From Naoko

712 Day Party 2017 Osaka

7月15日(土) 大阪、心斎橋SOMA

Saturday, July 15th SOMA, Shinsaibashi, Osaka

いよいよ 712 Day Party 2017 最終日。わたしのホームタウン大阪でライブです。大阪は大阪でもミナミエリアはわたしのホームグラウンド。家から近いと楽やわ~。お昼過ぎに会場着、機材の搬入をしてサウンドチェックなどあっという間にショータイムとなりました。写真は出番直前の一コマ。なるちゃんとりさちゃんがおちょけつつ、気合を入れてはります。

The final day of 712 Day Party 2017 Japan tour has come! It’s a show at my hometown Osaka. I feel easy to play around ‘Minami Area’ of the downtown Osaka because it’s close to my house. We loaded in to the venue around 2:00p.m. and did sound check. Time passed so quickly being busy for setting up and the show time came soon. This picture was taken just before going to the stage. Risa and Naru are doing funny.

Pix by Atsushi



Thanks to the great audience, our show became hot and excited. There were many people who came from far away. Thank you for coming!

We set the time for door open at 17:00 and start at 17:30 for weekend show. It might be convenient for the audience because they can go to eat dinner or drink after show and if they are from a little far away town, they can go home after show.

ライブ後、本日のオープニングアクトを務めてくださった the Valentines のみなさんと。みなさん、かわいい!

A picture with the opening band the Valentines. Cute!

それから、いつもグッズコーナー等手伝っていただいている、AlReady Yours のドラマー、かなこちゃんと記念撮影。90年代からお世話になっています。ありがとう。

One more picture with Kanako, the drummer from AlReady Yours who is helping our merch table. She helps us since 90’s. Thanks!

そして、712 Day 大阪、締めくくりの写真は、大分から駆けつけてくださった、りさちゃんのお父上と妹君、ファミリーバンド「BRINKY」のみなさんと。いつもあたたかいご支援ありがとうございます!

ということで、712 Day Party 2017、盛況のうちに無事終えることができました。見に来てくださった方々に感謝します。ありがとう!!!


With our drummer Risa’s dad and her younger sister. They form a family band BRINKY. I thank to their  support.

Thanks to Shonen Knife friends at our shows in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, we could finish the tour successfully. I’m grateful.

Our next shows will be held in Okayama and Fukuoka, Japan. Let’s have fun!

712 Day Party 2017 Tokyo and Nagoya

7月7日(金) 移動日、大阪から東京へ

Friday July 7, Travel Day from Osaka to Tokyo


All of us got together and left Osaka at 10:00a.m. We had a lunch break at a track service.


I had chicken curry and rice.

この日は七夕です。It was Tanabata, the star festival.


Driving and driving, we arrive at Tokyo around 6:30. After we loaded in the place we stay, we had dinner.


Firstly, we ordered beer. Mine is only one of these, though.


And Tofu salad and a little of cod roe spaghetti.


Naru the Beer Queen had another mug of beer, Sweet Princess Risa had Ice cream for dessert. I had a glass of wine. I really love it. Then everyone went to bed.

7月8日(土) ライブ at 新代田FEVER

Saturday, July 8th Live at FEVER, Shindaita, Tokyo


We loaded in to the venue, FEVER around noon.


This is our merch table. Our new items are 712 Day 2017 stripe T-shirt.

我々のサウンドチェックの後、オープニングアクトのthe Pats Patsの皆さんがサウンドチェックしておられる所をパチリ。かわいい!

After our sound check, I took a picture of today’s opening act the Pats Pats who were sound checking. Cute!





Thank you for the beautiful flower!

魚眼レンズつけたらちょっとピンぼけになりましたが、出番前に楽屋にてthe Pats Patsと記念撮影。

I took a picture with the Pats Pats before our show time at a dressing room. I put fish eye lens on my cell phone camera and it became a little out of focus.


Risa is setting the drums and I took a picture with Naru.

Pix by Atsushi


Then our show time. Tokyo is HOT! Rising to fever pith at FEVER!!! Thanks a lot for coming to our show!!!


An woman who is wearing a cap is Komujim. She drew the poster for 712 Day Party 2017 tour. Thanks for the cute poster.

そして、少年ナイフのTシャツやPop Tuneのアルバムジャケットのイラストを描いてくださっている斉藤マミさんと。

With an illustrator Mami Saito who did our Pop Tune album jacket and T-shirt design.


She had been having an exhibition of her works on that day. She must have been busy but thanks for coming!


I had eggs on stir-fried rice. It called Omu Rice in Japanese.

7月9日(日) ライブ at 名古屋 池下 CLUB UP SET

Sunday, July 9th Live at CLUB UPSET, Ikeshita, Nagoya


We left Tokyo in the morning and off to Nagoya. I couldn’t see Mt. Fuji on the way because of the weather.


At a track stop on the way.


There is a clothing shop there.


Track stops on Shin-Toumei highway are brand new and it looks like small sized shopping malls. They sell various elaborated souvenirs. The menu from the food courts are a little expensive. We used to have very special track stop menu like fried sardine set meal or pork miso soup set meal but there are no more. I miss that.


I had Pork cutlet Don with Miso sauce for lunch. The portion was very big and I couldn’t eat all of them.



Then we arrived at Nagoya safely. I was so busy for sound check and set merch table and had no time to take pictures. The show went very well. The audience seemed enjoying our show very much. Thanks a lot!!!

Pix by Atsushi

ライブ終了後、東京、名古屋とオープニングアクトを務めてもらった、とってもかわいらしい the Pats Patsのみなさんと記念撮影。おつかれさまでした!

We took a picture with the Pats Pats who opened up for our show. They are so cute. Thanks a lot.

June 24, 2017 Sled Island, Calgary CANADA Day#3

今日は帰る日。カルガリーからバンクーバー経由の関西国際空港へ。帰りはAir Canada Rougeと言って、なんやろ、ちょっとカジュアルなLCCっぽいフライトです。液晶画面も機内には無くて、前もって自分のタブレットにアプリをダウンロードして、それで機内のWifiで映画などを見ます。あつこはロサンゼルスへ、みよこさんはトロント経由でバッファローへそれぞれの便に搭乗します。わたしとりさちゃんの便が一番早いので、ゲートまで見送りにきてくれました。別れを惜しんでいざ搭乗。

It was a travel day from Calgary to Osaka-Kansai via Vancouver. We took Air Canada Rouge for the return trip which is a kind of casual, LCC, Low-cost carrier, style flights. The airplane doesn’t have LCD screens. The passengers have to download the application beforehand and are able to watch movies during the flight via Wifi. Atsuko will flight to Los Angeles and Miyoko will go to Buffalo via Toronto. Risa and my flight is the earliest and they came to see us off to the gate. I will miss everybody. Then it’s time to board.


We go to Vancouver first for transfer. We had no time to find any souvenir at Calgary so I walked around Vancouver airport with Risa for an hour. Please do not feed the bear!?


Seems like Chinese Japanese. Full of Chow Mein in a bowl.


Vancouver airport is big.


There were a big fish tank.


After 10 hours 50 minutes flight, we arrived at Osaka-Kansai Airport. This picture is the sea of Sen-nan area on the way home from the airport. The tour of 4 days 2 night passed very quickly but we had so many audience and very kind Sled Island volunteers, I could have a very rewarding experience. Thank you everybody!

少年ナイフ、次のライブは、「712 Day Party 2017」東京、名古屋、大阪です。ぜひお越しください!

Shonen Knife’s next shows are, ‘712 Day Party 2017’ tour in Japan. We’ll play in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Please come to our show!

Sat. July 8, Sin-Daita FEVER, Tokyo

Sun. July 9, Ikeshita CLUB UP SET, Nagoya

Sat. July 15, Shinsaibashi SOMA

These shows will start from 5:30. Don’t miss it!

June 23, 2017 Sled Island, Calgary CANADA Day#2

第2日目、Sled Island フェスティバルのライブ 会場は#1 Legion



I went to bed around 10:30 pm last night and woke up around 7:00 am this morning but it was still early and I slept again until 9:00 am. I slept very well. I always try to keep awake in day time until night and I go to bed at night because I don’t want to have jet lag. I got well conditioned.

I was hungry before noon, I went to a pub to get a sandwich with a meal ticket from the festival.


I got egg, bacon, tomato sandwich to go. It was good.


All of us met at the hotel lobby for a photo session at 3:30 pm. Kenny and Jake joined. It was our North American party’s reunion after 3 weeks. We walked to Studio Bell which is a National Music centre. The places of photo shooting were the landing and the lobby. This building was so beautiful.


a connecting corridor


We took a picture with the photographer Sebastian.


I found a big Knife sign at the neighbor.

いったんホテルに戻って機材を持って、車で会場の#1 Legionへ。徒歩で行っても5分ほどです。機材があるので車ですが。

We went back to the hotel and took our equipments and off to the venue #1 Legion by car. It was five minutes walk from the hotel but we took a car ride because of our guitars and equipments.



May 16, VFW Hall, Galveston TX

Then we did sound check.

This venue is a social place for Veterans of Canadian Armed Forces. We played at a similar venue on May 16 at Galveston TX, USA last month but this venue #1 Legion is huge. Capacity is 500 people.







Big wooden clock!


A fountain at the entrance


Shonen Knife good table


Silk screen posters were on sale at the venue.


We made the limited Canadian version T-shirts. This is red the Canadian color.

サウンドチェックを終えて、夕食を食べるべく外へ。会場の向かいはトラム「C Train」のセンターストリート駅です。

We finished soundcheck and went out for dinner. The other side of the venue is Centre Street station of C Train.



みんなで中華街まで歩いてDragon Chinese Restaurantというお店に行きました。6人分で99カナダドル(税、チップ別)というコースを頼みました。

All of us walked to the China town and went to Dragon Chinese Restaurant for dinner. We ordered a course menu which was CA$99.- aside from tax and tip for 6 people.


First one was soup. I chose Won Ton soup. There were three Won Tons which have a lot of minced pork in soup.


Next one was spring roll. One each for one person. I was foreseeing that a lot of food would come, I kept my spring roll until the end. If I wouldn’t eat it, I can take it to go. I might be contented with Won Ton Soup and a Spring Roll.


We chose one entree each from the menu. Unexpectedly, everyone ordered different entree. The portion was so big!! I thought that one plate was for 6 people.


This is stir-fry shrimp and celery which Atsuko ordered.


Stir-fry Beef and Broccoli with oyster sauce which other person ordered. I ate a lot of broccoli.


I ordered Chow Mein. It tasted of Chinese spice. Fried Rice were served which included the course. So much food!!


photo: taken by Miyoko


We ate and ate but the portions were so big. There were lots of leftovers. Someone got a box and put food from the leftovers. I put my Spring Roll without forgetting.


We went back to the hotel and had a rest. Fancy hotel.


Hotel lobby was beautiful.


It was still bright outside at 9 pm in Calgary. This photo was taken around 10:30 pm.


We prepared for the show at our hotel rooms and walked back to the venue. When we arrived, a front band was playing. The venue was already crowded. Yeah!

pic by Miyoko

pic by Miyoko


Then our show time! The show from 12:30 of Friday midnight was packed. The audience looked happy with our show. Thank you so much! Calgary was hot! I’d like to come back again and have a Canadian Tour some day! Sled Island is the best!


After show at the dressing room.


I drank Canadian beer. Good.


After show, we took a picture at the hotel lobby. Kenny and Jake will flight back to Georgia, US, tomorrow afternoon. Other 4 person will take early flight. Everybody did a great job!

June 22, 2017 Sled Island, Calgary CANADA Day#1




Day #1 From Osaka to Calgary.

Leaving home early in the morning, Risa and I flew from Osaka-Itami to Narita Airport.


There is a tapestry of Tower of the Sun at Osaka-Itami airport. I felt retro.


Arrived at Narita Airport around 9 a.m.


This Robot welcomed us at Narita. Intentional object?!


This duty free shop at Narita has Manga wall. Absolutely.


Or there was a doll wearing Kabuki costume.


We had more than 7 hours for transfer. Risa and I decided to meet at the departure gate before boarding time and went our several ways. I got hungry and walked around the terminal nearly for an hour and went to food court. The food court has only curry, soba noodles, ramen, coffee and sandwich, though.


その後、休憩ルームで横になろうかとも思ったけど、そこで寝てしまうと機内で寝られないと思い、コンセント付きの長椅子がたくさん置いてある待合スペースへ行き、ソファーに座って、タブレットを充電しつつ、ここ2年ぐらいハマっているCradle of Empiresっていう落ちものゲームをひたすらしていました。そうこうしている間に、なんとか7時間の暇つぶしが終わって、ゲートに行き、りさちゃんと合流。

I ordered Chicken Tempura Bowl at Soba place. It had two pieces of white meat tempura, half Nitamago egg and deep fried green pepper on rice. I wanted to ask some more sauce on it but I couldn’t.

Then I was thinking I should use a sleeping room at the airport but if I slept a few hours there, I might can’t sleep on the airplane. Then I went to a rest area which has a lot of sofa with power. I was sitting on a sofa and charging my tablet and played “Cradle of Empires” which is a kind of puzzle game. A few hours have passed on the sofa and totally I could spent 7 hours. I went to the gate and met Risa.


We used Air Canada from Narita to Calgary this time.


Finally the boarding time came. Yay!

機内食、その1 ビーフシチュー的なものとごはん、春雨サラダ。


Flight meal #1 Beef stew, steamed rice and glass noodle salad.

I watched two movies on flight. “Nagai Iiwake” and “Boku Dake-ga Inai Machi”. I often watch Japanese movies on an airplane. Both movie was wonderful because kids actors were so great. A Japanese actor Masahiro Motoki was acting good, too.

機内食、その2 朝食は、鶏肉がトッピングされたお粥とカットフルーツ。

Flight meal #2 The breakfast was Japanese congee topped with chicken and cut fruits.


9 hours flight brought us Calgary!


I see Red everywhere in Canada.



Passed through immigration and baggage claim and exit, Miyoko was waiting for us. She arrived from Buffalo, the U. S. to Calgary via Toronto. I saw her first time after 3 weeks since Ramen Adventure USA Tour. Thank you always!

Jeff, a volunteer staff of the festival, would take us to a hotel. We took a picture with him. I heard that he used to teach English at a high school in Hokkaido, Japan. That’s cool!


In front of a hippo from Calgary Zoo.


We arrived at the downtown after 30 minutes drive. After checked in the hotel, Miyoko, Atsuko and I went to eat lunch. Risa was sleeping at the hotel room. There were beautiful buildings.


There were many monuments.


Stone elephant


Kabuku? Is that really OK? I think it is Kabuki.


We came to the China town which from 15 minutes walk from the hotel for eating Chinese food.


A shopping mall at the China town.


Carp fish was swiminng.



There was a temple or shrine with Christmas trees at the 2nd floor of the Chinese mall.

After this we went out from the mall. When we passed by the front of a butcher at the China town, a meat delivery track was there. A butcher carried 3 pigs with no heads on his shoulder with holding their legs. It must so heavy to carry. There were 2 buckets contains many pig’s heads.



We couldn’t find a suitable Chinese restaurant and toward to the hotel.

There are many glass building.


I saw Calgary Tower!


We walked and walked and finally found a cafe. I had sandwich and coffee. It was already 3pm.


From the window of the cafe


I brought a fish eye lens for smart phones and could take a picture of wide view.


There was a local free paper BEATROUTE at the cafe and Shonen Knife was on the front cover!

How nice! Thanks a lot!

いったんホテルの部屋に帰ったのち、あつこと隣のタワー内にあるSled Islandのケータリング会場へ行くため外出。

I came back to the hotel first and went out to go to a catering area of Sled Island at Calgary Tower with Atsuko.


Calgary Tower


The plate of elevator buttons was shaped of the tower. Cool.


The view from the observation lounge was wonderful.


The city area were surrounded by greens.


There were many tall buildings. I’m sure that the city was developed since the last time I’ve been here nearly 20 years ago.


I tried to stand on the glass floor at the observatory. It was so scary. I was standing with my back bent.


A moose was standing on the floor of the observatory.


We took a picture with it.


At the exit of the tower. ‘Merci de votre visite’ ‘De rien!’


Then I went back to the hotel and went to bed around 10:30.