May 31, 2020

"Mask" Video December 2019

Hikashu uploaded a video of "Mask." on their channel on youtube last month.

It was recorded on December 25, 2019 at Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo.

"Putting a Mask,
And avoided the eyes,
Now I got relieved."

Apr 26, 2020

Hikashu announced new album "Nariyamazu"

Hikashu just announced new album. It was recorded on March 2020 in Tallinn, Estonia. The title is "Nariyamazu" and has another title in Estonian, Kalad ei peatu. It roughly translates "Continuous Echoes (or Sound)"

Right now there is no other details available, but the band just uploaded a trailer video on their YouTube channel.

It looks like this will be released this year. We will let you know when other info available. Can't wait.

Feb 9, 2020

Makigami Koichi is awarded the first Ooka Makoto Prize

On February 8, it was officially annouced that Makigami Koichi is one of the two recipients for the 1st Ooka Makoto Prize for literary exellence and activities. The other recipient is Sasaki Mikiro, poet.

The prize was founded in by Asahi Shimbun and Meiji University in 2019 for commemorating the Japanese poet and literary critic Ooka Makoto (1931-2017) and given for the first time this year.

According to the Japan Foundation site:

Makoto Ooka, who is involved in broad ranging literary activities in the field of "words" as a poet and a critic, and who possesses deep analytic powers as a historian, has made an enormous contribution both at home and abroad toward dissemination of the charm of the Japanese language. His unstinting efforts toward the development of linked-verse (renshi) exchange with the poets and literati of the world, the first experiment of its kind ever carried out, have served to carve out new horizons for cultural exchange and international exchange in the field of literature, as a result of which he has gained great renown as a "cultural emissary" of Japanese culture and literature. 

Makoto Ōoka - wikipedia

The prize is selected annually by the committee comprised with the five members including Ichiyanagi Toshi, the composer.

The committee commented that:

"Makigami Koichi has been writing lyrics for songs for 40 years, which are collected on "Suprematism (The Supreme Delutions)" published by Shoshi Yamada. He also expresses his philosophies through prominent singing and playing miscellaneous musical instruments, and has been active to convey the power of words."

The award celemony is scheduled to be held at Meiji University in March.


Jan 25, 2020

Hikashu starts a new concert series at Star Pine's Cafe Kichijoji Tokyo on January 27, 2020

2020 looks like a busy year for Hikashu because they start a new concert series called "New Song New Way," and it will be held every month this year.

During the series the band intends to perform a brand new song each time hence the title. The first installment will be held on January 27. The 2nd installment is scheduled on February 18 and the 3rd is March 6.

January 27, 2020
@ 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

Dec 24, 2019

This year's last - Star Pine's Cafe on December 25, 2019

Hikashu's last show of 2019 will be held at Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo on December 25. This is the double-bill concert with their old pal, Inoyama Land.

This year the band performs once every month at the venue, and this will be the last of the series. So watch what happens.

December 25, 2019
@ Star Pine's Cafe

Kichijoji, Tokyo
guest: Inoyama Land
open 18:30 - start 19;30
adv 3,900 yen - at door 4,300 yen

Star Pine's Cafe, Kichijoji, Tokyo

Dec 6, 2019

Makigami Koichi is publishing a book of lyrics in December 2019

Makigami Koichi is publish a book of lyrics this month and it's called "Shikou No Mousou" ("Suprematism").

As well as his music, Makigami has been known for his literary works, and contributed lyrics to other artists for years. Although he has published several books, they are about music and his activities. So this is the first time for him to publish a book like this.

The publisher is Shoshi Yamada, a tokyo publishing house renowned for its poetry works.

It has a supplemental note by Machida Kou, a fellow poet, novelist, and musician. Tanikawa Shuntaro, one of the most popular poet in contemporary Japan, wrote a word of recommendation for the book. The publishing date is scheduled on December 20, 2019.

Makigami said: "This is the first collection of my lyrics. Sort of belated, as I've been doing a band called Hikashu for 40 years. From the beginning, my lyrics are intended to be read independently, apart from music. Publishing this book is quite a thrill for me."

The book's price is 2,700 yen. There is also a set of the book with download code of accompanied music for reading. Its price is 3,700 yen.

Makigami Koichi "Shikou No Mousou"
Publisher: Shoshi Yamada
Publishing date: December 20, 2019
B6 size, 2,700 yen + tax

Nov 30, 2019

Hikashu Christmas Concert 2019 on December 22

The annual event of the band will be held on December 22 at Daikanyama Unit. This year's concert is billed with their old mate, Inoyama Land.

December 22, 2019
"Hikashu + Inoyama Land Christmas Concert"
@ Unit
Daikanyama, Tokyo
guest: Ogawa Mishio, Otsuki Kenji
open 17:00 - start 17:30
adv 5,000 yen

Daikanyama Unit, Tokyo