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Christmas Dinner Shows

12.31.03

From December 2 through December 24, 2003, Akina held 15 dinner shows in 10 cities around Japan. She performed the following songs:

  1. Days
  2. Slow Motion
  3. Second Love
  4. Gypsy Queen
  5. Ophelia
  6. LIAR
  7. China Town (Eikichi Yazawa)
  8. Tokyo Sabaku (Maekawa Kiyoshi and Cool 5)
  9. Hollywood Scandal (Go Hiromi)
  10. Yogiriyo Konya mo Arigatou (Ishihara Yujiro)
  11. Meu Amor é...
  12. TANGO NOIR
  13. Non-Fiction Ecstasy
  14. TATTOO
  15. Kazarijanainoyo Namidawa
  16. Shojo A
  17. DESIRE


I hope so

Concert DVD

12.17.03

A new DVD "I hope so ~ Akina Nakamori Live Tour 2003" (UMBK-1073) is now on sale. The DVD features footage from Akina's performance at Tokyo International Forum on July 11, 2003 during her summer concert tour.

In this ballad concert, Akina performs 18 songs including a selection of songs from her album "I hope so" and classics such as "Slow Motion" and "Nanpasen."

Please refer to the Videography for additional information.



New Album

12.3.03

Utahime 3 ~ Shuumaku On December 3, Universal Japan will release "Utahime 3 ~ Shuumaku", Akina's third CD in her series of cover albums, which began with 1994's "Utahime" and was followed by "Zero Album ~ Utahime 2" in 2002.

This entry, the last in the "Utahime" series, features songs that were originally performed by male artists including Ishihara Yujiro, Inoue Yosui, Maekawa Kiyoshi and Cool 5, Matsuyama Chiharu, Anzen Chitai, B'z, Murashita Kozo, Minami Yoshitaka, Gamu, Go Hiromi, and Uzaki Ryudo.

Please refer to the Discography for further details.



2003 Dinner Show Schedule

9.14.03

Attention all Akina fans looking for a wonderful evening of fine dining and entertainment: Faithway has announced Akina's Christmas Dinner Show schedule for 2003. Ten dates/venues have been slated as follows:

Date Location & Time (Dinner/Show) Ticket Price (¥) Further Information
12/02
Tue
Okinawa Harbor View Hotel
①17:30/18:40; ②20:30/21:50
① S: ¥37,000;
    A: ¥33,000
② S: ¥39,000;
    A: ¥35,000
Faithway
03-5333-5339
12/09
Tue
Keio Plaza Hotel Sapporo
①18:00/19:15; ②21:30/22:15
① Dinner: ¥38,000
② Cocktails: ¥28,000
Kyodo Sapporo
011-221-0144
(10:00-17:00)
12/11
Thu
Hotel Hamatsu (Fukushima)
13:30/20:00
S: ¥35,000
A: ¥30,000
Hotel Hamatsu Hanbai-kikaku-ka
024-935-1108
12/13
Sat
Hotel Kokusai 21 (Nagano)
①16:30/17:45; ②20:15/21:30
¥39,000 Super Cast
026-263-1000
12/15
Mon
Hotel Granvia Okayama
①17:30/18:40; ②20:30/21:40
SS: ¥38,000
S: ¥35,000
A: ¥32,000
Hotel Granvia Okayama
086-233-3494
(9:00-16:00)
(9/16 only: 086-233-3446)
12/18
Thu
Hotel Okura Kobe
19:00/20:20
¥40,000 Faithway
03-5333-5339
(13:00 17:00)
Monday Friday
12/19
Fri
Hilton Hotel Nagoya
①17:00/18:20; ②20:20/21:40
¥43,000
12/21
Sun
Yokohama Prince Hotel
18:30/20:00
¥40,000
12/22
Mon
Hotel New Otani (Tokyo)
19:00/20:30
¥43,000 (FC)
¥44,000 (Regular)
12/24
Wed
Rihga Royal Hotel (Osaka)
18:30/20:00
¥40,000

*Advance ticket sales for Faithway fan club members from September 16~22.

Important Instructions for Purchasing Tickets from Faithway:

  • Payment should be made via Japan Post Office Electronic Transfer
  • Use a Post Office Electronic Transfer Form
  • Faithway Account No. 00110-9-190991
  • Recipient: Faithway
  • Your name, address, name/address/phone for ticket delivery
  • List Faithway Member Number, Dinner-show Location/Date, Time (if more than one show), Number of Tickets
  • Add ¥500 for postage and handling to the total cost of tickets ordered

Tickets will be delivered in late October



2003 Concert Tour - "I Hope So"

Akina's 2003 summer concert tour began May 15 and concluded on her birthday, July 13. The tour had a largely ballad concentration and differed as well from previous years' tours in that such signature songs as "Desire," "Meu Amor é," and "Kazarijanainoyo Namidawa" were not among the songs performed.

Instead, Akina performed a number of songs from her latest album "I Hope So" in addition to a mix of older singles and album selections:

Akina

  1. Kaze no Hate
  2. Utsutsu no Hana
  3. Tsumugi Uta
  4. Days
  5. Eki
  6. Nukumori
  7. Ranbi
  8. Yokan
  9. Slow Motion
  10. Blue On Pink
  11. SOLITUDE
  12. LIAR
  13. Okibi
  14. Marionette
  15. Gekka
  16. Bara Hitoyo
  17. Nanpasen

    Encore:

  18. La Boheme
  19. I Hope So



Happy Birthday Akina!

Happy Birthday Akina!

7.13.03

That special day has arrived! Akina celebrates her 38th birthday today. Sunday, July 13 is also the final performance of her 2003 summer concert tour.

Best wishes to Akina for a very special birthday as well as a fantastic finale to her concert tour!



New Album

I hope so
6.3.03

Akina's newest CD is a ballad album entitled "I hope so" released by Universal Japan on May 14, 2003.

The album includes 10 original songs (including the single "Days") along with 4 instrumental selections. Two versions of the album are available (UMCK-9035: limited edition release with DVD and UMCK-1162: standard CD only version).

Please refer to the Discography for additional details.



New Single

Days
6.3.03

Akina's new single is entitled "Days" (UMCK-5094) released by Universal Japan on April 30, 2003.

Coupling with the title track is "Hana" and the Matsuda Seiko cover "Ruriiro no Chikyuu."

For more information, please refer to the Discography.



Additional Concert Dates

3.7.03

Faithway has announced the addition of two more dates to Akina's 2003 Concert Tour schedule:

Date/
Time
Location/Venue Ticket
Price(s)
On Sale
Date*
For More Info
Contact
July 11
18:30
Tokyo
Tokyo Kokusai Forum (Hall A)
S=¥6000
A=¥5000
now Odyssey
03-3796-9999
July 13
17:00
Kobe
Kobe Kokusai Kaikan (Kokusai Hall)
¥6500 now Kyodo Osaka
06-6233-8888



2003 Concert Tour Schedule

1.28.03

Great news fans! Akina will once again be performing summer concerts in 2003! Slated to run from mid-May through early July, the concert tour will include twenty dates. As announced by Faithway, the schedule is as follows:

Date/
Time
Location/Venue Ticket
Price(s)
On Sale
Date*
For More Info
Contact
May 15
18:30
Tokyo
Tokyo Kosei Nenkin Kaikan
¥6500 2/22 Odyssey
03-3796-9999
May 17
17:00
Osaka
Osaka Kokusai Kaigi-jo
¥6500 2/22 Kyodo Osaka
06-6233-8888
May 19
18:30
Kochi
Kochi Kenmin Bunka Hall
¥6500 3/29 Duke Kochi
088-822-4488
May 22
18:30
Tokyo
Hachioji Shimin Kaikan
¥6500 2/22 Tokyo Onkyo
03-3201-8116
May 24
18:00
Nagano
Nagano-ken Kenmin Bunka Kaikan
¥6300 3/1 Super Cast
026-263-1000
May 27
18:30
Kanagawa
Green Hall Sagami Ono
¥6500 2/22 Odyssey
03-3796-9999
May 29
18:30
Saitama
Kawaguchi Lilia Main Hall
¥6500 2/22 K Point
048-881-2200
June 1
17:00
Hyogo
Kobe Kokusai Kaikan Koksai Hall
¥6500 2/22 Kyodo Osaka
06-6233-8888
June 4
18:30
Shizuoka
Akuto City Hamamatsu
S=¥6500
A=¥5500
3/22 Kyodo Tokai
052-972-7466
June 7
18:00
Gunma
Gunma Kenmin Kaikan
¥6500 3/9 Kiryu Onkyo
0277-53-3133
June 8
18:00
Chiba
Matsudo Mori no Hall
¥6500 2/22 K Point
048-881-2200
June 11
18:30
Sapporo
Hokkaido Kosei Nenkin Kaikan
1F=¥6000
2F=¥4000
2/22 Kyodo Sapporo
011-221-0144
June 15
18:00
Fukuoka
Fukuoka Shimin Kaikan
¥6500 3/22 Kyodo Nishi-Nihon
092-714-0159
June 20
19:00
Yokohama
Kanagawa Kenmin Hall
¥6500 2/22 Kyodo Yokohama
045-671-9911
June 22
17:00
Aichi
Nagoya Kokusai Kaigi-jo Century Hall
S=¥6500
A=¥5500
3/22 Kyodo Tokai
052-972-7466
June 25
18:30
Ehime
Matsuyama Shimin Kaikan
S=¥6500
A=¥5500
3/29 Duke Matsuyama
089-947-3535
June 27
18:30
Kagawa
Kagawa-ken Kenmin Hall Grand Hall
S=¥6500
A=¥5500
3/29 Duke Takamatsu
087-822-2520
June 29
18:00
Saitama
Omiya Sonic City
¥6500 2/22 K Point
048-881-2200
July 1
18:30
Tochigi
Utsunomiya-shi Bunka Kaikan
¥6500 3/1 Tochigi Onkyo
028-622-4101
July 5
18:00
Yamanashi
Yamanashi Kenmin Bunka Large Hall
S=¥6500
A=¥5500
3/22 Kyodo Tokai
052-972-7466

*Date tickets go on sale to the general public. Fan club advance sales begin immediately.



Kouhaku Appearance

1.19.03

Performing on the 53rd Kouhaku Utagassen Akina made an appearance on NHK's 53rd Annual Kouhaku Utagassen (Red-White Singing Contest) which was broadcast on New Year's Eve. It was her first appearance on the show after a lengthy absence of 14 years.

Akina's up-beat performance of "Kazarijanainoyo Namidawa" featured the musical arrangement from her latest album "Utahime Double Decade."

Akina had previously appeared in Kouhaku six times from 1983 to 1988.

Click here to see some more images from her performance.

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