Two 1-night-only concerts featuring four Japanese music superstars
On May 12th, 2019, four of the most successful Japanese artists held two concerts. The artists were MISIA, Puffy AmiYumi, HYDE and WagakkiBand. There was a highlighted special collaboration between WagakkiBand (who combine Japanese traditional instruments with modern rock) and Sisyu (who is known for incorporating Japanese calligraphy into other art forms).
Each Japan Night concert featured two Japanese music superstars together. For the first concert, MISIA, winner of best vocal performance for the 60th annual Japan Record Awards, performed with special guest Puffy AmiYumi, featured in the Cartoon Network show Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. They performed at Sony Hall (235 W. 46th Street).
HYDE, who is also known as a lead singer of L’Arc-en-Ciel, a pioneer of Japanese rock, performed with WagakkiBand at PlayStation Theater (1515 Broadway).
Both concerts were full-scale productions that allowed New York audiences to see top Japanese artists in an intimate setting.
Japan Night was part of Japan 2019, a Japan Foundation initiative aiming to broaden understanding of and interest in Japanese culture in the United States. The Japan Foundation, established in 1972, is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. Its mission is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual
understanding between Japan and other countries. The Foundation maintains its headquarters in Tokyo and operates through a network of 25 overseas offices in 24 countries worldwide. The Japan Foundation is represented by two offices in the United States—one in New York and the other in Los Angeles.