X JAPAN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ANNOUNCED. HIDE IS ALIVE: MEMORIAL MERCHANDISE AT MARUI ONE SHINJUKU, HIDE'S LEMONED SHOP IN TOKYO.
X Japan has announced a NORTH AMERICAN concert tour! As you may already know, the legendary Visual Kei band will be at Otakon convention in Baltimore (July 30-Aug 1) and Chicago’s Lollapalooza (Aug 6-8). Now, they’ve announced a full tour across the US and Canada, starting in California on October 1. The cities will include Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Boston. (Source)
X Japan has been around since the dark ages (ok, they formed in 1982). Guitarist Hide (pronounced Hee-deh) tragically passed away in 1998 — thirteen years ago! But the band lives on, and is now finding new fans outside Japan. This spring, Marui One Shinjuku set up a special Lemoned Shop to commemorate Hide.
In addition to selling Hide merchandise, the store displayed the legend’s guitars such as the one played in Endless Rain.
While this was only a month-long special exhibit, you can always visit Hide’s Lemoned Shop in Harajuku, which sells goodies with a slightly worn or malformed aspect (hence the name “lemoned”). The boutique was also once Hide’s headquarters for his radio station, record label and tireless creative enterprises.
The logo — a bright, juicy lemon sliced in half — perfectly reflects Hide’s electric hair and showmanship.
Break out the… yen, if you want one of these rare Hide vinyls.
Fortunately, there are also affordable and cute little goodies for sale. Hoodies, t-shirts, pins, accessories, notebooks and kawaii bears. Perfect souvenirs.
Hide is alive… and on a t-shirt. Pick one up from the Harajuku shop if you find yourself in Tokyo.
We saw Kaya’s manly look… now let’s marvel at Yukiro’s! He was the model for Sembl’s new collection of Japanese deconstructed high-end mens clothing. (You can see the photos here.) The artsy video above was shot at Mt Fuji; poor Yukiro had to stumble around in icy water while chased by a shinigami (death god).
Are you looking forward to X Japan’s first “new” album in 14 years, to be released later this year? Will you be seeing them live?
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