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Mad Props to our Friends in Osaka
Ryuichi, Christian, Skuli, Steve, Keigo, and all of the crew would like to send thanks to all of the fans in Osaka tonight who did not want to leave as early as expected.

After the second encore and a curtain call tonight, with the audience showing no signs of accepting anything less than a third encore, it was quite a scramble to account for all the band members. Ryuichi was the first to be rescued from the espresso machine (mid-pour), and take the stage for "Tong Poo," and about mid-song the rest of the band was found in various parts of the backstage area to join Ryuichi on stage in tribute to what was the audience that refused to leave!

You rock Osaka!


Sakamoto & Crew Alter Typhoon Path
As the days roll on, the newly formed Ryuichi Sakamoto JAPANTOUR2005 band consisting of Chrisitan Fennesz, Skuli Sverrisson, Steve Jansen, and Keigo Oyamada continue to amaze. Tonight, in addition to their usual pursuit of musical bliss, the group managed to turn the tides on the impending typhoon heading for Tokyo, and leave all in attendance with no worries...other than where to ditch their umbrellas of course!

Other than weather pattern alteration, tonight's Tokyo audience enjoyed:

1. Loud & Clear
2. Behind the Mask
3. Tibetan Dance
4. Thousand Knives
5. Undercooled
6. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
7. A Flower is not a Flower
8. Seven Samurai - ending theme
9. Diabaram
10. Chasm
11. Riot in Lagos
12. Happy End
13. Rain
14. Coro
15. The End of Europe

Encore:
16. War & Peace
17. World Citizen (I won't be Disappointed)

Sick, yes friends, it was indeed one of the sickest sets Tokyo has witnessed in some time. No worries, because we're pretty sure we saw many very large cameras in the house, which can only mean one thing....more details to follow!

CD Signing July 27th at Tower Shibuya, and then on to Osaka.....


Daily Tour Updates Online Now
Check out Ryuichi's blog which is live online now. Sorry, the text is currently only available in Japanese, but you can still enjoy the daily photos from the tour!


New Releases Exclusively at iTunes
We're excited to announce some new releases available for the first time outside of Japan exclusively through the iTunes Music Store. Releases on sale now include the soundtrack to the Sega Dreamcast game Lack of Love and the score to Elephantism, Sakamoto's fact-finding journey to Africa, both previously only available in Japan.

Also on sale now are the long out of print classic Smoochy, Love is the Devil, Derrida, and the Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto collaboration, Insen.

Stay tuned for news about upcoming releases including Sala Santa Cecilia and Tony Takitani.


Tony Takitani US Premiere July 20th
The Sakamoto-scored Tony Takitani makes its stateside premiere on July 20th with a special screening of the film at the Japan Society in NYC. Special thanks to the good folks at Giant Robot magazine who are sending five lucky winners and their guests to the premiere.

The film goes on to a wider theatrical release beginning with a run at NYC's Angelika Film Center on July 29th.

Check out the Strand Releasing site for the full US release schedule.


JAPAN TOUR SOULED OUT!
Rehearsals are underway for Ryuichi Sakamoto's JAPANTOUR2005, and we're pleased to announce that all dates are Sold-Out.

Joined by Christian Fennesz, Steve Jansen, Skuli Sverrisson, and Keigo Oyamada (aka Cornelius), Sakamoto and crew kick off the summer tour on July 24th at Zepp Tokyo, and rap with a slot at the Rock in Japan Festival in Hitachinaka on August 7th.


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