Apr 27, 2017

Hikashu and Godzilla Legend to go into recording studio after the performance at Japan Society NYC on April 28, 2017

Regarding the Godzilla Legend concert at Japan Society NYC on April 28, all the advance tickets are sold out. But day-of-performance ticket MAY be available. Ask Japan Society for details.

Godzilla Legend—Music of Akira Ifukube - Friday, April 28, 7:30 PM - Japan Society

The personnel for the Japan Society concert:

Inoue Makoto (synthesizer)

Makigami Koichi (vocals, theremin)
Mita Freeman (guitar)
Sakaide Masami (bass)
Shimizu Kazuto (keyboard)
Sato Masaharu (drums)

Charan Po Rantan:
Koharu (accordion, vocals)
Momo (vocals)

Tasumi Kogoro (trumpet)
Yoshida Ryuichi (baritone saxophone)
Goto Atsushi (trombone)

Shortly after the performance, Godzilla Legend and Hikashu go into studio respectively, and record new material. According to Makigami, these albums are, if everything falls into place, to be released at the end of this year. Can't wait.

Apr 4, 2017

"Quit Your Band" - very interesting book about contemporary music scene in Japan is just out

Ian F. Martin is a music writer from UK who has been in Japan and his first book is just out. It's called "Quit Your Band" and its subtitle is "Musical Notes from the Japanese Underground." Sounds interesting, doesn't it? Unfortunately, we don't see the book yet, but it looks really promising.

See the following interview. A must if you are interested in contemporary Japanese music scene.

Quit Your Band! Musical Notes From The Japanese Underground - thequietus.com

There is no reference to Hikashu in this interview and we don't know he ever mentioned the band in his book, but in fact he once selected "Ikitekoi Chinmoku" as the best album of 2015.

And this another interview he did mention our beloved band.

Dive into the Underground Japanese Musical Scene with Ian Martin

In this interview, he actually said "Hikashu are easily my favorite Japanese band of all time." No kidding.

There's a trailer for the book.

And he talked about it at his blog, Total Exposure.

Mar 17, 2017

Thank You Origato - a tribute concert to Nakanishi Toshio at Roppongi Super Deluxe Tokyo on April 13, 2017

On April 13, Hikashu will perform at a concert called "Thank You Origato." It's a tribute event to Nakanishi Toshio, who passed away in February this year after the battle with cancer.

In 1979, Nakanishi started performing professionally as the frontman of the Plastics, the seminal act of the Japanese New Wave movement. In that year, Hikashu released the first single as well. Naturally, they soon became close and their friendship lasts even to this day. In 2015, Hikashu invited the Plastics in their annual christmas concert, and the latter did a splendid 90 minutes set, including an encore.

Nakanishi has been quite an influencial figure for various fields - music, fashion, and  graphic design. He has departed but his legacy lives on.

This Roppongi concert is to commemorate such a prominent singer/guitarist/designer and people who admire him gather to play. Surely it's going to be an evening to remember so do not miss it.

A part of the profit is going to be given to Nakanishi's family.


Diamond Heads (a Plastics cover band)
Takagi Kan, Onishi Tsuru, Oyamada Keigo, Kuni Sugimoto, momo
with guests - Nomiya Maki, Noemi, Linda, Tachibana Hajime, Shima Takemi

Makigami Koichi (vocal, theremin, cornet), Mita Freeman (guitar), Sakaide Masami (bass), Sato Masaharu (drums), Inoue Makoto (synthesizer)

Sato Taiji (Theater Brook)

Tachibana Hajime

and DJs

April 13, 2017
"Thank You Origato"
@ Super Deluxe
Roppongi, Tokyo
open 19:00 - start 19:00 - close 23:30
2,500 yen for entrance

Super Deluxe, Roppongi, Tokyo

Godzilla Legend hits New York City in coming April

Godzilla Legend, the solo project of ex-Hikashu keyboard player Inoue Makoto, will perform at Japan Society in New York City on April 28, 2017. This is the first time for the orchestra to perform outside Japan.

Inoue started Godzilla Legend as his solo project in early 1980s. At first, it was just doing the music of classic Japanese monster movies, including Godzilla, using synthesizers with modern arrangement. But it quickly gained some popularity, and grew exponentially. Eventually it spawned three albums and live concerts as an orchestra which many musicians of Japanese New Wave movement took part in. After that, the project went long hiatus but resurrected in 2011.

The personnel of the show is still unknown but it's likely to be the full orchestra with all the members of Hikashu. So two drums, two keyboards, full horn section, and Charan Po Rantan the sister duo as Shobijin - the beautiful twin little pixies of Mothra - everything in there.

Do not miss this opportunity. It's truly an once-in-a-lifetime event. Experience their thick orchestral sound in person. We're sure you'll be blown away.

April 28, 2017
Godzilla Legend—Music of Akira Ifukube
start 19:30
$ 32/$28 for Japan Society members

Japan Society notification

Japan Society, NYC

Feb 28, 2017

Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo on April 19, 2017

Hikashu play at Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo on April 19, 2017. This is the first gig after the oceania tour so expect some interesting road stories.

April 19, 2017
@ Star Pine's Cafe
Kichijoji, Tokyo
open 18:30 - start 19:30
adv 3,900 yen - at door 4,300 yen

Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo

Jan 1, 2017

Hikashu New Zealand Australia Tour February-March 2017

Hikashu tours New Zealand, then Australia in February - March 2017. This is the first time for the band to visit the countries, let alone playing. The dates are:

February 21 - Pyramid Club, Wellington, New Zealand
February 22 - Meow, Wellington, New Zealand
February 23 - Auckland, New Zealand
February 24 - Whammy Bar, Auckland, New Zealand
February 25 - Audio Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand
February 28 - Make It Up Club, Melbourne, Australia
March 1 - Foundry616, Sydney, Australia

Do not miss this oppotunity if you are in the region.

Dec 31, 2016

Farewell 2016

Hikashu gave us fans so much delight at the end of the year.

May the new year going to be great for all of us.