Photo Report: TSUKASA of TMH4N’S, World first VK enka singer’s show
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.
- Naniwabushidayo Jinsei ha
- Hitohira no Koi or Hitohira no Sakura
There are 19 photos in this visual kei exclusive.