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.

Feb 23, 2020 Kyoto Japan, Kyoto UrBANGUILD

2020年の初ライブは”京都 梅まつり”と題し、京都アバンギルドにて、ゲストにトムボーイズをお迎えし華やかに開催しました。

Shonen Knife’s  first show of 2020 was in Kyoto. We had a show at UrBANGUILD with The Tomboys.


We left Osaka just before noon and drove to Kyoto. I saw Fushimi-Momoyama Castle.


We arrived at Kyoto and went to a restaurant for lunch. I had grilled chicken and rice. I was so full.


The venue is the third floor of the building.



There is Takase River in front of the venue.


We loaded in and set up our gears.


merch table.


Ritsuko helped selling merch today. Knife fans can talk to Ritsuko.  It was special, isn’t it?

トムボーイズ。 メンバーも衣装もかわいい!

The Tomboys. Members are pretty and their costumes are cute!


We played cover song of AC/DC. I sang one song.


February 23rd is the Emperor’s birthday in Japan. Tomorrow is Monday but the substitute holiday. So there were fans who came from far. Thank you so much!


I ate nothing before the show, so I was hungry. I ate ramen noodles after the show!

Live photo by Tomoko Ota

Thank you Kyoto Rock City!


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I added more photos by great camera woman, Tomoko Ota!

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February 22nd is my birthday. I got lots messages. Thank you very much!! I was so glad!

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.



2020, new year.

I made Osechi, the Japanese new year’s dishes. Some are vacuum packed ready to eat foods for new year’s dishes and some are made by myself. We can buy various convenient long life foods at supermarkets. 令和 Reiwa fish cake was tasty. My favorite is Datemaki, sweet rolled omelet.


We usually eat Osechi and Zouni in Japan at new year’s holiday. Each district has their local style Zouni soup. I’m living in Osaka-Kansai area which local Zouni soup has white miso and round shape mochi rice cake. I used toasted square shaped mochi for this.


I went to Matsunoo Taisha in Kyoto. I’ve heard that it’s a god of liquor.

えらい人や。(人が多い)There were so many people.


Mountains are close.


I saw many street stalls.



Plum? Peach? Anyway, this was flowering by warm weather.


This year is Mouse by Japanese zodiac. Mouse? Rat?


Sake, Sake and Sake! As the offering.


And Sake, Sake and Sake!


Information of Shonen Knife show in Kyoto February 23rd 2020


There was a place to make fire. A person who knows me talked to me and took a picture together. He said that he would like to come to our show. Thanks!


I had Masu Sake. Sake served in a wooden cup. This is a kind of measure cup of 180ml. Yum, yum with fresh wooden scent.

石碑。Stone monument.







清め水。Water place.


Tengu face rock.You can find Tengu’s face shape rock somewhere.








I got this with Sake. Dried squid and a cute candy.











I tried “Taru-uranai”. I shoot arrows to inside of a small barrel. When the arrow hit the very center, it is excellent good fortune. My arrow hit center but not the very center and I got this lucky charm.


When I came to Matsuo Taisha 2 years ago first time, my arrow hit the very center and I got this excellent good fortune charm. It may be a beginner’s luck.


The second day of the new year, I went to a bargain sale. Japanese clothing stores usually start bargain sale from 2nd of January. I dropped at a Japanese style sweets cafe and I ate this sweet red beans mochi ice cream. Yum, yum, yum.

お正月3が日の空き時間はだいたいクラシックゲームをしてました。ファミコンも少しやったけど、主に初代Play Stationで、「Break Thru!」という落ちものゲームばっかりしてました。アルバムLet’s Knifeのレコーディング時の合間に、マニピュレーターの方のMacで、Columnsで遊ばせてもらって以来ずっと落ちゲーにハマってます。今はiPadでCradle of Empiresというゲームが好き。

I was playing classic video games for the spare time of new year’s holidays. I played Fami-Con, too but I mainly played a match 3 game “Break Thru!” of Play Station. I love match 3 games since I first played “Columns” with our manipulator’s Macintosh computer at a spare time when we recorded Let’s Knife album at a studio. Now I’m playing “Cradle of Empires” using my iPad.








When I cleared, the stage changes like from London to San Francisco.


I went to Sumiyoshi-Taisha on the 3rd of January and pulled “Bad Luck” fortune. Yikes!


I went to Imamiya Ebisu. This shrine has been familiar with people, calling it “Ebessan” where gods of business prosperity. Japanese promotor-booking agent U-DO which invited KISS donated lanterns of KISS and Bob Dylan.









人がいっぱい。So many people.


Fortune slip at Imamiya Ebisu I pulled was “so so” luck.


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