Legendary Japanese Popstar Utada Hikaru is Going Back on Tour After 12 Years
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.
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.
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