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Halloween?! バターナッツかぼちゃ Butternut Squash



I got this Butternut Squash from my friend in this month, October 2021. It is the first time for me to see such a funny shape vegetable. Its rather like Calabash than Squash.

I’ve ever wrote a song “Calabash” for the album “Adventure” but never wrote about Butternut Squash yet, though.


I cut into two pieces. It looks like a squash which upper part stretched.


I peeled and cut it into small pieces and microwaved it for 12 minutes. My microwave’s longest setting of heating time is 6 minutes. I did it 2 times. Wattage is 700.


I cooked it together with sliced onion and water.


It became like this after I simmered and crushing with a spatula.


I let it cool in room temperature and mixed in a blender.


The power of machine is great but it’s too much work for me to clean it.


I put it in a pan and heat, added soup cube and milk.



I added fresh cream and parsley for finish. Yum. I can eat it all in a moment. I put the leftover into some Ziplocs and kept it in a freezer to avoid overeat. I can store them about three months.

I just wanted to share pictures of rare vegetable.

Sunday, 25th July at GANZ toi, toi, toi!

大阪は西天満のライブハウス、GANZ toi, toi, toi!がビルの解体に伴い、この地での営業を終了することとなり、さよならイベントに呼んで頂きました。こちら、7年前に開業。大阪・アメリカ村の元「サンホール」のスタッフが新たに始めた会場です。

We played at GANZ toi, toi, toi! in Nishitenma, Osaka which is closing the day after this show because the building is getting old and will be re-built. This venue was started by people who were working at a club called “Sun Hall” in Amerika-mura, Osaka.


Other than us, Ulful Keisuke, Misako Odani, The Tako-san and 11 more performers played here for the event. This photo is ScatRaw’s performance. They wore Edo period style Kimono.

GANTZ toi, toi, toiは、2015年に少年ナイフのドラマーとして、りさちゃんが加入したときにバンド写真を撮影をした場所でもあります。当時は開店したてで、木の良い香りがしました。GANZには、バンドとして出演したことはなかったのですが、わたしはお客さんとして、田渕ひさ子さんと小谷美紗子さんのツーマンを見に来たことがあります。

We’ve ever took band photographs here when our drummer Risa joined Shonen Knife in 2015. This venue was just opend at that time and I smelled of wooden scent. Shonen Knife have never played here but I came here to see Hisako Tabuchi and Misako Odani’s two-man show.

Live photography by Tomoko Ota 撮影:太田智子

あつこは712 Day Party 2021の後、わたしとテニスの試合をしてから、ロサンゼルスに帰宅。そして、この日のベースは、なるちゃん。家から衣装を着用して行き、会場到着後まもなくステージへ。

Atsuko went back to Los Angeles soon after 712 Day Party 2021 Japan Tour after played tennis match with me. Naru played the bass for this show. All of us wore stage costumes at home and loaded in to the venue. It was not long before the show began.


We had 20minutes short set and played with full power all through the show.






そして、GANZ toi, toi, toi!のみなさん、おつかれさまでした!また、新天地でのご活躍を期待しております。

We played our all hit songs. Thank you for coming to the show!

I also would like to say thanks to people who worked for GANZ toi, toi, toi!. I pray for their success at new place.


We loaded out as soon as the show finished and did a bit of merchandise. I dropped at a supermarket to get food and drinks for dinner. I bought Hoegaarden Belgian beer and some salad  and I had a small party “for myself” at home.  Cheers! Our future live schedule after this show is EU/UK tour 2022 March and April. I hope we can go safely. I would like to to see our fans in EU/UK.

712 Day Party 2021大阪・心斎橋 CLAPPER 7月17日(土)

712 Day Party Japan Tour 2021 “CLAPPER” Osaka

Saturday 17th July 2021


I had light meal before I go to the venue. Salmon flakes rice ball and a seasoned boiled egg. By the way, I made these by myself.


会場に入ると、712 Day Party 40周年ツアー千秋楽ということで、44本の美しいバラの花束が届いていた!うれしい驚き!ありがとうございます!

We loaded in to the venue CLAPPER at Amerika-mura, Osaka which is my hometown in the afternoon.

Beautiful 44 roses of our 40th anniversary  celebration gift were there when I entered into the venue. I was surprised and so happy. Thank you so much!


These 15 live photographs were taken by our official “super” photographer Tomoko Ota.


We were so busy before the show. There was no time to take pictures for my blog and it became 17:00 of the show time in a blink. We started the show cheerfully.

Oh, yeah!


Head banging!





Thank you!

Van Halen!

Ha, ha, ha,ha!

Clap, clap, clap!

Shonen Knife Towels!



ライブは無事終了。そして、712 Day Party 2021全ツアー無事終了。見に来てくださったみなさま、いくら感謝しても感謝しきれません。本当にありがとう!

The show finished safely. All dates of 40th anniversary of 712 Day Party  Japan tour finished successfully. Thanks so much for everyone who came to see us! I’m really happy to see you guys!

Live photos by Tomoko Ota


We got a beautiful original labeled red wine. Thank you so much! Cool!


写真、後列左から、わたしの大好きなバンド Yellow Machinegun のドラマーのたまちゃん、なるちゃん、りさちゃん、りっこちゃん。前列左から、わたくし、あつこ(妹)

We took a photo after show. Ritsuo and Naru did merch ladies. Thanks a lot! Great job!

Left to Right

Rear row: Tama from one of my favorite band Yellow Machinegun’s drummer, Naru, RIsa, Ritsuko

Front row: me, my younger sister Atsuko,


たまちゃん、ありがとう!東京では、Yellow Machinegun のギタリスト京ちゃんが来てくれていました。ありがとう!

Without masks and in silence.

Thank for coming, Tama! Kyoko, the guitarist from Yellow Machinegun came to see us in Tokyo. Thanks!

もう一丁。One more photo shoot.


Wow! We got fantastic cake! This is rather an artistic work than cake. I was so happy.


It was too beautiful and I didn’t want to eat but I ate it in one bite. It was  so delicious.


I bought Takoyaki and Yakisoba on the way home and ate it for dinner. The world of brown foods. Yum! I topped mayo on them.


We got a hearty drawing. Thank you!


Wow!! We also got a wonderful blizzard flower with “Shonen Knife 40th Anniversary” message decoration.  I will display it carefully as long as I can.




It’s our”40th Anniversary” but I can’t believe it! Is that true? But I just want to say thank you for people who congrats our anniversary. I’m really honored that so many people support us and come to see our show and listen our music. I also would like to thank to people who work with us. I’m grateful to all members who played with me.

I would appreciate your continued support to Shonen Knife.

Well, I don’t know how may more years I can continue because I’m getting “old”!

Anyway, keep on rockin’ and “Minna Tanoshiku Shonen Knife” let’s have fun!

712 Day Party 2021 東京から大阪移動日 7月12日(月)

712 Day Party 2021 Travel Day from Tokyo to Osaka

Monday 12th July



12th July is 712 Day! (= Shonen Knife Day)

July is the the 7th month of the year.

7 = Nana   1= Ichi   2 = Ni, Futatsu,  NAIFU = Knife

Anyway, it’s a travel day. looking Tokyo Tower, our car is off to Osaka. The government upgraded the announcement from  “Preventive Measures” to “State of Emergency” in Tokyo area from today!

工事すごいなぁ。Wow, huge construction cranes.


We took a rest at ,may be, Ayusawa driver’s cafe. They displayed  corn dog character “American Dokkun”, focusing on the sales of it, may be.


Knitted doll of “American Dokkun” were on sale, too.


After that, we drove more and took a rest for lunch at somewhere. I had Hiyashi Chuka from Yoshinoya. I love this cold Ramen noodles with bit sweet Ponzu vinegar served in Summer season.


I tried Sumikko Gurashi dolls claw machine game there. I could get nothing. Ah, I had better not to try it.


Driving through hard rain area.

視界が悪い。The view wasn’t clear. Hard to see.


We got through the hard rain area and could see Nagashima Spa Land amusement park.


And I bought Green Tea Ice Cream for myself as a prize of working hard.


I ate it with Atsuko and Risa. So delicious!



After eating ice cream, there was a Sumikko Gurashi claw game machine again and Risa tried it. I didn’t see the result but anyway she is good at claw game.

We arrived at Osaka in the evening. Everybody did a good job! Thanks a lot!


712 Day Party 2021 東京・新代田「フィーバー」7月11日(日)

712 Day Party Japan Tour 2021, “FEVER” Tokyo

Sunday 11th July


Breakfast at a hotel room in Shizuoka. Unagi-pastry, vegetable juice and soy milk from a supermarket in the neighbors where we went last night.

一路、東京へ。Driving to Tokyo.


There were not so many cars on the highway and we arrived at Tokyo safely. Atsuko, Risa, our manager and I went to a diner to have lunch. I ate spaghetti bolognese. I always, anywhere and anytime,  love it.


Arrived at the venue FEVER. We play here several times.


What a cool sanitizer stand! It was at the entrance.


Inside of the venue. Marked on the floor at “social distance” points.


After sound check, plastic stools were set at “social distance” points. They seems like upside down buckets and stackable. So smart. It reminds me of hats of DEVO. The view looks like an art work.


Preparing for the show and the show time came very quickly because by “Preventive measures”, the start time was 17:00. Tickets were sold out. Thank you very much!

あーーーー、オーイェーイ! WOWOWOWOWO!

じゃかじゃかじゃーん。OH, YEAH!

Live photos by Atsushi Shibata



Audience had to wear masks and it must be uncomfortable to breath but I could see smiles from them. They seemed enjoy our beat. Thank you for coming to the show. I got happy to see the audience.


Ramones Fan Club Japanの会長にして、写真家のユキさんから、GABBA GABBA HEY ロールケーキを頂いた!

This tour is 40th anniversary. Many fans and friends gave us congrats and gifts. I’m honored very much. Thanks a lot!

Yuki, a representative of Ramones Fan Club Japan and a photographer, gave us “GABBA GABBA HEY” rolled cake!


How nice!!! We shared it and ate at the dressing room. It was so yummy. I actually didn’t want to eat and cut the cake of beautiful drawing.

ユキさん撮影の写真ギャラリー (ここから4枚)

These 4 photos are taken by Yuki Kuroyanagi.


“Ready to ROCK!” I got nervous, though.


「ロケットにのって~!」Riding on the Rocket!

「みんな、ありがとう!」Thanks everyone!

These 4 photographs are taken by Yuki




みずきくんとけいじくんは、「虎の子屋」としてこのWEB SITEを作成管理して頂いています。少年ナイフの東京支部のごとくいろいろいつもお世話になっています。ありがとう!

A band papalion congrats us. Left to right, Mizuki, Akane and Keiji.

Mizuki and Keiji are managing “Toranokoya” and administrate our official WEB SITE. They support us as a Tokyo Branch. Thanks always!


Merch table. The re-make Heart T-shirt has a good reaction. Towel and Tote, too.


My handmade “Candy Strap”, pin badge, picks and sweat band there.

片付け終わってpapalionチームと記念撮影。左から2人目はPop Tuneのアルバムジャケットや、ツイッターのアイコンを描いていただいたイラストレーターの斉藤マミさん。ハートTシャツの着こなしがすてき。そのほか、各方面のお世話になっている重鎮のみなさまにも来ていただきました。

After the show finished and packed the merch, we took a photo with papalion team with Mami. She drew the illustration for our album “Pop Tune” and twitter icon. She is wearing our Heart T-shirt fashionably! Some other friends who support us came to see us. I’m honored.


By “Preventive Measures”, restaurants were closing at 8pm. I expected that we had to buy something for dinner at a convenience store but we got gorgeous bento boxes. I was so happy for delicious dinner and went to bed.