Photo Report: TSUKASA of TMH4N’S, World first VK enka singer’s show

Photo Report

by Chika Yoshizawa, Mio Nagasaki, posted June 30, 2014

TSUKASA of THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S has begun solo activities representing VK in the enka genre—becoming the first visual enka performer in the world. He sang three enka pieces including two original songs and his very fitting costume was comprised of a red and black glittering outfit based on the traditional hakama with his hair twined into blonde braids. The first song was a famous cover; “Naniwabushidayo Jinsei ha.” He sang powerfully in vocals thick with tremolo as the fans encouraged the performance by waving green penlights through the air.

TSUKASA entertained the crowd with emcees in his Tohoku accent, saying, “I am sorry that my Japanese is so bad,” before performing his first original enka song, “Matsupoiyo.” Having heard it sung before at his birthday live, the fans were familiar with it and complied with his requests for them to call his name in the intro and to sing “Poi, poi, poi,” as they danced during the chorus. The last song was another original to be titled either “Hitohira no Koi” or “Hitohira no Sakura.” TSUKASA played a Japanese flute in addition to singing, which achieved an especially poignant look in compliment with his outfit. Though the music and vocal style were clearly enka, TSUKASA stayed true to his roots in the VK appearance and style of his performance.

Set list

  1. Naniwabushidayo Jinsei ha
  2. Matsupoiyo
  3. Hitohira no Koi or Hitohira no Sakura

VK Exclusive

There are 19 photos in this visual kei exclusive.

Chika has been interested in visual kei music since VK bands first began holding free lives the Hokoten area in Harajuku. She was too young to go watch them back then in the early 90s, but the scenes on TV caught her eye. Since then, she has loved the passion of VK music and, of course, music in general. She majored in English literature in Japan and learned to speak English in the UK. After graduating from university, she has worked for both American and Japanese companies in IT and as a translator and continues various translations today.

Mio Nagasaki is a freelance photographer lending her time, skills, and love for the genre to ROKKYUU Magazine.

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