Tokyo Jihen’s New Album ‘Ongaku’ Features Band Commentary on Spotify

18.June.2021 | MUSIC

Tokyo Jihen released their new album Ongaku (“Music”) on June 9, which is now featured on Spotify Japan’s playlist series Liner Voice+ where bands read the liner notes of their record and talk about it.

In Tokyo Jihen’s episode for Ongaku, Ringo Sheena, the frontwoman of the rock band, discusses the 13 songs on the record. She is interviewed by Masaki Uchida who has the singer dive deep into the recording of the album and other insights that you won’t hear anywhere else. Liner Voice+ is an opportunity for artists and fans to connect with one another and support each other on a deeper level.

Spotify isn’t just a place for streaming your favourite songs or having the service personalise your listening. It’s also a chance to hear from the artists themselves with such projects as this, learn about concerts in your area, and offers other useful tools for music lovers too.


Have you heard Tokyo Jihen’s Ongaku yet?


  • Tokyo Jihen Performs D_CIDE TRAUMEREI THE ANIMATION’s Theme Song

    28.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been announced that Tokyo Jihen’s song Kemono no Kotowari will be used as the theme song for the upcoming anime series D_CIDE TRAUMEREI THE ANIMATION which is set to air on TOKYO MX and 16 other channels on July 10. The track is taken from Tokyo Jihen’s new album Music.


    Check out the promotional video for the series below



    Tokyo Jihen’s new album Music was recorded over a period of two years. It features 13 tracks including Aka no Doumei which is used as the main theme for the Nippon TV drama Watashi-tachi wa Dou ka ShiteiruAo no ID which is used as the main theme for the film SakuraRyokushu which is used as the ending theme for the TV Tokyo show World Business Satellite, and more.


  • ‘Sorrow’ Themed Playlist Released by Japanese Neo-Soul Band yonawo

    08.June.2021 | MUSIC

    Japanese band yonawo have posted a playlist on the music streaming service AWA which is themed on ‘sorrow.’


    Selected by yonawo: Sorrow

    01. Kanashiteru / yonawo
    02. Itsuka Mata Hohoemi Aeru Hi ga Kuru made / Fuyumi Abe
    03. Kesho / Junko Sakurada
    04. Soshite Boku wa Tohou ni Kureru / Yoshiyuki Ohsawa
    05. Mado / Yuta  Orisaka
    06. Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To) (Single Version) / Diana Ross
    07. A Taste of Honey / Paul Desmond
    08. Sayonara no Mukau Gawa / Momoe Yamaguchi
    09. Guitar Hiki o Mimasen ka / Sayuri Kume
    10. Desperado (2013 Remaster) / Eagles
    11. Rouman / yonawo
    12. Steps / Otto A Totland
    13. Let’s Go Out Tonight / The Blue Nile
    14. Rain / Sunday Service Choir
    15. Crazy Love (2013 Remaster) / Van Morrison
    16. I Hear a Rhapsody / Bill Evans
    17. Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers / Jeff Beck
    18. I Loves You Porgy / Nina Simone
    19. Gokigenyo Sayonara / yonawo


    The playlist includes some of yonawo’s on tracks such as Kanashiteru, the band’s first ever ballad which was produced by Keiichi Tomita and features on their second album Haruka Ima. The long list of 19 tracks includes other tracks such as Itsuka Mata Hohoemi Aeru Hi ga Kuru made by Hokkaido-born singer-songwriter Fuyumi Abe, Junko Sakurada’s cover of Miyuki Nakajima’s KeshoLet’s Go Out Tonight by the Scottish band The Blue Nile, and more. If you’re looking for some feels then be sure to check out the tracks on this playlist.

    yonawo are scheduled to perform at FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ʻ21 this summer.

  • Tokyo Jihen’s New Song ‘Ao no ID’ Announced as Main Theme For Japanese Film ‘Sakura’

    06.August.2020 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    It has been announced that Japanese rock band Tokyo Jihen’s new song Ao no ID will be used as the main theme for the upcoming film adaptation of award-winning author Kanako Nishi’s novel Sakura.

    Kanako Nishi’s novel Sakura has sold over 550,000 copies and won her the prestigious Naoki Prize. The story follows a dog called Sakura and a family of five. The film adaptation is being directed by Hitoshi Yazaki (March Comes In Like a LionStrawberry Shortcakes) and will star young talents Takumi Kitamura, Nana Komatsu, and Ryo Yoshizawa as the siblings and Shinobu Terajima and Masatoshi Nagase as their mother and father respectively. It will also star fresh talent like Yui Kobayashi (Keyakizaka46), Kaho Mizutani, and Kasumi Yamaya.


    A promotional video was released for the upcoming film in which you can hear a snippet of the main theme Ao no ID by Tokyo Jihen.

    Sakura will be released in Japan on November 13, 2020.


    ©Kanako Nishi / Shogakukan ©2020 “Sakura” Production Committee

  • Sheena Ringo’s Band Tokyo Jihen Releases 23 Live Videos On YouTube

    15.April.2020 | MUSIC

    Japanese rock band Tokyo Jihen reunited in January this year after 8 years with the release of their new EP News. Today, a curated selection of 23 live performances from across all of their live DVD and Blu-ray releases was posted on the official Tokyo Jihen and EMI Records YouTube channels.


    Tokyo Jihen Official YouTube Channel:


    EMI Records Official YouTube Channel:


    Live Video Clip Line-Up

    “Marunouchi Sadistic” from Chin Play Kou Play

    “Ikiru” from Bon Voyage

    “Oishii Kisetsu” from Bon Voyage

    “Gunjō Hiyori” from Bon Voyage

    “Seishun no Matataki” from Bon Voyage

    “Himitsu” from Discovery

    “Onna no Ko wa Dare Demo” from Discovery

    “Zettaichi Tai Sōtaichi” from Discovery

    “Atarashii Bunmei Kaika” from Discovery

    “Dempa Tsūshin” from Ultra C

    “Zettai Zetsumei” from Ultra C

    “Nōdōteki Sanpunkan” from Ultra C

    “Superstar” from Ultra C

    “Sweet Spot” from Ultra C

    “Senkō Shōjo” Ultra C

    “Fukushū” from Spa & Treatment

    “Kabuki~OSCA” from Spa & Treatment

    “Kingyo no Hako” from Spa & Treatment

    “Shōjo Robot” from Just Can’t Help It.

    “Mirror Ball” from Just Can’t Help It.

    “Blackout” from Just Can’t Help It.

    “Dynamite” from Just Can’t Help It.

    “Koi no Urikomi” from Dynamite out

  • Ringo Sheena Announces Music Video Collection On DVD & Blu-ray & Promotional Event

    25.November.2019 | MUSIC

    Ringo Sheena released her first greatest hits album Newton no Ringo ~Hajimete no Best Ban~ on November 13, which dominated Japanese music charts at No. 1.

    Now, the Japanese singer-songwriter has announced that she will release several new entries to her The Sexual Healing seriesーa collection of her music videos on DVD and Blu-ray. The Sexual Healing Parts 5-7 will feature all of her music videos produced from 2014, while The Sexual Healing Total Care Course 120min will include her entire music video catalogue (Parts 1-7). The Sexual Healing Total Orgasm Experience will include all of this plus bonus content.

    To promote her album and this new DVD/Blu-ray release, Ringo Sheena will hold a talk and performance at United Cinemas Aquacity Odaiba on December 7. There will also be a 70-minute screening of her music videos edited by Yuichi Kodama who has directed many of Sheena’s music videos.

  • Ringo Sheena To Release New Roman to Soroban Tokyo Version with Hikaru Utada

    22.November.2019 | MUSIC

    Ringo Sheena’s greatest hits album Newton no Ringo ~Hajimete no Best Ban~ is currently reigning high on the sales charts. Ringo Sheena will release a brand new Tokyo version of the song Roman to Soroban, which she created with Hikaru Utada, on November 25.

    Still image from the Roman to Soroban Official Music Video.

    In an interview with Ringo Sheena about the release of her album Sandokushi, she referred to Hikaru Utada as the sun and herself as the shade. Roman to Soroban is the second song the two friends worked on together since Utada’s release of Nijikan Dake no Vacance in which Ringo Sheena was the featuring artist. Roman to Soroban LDN ver., which goes by the English name The sun&moon in londonis the opening song of Newton no Ringo. The song features the instrumentals of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. 


    Following up on the release of the London version of Roman to Soroban, Sheena and Utada have set out to release a Tokyo version which will go by the official name Roman to Soroban TYO ver in Japanese and The sun&moon in tokyo in English.


    The recording of the brand new Tokyo version will be brought to life with the cooperation of her long-time tour members Keisuke Torigoe (bass), Midorin (drums), Yukio Nagoshi (guitar), and H Zett M (keys), recreating the song in a whole new genre which rings “Tokyo sound”.

  • Ringo Sheena’s Greatest Hits Album Tops Japanese Charts at No. 1

    20.November.2019 | MUSIC

    Ringo Sheena’s greatest hits album Newton no Ringo ~Hajimete no Best Ban~ finally dropped last Wednesday, and has made it to No. 1 on Oricon’s Weekly Album Charts and Weekly Digital Album Charts. This makes it her first release where both the CD and digital version have peaked at number one simultaneously.


    It is also her third digital album to hit No. 1 since Gyakuyunyū: Kōkūkyoku hit shelves back on December 18, 2017.

    Her first ever greatest hits album in her 22 year career, Newton no Ringo ~Hajimete no Best Ban~ also made it to No. 1 for real time sales on major e-commerce websites including Amazon and Rakuten. It also shot up to No. 1 on eleven digital music charts including iTunes, Recochoku and LINE MUSIC.


    Regular Edition copies include 28 tracks while First Press Limited Edition copies have 30 tracks. Both also feature two new tracks. Featured songs include a mix of singles and songs often performed live like Kabukicho no JoouHonnou, and Nagaku Mijikai Matsur, as well as Kouzen no Himitsu, which is used as the main theme for the TV Asahi Friday night drama Jikou Keisatsu (Time Limit Investigator), and Roman to Soroban LDN ver. featuring Hikaru Utada.


    The album is produced by recording engineer Uni Inoue, with updated mixes of select songs that retain their familiar sound while making them sound seamless alongside her Sheena’s more recent hits.

  • Trailer Released For Ringo Sheena’s Upcoming Greatest Hits Album

    09.November.2019 | MUSIC

    Ringo Sheena’s greatest hits album Newton no Ringo ~Hajimete no Best Ban~ is finally set to hit shelves next week on November 13. This will be her first-ever greatest hits album release since her debut 22 years ago.


    There’s a lot going on right now for Ringo Sheena fans. The music videos for her newest song Kouzen no Himitsu, which is used as the main theme for the TV Asahi Friday night drama Jikou Keisatsu (Time Limit Investigator), and Roman to Soroban, featuring Hikaru Utada, have already amassed over 2 million views together. But the fun doesn’t stop there, as a trailer has just dropped to tease her forthcoming greatest hits album. Check it out below.

    A spot promo was also released. Check that out below too.

    The official Japanese liner notes for the album were also released on the special site set up for the release. In them, Ringo talks about the conception of the new songs.

    The booklet included with the album features an AR marker. When purchasing the CD at a store in Japan, a leaflet will be given explaining how to use it.


    To commemorate the release of the album, fans can enter for a chance to win the prizes listed below when purchasing the CD at select stores.


    • A Prize: Acrylic Paper Weight
    • B Prize: T-Shirt
    • C Prize: Paper Bag
    • Runner-Up Prize: Bookmark


    For info on which stores are participating on which days, please check the following website: (Japanese)

  • Hikaru Utada Features On New Song From Ringo Sheena’s Upcoming Greatest Hits Album

    02.November.2019 | MUSIC

    Ringo Sheena is set to release her first-ever all-time greatest hits album Newton no Ringo ~Hajimete no Best Ban~ on November 13, 2019, to wrap up celebrations of 20 years since her debut. New details have dropped on a brand new song that will be featured on the record.

    The song in question will be the first song on disc one, and it titled, Roman to Soroban LDN ver. (“London Version”). It will feature a guest appearance from Hikaru Utada.


    Sheena and Utada both debuted from Toushiba EMI (now EMI Music Japan) in 1998. This collaboration will mark their first together since Nijikan Dake no Vacance, featured on Hikaru Utada’s 2016 album Fantôme.


    The lyrics, composition and basic track for Roman to Soroban LDN ver. were carried out by Sheena while the wind and string instruments arrangement was done by Yoichi Murata. On piano is H ZETT M and on 5-string bass Keisuke Torigoe. The song also features music by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Utada and Sheena are close friends. The song itself was released today (November 2), along with the music video, ahead of the album.


    Speaking about the new track, Ringo Sheena commented: “It was such a fun program. I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone again: to the great Yoichi Murata, everyone on instrumentals, and of course Hikaru Utada. Thank you so much.”


    “Whenever I go to make new material, I always try to do something new,” she explains. “I didn’t go for sensational like I always do. Instead I paid close attention to editing the harmony, melody, pretty much everything. I wanted a song that mixed well with Hikaru’s voice, like ingredients such as water and oxygen. I would hope people catch the mellowness of the track, something which I don’t normally do.”


    She continues: “I also challenged myself a little with the lyrics to this one. One day, Hikaru said to me, ‘If it’s you, Yumi [Sheena Ringo], let’s write something sweet.’ We had exchanges like that, and talking with people you know about things is the theme of Roman to Soroban. Since hearing that about half a year ago I’ve continued to go all out with it, and the result is this song. And although I sing, I’m kind of shy [about this one].”


    She wraps up by explaining: “I’ve been stubborn these past twenty years about having a particular style, so I want to be more free in my writing from now on. I ask for your continued support in my endeavour.”


    Hikaru Utada also commented: “This will be my third duet with Ringo. Before this we’ve done a cover of a song by The Carpenters, and another where she featured on my song, so I was very happy to be a part of her world this time around in both the song and music video. I had so much fun and laughed a lot during the music video shoot. The entire thing was a luxury for me. I’m looking forward to the release.”

  • Music Video for Time Limit Investigator Theme Song by Ringo Sheena Will Hold You Hostage

    18.October.2019 | MUSIC

    On November 13, Ringo Sheena will release her first ever all-time greatest hits album entitled: Newton no ringo Hajimete no Best Ban. 

    The album is full of songs ranging from her debut in 1998 to her brand new song Kouzen no himitsu, which was written for the TV Asahi October season Friday night drama Jikou Keisatsu (Time Limit Investigator). Ringo has just dropped the music video for Kouzen no himitsu and it is bound to steal your gaze. 

    The song perfectly reflects the feelings of main character Mikazuki, who is played by Kumiko Hiramaru. In the video, Ringo Sheena is dressed as a bittersweet cinnamon policewoman who leads the dance as the ring leader of two darkside police members. This project was created with cinnamon squad: the wind ensemble to which song arranger Youichi Murata belongs, and midnightoutlaw, who often perform at Ringo Sheena’s live performances and recording sessions. The result: an intense video that one might even think is part of the Jikou Keisatsu series. 

    One member of the darkside police force is AYA SATO, who left a grand impression on viewers after her striking performance as three different characters in Ringo’s previous music video Gate Of Living. The second member of the dance duo is MIKEY from Tokyo Gegegay. AYA’s thrilling choreography consists of her characteristic hand movements which will imprison your attention in no time. 

    The music video’s director Hiroshi Usui has been the man behind Ringo’s most iconic music videos and most of her live performance videos since her debut. Being very familiar with Ringo and the performers, Usui’s masterpiece brings out the full potential of all the performers. 


    A Statement by Hiroshi Usui

    “You have just witnessed the almighty power of this performance supergroup. It would be a crime not to see it. You will spot something that amazes you each time you watch it. There’s no Time Limit on your investigation. Please, enjoy!

  • Ringo Sheena’s enlightening music video for Gate of Living from her new album Sandokushi unveiled

    22.May.2019 | MUSIC

    After a five year-long wait, Ringo Sheena has announced the arrival of a brand new album called Sandokushi, which will be released on 27th May. Ahead of this album release, the music video for her song Gate of Living has been completed! The video just went public today so you can catch it on her official YouTube channel as well as on other sites.


    Gate of Living is the opening track on her new album Sandokushi, and perfectly kicks off the theme of the entire album. The word “Sandoku” which is part of the title of the album means “three poisons” and refers to the three poisons of Buddhism, namely: Moha (delusion, ignorance), Raga (greed, sensual attachment) and Dvesha (avershion, hatred) which are believed to be the core causes of suffering.


    Gate of Living music video

    The music video for Gate of Living was directed by Yuichi Kodama; who is an essential component in all of Ringo Sheena’s recent music videos. Kodama made the following statement about the video:


    The night the Zen priest meets with a woman at Tokyo Tower.

    The night the woman walked to Roppongi, knowing she has nowhere to go.

    The night the man and woman met at Ginza.

    The night the man found himself lost in a mysterious tunnel.

    The happenings of the night that just happened a while ago in Tokyo have been made into a video.

    This video will enlighten you. 


    In the video, AYA SATO represents each of the three poisons as she dances in the costumes of the three beasts. This video masterpiece is the perfect visual to bring the audio to life. Enjoy it with the album!

  • 5 years later, Ringo Sheena surprises fans by releasing new song TOKYO before her new album Sandokushi!

    17.May.2019 | MUSIC

    After a five year-long wait, Ringo Sheena has announced the arrival of a brand new album called Sandokushi! Her new song TOKYO which is included on her new album was performed with Masaki Hayashi (piano), Keisuke Torigoe (bass) and Midorin (drums). TOKYO will be released at midnight on 17th May before the rest of the album. Those three minutes of song are a strong reflection of 2019 and “now”. As TOKYO is arriving before the album, please check it out!


    Along with the news of the advanced release of TOKYO, a special website to celebrate the release of Sandokushi has been set up, displaying the official line notes that go with the CD. The line notes are based on an interview that took place straight after the album was completed and it is a precious key text to understand the album. You should check it out!