In the News 2008-07
ROCKIN'ON JAPAN interview movie
- "Hotaru" is used in Last Game—Saigo no Sokeisen but it was not originally written for this film. When Chihiro heard this song's introduction while watching this film, she was on the verge of bursting into tears. But when her singing started, she felt that the quality of the music suddenly dropped. Now she is determined to work even harder.
- Actually, she has never seen a firefly. In fact, she has a terror of bugs.
- After the Nine Dirts concert, she lost her memory for half a month. She didn't even remember where she rehearsed.
- When she was singing "Sign" at the concert, she was dazzled by the stage lights. Since it was so hot as if in a sauna, she was nearly fainting.
- At the coming ROCK IN JAPAN Festival, she is afraid that she may be a wet blanket because of her musical style.
- She hates to get a suntan but she doesn't use sunscreen.
http://ro69.jp/japan/movie.html?4951 (Windows only)
Hotaru PV on YouTube (movie edit)
Hotaru PV on YouTube
(It appears it's already removed. It was an official posting by Universal Music Japan.)
Chihiro's comment on ap bank fes '08
Sakurai-san (of the Bank Band) was supporting me just as a brother who is much older than me would do and he has been a great help to me. Anyway, it was terribly hot since my room is always air-conditioned to 16 degrees centigrade (60 degrees Fahrenheit).
ap bank fes '08
It appears that Chihiro sang "Gekko" and "everyhome."
ROCKIN'ON JAPAN interview
The August issue of ROCKIN'ON JAPAN carries a four-page interview with four full-page kimono photos:
- After the Nine Dirts and Snow White Flickers concert, Chihiro realized for the first time that being onstage makes her feel lonely. After the performance, she and Togashi-san (the pianist) were pleased with their success as a result of a lot of rehearsals, in each other's arms. But for her, to sing is to challenge herself. Having to do it real all by herself may be making her feel lonely, she wonders.
- She heard that there are two types of singers: those who let their underpants slipped down and those who don't, which, as she believes, refers to how much they expose themselves. And she, according to her, is said to belong to the former.
- She wanted to sing "Ii Hi..." and "Watashi to Warutsu wo"—for example—at the Nine Dirts concert but for various reasons she couldn't. The Goldberg aria was a must because it's Hannibal Lecter's favorite.
- "SUNNY ROSE" is intended to be sung in a Celtic atmosphere. The words "many clouds, sunny rose, he is in a well still" refer to a boy's "ceremony" that is equivalent to a girl's first period—which means he has not grown up yet. This song was written while watching Bjørn Andresen in the film Morte a Venezia (or Death in Venice).
- "Nagori-yuki" was sung for Chihiro's sister who now lives in Tokyo. But unfortunately, this sister was in the rest room when Chihiro was singing it.
- "Hotaru" was finished in March last year and recorded in January this year. It's a five-minute novel or film.
- Sakamoto-san, the producer of "Hotaru," asks her many questions to reflect her preferences in her works. With him, her musical life is easier. In fact, she finds he shares the same inborn artistic taste with herself.
- "HIDE AND SCREAM" was written in February this year.
Chihiro in her first kimono
For a ROCKIN'ON JAPAN photo session that took place in the street and a parking lot in Shibuya, she was dressed in a kimono that she had bought for herself for the first time in her life, as if she had escaped from the film Gokudo no Onna-tachi (Gangsters' Wives).
"Hotaru" and "HIDE AND SCREAM" are also available for download at HMV Japan (http://www.hmv.co.jp/digital/), mora (http://mora.jp/) and Chaku-uta Full cell phone service stores. Hotaru is today's eighth best-selling album/single at the mora store (as of 6 p.m. JST).
"Hotaru" and "HIDE AND SCREAM" are now available at Apple's iTunes Store Japan.
Concert Tour 2008 "VEGAS CODE"
From October 12 to November 24 in Nishinomiya (Hyogo), Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo and
- October 12, Hyogo Performing Arts Center (http://www1.gcenter-hyogo.jp/sysfile/center_e/e_top.html)
- October 15, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater (http://www.aac.pref.aichi.jp/english/gekijyo/guide/c_holeg.html)
- November 7, Acros Fukuoka Symphony Hall (http://www.acros.or.jp/r_facilities/symphony.html)
- November 14, Sapporo Education and Culture Hall (http://www.kyobun.org/usersguide/facility01a.html)
- November 24, NHK Hall (http://www.nhk-sc.or.jp/nhk_hall/frame_bottom_kyaku.html)
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