AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL 2022 Filled to Capacity! BAND-MAID’s Solo U.S. Tour Begins with 20,000 Fans
13.October.2022 | MUSIC
BAND-MAID, one of the most popular Japanese bands abroad, recently performed at AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL 2022 in Sacramento, California. On October 9, the last day of the massive 4-day rock festival, the band performed their first U.S. show in three years. We’re taking a look at the group’s successful performance, which has audiences anxious for BAND-MAID to arrive in their city.
Appearing on the Coors Light Stage, the group began with the instrumental track from now on. Miku Kobato (Gt.&Vo), KANAMI (Gt.), MISA (Ba.), and AKANE (Dr.) immediately attracted the audience’s attention, still riding the high of their newest EP release, Unleash, on September 21. BAND-MAID, whose intense music is something you’d never expect from a group of girls in maid outfits, showed off their performance ability from the beginning. As the impressive guitar riff of DOMINATION continued along with the cheers of 10,000 fans in the audience, SAIKI (Vo.) made her appearance. Raising both hands to spur the audience on, fans began yelling out the member’s name as Choose me, a very popular song overseas, began. As the momentum continued, BAND-MAID began playing songs from the new Unleash EP, including influencer and, of course, Unleash!!!! The final song, NO GOD, began with an incredible intro arrangement, and the crowd continued to grow–so much so that security guards had to step in to keep the peace. A total of seven songs were performed during the 30-minute show, and audiences were more than thrilled.
After the performance, the group attracted a large number of requests for interviews from international media outlets. Other performers, such as the Mexican trio The Warning and The Pretty Reckless, immediately came to mingle with the BAND-MAID members.
The U.S. tour will begin on October 12, and the first solo concert is expected to bring in over 20,000 fans. 12 of the 13 stops on the U.S. tour have sold out, proving the group’s international popularity.
In addition to their appearance at MERRY ROCK PARADE 2022 on December 18, the band will hold its largest-ever solo concert at the Tokyo Garden Theater on January 9, 2023. Tickets are now on sale by official lottery, so don’t miss your chance to watch these girls continue down their path of world domination!
BAND-MAID – AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL 2022 Report / The Beginning of the U.S. Tour
Official Site: https://bandmaid.tokyo/
BAND-MAID Reveals New Track ‘Memorable’ Written During 2022 U.S. Tour, Music Video Released
25.February.2023 | MUSIC
The globally popular female rock band BAND-MAID released the new track Memorable on streaming services on February 22, 2023. This is the first song to be released in the group’s 10th anniversary year, and fans can also watch the music video on YouTube.
This new song is a ballad written during the 2022 U.S. tour and performed for the first time at the Tokyo Garden Theater on January 9, 2023. The music video begins with footage of Miku Kobato standing alone in the wilderness of Lancaster, Los Angeles, and both American and Japanese fans will be enamored with the unique natural touches present in the new release.
Memorable – BAND-MAID (Music Video)
The band has also announced that the BAND-MAID TOKYO GARDEN THEATER OKUJI performance held on January 9, 2023 will be released in three formats on April 26. The limited edition will include documentary footage for the first time in BAND-MAID’s history, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the 2022 U.S. tour and a photo book filled with private shots of the members.
In addition to performing at Pointfest 2023, Welcome to Rockville 2023, and the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival, BAND-MAID will also perform six solo shows in the U.S. in August. The group will also appear at KNONTFEST JAPAN 2023 for the first time on April 1.
Follow BAND-MAID as they continue taking over the rock scene around the globe!
Memorable – BAND-MAID
Release Date: February 22, 2023
Streaming Link: https://band-maid.lnk.to/memorable
BAND-MAID TOKYO GARDEN THEATER OKYUJI (January 9, 2023)
Release Date: April 26, 2023
Official Site: https://bandmaid.tokyo
BAND-MAID to Hold First Performance at KNOTFEST JAPAN 2023 to be Held at Makuhari Messe
20.February.2023 | MUSIC
The popular female rock band BAND-MAID will perform for the first time at KNOTFEST JAPAN 2023, scheduled for April 1 and April 2 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba.
KNOTFEST was begun by the American heavy metal band Slipknot, and the festival has been held yearly since 2012. BAND-MAID will perform on Day 1 along with headliners Slipknot, Trivium, and MAN WITH A MISSION.
Tickets for the May shows to be held in the United States as part of the BAND-MAID 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR are none on sale. The group managed to bring in over 20,000 fans during their solo U.S. tour in 2022. In addition to performing at Pointfest 2023, Welcome to Rockville 2023, and the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival, BAND-MAID will also perform six solo shows. With some venues selling out instantly last year, you’ll want to snag tickets while you can!
KNOTFEST JAPAN 2023
*BAND-MAID to perform on Day 1, April 1
DAY 1 – ROADSHOW
April 1, 2023
DAY 2 – FESTIVAL
April 2, 2023
Venue: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Halls 9-11
Official Site: https://bandmaid.tokyo
BAND-MAID Announces U.S. Tour in May, Includes Appearances at Three Major Music Festivals
16.February.2023 | MUSIC
BAND-MAID, the globally popular girl’s rock band, has announced more details about the U.S. leg of their BAND-MAID 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR. The group managed to bring in over 20,000 fans during their solo U.S. tour in 2022. In March 2023, the 10th-anniversary celebration will begin, with the group once again planning to visit the United States in May and August. In addition to performing at Pointfest 2023, Welcome to Rockville 2023, and the Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival, BAND-MAID will also perform six solo shows. Events in August will be announced later.
Some venues on last year’s tour sold out immediately, so the competition is sure to be fierce again this time around. For details on purchasing tickets, check the official website. BAND-MAID is currently appearing as the opening act for THE LAST ROCKSTARS Live Debut 2023 Tokyo – New York – Los Angeles, which began on February 3. The group will hold the finale of their 10th-anniversary tour at Yokohama Arena, marking the largest-ever solo performance.
BAND-MAID 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR（US）
Sun, May 14, 2023 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
Mon, May 15, 2023 Austin, TX Emo’s
Thu, May 18, 2023 Daytona, FL Welcome to Rockville Fest
Fri, May 19, 2023 Atlanta, GA Buckhead
Sun, May 21, 2023 Nashville, TN Brooklyn Bowl
Mon, May 22, 2023 Charlotte, NC Underground
Wed, May 24, 2023 Detroit, MI St Andrews Hall
Fri, May 26, 2023 Columbus, OH Sonic Temple Festival
Sat, May 27, 2023 St. Louis, MO Pointfest Radio Show
WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE 2023
Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival
BAND-MAID to Perform at Major U.S. Outdoor Rock Festival Pointfest 2023
10.February.2023 | MUSIC
The popular girl rock ground BAND-MAID will perform at the outdoor rock festival Pointfest 2023 in St. Louis, Missouri.
The festival will be held on May 27, 2023. Organized by the alternative rock radio station KPNT, the event is one of the oldest rock festivals in the U.S., with the first taking place 30 years ago in 1993.
This year’s headliners include Incubus and The Pretty Reckless. BAND-MAID is sure to be a huge draw at the event–one of the most popular girl bands overseas, the group pulled in over 20,000 fans on their U.S. tour last year.
BAND-MAID is currently appearing as the opening act for THE LAST ROCKSTARS Live Debut 2023 Tokyo – New York – Los Angeles, which began on February 3. In March, the band will begin the BAND-MAID 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR in Japan to commemorate its 10th anniversary, and on November 26, the tour’s finale will be held at Yokohama Arena. This will mark the largest-ever solo performance for BAND-MAID.
Tickets for the first ten stops on the tour are now available by lottery. The band will also perform in the United States in May and August, and in addition to appearing at Pointfest 2023, BAND-MAID will also perform at Welcome to Rockville 2023 and Sonic Temple 2023.
Date: May 27, 2023 *U.S. Local Time
■Welcome to Rockville 2023
Dates: May 18 – May 22, 2023 *U.S. Local Time
■Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival
Dates: May 25 – May 28, 2023 *U.S. Local Time
■BAND-MAID 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
BAND-MAID to Perform as Opening Act for THE LAST ROCKSTARS’ U.S. Tour
30.January.2023 | MUSIC
Rock group BAND-MAID has been chosen as the opening act for THE LAST ROCKSTARS’ first live concert in the U.S., THE LAST ROCKSTARS Live Debut 2023 Tokyo – New York – Los Angeles, starting February 3, 2023.
THE LAST ROCKSTARS’ U.S. shows in New York on February 4 and Los Angeles on February 10 are sold out. Reaction to the group has been incredible, leading to an additional New York show on February 3. To make things even more exciting, BAND-MAID will perform at all three U.S. shows.
THE LAST ROCKSTARS (Paris Mix) Music Video
BAND-MAID has become overwhelmingly popular around the world. In the United States, the band recently performed at AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL 2022, one of the largest music festivals in the country. They also served as a supporting act for GUNS N’ ROSES during the legendary band’s Japan tour in November. This year, the group will once again perform at a selection of music festivals in the states, including Sonic Temple 2023 in Ohio and Welcome to Rockville 2023 in Florida.
This time around, BAND-MAID will perform as the opening act for one of the most impressive rock bands in recent memory. THE LAST ROCKSTARS is composed of YOSHIKI, HYDE, SUGIZO, and MIYAVI, making it a superband like no other. This will be the first time the newly-formed group will perform in the U.S.
The Ariake Arena concert on January 27 was broadcast live on WOWOW and was also streamed in movie theaters throughout Japan. The February 10 show in Los Angeles will also be streamed, so be sure to tune in!
THE LAST ROCKSTARS Live Debut 2023 Tokyo – New York – Los Angeles
February 3, 2023
Additional New York City Show Tickets:
THE LAST ROCKSTARS Official Site: https://thelastrockstars.net
BAND-MAID Official Site: https://bandmaid.tokyo/
BAND-MAID Reveals 10th Anniversary Tour in Japan and America, Additional Festival Appearances
21.January.2023 | MUSIC
Having amassed a global audience, BAND-MAID is starting off 2023 in the best possible way. The group performed their largest-ever concert, BAND-MAID TOKYO GARDEN THEATER OKYUJI, on January 9. Soon after, they announced a domestic and overseas tour set to begin in March 2023.
BAND-MAID’s 10th-anniversary tour will commence with a show in Kumamoto on March 23 and will then travel to 20 cities around Japan for a total of 23 performances. The legendary finale will take place at Yokohama Arena on November 26, marking the largest-ever solo performance for the band. In May and August, the girls will tour the U.S. and appear at a number of major festivals. More details will be announced soon.
The sold-out TOKYO GARDEN THEATER performance is also available to stream. Tickets are now available through February 8 and fans around the world are welcome to enjoy this
incredible show from the comfort of their own home!
To commemorate BAND-MAID’s 10th anniversary, a high-resolution stream of all works
after the group’s transfer to Pony Canyon will be available on streaming sites starting January 10.
BAND-MAID 10th Anniversary Tour
High-resolution Streaming Link: https://band-maid.lnk.to/BAND_MAID_HiRes
BAND-MAID to Stream Huge Tokyo Garden Theater Performance Worldwide on January 9, 2023
22.December.2022 | MUSIC
The globally popular rock band BAND-MAID has announced that it will stream its upcoming Tokyo Garden Theater performance to the world! The concert is scheduled to take place on January 9, 2023.
BAND-MAID has streamed several times in the past, performing live in front of only a digital audience. These shows were viewed by those in over 60 countries with #bandmaid trending on Twitter in the U.S. The upcoming livestream is scheduled to take place after BAND-MAID’s successful American tour that drew in over 20,000 fans. Tickets for the online event will go on sale starting December 23.
It has also been announced that BAND-MAID’s PRE US OKYUJI in JAPAN concert held at shibuya eggman on September 9 will also be available to stream.
The eggman performance will only be available for fan club members to purchase. See the official site for details.
Following the U.S. tour in October 2022, BAND-MAID is scheduled to perform at a major festival in the U.S. in May 2023.
WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE 2023
Running: May 18 – May 22, 2023 *U.S. Local Time
■BAND-MAID TOKYO GARDEN THEATER OKYUJI
January 9, 2023 / Tokyo Garden Theater
Streaming Tickets on sale December 23
BAND-MAID PRE US OKYUJI in JAPAN SHIBUYA EGGMAN
Streaming: December 24, 14:00~
*Only available for fan club members.
Official Site: https://bandmaid.tokyo/
BAND-MAID Releases Music Video for Instrumental Track ‘from now on’
29.November.2022 | MUSIC
BAND-MAID, now one of the world’s most popular girl bands, has released a music video for their instrumental song from now on on their official YouTube channel.
The song was not only performed during the massively popular BAND-MAID solo U.S. tour held in October and November 2022 but also as the first song played during the girl’s appearance at the Guns N’ Roses JAPAN TOUR held at Saitama Super Arena on November 6. The member’s cute appearance combined with their powerful sound managed to catch the eye of music fans around the world, and BAND-MAID quickly became a trending topic on Twitter. The new music video is also included in the limited first edition release of the recent EP Unleash.
from now on (Music Video)
Japan impressed fans during their US tour, packing a number of venues across the country. In addition to their appearance at MERRY ROCK PARADE 2022 on December 18, the band will hold its largest-ever solo concert at the Tokyo Garden Theater on January 9, 2023. Tickets are now on sale.
Keep an eye on these girls as they keep working towards world domination!
BAND-MAID TOKYO GARDEN THEATER OKYUJI
Date: January 9, 2023
*Tickets on sale from a number of services
Sales: November 26 until sold out
MERRY ROCK PARADE 2022
Dates: December 17 and 18, 2022
Venue open at 9:00, Show starts at 11:00
(BAND-MAID will perform on December 18)
Hatsune Miku JAPAN TOUR 2023 ~THUNDERBOLT~ Announced
18.November.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC
Virtual songstress Hatsune Miku will tour Japan in 2023! Hatsune Miku JAPAN TOUR 2023 ~THUNDERBOLT~ will begin in Nagoya in February 2023 and will travel to Osaka, Fukuoka, Tokyo, Sapporo, and other cities in Japan. Miku won’t be the only one performing–Rin and Len Kagamine, Luka Megurine, MEIKO, and KAITO will also appear! The online lottery for tickets will open on November 18 at noon and will end on December 5 at 23:59.
Featuring a Main Visual by Aki Akane and Theme Song by jon-YAKITORY
The main visual for the tour was drawn by popular illustrator Aki Akane and features a futuristic and extremely dynamic portrait of Hatsune Miku herself.
The event theme song, titled THUNDERBOLT, will be performed by music creator jon-YAKITORY. This will be released at a later date, so stay tuned!
Original merchandise will also be available during the tour, so keep an eye on the official website and Twitter page for more details as the tour’s start date gets closer!
Hatsune Miku JAPAN TOUR 2023 ～THUNDERBOLT～
Advance Online Tickets (by Lottery): November 18 at 12:00 – December 5 at 23:59
Official Site: https://piapro.net/japantour2023
BAND-MAID Completes U.S. Tour with Over 20,000 in Attendance, Welcomed Back to Japan in a Huge Way
09.November.2022 | MUSIC
Globally popular girl band BAND-MAID has successfully concluded their first solo tour in the U.S. in about three years. Immediately after returning to Japan, the group was met with a sold out crowd when they performed as the supporting act for the Guns N’ Roses JAPAN TOUR held at Saitama Super Arena on November 6, 2022. Following the event, BAND-MAID even became a trending topic on Twitter!
BAND-MAID made a splash during their U.S. tour, playing a total of 13 packed shows and getting plenty of media coverage. Given that the Guns N’ Roses JAPAN TOUR was the group’s first performance after returning home to Japan, it received massive attention from fans both locally and abroad.
Miku Kobato (Gt. & Vo.), KANAMI (Gt.), MISA (Ba.), and AKANE (Dr.) strolled onto the stage and performed the instrumental track from now on. The audience was shocked watching these petit girls in maid outfits perform such heavy rock! SAIKI (Vo.) appeared as the following song, DICE, began to play, with her powerful voice tearing through the intense ensemble. BAND-MAID’s goal of world domination certainly came through in their performance–of course, the song DOMINATION began to huge fanfare, with the girls being shown on the big screen next to the stage. It was clear that each of them was enjoying the performance to the fullest. During Manners, MISA’s incredible bass took the spotlight, with the sound of shredding guitar punctuating the powerful track. Miku Kobato’s strong chorus was also a fan favorite, and as the song Daydreaming began, SAIKI’s voice captivated the audience. BAND-MAID left the stage amidst a sea of applause after performing a total of seven songs ranging from quiet instruments to rock ballads.
In addition to their appearance at MERRY ROCK PARADE 2022 on December 18 in Japan, the band will also perform solo at Tokyo Garden Theater on January 9, 2023. This will be the largest solo performance in the band’s history, so fans won’t want to miss it!
MERRY ROCK PARADE 2022
Dates: December 17 – 18, 2022
Time: Doors open at 9:00, show starts at 11:00
BAND-MAID will perform on December 18
BAND-MAID TOKYO GARDEN THEATER OKYUJI
Tickets now available to preorder at eplus
Date: January 9, 2023
Sales Period: November 5 – November 13 at 23:59
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Concludes 10th Anniversary Tour with Spectacular Performance at Budokan
22.October.2022 | MUSIC
On October 19, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu celebrated her 10th anniversary as an artist in the best way possible–by holding her first Nippon Budokan concert in six years. The conclusion of her national tour, the show was mysteriously titled ‘UMA 105.’
Kyary’s special performance was also streamed to a worldwide audience via Zaiko Connect, with the video available to stream through January 2023. The stage itself reflected Kyary’s unique style, with a UFO sporting disco ball legs on the ceiling, a brightly-lit pyramid with eyes in the center, and mushrooms and octopus legs dotting the sides of the stage.
While many fans in the audience were expecting the same set list used during the rest of the tour, they were shocked to find it completely redesigned. The singer performed a whopping 82 tracks, blending full versions, short versions, and medleys, giving fans a chance to relive the past decade of her career. All five of Kyary’s full albums were represented: Pamyu Pamyu Revolution (2012), Nanda Collection (2013), Pika Pika Fantajin (2014), Japamyu (2018), and Candy Racer (2021), along with her first mini-album Moshi Moshi Harajuku (2011). The groundbreaking performance also included a cover of a CAPSULE track–the duo is also managed by ASOBISYSTEM, and due to her love of their music and her working relationship with Yasutaka Nakata, Kyary decided to sign to the same agency.
During the opening video, Kyary appeared in a stunning pink dress and mask to address everyone’s question–what does ‘UMA 105’ mean? This refers to 105 unidentified organisms, or 105 songs, that have been released by the singer so far. Suddenly, it was also announced that filming was permitted, and the concert began with two of Kyary’s most popular songs, Invader Invader and PONPONPON. Utilizing the incredible power of 12 additional speakers on the Budokan floor, the sound quality was stunning.
While the performance conjured memories of Kyary’s earlier days as a performer, it also showed the evolution of the pop star over the past decade. Beloved by audiences abroad, it’s no wonder that the singer was invited to perform at this year’s Coachella, one of the world’s largest music festivals. The dancers at Budokan had been active as KPP dancers since they were children, growing up with Kyary and her music. Understandably, this made the show even more emotional.
“Good evening and welcome to Nippon Budokan,” Kyary yelled during the first MC portion. “Welcome to the finale of my tour! The title of the show, UMA, means ‘unidentified organism,’ and 105 refers to the number of songs I’ve released so far. How would you like me to perform most of those songs tonight?” A number of fans at the venue were dressed in Kyary costumes from past releases and concerts, and with glowsticks in hand, the audience became a sight to behold.
The music scene has undergone major changes over the past decade. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s debut signaled a huge shakeup in the industry, with the artist becoming a leader in both Harajuku and Kawaii culture upon the release of her PONPONPON music video a decade ago. The video spread like wildfire around the world, trending on YouTube and catching the attention of major stars like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Charli XCX, all of whom have been greatly influenced by Kyary’s works.
The nineteenth track to be performed was the popular Tsukematsukeru. Created with producer Yasutaka Nakata, the song is known by many as the heart of Kyary’s identity, with her colorful outfit and over-the-top dance moves. Goosebumps appeared on my skin when the intro rang out, and the show continued with a medley from the Nanda Collection album. Kirakira Killer, Mondai Girl, and Crazy Party Night ~Pumpkin no Gyakushu~ rang out in perfect succession, and the audience was enthralled.
The dancers were dressed as four different types of monsters, each with unique characteristics. Kyary decided to use four dancers all from different dance backgrounds: Okapi, playing Flat Woods Monster, performed an amazingly technical ballet; SHO→TA, playing the Yeti, utilized his height to put on a powerful hip-hop show; Randy, playing the Mothman, dazzled the audience with his stylish voguing; and brown, playing the Chupacabra, showed off his House moves.
During the intermission, the dancers were given the stage to show off their unique styles and personalities while performing to Kyary’s songs. Kanzen Keitai was paired with ballet, Kimi no Mikata was paired with hip-hop, Slow-mo was paired with voguing, and Jumping Up was paired with House in rapid succession.
To start the second half, the show moved into EDM mode with DE.BA.YA.SHI. 2021 and Candy Racer. The GASH Crew, comprised of three dancers chosen as winners in the Adobe DANCE VIDEO FES dance video contest in August, performed during Dodonpa, and fans couldn’t help but move along.
Fashion Monster, a song loved by audiences around the world, continued to lead the charge, and fans were impressed by the variety of tunes being played in such quick succession. The track was followed by the Pamyu Pamyu Revolution section, paying homage to the legendary album that made Kyary famous. This blended into a unique medley of CAPSULE cover songs.
If one were to look back on Kyary’s success over the past decade, it was largely due to her gaining popularity in the West. Over the past year, PONPONPON and Cherry Bonbon have seen a resurgence in popularity due to TikTok users in Thailand, Korea, and other countries.
The venue exploded with excitement as the EDM track Harajuku Iyahoi began before flowing in the mellow pop track Kamaitachi. In colorful style, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu gave a full–and very danceable–performance of Gum Gum Girl, and another medley began, this time from Japamyu. Things felt like a 24-hour TV marathon, with the energy starting to reach a fever pitch and the audience in a complete frenzy. Even as Ninja Re Bang Bang and Sai & Co rang out, fans were already begging for an encore.
As the seemingly endless applause continued on and on, Kyary changed into a new outfit. Of course, her signature ribbon was in place on top of her head.
Her emotional MC segment began, with fans giving their undivided attention.
“My voice is worn out…I think I really might have sung too much,” Kyary began with a strained laugh. “Thank you for coming out to the finale of my 10th-anniversary tour. I fell in love with fashion when I was in high school, and at the time, people would giggle at me when I walked down the street. They’d look at me like I was just some weirdo. I was just some odd girl with a big ribbon on her head. But for me, it felt normal. Soon after, I started my career as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. That was a spur-of-the-moment name, and I really didn’t think I’d still be using it a decade later. It’s all thanks to the staff members and fans who have supported me. You’re why I’m standing on stage at Nippon Budokan today.”
Through tears, Kyary continued. “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I never thought I’d be able to perform at Budokan, let alone three times. I want to keep going, and I want to do my best for another 10 years. I want to become someone who can change nothing into something in this world. Thank you, I’m so happy,” the artist said with a flourish.
“I wanted to push the envelope for my Budokan show. There are things that might seem impossible, but you might be surprised by what you can achieve if you just try. That’s what I wanted to embody with my dancing today. I’m happy that I sang so much that I’m losing my voice! I don’t think I’ll be able to wake up tomorrow, and I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to talk either, so I’m just going to take a break,” Kyary said with another laugh. Striking a pose, it seemed like the unidentified creature was Kyary Pamyu Pamyu herself.
The show was a culmination of the artist’s growth over the past decade. The last ten years have seen the world of entertainment change dramatically due to the internet, allowing fans from all over to experience music and culture from artists around the world.
Before performing her new electro-pop song Isshin Doutai, Kyary spoke about her accident this summer, in which she cut her leg while swimming in the ocean resulting in ten stitches. “I bought a swimsuit during the tour, and was happy to finally go to the beach, but I really got hurt. It’s healing really well, but I want to love this scar because it’s a part of me. Be sure to watch the music video–I made the scar sing!”
The final song was Chan Chaka Chan Chan, which also served as the final song for other stops on the tour. Rather than saying ‘goodbye,’ the lyrics were changed to ‘see you soon,’ bringing certain members of the audience to tears. After this performance, it’s easy to see that Kyary is continuing to level up. This legendary performance showed off the best of the Queen of Harajuku and was a delight from start to finish.
In November, Kyary will appear at True Color Festival THE CONCERT 2022, the world’s largest music festival focusing on diversity and inclusion. This will mark Kyary’s first collaboration with Katy Perry, who helped make the artist popular worldwide. We wish Kyary success over the next decade.
Text: Fukuryuu (Music Concierge)
Photo: Aki Ishii
10th ANNIVERSARY JAPAN TOUR 2022 -TOUR FINAL- UMA 105
Available to stream worldwide on Zaiko Connect
Stream Available: October 19, 2022 – January 9, 2023
[True Colors Festival THE CONCERT 2022]
November 19, 2022 – Doors open 16:00 / Show starts 18:00
November 20, 2022 – Doors open 15:00 / Show starts 17:00
Venue: Tokyo Garden Theater
True Colors Festival THE CONCERT 2022 Office
Phone: 050-5541-8600 (9:00～20:00 daily)
[Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Special Live 2022 ~Back to Coachella~]
Date: December 20, 2022
Venue: Nanba Hatch (Osaka)
Date: December 21 and 22, 2022
Venue: EX THEATER ROPPONGI (Tokyo)
Interview: Shakuhachi Player Yoshimi Tsujimoto Discusses Her Craft and the Upcoming Concert at Kumano-Nachi Taisha
Each year, an incredible event is held at Kumano-Nachi Taisha, a Shinto shrine and World Heritage Site located in the Kii Mountain Range of Wakayama Prefecture.
To kick off the ‘diamond celebration,’ a special concert will mark the 1,250th anniversary of the birth of Kobo Daishi, the Japanese Buddhist monk who founded the Shingon school of Buddhism. Yoshimi Tsujimoto, a shakuhachi player from Hashimoto, will perform in the concert scheduled to begin on October 22 at 13:30.
Moshi Moshi Nippon sat down with Yoshimi Tsujimoto to discuss her music and, most importantly, her interest in sharing the sound of the shakuhachi with the world.
−How did you become interested in the shakuhachi?
My father loved the shakuhachi, and because of that, I grew up surrounded by the sound of it. That’s how it all began!
−What attracts you to playing the shakuhachi?
I love the timbre of the shakuhachi.
Those who play the shakuhachi often say that a single note has the power to bring someone to enlightenment.
Curiously, individual differences in tone are more easily discernible with the shakuhachi than with other instruments. That means that a person can express themselves in more unique ways.
−You’ve performed in many different countries. Do you get different reactions to the shakuhachi in other countries when compared to Japanese audiences?
I have a vivid memory of a time I performed a classical shakuhachi piece solo. This particular type of classical music is called ‘wabi-sabi,’ and it isn’t very loud or lively.
In Japan, when I finish a performance, people usually clap. But when I performed in South America, as soon as the piece concluded, there was a standing ovation with people shouting “Bravo!” That would never happen in Japan, and it left such a lasting impression on me.
−Are there any countries that have left a lasting impression on you, or that you would like to visit in the future?
I have good memories of every country I’ve visited, but I think that Cuba left the biggest impression. I just made me think about how incredible music can be.
I’d love to visit Bulgaria, Morocco, Armenia, Uganda…it’s tough, because I want to visit every country I haven’t been to yet. (laughs)
−You’re from Hashimoto City, near Mount Koya. How did you feel when you heard that this concert would be held so close to your hometown?
What I felt was pure joy.
Personally, I’ve always loved Mount Koya, and I went there many times as a child. It’s such a pleasure to be able to perform there.
−Tell us some of your favorite memories involving Mount Koya.
I go to Mount Koya at least three or four times a year. It’s not a particular memory per se, but every time I go, I love to eat vegetarian food, explore, and buy wheat buns and sesame tofu as gifts to take home.
−Are there any local foods or places that you’d recommend?
The fruit is delicious in Wakayama, and my hometown is famous for persimmons.They are so yummy, and I just want everyone to try them!
Mount Koya and Kumano Kodo are both World Heritage sites, and they are both absolutely breathtaking. Other than those, I’d recommend Adventure World! It has adorable pandas roaming around freely and the most wonderful dolphin shows. Everyone from around the country should visit!
−Finally, do you have a message for Moshi Moshi Nippon readers?
Japan is filled with incredible places and culture. The shakuhachi, a beloved traditional Japanese instrument, is one piece of that culture.
I want audiences around the world to hear the sound of the shakuhachi and to make it more familiar. If you have a chance to hear it, I hope you will.
Be sure to follow Yoshimi Tsujimoto’s activities going forward as she shares the beauty and culture of shakuhachi with the world.
Concert at World Heritage Site Kumano-Nachi Taisha (Wakayama)
Date: October 22, 2022 at 13:30
Venue: Danjo-garan Buddhist Temple