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Tanasonic’s lucky number

Tanabata is the Japanese star festival happening every year on July 7. For some reason Yoko Kanno chose this date for her biggest live ever to celebrate her composer carrier 15th anniversary in the anime industry. She played with the number 7 a lot; the date, the ticket price, the start hour… So now it’s my turn to play as well, writing this article exactly 7 years after it happened!

Tanasonic, aka the Super Dimensional Tanabata Sonic (超時空七夕ソニック), happened on July 7, 2009, in Saitama, 1 hour north of Tokyo. It took place in Saitama Super Arena and was a mindblowing 3 hours long concert hosted by Yoko Kanno, along with the Seatbelts, Maaya Sakamoto, Origa, Yamane Mai, Steve Conte, Scott Matthew, May’n, Megumi Nakajima, the choir Gey’s Ax and the full Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Did you get why “Super Dimensional” now? Continue reading Tanasonic’s lucky number

Japanese History Simulation Games

While she was still a student, and before she joined the band Tetsu 100%, Yoko Kanno happened to be in charge of several KOEI Japanese history simulation games that became pretty popular.

She was merely 20 or 21 years old back then, and that’s probably the first soundtracks she composed. She worked on 9 games from 4 game series:

  • Blue Wolves And White Does: 2nd game
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: 2nd to 6th games (the first game didn’t have any music)
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 1st game
  • Uncharted Waters: 1st and 2nd games

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