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Japan 2019 Presents Japan Night May 12, 2019 Featured

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Featuring four of Japan's top music superstars:
MISIA, HYDE, PUFFY AMIYUMI, & WAGAKKIBAND

Japan 2019 presents Japan Night, a one-night only special event in New York City on May 12, 2019 in collaboration with Japan Day @ Central Park, created by the Japanese community of New York to foster a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and build bridges between Japan and the U.S.


Japan Night will celebrate contemporary popular Japanese music with four of the most successful artists in Japan today.


Each concert features two Japanese music superstars:


MISIA, winner of best vocal performance for the 60th annual Japan Record Awards with special guest Puffy AmiYumi, featured in the Cartoon Network show Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, will perform at Sony Hall (235 W. 46th Street) at 9pm.


HYDE, who is also known as a lead singer of L'Arc-en-Ciel, a pioneer of Japanese rock and WagakkiBand, a viral video sensation who combines traditional Japanese instruments with modern rock, will perform at PlayStation Theater (1515 Broadway) at 6pm.


These concerts will be full-scale productions that allow New York audiences to see top Japanese artists in an intimate setting.


As the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games approach, Japan 2019 aims to broaden understanding of and interest in Japanese culture in the United States.


Mr. Hiroyasu Ando, President of The Japan Foundation, the organizer of Japan 2019 said, "In Japan 2019, we are introducing a wide variety of Japanese culture. In particular, Japan Nightpresents live music performances of top-level artists that are highly respected and vastly popular in Japan. We hope to offer a taste of contemporary Japan to New Yorkers who are accustomed to such quality arts in their daily lives."


Japan 2019 presents Japan Night is organized by The Japan Foundation, and produced by Disk Garage, Gorgeous Entertainment and Cool Japan Music, and sponsored by Kinoshita Group. The Japan Foundation, who organizes Japan 2019, is Japan's only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. Also on the same day, the 13th annual Japan Day @ Central Park, an outdoor event to promote Japan and Japanese culture will take place with the always-popular Japan Run and the Japan Day Festival. Together, the two events, Japan Night and Japan Day @ Central Park, will make Sunday, May 12th 2019 a day filled with all the excitement and energy that Japanese culture can offer to New Yorkers.


BIOS

MISIA

In 1998, MISIA made her professional singing debut with "Tsutsumi Komuyouni". This song and her ballad "Everything (2002)" established her as a national star. Her exciting singing ability with groove-oriented feel shook up the music scene at the time of her debut, and the word spread throughout the club scene in Japan. She is also the first solo female singer whose concert tour sold out at 5 major Japanese Stadiums.


2018 was the 20th anniversary of her major debut, and she is still very active releasing hit songs and touring all over Japan. Recently at "Fuji Rock", the greatest summer music festival in Japan, she blew the audience's minds with her powerful and mesmerizing performance.


Also, she has been making a social contribution for more than 10 years by supporting children's education. She tries to reach the world's need of love and peace with these activities, not only with her music but also with her way of living.


For more information: www.misia.jp

HYDE

HYDE, Japan's most prolific rock artist, is the lead vocalist for two of the most popular Japanese rock bands: L'Arc~en~Ciel and VAMPS. Throughout his career so far, HYDE has recorded more than 300 songs, with 60+ songs breaking the Oricon (Japanese Billboard Chart) top 10.


Still active with L'Arc~en~Ciel, HYDE took a break from VAMPS in early 2018 to reinvent himself yet again as a solo artist, releasing 4 new singles back-to-back: "WHO'S GONNA SAVE US", "AFTER LIGHT", "FAKE DIVINE", and "ZIPANG". HYDE shows no signs of slowing down with his 12th single "MAD QUALIA" scheduled to be released on March 20, 2019, a World Tour just announced to be starting in Asia in March 2019, and a US tour on the books for May 2019.


For more information: www.hyde.com

WagakkiBand

WagakkiBand is the "Sensational Rock Entertainment Ensemble" that fuses Shigin (poetry recitation, one of Japanese classic performing arts), Wagakki (traditional Japanese musical instruments) and Rock. The music video of "Senbon Zakura" included in their debut album, has been viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube and received a countless number of comments and shares from all over the world. Debuted in 2014, they now sell out arena shows with audiences in the tens of thousands each night, and performs at special stages such as national treasure and cultural heritage sites including Heian Shrine and Izumo Shrine with 10,000 audience members in attendance. WagakkiBand is also performing for worldwide audiences and surprised 250,000 Japan Expo attendees in Paris, headlining the US Tour to cover 5 major cities, and performing a special live organized by Tencent streamed more than 100 million times in the first 24 hours.


For more information: https://wagakkiband.jp/wagae/

Puffy AmiYumi

In 1996, PUFFY debuted with the single "Asia no Junshin" produced by Tamio Okuda. After, they continued to release hit songs such as "Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi" "Circuit no Musume" "Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Et Cetera" and many more.


Their very own cartoon "Hi! Hi! Puffy AmiYumi" on the Cartoon Network aired in over 110 countries and since then they have been active all over the world as Japan's Pop icon.


For more information: http://puffyamiyumi.com

About Japan 2019

Following on the successful festival of Japonismes 2018 in France, Japan 2019 aims to broaden understanding of and interest in Japanese culture in the United States. We invite you to explore the world of Japanese arts and culture through the festival events, taking place between March and December 2019. For more information, please visit: https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/about/area/japan2019/

About The Japan Foundation

The Japan Foundation, established in 1972, is Japan's only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. Its mission is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. The Foundation maintains its headquarters in Tokyo and operates through a network of 25 overseas offices in 24 countries worldwide. The Japan Foundation is represented by two offices in the United States-one in New York and the other in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit: https://www.jpf.go.jp/ and https://www.jfny.org/


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