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2 March 2020, Travel Day from Perth to Osaka


All of us gathered at the hotel lobby at 4am and went to the airport. I had no sleep last night.


We could safely board Singapore airlines. It was easy because we didn’t take heavy luggage as usual. Flight meal was beef noodles.


I watched some movies, took a nap and arrived at Changi airport in Singapore for transit.


Flight meal from Changi to Osaka-Kansai airport was like this. Fish cake is marinated.



Dessert was Popsicle aka Ice Lolly. Yay! But I noticed that my parka got dirt by chocolate when I got off the plane because it was dark inside of it. Oh, no!

We arrived at Osaka-Kansai airport and went to the baggage claim. We just received our suitcases. I went to find our guitars to oversize pick up but I couldn’t. All other passengers went home and I asked to ground crew and our guitars were still at Changi. I wrote down a document for sending them to my house.



I received our guitars carefully wrapped by bubble seat with a letter of apology.

Anyway, it was great that all of us could come home safely!

1 March 2020, Perth Festival, Highway to Hell

3月1日(日)Perth Festival, Highway to Hell


Performance day for Perth Festival, Highway to Hell

Got up before noon and went to hotel restaurant on the ground floor.


I ate shrimp sandwich. It was good!


All performers gathered at the hotel lobby at 2pm and got into a big bus.


All passengers are musicians and their crew. It was like a party in the bus. Everybody were talking and laughing. It was so lively.


Everyone took their instruments and went to a dressing room.


There were 8 stage trucks. Our truck was No. 5.


Every truck has beautiful decoration.


Aboriginal ceremony for the safety of this parade was offered. I also prayed for it, too. This ceremony reminds me of the ceremony Japanese Buddhist temples and Shrines. They also burn plants.


Took a photo with a truck driver. Have a good drive.


In front of our banner.


Our stage. Adem took this photo.

ライブの写真はPaulさん撮影。Live photos by Paul


Numbers of people got together. I’ve heard that totally 100,000people came to see this event along the Highway of 10km.

新聞にも載りました。On a news paper.

こちらの新聞にも。News paper article.



There were 9 parks along the highway of 10km. We stopped there and played 1 song each but during the truck was moving, we never stopped playing songs.


Our truck was moving between 4km and 8km per an hour. Our soundman Greg was walking along the truck and remote controlling the sound with a tablet.


Our truck started at 7:36pm form the start spot and we played 4 AC/DC songs in 2 hours and a half constantly without a break except 5 minutes in the middle. Finally we arrived at the ending point at 8:07pm safely.

私たちが選んだ4曲は、Highway to Hell, Touch too much, Who made who, Rock’n’roll Singerです。Rock’n’roll Singerはあつこがリードボーカル。ほかの3曲はわたしがリードボーカルでした。合計すると、Highway to Hellを10回、Touch too much8回、Who made who6回、Rock’n’roll Singerを8回演奏しました。合計32。こんなに歌ったけど思いのほか、喉は大丈夫でした。

We picked up these 4 songs. Highway to Hell, Touch too much, Who made who, Rock’n’roll Singer.

I sang Highway to Hell 10 times, Touch too much 8 times, Who made who 6 times and Atsuko sang Rock’n’roll Singer 8 times. I sang 24 times but my there was no problem with my voice. I was thinking that my voice would go hoarse.


Took a photo with the producer. Thanks a lot!


After everything finishes, we rushed to the hotel restaurant directly from the venue with our equipment because the closing time was coming soon.



Paul and Greg, thank you so much!! You did great job!


I ordered a hamburger. It was so delicious after working a lot.

同じイベントに出演していたオーストラリアのバンド、The Pigram Brothersのみなさんが我々のテーブルのところまで来て美しいハーモニーを聞かせてくれました。何と7人兄弟のバンドだそう。7人もトラックのステージに乗ってたら狭かっただろうな。とにかく愉快で気さくな人たちでした。

An Australian band, The Pigram Brothers who played at the same event came to our table and sang a beautiful harmony song for us. They are 7 brothers band. The stage on the truck must be crowded. They were fun and friendly guys.


I went back to my room after dinner, packed my luggage, took a shower and had wine with Atsuko. I relaxed in bed after that for an hour with no sleep. Then I went down to the hotel lobby at 4:00am and drove to the airport.

29 February 2020, Rehearsal Day



It’s 29th February which appear only once per 4 years. It is mid summer but the weather was comfortable. Not too much warm and sunny. Eating a cup Udon noodles, I relaxed in my room to keep my physical energy. All of us gathered and drove to the rehearsal venue by the sponsor’s van in the afternoon.


This rainbow gate is the finishing point of the event.


Drove through a beautiful waterfront.


We arrived at a huge warehouse. 9 stage trucks were parked. This is our truck.


Our band name is printed on the big banner!


We sat equipment on the stage.


A ladder steps is sat up beside the stage when we go up to.

今回は、われわれのサウンドマン、グレッグにQuilter Toneblockをお借りして、Marshallのキャビネットに接続。スペアとしてFender Twinを置いてもらいました。

I used our sound man Greg’s Quilter Toneblock and rented Marshall cabinet this time. I also rent Fender Twin as a spare.


Yellow banner on our truck. I heard that catch phrase of an Australian drama was written on it.

トラック全景。Whole appearance of our truck.

広い倉庫。Huge warehouse.


I of course wore AC/DC T-shirt.

トラックで移動しながらリハーサル。Moving and playing songs.


Move in the warehouse and went out to a huge parking outside.


When our truck went outside, hard wind blow the yellow banner up and hooked on a stage light. The yellow banner was fixed with wires after soundcheck. It is my first time to play on a moving truck during the long history of Shonen Knife. It will be a great experience for me.



We came back to the hotel once and went out to a supermarket.

イースターうさぎチョコ売ってました。Easter rabbit chocolates were sold.


I bought no salted macadamia nuts, almonds and Australian popular biscuit Tim Tam.

スーパーの外にカワイイ犬。A cute dog outside of the supermarket.


This 1 hour was the only free time during our 4 days tour. I shopped in a hurry. I took a photo of the supermarket after shopping.


On the way back to the hotel. Are these doodle bug’s holes?


We came back to the hotel again and meet with our agent Paul at the hotel lobby then went dinner. Beautiful sunset.

ファンシーなレストランへ。Went to a fancy restaurant.

アジア創作料理のお店です。Asian style original cuisine.

パッタイ。Pad Thai.

Paulさんのお友達のミュージシャン、Adam Kさんもご一緒に。素敵な夕食のひと時でした。


We had dinner with Paul’s friend Adam K who is a musician. I had good dinner with them.

I couldn’t imagined how we play on a truck but now I understand it. The performance day tomorrow! I’m looking forward to play on a truck!

28 Feb 2020 Travel Day from Osaka to Perth, Australia

オーストラリアのパースで開かれた、パースフェスティバルの中のHighway to Hellというイベントにご招待いただきました。西オーストラリア州の州都パース市が主催の市を盛り上げるイベントです。

We were invited to “Highway to Hell” event of Perth Festival in Australia. It is held by Perth city which is the capitol city of Western Australia.



We departed from Osaka-Kansai international airport.

COVID-19 is going to start around. I don’t know wearing mask is effective or not but anyway it is useful to protect my voice from dry air in the airplane.


Due to COVID-19, there are not so many people at the airport. We actually planned to use Cathay Pacific airlines but the return flight was cancelled and we re-reserved Singapore Airlines.


We used Singapore Airlines when we toured Australia and New Zealand last autumn. We boarded after 3 months.


I bought Inari-Sushi at the deli close to the gate for my breakfast. It sometimes choke my throat but I love it.


機内食は「和風」を選択。鯖、だし巻き卵、おうどんがおいしかった。映画は、Joker, Charlie’s Angel, Jumanjiの3本を見ました。

We boarded. There were not a lot of passengers in the plane. Rather empty by COVID-19.

I chose “Japanese style” flight meal. Mackerel, Dashimaki-Egg and Udon Noodles were good. I watched 3 movies, Joker, Charlie’s Angel, Jumanji.


We transferred at Changi airport, Singapore. There was a digital art which follow the shape of my body move.

いいお天気。Nice weather.



Move from gate to gate in the airport by a tram. From the tram window.


Decoration at the airport. ‘Kitch’ taste mice are cute.

チャンギ空港から飛行機を乗り継いで、パースへ。機内食は、やきそば。おいしかった。映画は、Black Swan, Adams Family (2020 animation), Adams Family (original version)の途中まで見ました。


We transferred at Changi airport and flew to Perth. I had Chinese style fried noodles for flight meal. It was yum. I watched Black Swan, Adams Family (2020 animation), Adams Family (original version). In the middle of Adams Family, the airplane was arrived.

This flight was mostly packed. We arrived around midnight at Perth airport. A shuttle picked us and a member of a Japanese AC/DC tribute band called JP/DC and drove to each hotel. We checked in and went to bed quickly.

February 23, 2020 Kyoto UrBanguild


February 23rd, 2020 at Kyoto UrBanguild.





This was our first show of 2020 at Kyoto UrBanguild.

I made Zip up Parka as Shonen Knife merchandise first time after over 10 years for this show. It’s can be a useful clothes for spring season.


I made my new picks. Using illustration of my guitar, I designed them.


We left Osaka around noon. After we arrived at Kyoto, we had lunch.


I ate crab and Ikura cream spaghetti. It was good.



Load in. It was the 2nd time to play at UrBanguild.


The venue is on the 3rd floor of this retro building.

今日のゲストバンドは、女の子4人組The Tomboys。サウンドチェック中。

Today’s guest act is all girl band The Tomboys. They are doing soundcheck.


Ritsuko helped our merch table. Thanks!

いよいよ本番。まずは、The Tomboys。キュートで元気な演奏をしてくれました。ありがとう。

It’s show time! The Tomboys played well with cheerful cuteness. Thanks!

そして、少年ナイフの出番。日本各地からお客さんがたくさん来てくださいました。この日のスペシャルメニューとしては、AC/DCのカバーを4曲演奏したことです。3月1日にオーストラリアのパースで行われるイベントで、この4曲を演奏するので、日本のお客さんにも是非聴いていただきたいということで。その4曲は、Highway to Hell, Touch too much, Rock’n’roll Singer, Who made whoです。

And our turn! Many audience from all over Japan came to see us. The special songs for this show were AC/DC covers. We played these 4 songs “Highway to Hell, Touch too much, Rock’n’roll Singer, Who made who”. We are scheduled to play at Perth Festival “Highway to Hell” event in Australia on March 1st. It is a tribute event for Bon Scott and AC/DC and we planed to play these songs.


Tomoko Ota took these live pictures. She always takes great shots for us.










We did autograph session after show. There was a gap on the floor and two people lost their footing in the dark at the venue. Sorry about that. We’d like to keep safe next time. Anyway, I was happy to talk with the audience.

The Tomboysと記念撮影。みなさん、お疲れさま!

Took a picture with The Tomboys. Thanks for joining.



By the way, COVID-19 was happening from the end of January in Japan. I couldn’t imagine it became so serious like present situation at that time. (I’m writing this blog in the middle of March.) Many events like music and sports are cancelled in these days. It was a miracle to have this show.

Thank you for coming to the show!


On the way back, we dropped at a Ramen restaurant close to the entrance of highway in Kyoto.

Ramen Rock!



I ‘m full and my stomach shaped like a racoon like this.