2023年11月19日(日)十三しょんべんフェス 大阪

Sunday, November 19th Juso Shonben Fes, Osaka



We played at Juso Shonben Fes in Osaka. This festival was held on Saturday and Sunday, November 18th and 19th at Live House GABU and Cabaret Grand Saloon Juso. Our appearance day was 19th but I went to see the event on 18th beforehand. I went to the retro style cabaret, Grand Saloon Juso.


I entered into the venue. It was gorgeous.


There were box seats inside and there were retro beautiful lamps on each tables.


Chandelier was gorgeous, too.




Idle group performed on stage.


This might be a cupboard for keeping alcohol liquor bottles of customers.



Then I checked the load in route of the venue GABU which we play on 19th and went home.

On Sunday 19th, we arrived at GABU just before noon. Our show time was 14:00.


I sat up our merch table and started the show. Our show time was the first one of this day. It was easy for us because we could leave our equipment after sound check. I could enough concentrate to the stage. Nice!




I’m sure that we had very thick set of 30 minutes. I hope the audience love that. This became the last show of this year. Thank you for coming to our show and thanks to the staff of this event. This was a cool event.

Next is Australia and New Zealand tour which starts from February 21st. I hope all of you have a great year. Let’s get together and have fun at Shonen Knife show in 2024!

2023年11月11日(土)SPACE ADVENTURE 2023 大阪・なんばMele

Space Adventure 2023

Saturday, November 11th 2023 at Namba Mele, Osaka



Shonen Knife one-man show, Space Adventure 2023 Osaka was held on Saturday, November 11th at Namba Mele.

I had lunch at home. Putting on Kakiage Tempura from a supermarket yesterday on rice and pour some Tentsuyu sauce. I was so good. Tentsuyu is fish and soy flavor sauce.

この日も東京同様、ライブとフリーマーケットを同時開催しました。フリーマーケットのために、Space Adventure 2023特製プラバンを手作りしました。

We held a flea market as Tokyo show. I made plastic plates Space Adventure 2023 special by myself.


Draw pictures on a thin plastic plate and heat them in an electric oven toaster for some minutes. Then they shrink and fix the shape to key holders. I made 5 pieces. It was a bit hard to make but I love these.


In the afternoon, we arrived at the venue, Namba Mele which is close to Namba station and the location is very good. They have an enough space in front of the bar and we use the space for the flea market. People at the venue are kind to us.


This is the space in front of the Bar. Naru joined into the flea market and brought many items.


I sold my acoustic guitar at our Tokyo show. The acoustic guitar brand which sold in Tokyo was POS. It is a brand of a music instrument shop in Osaka. Today, I sold Morales guitar which is a brand of music score publishing company Zen-on. I still have some more acoustic guitars at home and wanted to sell this one to someone who use it. A wonderful people bought this and the guitar must be happy.

サウンドチェック。今日の私服はNight RangerのTシャツ。去年10月の来日公演で買ってから初めて着ました。来日公演楽しかったなぁ。ステージ写真:太田智子

Soundcheck. I wore Night Ranger T-shirt. I bought this at their concert in Osaka in October last year. It was the first time for me to wear this one. Ah, the show was fun, anyway.

Stage photos by Tomoko Ota


I sat up the merch table and the show time came very quickly. I didn’t got nervous so much. It may be that the set list was played last week in Tokyo.



Jump, jump, jump!

Sing, sing, sing!

Flying VVV!




Wearing Space Adventure 2023 T-shirt, doing encore! Yeah!





Our show finished safely with many cheerful audience. Thank you for coming! I thank to the audience who from all over Japan and all over the world.

Beautiful photographer Tomoko Ota took many fabulous pics. Thanks a lot.

Left: Naru, Right: Tomoko Ota

I also thank to staff at Namba Mele and Shonen Knife Family who help our merch.


And of course Atsuko and Risa played very well. Great job! Next show on 19th November will be the last show of this year. ROCK!


2023年11月4日(土)Space Adventure 2023 東京・秋葉原クラブグッドマン

Space Adventure 2023

Saturday, November 4th 2023 at Akihabara Club Goodman, Tokyo



We held our one-man show “Space Adventure 2023” at Akihabara Club Goodman in Tokyo on Saturday, November 4th.

We drove from Osaka to Tokyo on a National Holiday, November 3rd by car. I had Kakiage Udon noodles at a driver’s cafe on the way to Tokyo. It was yummy!


Mt. Fuji came into my view.


Driving and driving, our van entered Tokyo. I saw lighten up Tokyo Tower from the car window.


After checked in the hotel, I went to a “Family Restaurant” near by. I ate Macaroni Gratin which is my favorite from my childhood.


I got full and went to bed. I was nervous for tomorrow’s show.



On the next day, Saturday, November 4th, the day of our one-man show. I slept well and went to a Soba noodle restaurant around the hotel. It had stylish old style storefront. There are many Soba noodle restaurants in Tokyo. Soba in Tokyo is so good.

We stayed the east area of Tokyo inner city because the venue is in that area. I love this area a lot. I feel the atmosphere of historical Edo area.


I had Zaru Soba noodles with sesame sauce on the side. Dipping in the sauce, it was so good. Comparing the price in Osaka, it was a bit expensive but it was so tasty.


After lunch, I had fresh cream Dora Yaki pancake at a Japanese sweets shop. I got ready for the show tonight.


On the way to the hotel, I dropped at a tiny playground. This fence looks like Mondrian style or a police car.


I tried to ride on a police motorcycle.


Then we went to the venue Akihabara Club Goodman. This is a nice venue. I love here.


We received a very beautiful flower as a gift. Thank you so much! I was so happy.


We held Flea Market at the floor after mostly 10 years. My best featured item was an acoustic guitar. I’m sure that this guitar got happy with a new owner.


After we sat up the merch table, we took a picture.

さて今回、Space Adventure 2023 東京&大阪のライブでは、Flying Vを使用することにしました。1994年にロサンゼルスでTOMATO HEADの曲のミュージックビデオを撮影したのですが、そのロケ現場にMarty Friedmanさんが見に来てくれました。その時にもらったサインがこちら。日本語で書いてくれました。思い出深いです。

I decided to use Flying V for this Space Adventure 2023 Tokyo and Osaka show. I got an autograph from Marty Friedman when we took a music video of TOMATO HEAD song  in Los Angeles in 1994. He came to see us. He drew in Japanese as “Do your best. Shonen Knife’s fan, Marty Friedman”. So lovely.


Sound check.


We are ready to go!



I got very nervous for the new long set list but I could have very good time with a great audience. Thank you for coming to our show!!

And thanks to our Tokyo branch staff “Team Papalion” and a illustrator  Mami Saito. I also thank to staff at Club Goodman.

Live photos by Atsushi Shibata


After we went back to the hotel and went to eat dinner. It was delicious at a genuine Chinese restaurant.


Cheers with Atsuko and Risa. Everyone did a great job!


Shrimp mayo chili. so good.


Fried rice was good, too.


Sunday, November 5th was a travel day to Osaka. We had lunch at Hamamatsu driver’s cafe.


There were many travelers at the food court and had long queues. I got this Hamburg Steak at a deli which had not so long queue. It was delicious.


Stopped at Kariya Driver’s cafe. They has a big Ferris Wheel.


Sunset around Nara prefecture. We arrived at Osaka at night safely. Everyone did a great job!