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Friday, March 29, 2019

Budo Grape streams rare early albums on digital platforms worldwide

(Photo by Kenji Suzuki)
Nagoya-based new wave band Budo Grape have released a trio of rare albums on Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital services. Previously unavailable outside of Japan, the set of early recordings — Koibito wa Kousite Tsukuru (2005), Sokokara Detekinasai (2006), and Otonatachi Kodomotachi (2007) — launched the band's popularity in the Japanese indies scene, and the catchy riffs and outer-space energy of their music videos brought them to their USA debut at A-Kon in Dallas, Texas in 2008,coupled with a nomination for Best Japanese Pop Artist in Viz Media's 2008 Shojo Beat Music Awards. In the years following, the band toured the UK three times, including appearances at Manchester's Doki Doki Japanese Festival.

"It's so cool that our fans overseas can enjoy these songs again," said band leader Nagai Grape. "Because of the first three albums, we started getting comments on YouTube and made our first fans in the West. The tours in America and the UK are some of my favorite memories. I hope everyone can play these albums loud and feel the great energy Budo Grape put into them."
VIDEO: Budo Grape – Botan wo Oshinaose  

Budo Grape – Koibito wa Kousite Tsukuru (2005)
13 tracks – including "Rescue Rescue" and "Penki Nuritate"

Budo Grape – Sokokara Detekinasai (2006)
14 tracks – including "Aijou Kyuraku", "Botan wo Oshinaose", and "Heaven Seventeen"

Budo Grape – Otonatachi Kodomotachi (2007)
14 tracks – including "Watashi wa no Message" and "Nayami Soudanshitsu"

VIDEO: Budo Grape – Watashi wa no Message / Aijou Kyuraku (live)  

Friday, February 1, 2019

Wasuta celebrates third year performance at Japan Expo Thailand 2019

Wasuta celebrates third year performance at Japan Expo Thailand 2019
Japanese idol group Wasuta ("The World Standard") returned for their third straight year of performances at Japan Expo Thailand on January 26 and 27, 2019.
Wasuta delivered five mini-concerts in two days at the Central World complex in Bangkok, Thailand, connecting with overseas fans who traveled from throughout Asia to support the group. Wasuta's recent international activities also include last month's concert at Kazuna 2018 in Vietnam and Japan Weekend Madrid in September 2018. Wasuta's collaboration single with Spanish duo Adexe and Nau, "Yo Quiero Vivir" has achieved over 2.6 million views on YouTube.
At the Japan Expo Thailand event, Wasuta appeared in their colorful new stage costumes created for the upcoming album CAT'CH THE WORLD scheduled for release on March 6.

Hazuki (Pastel Yellow): This was my fourth time visiting Thailand, and Wasuta's third time appearing at Japan Expo Thailand. I'm so happy that I got to see our fans again that we haven't seen in a year, and we also met new fans, too! I'll work hard to visit Thailand and see our fans again!
Nanase (Pastel Green, group leader): I felt that the Thai people, not just our fans, really know how to enjoy themselves watching us on stage, and so many people waved at us with the big smiles after the show. I always feel so much love from this country! We performed some tracks for the first time in Thailand, and I think we were able to present a very 'Wasuta' style showcase!
Miri (Pastel Purple): I was so happy to see our fans in Thailand for the third time at Japan Expo Thailand. I really focused on making our concerts interesting for not just the Thai fans, but also for fans who visited from other countries. The fan reactions are always so energizing for me, so it always makes me think that I want to go back again. I love Thailand even more now!
Ririka (Pastel Blue): I feel so delighted to be invited to Japan Expo Thailand for the third time. I felt so much love from the 'Wa-ships' in Thailand who welcomed us back again and the 'Wa-ships' who came to see us from other countries. The energy coming from the fans during the concert was amazing! It was a very heartwarming event. I'll work hard to come back to Thailand again!
Ruka (Pastel Pink): This was my fourth time visiting Thailand, and every time we perform, I feel more love and spirit from the audience. I feel so happy! I want to work even harder to share the happiness with everyone again!
Wasuta's next overseas appearance will take place at @JAM×TALE in Hong Kong on March 3.

Wasuta @ Japan Expo Thailand 2019
Set List
Outdoor Stage
M1: Yo Quiero Vivir
M2: NEW Nya-ku Nyaku-Nya Suizokukan 2
M3: Just be yourself
M4: Kanzen Naru Idol
M5: Ultra Miracle-cle Final Ultimate Choco Beam
Culture Stage
M1: Pretty☆Channel
M2: Yuumei ni, Nyaritai (Wanna Be Famous)
M3: Inu Neko Seishun Massakari
M4: Wonderful World
M5: Saijoukyuu Paradox
Stage A
M1: Ultra Miracle-cle Final Ultimate Choco Beam
M2: Saijoukyuu Paradox
M4: Kurae! Hissatsu! Neko Punch★ ~ Watashitachi Tatakau Nyakotan [Level 5]
M5: Inu Neko Seishun Massakari
Outdoor Stage
M1: Galbi (Girls, Be) Ambitious!
M2: Gu Choki Pants no Seigi-san
M3: Pretty☆Channel
M4: Kurae! Hissatsu! Neko Punch★ ~ Watashitachi Tatakau Nyakotan [Level 5]
M5: Wonderful World
Culture Stage
M1: NEW Nya-ku Nyaku-Nya Suizokukan 2
M2: Inu Neko Seishun Massakari
M3: Magical Word
M4: KIRA KIRA Hologram
M5: Chisana Chiisana

Wasuta (The World Standard)

The World Standard a.k.a 'Wasuta' was formed on March 29, 2015, with the mission of introducing KAWAII Japanese idol culture worldwide via social media and live showcases. The five members of Wasuta are Hazuki, Nanase, Miri, Ririka, and Ruka.
Wasuta has been active worldwide from Asia to Europe, including performances in France, Spain, Vietnam, Thailand, and Hong Kong.
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