Japanese folk/pop duo YUZU celebrating their 20th anniversary, announces their very first Asia tour “YUZU ASIA TOUR 2016 Summer NATSUIRO” on April 29th.
The tour will kick off in Singapore on July 9th at *Scape The Ground Theatre, followed by shows in Hong Kong, Taipei, Osaka and Tokyo. YUZU will be releasing a Taiwan version of their latest album “TOWA” on May 20th and are confirmed to make a promotional visit to Taipei prior to the tour.
Check out our report from the concert over here.
YUZU also revealed their new artwork and tour emblem today.
The tour emblem illustrates “lively monkeys holding sensu (Japanese fans)” designed by Japanese Artist Eri Okamoto, depicting YUZU jumping out of Japan. New artwork was shot at the Shichirigahama Beach in Kamakura, Kanagawa, the same beach from their first single’s music video, “NATSUIRO”, which they appropriately named the Asian Tour.
From YUZU: We want to play in Asia!
This dream will finally be realized this year, on our 20th anniversary. The name of the tour, NATSUIRO, is our debut song and one that captures what we are about. We are hoping that these shows will be an introduction to all our fans seeing us for the first time. We are taking ourselves back to the beginning, viewing this as a new starting line in hopes that we will be able to deliver a worthy performance to all of you in Asia.
YUZU ASIA TOUR 2016 Summer NATSUIRO
Singapore Show Schedule
July 9th, Saturday – *SCAPE The Ground Theatre
Tickets available on all SISTIC platforms from 13th May, Friday, 10:00am
<VIP> SGD138 / <General Admission> SGD 118
*Excludes SGD4 SISTIC Booking Fee
First Time in Singapore!
2 Weeks Only Pair Ticket Campaign
For a limited period from May 13th, Friday 10:00 – May 27th, Friday 23:59,
Get a pair of VIP tickets at SGD125 per ticket!
*Tickets must be purchased at the same time and is only valid for VIP category.
YUZU, consisting of Yujin Kitagawa and Koji Iwasawa was formed in March 1996. Started their music career playing on the streets of Isezaki cho in Yokohama, Kanagawa.
In October 1997, they debuted with the release of mini album “Yuzu no moto”, followed by their first single “NATSUIRO” putting them in the spotlight. Their musical style is a combination of traditional folk and a catchy melody. Their aggressive live performances are praised as “Neo-folk” and have achieved nation-wide acclaim. Their final “street live” on Aug 30 drew over 7,000 fans, causing a social phenomenon of young musicians performing on the street.
After their debut, they continuously made hits such as “Sayonara Bus”, “Itsuka”, “Tobenai Tori”, “Niji” and “Amenochihareruya”. Although they performed in small venues initially, their popularity increased quickly leading to arena and stadium shows. Among many hits, “Eiko no Kakehashi” released in 2004 was chosen as the theme song for NHK’s Athens Olympics broadcast. This song also became a huge hit and was well received by all generations across the country.
In recent years, they also produce music in various genres. Some of them was used as theme songs for popular Japanese anime cartoons; “REASON” / “Hyouriittai” for”HUNTER×HUNTER” and “OLA!!” for “Crayon Shinchan” respectively. There is no doubt that the duo will continue to move forward as the front-runner of the Japanese music scene.
Photo Credits: SENHA & Co