Dec 31, 2012

Retrospection of 2012

It's been a great year for Hikashu.

First of all, new album "Uragoe" was released in April. Although being recorded and mixed in 2011, the release was postponed due to the artwork of Tabaimo. Well, it was worth waiting. Her work was quite nice, attractive, and reflected the atmosphere of the album.

It needs no saying that the album itself is great. Above all, the sound itself is excellent - it's so crisp, and quite lively. Surely they made it again.

As for performance, the band did 30+ gigs this year. In particularly, the Russia Lithuania Tour in October stood out. The audiences warmly welcomed the band, and that tour proved again they are international.

In July, they performed at Orange Court of Fuji Rock Festival, the biggest rock event in Japan, for the second time, in front of five thousand people.

Other than that, Hikashu participated in various rock festivals. Such activities are important to reach for younger generations, and they are actually very positive doing that.

All things considered, it's so enjoyable to witness the reactions of the people who first exposed to the band, At first, many of them were dubious - for them, they are just a bunch of old men, older than their parents - and suspected they could even rock. But soon after they start performing, everything would change. They shocked. They awed. They astonished. Their faces tell that they've never seen such a thing. And many of them are to be converted on the spot.

And next year looks promising as well. Right now, the gigs for the first three months are already booked, and there is a plan for another overseas tour. We'll let you know about that little later, so stay tuned.

Dec 30, 2012

More Photo Gallaries from the Russia Lithuania Tour

The followings are the photo galleries from the concerts at Vilnius and Jagger Club of Sankt Peterburg in October 2012.

Vilnius Jazz Festival - October 13, 2012

Jagger Club, Sankt Peterburg - October 16, 2012

Dec 23, 2012

Kyushu Tour 2013

The band's first activities in 2013 will be a tour in Kyushu, the southern island of Japan.

The dates are:

January 18 - Voodoo Lounge, Fukuoka
January 19 - Space Terra, Fukuoka
January 20 - AT Hall, Oita

January 18, 2013
Voodoo Lounge
@ Fukuoka
other acts: Min Hisako and Shimanagashi, nontroppo, Okumura Yusuke
open 19:00 - start 19:30
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500
(one drink order minimum)
for inquiries, mail at or call 090-3413-0683

VooDoo Lounge, Fukuoka

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January 19, 2013
Space Terra
@ Fukuoka
open 18:00 - start 19:00
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen
(one drink order minimum)
for reservation, contact the organizer at 092-558-6641 or

Space Terra, Fukuoka

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January 20, 2012
AT Hall
@ Oita
other acts: Nenecart and others
open 18:30 start 19:00
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen
(one drink order minimum)
for reservation, call the venue at 097-535-2567 or

AT Hall, Oita

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Dec 21, 2012

This Weekend

This is the flyer for Christmas 2012 Concert. For this event, the band has prepared for new arrangements of various compositions - some might be performed only for this occasion. This will be one and only best evening for sure.

Don't miss it!

December 23, 2012
"Hikashu no Christmas Kaiki Daisakusen 2012"
@ Daikanyama UNIT
Daikanyama, Tokyo
open 17:00 - start 18:00
4,000 yen (one drink order minimum)
Tickets available via Ticket Lawson,
Ticket Pia, e+, and ganban
venue's directions - Time Out Tokyo

Daikanyama UNIT, Daikanyama, Tokyo

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Dec 15, 2012

Kuro Yagi Shiro Yagi with guests

Kuro Yagi Shiro Yagi, the bass-and-drums duo from Hikashu, has been playing almost every month at Bar Isshee for a while. Unfortunately, this is the last time for them to play there because the bar in Shibuya will close at the end of this month. For this last gig, the duo will hold a special gig with notable guests - the rest of the Hikashu members.

Kuro Yagi Shiro Yagi
December 17, 2012
@ Bar Isshee
Shibuya, Tokyo
open 20:00
Sakaide Masami (bass), Sato Masaharu (drums) with guests:
Makigami Koichi (voice), Mita Freeman (guitar), Shimizu Kazuto (keyboards)
Music Charge - not fixed (pay as much you'd like to, after the performance)
Charge - 500 yen (plus one drink order minimum)

Bar Isshee, Shibuya, Tokyo

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Makigami and Friends in Shinjuku

Makigami solo gig at Shinjuku Pit-Inn, the oldest jazz club in Japan.

Makigami Koichi
"Over Underground - Dive Deep and Make It Through"
December 16, 2012
Makigami Koichi (voice, theremin, cornet), Yokodawa Tadahiko (violin, electronics), Sakaguchi Mitsuo (keyboard), Yamamoto Tatsuhisa (drums)
@ Shinjuku Pit-Inn
Shinjuku, Tokyo
open 19:30 - start 20:00
adv 3,000 yen - at door 3,500 yen

Shinjuku Pit-Inn, Tokyo

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