Utada Hikaru, the Japanese pop star behind legendary hits such as “First Love” and theme songs for “Kingdom Hearts” and “Evangelion,” is finally doing a concert tour after a 12-year hiatus.
Born in New York, Utada debuted in 1998 and has since recorded music in both English and Japanese.
On Wednesday, Utada’s official website announced her Japan tour beginning on November 6, kicking off in Yokohoma. The last day of her tour, December 9, will mark the 20th anniversary of her debut album release.
Tadaa! The Kingdom Hearts III trailer and a minute and a half of my song “Don’t Think Twice” If they don’t release the game soon I’ma be tempted to leak the full version of my song, yo… #KingdomHeartsIII #UtadaHikaru https://t.co/431NauRBTi
— 宇多田ヒカル (@utadahikaru) 2018年2月10日
Check out the full schedule below:
November 6, Wednesday — Yokohama Arena
November 7, Thursday — Yokohama Arena
November 14, Wednesday — Marine Messe Fukuoka
November 15, Thursday — Marine Messe Fukuoka
November 28, Wednesday — Osaka Jo Hall
November 29, Thursday — Osaka Jo Hall
December 4, Tuesday — Saitama Super Arena
December 5, Wednesday — Saitama Super Arena
December 8, Saturday — Makuhari Messe Event Hall 9-11
December 9, Sunday — Makuhari Messe Event Hall 9-11
Utada will also be releasing her new album, “Hatsukoi,” under Epic Records on June 27. It includes the title song she wrote for a TV drama called “Hana Nochi Hare – Hanadan Next Season.”
“Hatsukoi” costs 3,240 yen ($29.65) with tax and may be pre-ordered here.
Welcome back, Hikki!