Yasutaka Nakata performs alongside Perfume for the first time in 15 years at his hugely successful music festival “OTONOKO”

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The highly anticipated music festival OTONOKO, produced by Yasutaka Nakata, was held on December 2nd in Hall 4 of Ishikawa Sangyo Tenji in Ishikawa, the birthplace of Nakata.

The first OTONOKO was held last year to a buzzing crowd of 6,500 and became a huge success. This year’s event was only bigger and better, with a record breaking 8,620 music lovers lined up to witness once more this new kind of music festival, with an unmatched line up consisting of Yasutaka Nakata himself as well as CAPSULE, Perfume, tofubeats, C&K, Taiiku Okazaki, 80KIDZ, DAISHI DANCE and more.

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The venue was broken into two sections: the main stage and the second stage. For the opening acts of the main stage, the crowd were graced by DJ audition winner DJ KOKI, ASOBISYSTEM’s young and fast budding newcomer artist MANON, and Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders who made their major debut earlier this year.

Over on the second stage was a diverse range of artists blending together different areas of culture, including Una, Anna Yano, as well as local specialist schools who showcased hair & make-up and fashion shows and more.

CAPSULE

The first of the main acts to open was none other than CAPSULE, welcoming the crowd with a set list that was inevitably guaranteed to get everybody pumped, including songs such as “more more more,” “FLASH BACK” and “JUMPER.”

DAISHI DANCE

Artists from last year’s OTONOKO festival then returned to the stage such as DAISHI DANCE, TeddyLoid and 80KIDZ.

TeddyLoid HIKAKIN_SEIKIN80KIDZ

Popular Japanese YouTubers HIKAKIN & SEIKIN took to the stage during TeddyLoid’s act. They added variety to their set by performing songs such as their 2015 hit “YouTube Theme Song.” 80KIDZ’s set electrified the audience with a full band set who provided some sharp and catchy beats.

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The middle slot of the night was taken up by live acts Taiiku Okazaki and C&K as well as hugely popular DJs and close friends of Yasutaka Nakata, banvox and tofubeats. Taiiku Okazaki made his original style known with tracks such as “Open” and “We Can Get Over It.”

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C&K began their set with their emotional ballad “Y,” changing the mood of the floor with their crystal clear vocals and pop musicality.

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Then, like passing a baton, tofubeats effortlessly transitioned to the DJ booth from banvox where he created hooks with a selection comprised of “POSITIVE feat. Dream Ami,” “LONELY NIGHTS,” “Too Many Girls feat. KREVA” and more while interweaving them with the roaring beats of tracks such as “Drum Machine.” Chisato Moritaka’s vocals were played for his killer tune “Don’t Stop The Music feat. Chisato Moritaka” to which the crowd clapped along. With the mic in hand, tofubeats sang along with everybody during “Asa ga Kuru Made Owaru Koto no nai Dance wo” and “Suisei.”

Perfume
Finally, the wait was over. The moment “GLITTER” began playing and the lasers shot through the air, the crowd knew that could only mean one thing – Perfume. The crowd went wild, and although dancing to the heavy and upbeat songs “FLASH” and “FAKE IT,” A~chan gave spoke of some observations about the event: “Doesn’t listening to that heavy bass all the time get to your ears after a while!? The people at OTONOKO are something else.” Yasutaka Nakata has produced Perfume’s music for a very long time, but this is the first time ever in 15 years that him and the J-pop trio have performed together. The girls see him as a “god” and commented: “He has been with us for such a long time and never grown tired. We were able to go on television with him this year, and he’s even kindly invited us to OTONOKO. You probably think that Nakata is weird. But we’re super thankful to be able to work together with a god.” The crowd were divided into three sections – “na,” “ka” and “ta” – for a call & response session to revere the godly Nakata.

Perfume 中田ヤスタカ

Towards the end of the show Perfume switched to some club tunes, delivering “Chocolate Disco” and “TOKYO GIRL,” before performing a completely brand-new, not yet released song titled “FUSION.” Nakata surprised everybody by taking to the DJ booth for this song which showcases a cool side of Perfume the likes of which nobody has seen. The song has thick bass and is exotic with almost no lyrics, and the choreography has gentle movements and a downbeat rhythm to them.

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Yasutaka Nakata subsequently took over the stage with his solo performance. After Perfume’s act he was the only one up there where he played a number of songs from his forthcoming first ever solo album “Digital Native,” set for released next year on February 7th. As well as that, he hit off a behemoth list of other tracks including “NANIMONO (feat. Kenshi Yonezu),” a remix of “Stay” by Zedd & Alessia Cara, new solo tracks “Give You More” and “Jump in Tonight (feat. Momo Mashiro)” announced this year, and more.

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Perfume made a guest reappearance for “If you wanna” as if it was a return gift to collaborate once again. The spectacle of seeing Perfume sing and dance alongside Nakata had the entire room with their hands in the air.

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For the night’s grand finale, CAPSULE member Toshiko Koshijima stepped onto stage to perform CAPSULE’s hit song “Starry Sky.” The song encapsulated the show’s climax with fireworks, smoke, confetti and endless strings of high speed lasers. With that performance, Yasutaka Nakata vividly proved his ready wit and unequalled talent as one of Japan’s foremost leading artists, producers and DJs. The edgy dance beat defined that fact to the end before concluding OTONOKO 2017.

Nakata said his goodbye to the crowd: “Thank you for being here tonight! I will return to Kanazawa!”

 

With the forthcoming release of his 2018 solo album, it’s time to get excited about Yasutaka Nakata and his spirited activity.

TEXT by Mami Naruta

 

■Information

Yasutaka Nakata presents OTONOKO 2017

OTONOKO Official Website: http://www.otonoko.com
Yasutaka Nakata Official Website: http://yasutaka-nakata.com

 

Photography:

Tetsuya Tsurumi
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masatoshi okamoto
satoshi fukuda
KAZUYA OTA
Kei Nakagoshi

 

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    Text: Ayaka Sakai

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    2019/2/24 @ Tango Live House, Beijing

     

    SID Official Website: https://sid-web.info

     

     

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    Kenshi Yonezu Official Website: http://reissuerecords.net/

     

    ・Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

    Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, and what better way to kick off it off than performing at Lollapalooza Chilie in March. Before they do however they will first perform at PA’L NORTE 2019, a 2-day music and art festival in Monterrey, Mexico. They are part of a line-up consisting of big names such as Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon and Santana.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/146658

     

    ■Information

    Lollapalooza Chile

    Location: O’Higgins Park, Chile

    Date: March 29, 2019 – March 31, 2019

    Event Page: https://www.lollapaloozacl.com/

     

    PA’L NORTE 2019

    Location: Monterrey, Mexico

    Date: March 22, 2019 – March 23, 2019

    Event Page:https://www.palnorte.com.mx/

     

    Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Official Website: https://www.tokyoska.net/

     

    ・Taichi Mukai

    Taichi Mukai is in the midst of his 2018-2019 “Pure Tour” to promote his newest album PURE. The artist is gaining much attention not just in Japan but across Asia too. Mukai is set to perform in Asia for the first time beginning on March 22.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155274

     

    ■Information

    ASIA TOUR 2019

    2019/3/22 @ THE WALL TAIPEI, Taiwan

    2019/3/24 @ Megaport Festival, Taiwan

    2019/3/29 @ Jiangjinjiu, Beijing

    2019/3/30 @ HOULIVE, Shenzen

    2019/3/31/ @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    2019/4/6 @ HANATOUR V-Hall, South Korea

     

    Taichi Mukai Official Website: http://taichimukai.com/

     

    ・HYDE

    HYDE started his solo music career up again last year and has various planned for 2019. He performed at L’Arc-en-Ciel’s 2018 Christmas live show “L’ArChristmas” and will embark on an Asia tour in March.

     

    ■Information

    ーHYDE WORLD TOUR 2019 ASIAー

    2019/3/27 @ Shanghai

    2019/3/29 @ Beijing

    2019/3/31 @ Chengdu

    2019/4/2 @ Hong Kong

    2019/4/4 @ Taipei

    *Ticket details TBA.

    HYDE Official Website: https://www.hyde.com

     

    ・GARNiDELiA

    GARNiDELiA released Kyoki Ranbu on September 26 this year, an album compiling every song from their internationally acclaimed online dance series including their hit song Gokuraku Jodo. The pop rock duo have announced that they will embark on their biggest Asia tour to date including shows in Hong Kong and Singapore.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/150236

     

    ■Information

    stellacage Asia Tour 2019 “Kyoki Ranbu”
    2019/3/21 @ Mynavi BLITZ Akasaka, Tokyo
    2019/3/30 @ MacPherson Stadium, Hong Kong
    2019/4/13 @ Zepp@BIGBOX, Singapore
    2019/6/23 @ PENNY LANE 24, Hokkaido
    2019/6/30 @ Namba Hatch, Osaka
    2019/7/7 @ Diamond Hall, Aichi
    2019/7/27 @ DRUM LOGOS, Fukuoka

     

    GARNiDELiA Official Website: http://www.garnidelia.com/

     

    ・Wednesday Campanella

    Wednesday Campanella is no stranger to performing solo concerts and at festivals outside Japan. The next place to be graced by KOM_I’s incredible performance is Barcelona for the Primavera Sound music festival.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/150817

     

     

    ■Information

    Primavera Sound
    Running: May 30, 2019 – June 1, 2019 (Wednesday Campanella to perform on May 31)
    Event Website: https://www.primaverasound.com/

    Wednesday Campanella Official Website: http://www.wed-camp.com/

     

    To all lovers of J-pop, J-rock and any kind of Japanese artist or band living outside Japan – if an artist is coming to a place near you, show your support and don’t miss the opportunity to see them live.

     

    Writer: Heir

  • ‘Perfume Closet’ Pop-Up Shop to Open at Laforet Harajuku

    29.November.2018 | FASHION / MUSIC

    The CONTAINER on the 2nd floor of Laforet Harajuku is raising Christmas spirits this year with a range of pop-up shops. The first to open will be  from J-pop trio Perfume who will promote their Perfume Closet fashion project from December 4 to 13.

     

    Following this, another shop called mt store at Laforet Harajuku will run from December 14 and 26 to celebrate Laforet Harajuku’s 40th anniversary and mt10’s 10th anniversary. Expect to get your hands on lots of Christmas themed gifts and decorations.

    Perfume Closet is a fashion project that began from a proposal to create clothes that connect with fans through Perfume’s music. The concept behind the items in the line-up serves to give people the courage to take that necessary step forward and to support them.

    This marks the third appearance of the pop-up shop which promises to be bigger than those before it. They will sell items that draw inspiration from the iconic outfits that a-chan, NOCCHi and KASHIYUKA wear in their music videos.

    And for this holiday season only, Perfume Closet socks will come in special Christmas packaging. The shop will be decorated with visual panels of the members and there’ll be a spot to take photos too.

    The mt store at Laforet HARAJUKU pop-up shop will sell a whole range of original Laforet Harajuku and Christmas masking tape. The shop, too, will be decorated with masking tape.

     

    Feel the Christmas spirit by getting your hands on some limited edition items at the Perfume Closet and mt x Laforet pop-up shops!

  • Perfume Announce 4th World Tour―US & Asia Dates Revealed

    31.October.2018 | MUSIC

    The global popularity of multi-platinum electro J-pop group Perfume is clear for all to see, with their latest album Future Pop released back in August charting in at No.1 in 20 countries across the world. And now, international fans in the US and Asia will be excited to hear that the trio are set to hit a city near them in March and April next year.

     

    The title of the tour is Perfume WORLD TOUR 4th “FUTURE POP” which will take a-chan, NOCCHi and KASHIYUKA to Taiwan, Shanghai and China for the Asia leg and New York, Chicago, LA as well as Toronto, Dallas, Seattle and San Jose for the first time on the US leg. Details for the dates, times and venues of the China and Shanghai shows have yet to be announced, but ticket information can be found on the official tour website.

     

    It has been 4 years since Perfume’s last Asia tour back in 2014 for Perfume WORLD TOUR 3rd. It has also been 2 and a half years since their last US tour for Perfume 6th Tour 2016 “COSMIC EXPLORER.”

     

    Perfume’s global site for international fans have also undergone renovation. It features live footage and music videos as well as a a showcasing of a range of technology Perfume have utilised as part of various projects.

    Comment: Perfume
    “We’re so excited to announce our first world tour in 2 years! This is going to be our biggest world tour ever, including some cities we’re playing for the first time. Our latest album “Future Pop” became No.1 electronic album in 20 countries. We will mainly be performing off of this album and will put out the coolest shows we can for our international fans. Can’t wait to see you all at the show♪” – Perfume

  • Japanese girl group “Perfume” launches third round of fashion project “Perfume Closet”! Visit a pop-up shop near you!

    14.October.2018 | FASHION

    Japanese pop girl group “Perfume” has launched the third round of their fashion project “Perfume Closet”! The project kicked off with the intention to enhance everyday fashion through their music.

    The third round of this project involves the release of numerous goods that have been carefully designed by taking inspiration from the girls’ unique fashion as seen in their music videos. The fashion goods combine the girls’ seasonal fashion, which is currently centred around checkered tops, trousers and skirts, and combines this with the girls’ fashion know-how and current fashion trends.

    This round also brings new miscellaneous goods that come in original print designs to the scene. There are also many goods such as commuter pass cases, mini wallets and bags that are decorated with a special “P” design! (P for “Perfume”).

    The popular dance heels are now available in two new colours: lavender suede and navy suede!

     

    The Perfume Closet pop-up shop will open in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka for a limited period only starting on Wednesday 17th October 2018! (Note: This shop will only be open in one location at a time). You can also purchase the goods from the same date on the artist online shop “ASMART”. If you’re around when the pop-up shop opens, please stop by!

  • Perfume Release New Album ‘Future Pop’ & Announce Cafe Collaborations in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka

    16.August.2018 | MUSIC

    Perfume released new and seventh album Future Pop on August 15 featuring hit singles TOKYO GIRLIf you wanna and Mugen Mirai.

    The album comes as the first from the trio in two years since COSMIC EXPLORER. It features numerous singles in addition to songs used in commercials and brand new songs we haven’t heard yet.

     

    The limited edition of the album includes a bonus disc that features the music video for their new song Let Me Know, live performances of TOKYO GIRL and If you wanna held at a release event and live footage of FUSION taken from their Perfume x TECHNOLOGY presents “Reframe” performance at Shibuya NHK Hall in March 2018. It also includes an exclusive radio recording, something that’s become a regular bonus feature on their albums.

    Additionally, to celebrate the album’s release, three Perfume Future Pop Cafes are now open at SUZU CAFE ‐jingumae‐ in Tokyo, Amelie Cafe in Nagoya, and W Cafe in Osaka. The Tokyo and Nagoya cafes are open until August 26 and the Osaka branch until August 24.

     

    The collaborative cafes are decked out with Future Pop visuals and there’s food and desserts inspired by the songs from the album. When you order from the collaborative menu, you can get your hands on an exclusive Perfume Future Pop Cafe lunch mat and coaster. There are two coaster designs. If you order one item from the menu you will receive the Future Pop Logo Coaster and i you order two items you’ll receive the Future Pop Dress Coaster which features the album cover art.

     

    Be sure to pick up a copy of Future Pop and hear Perfume’s latest material.

     

    ■Information

    Perfume 7th Album – “Future Pop”

    First Press Limited Edition: (CD+Blu-ray+Stickers) – ¥4,980 (Tax Included) [UPCP-9020]

    First Press Limited Edition: (CD+DVD+Stickers) – ¥4,600 (Tax Included) [UPCP-9021]

    Regular Edition (CD+Blu-ray) – ¥3,980 (Tax Included) [UPCP-1003]

    Regular Edition (CD+DVD) – ¥3,600 (Tax Included) [UPCP-1004]

     

    Perfume Official Website: http://www.perfume-web.jp/eng/

     

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