official HIDE DANdism will also feature as guests on the show. The band formed while they were all in university. It is mentioned that members will talk about not having gone to school much, not getting along with people, their first live shows, and more. They will also talk about what music they want 14-year-olds to listen to.

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  • Official HIGE DANdism Release Music Video Teaser For Doraemon Film Theme ‘Universe’

    09.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

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    The new song features as the main theme for the upcoming anime film Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021 which is hitting Japanese theatres on March 5, 2021. The song is an ode to the little alien Papi and the grand adventures of Doraemon and co in the film.

     

    Official HIGE DANdism – “Universe” Music Video Teaser

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    Official HIGE DANdism – “Universe” Music Video Premiere Link

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    Universe will hit major music streaming and download services earlier than the physical release on January 9, 2021.

     

    ©藤子プロ・小学館・テレビ朝日・シンエイ・ADK 2021

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    ONE OK ROCK

    ONE OK ROCK are set to premiere 6 of their past concerts on YouTube from 2014-2018. They will be the full performances with no cuts and will not be archived, so mark your calendars and be sure to tune in when they drop.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/313887

    ONE OK ROCK’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ONEOKROCKchannel

     

    ARASHI

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    ARASHI’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP7Gw_YZAuh4Yg2fcdcuumQ/

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/313974

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/kyarypamyupamyutv

     

    AAA

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    RADWIMPS

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    RADWIMPS’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/radwimpsstaff/

     

    Taichi Mukai

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    Taichi Mukai’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/0313taichi/

     

    Official HIGE DANdism

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    Apple Music “I LOVE…” Pacifico Yokohama (2020.02.10)

     

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    amazarashi

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    amazarashi’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/amazarashiSMEJ/

     

    Suchmos

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    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/207422

    Suchmos’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ3U5YJLWUr3VmQsO48jcQg/

     

    Superfly

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    Superfly’s YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/superfly/

  • 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.

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    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

  • 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.

     

    ・Aimyon

    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’

     

    ▶︎AIMYON 2019 LIVE in SHANGHAI

    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/

     

    ・OKAMOTO’S 

    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

     

    ▶︎OKAMOTO’S “BOY” CHINA TOUR 2019
    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

     

     

    ・MY FIRST STORY

    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.

     

    ▶︎MY FIRST STORY TOUR 2019 IN SHANGHAI

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

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

     

    ・Yuzu

    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’

     

    ▶︎YUZU ASIA LIVE 2019 YUZUNOMI

    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

    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

    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

     

    ▶︎BABYMETAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR

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

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

     

    ・SKY-HI

    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!

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

    27.June.2019 | MUSIC

    Singer-songwriter Aimyon has unveiled the CD cover for her upcoming 8th single Manatsu no Yoru no Nioi ga Suru which is set to drop on July 24.

    The CD cover sees Aimyon in a park at nighttime just like in the teaser for the music video below. Both the cover and music videos were created by Tondabayashi Ran who has worked with Aimyon on multiple occasions.

     

    The song was released for digital download early today on iTunes in the run up to the CD release.

  • Aimyon Releases New ‘Haru no Hi’ Music Video

    04.April.2019 | MUSIC

    Japanese singer-songwriter Aimyon has released the music video for her upcoming 7th single Haru no Hi which is set to drop on April 17, 2019. The video was directed by Tomokazu Yamada who also worked on the artist’s previous music videos for Marigold and Konya Kono Mama.

     

    Aimyon – “Haru no Hi” Official Music Video

    The video was shot in the Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka Prefecture. It begins with Aimyon stood outdoors with a wind turbine behind her before heading indoors which dons a stylish interior with Aimyon by the window with the warm sunlight shining through. It also features Aimyon standing against the sunset of Daikon Island.

    Also revealed is the above-pictured folder that comes coupled with the CD release of the upcoming single. Haru no Hi was also digitally released as a standalone track on April 3, 2019.

     

    Aimyon made the following comment with regards to the video: “‘There’s mountains, valleys, wind, storms. I feel happiness here because I’m human.’ This is something I unintentionally began to think while shooting the video. The definition of happiness differs from person to person, but I want to treasure those moments where I think to myself, ‘Ahh, this is real happiness.’ This is my third time working with director Yamada, and every time we are blessed by the weather. Thank you for showing me such a wonderful sunset. The number of things I treasure has increased once more. I pray that happiness―that burns like fire and blows like a tempest―continues to wait for me.”

     

    The video’s director Tomokazu Yamada also commented: “We shot the video as if taking a trip to an imagined landscape, one where we see human romance unfold. The wind becomes strong, the rain falls, the weather clears up, and it becomes warm. Emotions that are difficult to put into words well up through Aimyon’s singing. She leads us back to the original landscape as if returning to our ancestors.”

  • Nana Komatsu & Mugi Kadowaki Kiss in New Trailer for ‘Sayonara Kuchibiru’

    16.March.2019 | MOVIE

    Sayonara Kuchibiru (“Goodbye Lips”) is an upcoming Japanese film starring co-leads Nana Komatsu and Mugi Kadowaki along with Ryo Narita. The musical movie is set to hit Japanese theatres on May 31, 2019.

    The film is directed and written by Akihiko Shiota (Harmful InsectDororo) whose career has made his name known at several film festivals overseas.

     

    The film features big names in the music industry including Japanese singer-songwriter Motohiro Hata who produced the film’s main theme Sayonara Kuchibiru and Aimyon who composed and wrote the lyrics for the insert song Tachimachi Arashi.

     

    See the new trailer below.

     

     

    Reo (Nana Komatsu) and Haru (Mugi Kadowaki) form the popular guitar duo HaruReo. In the trailer, we the musicians suddenly decide they want to break up, and confide in their attendant Shima once more. During their nationwide tour, a love triangle begins to form, as Reo has feelings for Shima, but Shima has feelings for Haru.

     

    The trailer also reveals a kiss scene between the two singers. A single cut showcasing the moment before the kiss was released officially.

     

    The actresses themselves both sing and perform HaruReo’s songs. This is the first time that Nana Komatsu has had to sing in her career. She and Kadowaki underwent months of training to sing and play the guitar as well as film the emotional live scene we see in the trailer.

     

    Sayonara Kuchibiru is set to tackle the bonds we have between people and the importance of looking ahead. Don’t miss the film coming this spring.

  • Concert Review: Aimyon’s Memorising “1995” Acoustic Performance at the Nippon Budokan

    20.February.2019 | MUSIC

    Singer-songwriter Aimyon, who just released her latest album Shukanteki Sixth Sense on February 13, held her solo concert “AIMYON BUDOKAN -1995” at the Nippon Budokan on Monday.
    Her first ever show at the enormous venue, Aimyon changed up the Budokan game by performing an intimate acoustic set of 18 tracks to a packed-out room of fans surrounding her 360°. Playing an acoustic concert at the Budokan was something the Nishinomiya-bred 23-year-old had long desired.

    A simple spotlight beamed down onto the centre stage onto which Aimyon stepped donning a bright yellow outfit. She opened her set with her hit single Marigold, the music video in which the colour yellow is prominent throughout.

     

    “This 360° spectacle is something you don’t see everyday,” she said looking around at the towering crowd.

     

    She continued with her famous hit Ai wo Tsutaetai da toka followed by Wakattenai. “I don’t really do this, but could I get a round of applause for trying something for the first time at my first Budokan concert?” Fans gave her well-deserved claps after which Aimyon went on to gracefully sing Mangetsu no Yoru Nara at the top of her voice.

    Despite the venue being packed with 14,000 people, there was a real warm and at-home atmosphere just as Aimyon had comment during the show: “Don’t you feel unexpectedly close?” This vibe is very typical of Aimyon.

     

    She too was having fun as the stage rotated, giving her viewing access to all four sections of the venue. “I’m embarrassed,” she said with a pure smile.

     

    Rising from her chair, Aimyon continued to weave intimacy into the air with Kaze no Sasayaki and Koi o Shitara. It was almost as if the crowd were being beckoned into Aimyon’s bedroom.

    After she finished singing ○○chan which she wrote for her longtime friend―the friend who gave her the nickname “Aimyon”―Aimyon announced that she has been put in charge of performing the main theme song for the new Crayon Shin-chan film.

     

    “I have been taught many things by the Tower of the Sun, Takuro Yoshida, Betsy & Chris, and Shin-chan. It’s the first time I am singing about a family other than my own, but it’s my personal ode to the Nohara household. This is my first time performing [the theme song].”

     

    The name of the song is Haru no Hi and Aimyon sang it magnificently. She continued with Anata Kaibō Junkoiuta ~Shi ne~. She made an error during the song and had to repeat the part again. The crowd supported her as a domino round of applause snowballed through the arena. Aimyon too strummed her guitar with energy.

    A 20-minute interval ensued after which Aimyon appeared once more with a different t-shirt on. The second half of the set began with Agorete Kitan da. When she sang the words “Konya kono mama” bubble-like lights shone onto the stage creating a magical scene.

     

    Next was the country number Futari no Sekai and subsequently Douse Shinu Nara which she began with a capella.

    Moving through the set list track by track Aimyon continued with GOOD NIGHT BABY while looking out over the spacious room. For Itsumademo she made a comment than ties in with the song’s lyrics: “Gogh was valued highly after he died but I want to that for me while I’m still alive.” This evoked huge cheers from the crowd.

     

    The lyrics appeared on the monitors for Ikiteitan da yo ne during which the performance shifted to a dramatic tone as red lights beamed, resulting in a theatrical atmosphere.

    “When I told my mum the news that I would be performing live at the Budokan, she was even more overjoyed than when it was announced I would perform at Kōhaku [Uta Gassen]. So I decided to put the year she brought me into this world in the title [of the tour]. 1995 is my origin, the origin of me as a singer-songwriter.”

     

    As Aimyon explained the origin of her tour title she performed her new song 1995. “I made this [song] specially for today.” Fans joined in with singing the “lalalas” of the chorus before Aimyon wrapped up with the final song of the night, Kimi wa Rock o Kikanai, which brought the crowd together as one.

    “Thank you for giving me the best seat in the house today!” she said, bringing her first-ever Budokan concert to its conclusion.

     

    Aimyon will head on two more tours this year. AIMYON TOUR 2019 “Love Call” will begin in May where she will be joined by a supporting artist followed by her biggest ever solo arena tour dubbed AIMYON TOUR 2019 -SIXTH SENSE STORY- starting in October.

     

    2019 is looking to be a huge year for Aimyon.

     

    Photography: 鈴木友莉、永峰拓也

  • Aimyon Releases ‘Yume Oi Bengal’ Music Video Compiled of Tour Footage

    14.February.2019 | MUSIC / Uncategorized

    Singer-songwriter Aimyon just dropped the music video for her song Yume Oi Bengal taken from her new album Shunkanteki Sixth Sense which hit shelves on February 13.

     

    The music video was created from 85-hours of footage can taken from her nationwide Japan tour “AIMYON TOUR 2018 -HONEY LADY BABY.” Shot in the style of a documentary, it features live performance shots as well as clips from backstage and times on the road during the tour. On the tour the staff kept the camera on her to obtain as much footage as possible.

     

    The video was directed by up-and-coming director Kodai Kobayashi of film team “The 16.” who also directed Aimyon’s music video Mangetsu no Yoru Nara.


    Aimyon gave the following comment in regards to the video: “It feels like I’ve locked my young self away. Inside the video. Everyone else is in there with me too. Nobody can escape, nobody can age and no one will die. Eternity of course doesn’t really exist, but I’m happy that I’ve burned that once-in-a-lifetime moment of a tour on tape.”

     

    Director Kodai Kobayashi also commented: “Because we filmed her and went to places I didn’t know, I saw a lot of young guys and girls experiencing a ‘live’ show. It was my first time. For both me and them it’s a rite of passage that Aimyon gives an energetic performance, so I would be happy if people can feel that with this video too.”

  • Aimyon to Perform Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~ Main Theme

    06.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been announced that singer-songwriter Aimyon will perform the main theme song for the anime film Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~ which is set to release on April 19, 2019.

     

    Aimyon is a huge fan of Cragon Shin-chan. The song she has written for the latest film is titled Haru no Hi (“Spring Day”). It focuses on the love between Shin-chan’s parents Hiroshi and Misae Nohara from their perspective and their honeymoon trip which they have never been on and which the film is based on.

     

    The song will also be used as the new ending theme song for the Crayon Shin-chan anime series from February 8. Aimyon’s 7th single to date, the CD will hit shelves on April 17, two days before the film’s premiere.

    Aimyon gave the following comments about the collaboration: “I have been given the opportunity to perform the main theme for Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~. I have loved the series since I was a child. I am so grateful to be able to say that. But at the same time I wondered to myself how I would be able to convey those loving memories, in my own way, in a song. When I heard that it was about ‘family love’ I thought I would write a song about the birth of the Nohara household. Crayon Shin-chan always taught me about the strength of family ties and happiness. Of course, that includes his bonds with everyone in the Kasukabe Defence Force too. There are of course times he stumbles too. The message the series gets across touches my heart. I am truly happy to be involved with this movie. Thank you for this lifetime treasure. I hope that the song Haru no Hi that I wrote reaches many places.”

     

    She continues: “This is a different film, but I watched [Crayon Shin-chan: Fierceness That Invites Storm!] The Adult Empire Strikes Back from 2001. That’s where I first saw the Tower of the Sun by Tarō Okamoto. Crayon Shin-chan also introduced me to Takuro Yoshida, Betsy & Chris and others. It might not be the same, but I would be happy if I’m able to return the favour even a little.”

     

    Shin-chan also made a comment himself: “Cheers for making such a wonderful song for us. It makes me feel relaxed all the way to the centre of my butt. It was a really good song! Ahh, I want Aimyon to propose to me… Be sure you all listen to it!”

     

    *Comments translated from Japanese.

  • Aimyon Announces Arena Tour, Budokan Tickets Sell Out On Release Day

    21.January.2019 | MUSIC

    Singer-songwriter Aimyon will perform at the legendary Nippon Budokan venue on February 18 for the first time. Tickets went on sale January 19 and sold out the same day.

     

    Aimyon has announced a tour titled AIMYON TOUR 2019 “Love Call” which is set to begin in May and where she will be joined by a supporting artist. She will perform 10 concerts in 6 locations in Japan. Ticket details and the supporting artist have yet to be announced.

     

    The singer will follow this up with her biggest ever solo arena tour dubbed AIMYON TOUR 2019 -SIXTH SENSE STORY- which will start in October. Aimyon will embark on 22 concerts across 22 places in Japan. Pre-sale fan club tickets went at noon today in Japan (JST).

    Aimyon performed at the 69th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen at the end of 2018 and will release her second album Shunkanteki Sixth Sense on February 13 this year. Copies of the new album will include a serial code that gives access to apply for early-bird tickets to her October tour.

     

    As she continues to stir the industry and make it into Apple Music’s Top 5, this year is looking to be another successful one for Aimyon.

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