Enka Superstar Aki Yashiro Celebrating 50 Years in Showbiz at Shibuya PARCO

26.September.2021 | MUSIC / SPOT

Shibuya PARCO is about to be hijacked by Enka singer Aki Yashiro! Celebrating 50 years since her major debut, the singer will transform Union Records Shibuya into Yashiro Records, and the analog version of Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 will be sold exclusively at this location. The takeover begins September 25, the exact date of her debut. 

 

Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 album jacket

Booklet

Poster on the reverse side of booklet & Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 bonus: Original Bromide (2L-size)

Limited-edition 2G T-shirt: ¥7,500 (M/L sizes available)

Aki Kannon Deco-Truck

Aki Yashiro Best Hits 50

Aki Yashiro’s Best Hits – New Recordings and New Singles

 

The jackets for the analog version of Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 and the 50th-anniversary Greatest Hits album were created by artist Keiichi Tanaami and photographer team TOKI, with art direction provided by Naohiro Ukawa. A number of limited-edition products featuring the new art will be sold at 2G on the second floor of Shibuya PARCO. 

 

Aki Kannon, one of the more famous deco-trucks, will be parked on the first floor Park Avenue side of Shibuya PARCO for a limited time, from September 24-26. 

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    Comment from Artist Fumiko Takano  

    When I began sketching the characters, I started with Shigemori, then moved on to the Heike brothers, starting with the youngest. 

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    Comment from Character Designer, Takashi Kojima

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    ©「平家物語」製作委員会

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