June 12, 2014

[Live report] The future entrusted to “Yell for Japan” headliner, IKIMONOGAKARI. “JAPAN NIGHT” DAY 1

Day one of “SAYONARA Kokuritsu Kyogijo FINAL WEEK JAPAN NIGHT”, titled “Yell for Japan”, was held on May 28. This is the live report for IKIMONOGAKARI. Seiji Kameda introduced all the members of the Yell for Japan special band, and it was finally time for the headlining act. Kameda said, “I want to entrust the future to these guys”, as the band walked on stage. “Good evening everybody. We’re IKIMONOGAKARI. Let’s have a good time together.” They... Read More

June 12, 2014

[Live report] UKASUKA-G plays unreleased song. “You’re not the audience, you’re part of the choir.” — “JAPAN NIGHT” DAY 1

Day one of , titled “Yell for Japan”, was held on May 28. This is the live report for UKASUKA-G. “Kokuritsu, are you hyped?” UKASUKA-G came on stage saying these words. GAKU-MC said, “Turn the lights blue!”, and the stadium became blue. Kazutoshi Sakurai’s strong acapella that reached the heavens fascinated the audience of 50,000. The two played “SHORI NO HOHOEMI WO KIMITO”, the Japan Football Association official fight song. The arena was colored “SAMURAI... Read More

June 12, 2014

[Live Report] Kazuyoshi Saito At Japan’s National Stadium For the Last Time: “This is Kazuyoshi Saito” –“JAPAN NIGHT” Day 1

“Yell for Japan”, first day of the last music event held at Japan’s National Stadium “SAYONARA Kokuritsu Kyougijo FINAL WEEK JAPAN NIGHT”, was held on May 28. We will be reporting on Kazuyoshi Saito’s live stage. The second half of “Yell for Japan” has already started. The audience is fully warmed up and sprinting towards the end of the event when Kazuyoshi Saito makes his appearance. With a guitar in his arms, Saito kicks off his stage with the memorable... Read More

June 12, 2014

[Live report] Yuzu plays their hit song. “We were waiting!” “Please sing along!” — “JAPAN NIGHT” DAY 1

Day one of “SAYONARA Kokuritsu Kyogijo FINAL WEEK JAPAN NIGHT”, titled “Yell for Japan”, was held on May 28. This is the live report for Yuzu. “JAPAN NIGHT” went into an interlude. The big screen showed the smiling faces of the audience who welcomed Japan’s top artists. The next artist to take the stage was Yuzu. As the intro music played, Yuzu yelled out, “We were waiting!” They started with “EIKO NO KAKEHASHI”. It was a song that everybody... Read More

June 12, 2014

[Live report] Kaori Kishitani’s Famous Song “Diamonds” Continues to Dazzle Even Years Later — “JAPAN NIGHT” Day 1

The first day of the final musical event at the National Olympic Stadium, “SAYONARA Kokuritsu Gyogijou FINAL WEEK JAPAN NIGHT,” entitled “Yell for Japan,” was held on May 28. We would like to bring you a report of Kaori Kishitani’s performance. Following the exquisite MCs, call and response, and passionate performance at the National Olympic Stadium by Naoto Inti Raymi, Kaori Kishitani took the stage. Suddenly, the intro began to play and Kishitani... Read More

June 12, 2014

[Live report] Gospellers “We want to dedicate these words to Kokuritsu Kyogijo. ‘Forever’” – “JAPAN NIGHT” DAY 1

Day one of “SAYONARA Kokuritsu Kyogijo FINAL WEEK JAPAN NIGHT”, titled “Yell for Japan”, was held on May 28. This is the live report for Gospellers. Day one of hit its halfway point at 7:30pm. Seiji Kameda introduced Gospellers onto the stage. As the came on stage, Tetsuya Murakami improvised some acapella. “Thank you Kokuritsu, for being the holy land for 56 years. Thanks to everybody who witnessed it, that means all of you. Thanks to all the people... Read More

June 11, 2014

[Live Report] Naoto Inti Raymi Dazzles the National Olympic Stadium at “JAPAN NIGHT” Day 1

The first day of the final musical event at the National Olympic Stadium, “SAYONARA Kokuritsu Gyogijou FINAL WEEK JAPAN NIGHT,” entitled “Yell for Japan,” was held on May 28. We would like to bring you a report of Naoto Inti Raymi’s performance. Naoto Inti Raymi took the stage directly following Funky Kato’s performance. The audience clapped along to the beat as he performed “Brave.” “How is everyone? How is the arena? How... Read More

June 11, 2014

[Live Report] Sukima Switch’s Magnificient Opening at “JAPAN NIGHT” Day 1

The first day of the final musical event at the National Olympic Stadium, “SAYONARA Kokuritsu Gyogijou FINAL WEEK JAPAN NIGHT,” entitled “Yell for Japan,” was held on May 28. We would like to bring you a report of Sukima Switch’s performance. Following a video about the history of the National Olympic Stadium and a ceremony of lighting the “Olympic” flame, the performance began. Getting the ball rolling for the two-day event was Sukima... Read More

June 11, 2014

[Live Report] Funky Kato, “Giving cheers of support is my strong point.” – “JAPAN NIGHT” Day 1

The first day of the final musical event at the National Olympic Stadium, “SAYONARA Kokuritsu Gyogijou FINAL WEEK JAPAN NIGHT,” entitled “Yell for Japan,” was held on May 28. We would like to bring you a report of Funky Kato’s performance. After a message from music director Seiji Kameda, saying, “Let’s all say thank you and goodbye to the National Olympic Stadium” and “Can we sing a ‘Yell for Japan’?” in... Read More

June 6, 2014

[Live report] Singapore gets excited about Japanese music. Naoto Inti Raymi, THE ORAL CIGARETTES, and CREAM play “JAPAN NIGHT 2014 in MUSIC MATTERS”

“MUSIC MATTERS”, one of the world’s top three biggest music expos, was held in Singapore from May 21 to 24. “JAPAN NIGHT 2014 in MUSIC MATTERS”, a Japanese music showcase, was held on the night of the 22nd at Clarke Quay, the country’s hottest night spot. Naoto Inti Raymi, THE ORAL CIGARETTES, and CREAM played on this hot Singapore night. SID, a top Japanese visual-kei band, and Flumpool, who already has a Singaporean fan base, played “J-ROCK... Read More