Music of Japan
The music of Japan includes a wide array of performers in distinct styles, both traditional and modern. The word for "music" in Japanese is 音楽. Japan is the largest physical music market in the world, worth US$2 billion in sales in physical formats in 2014, the second-largest overall music market, worth a total retail value of 2.6 billion dollars in 2014 – dominated by Japanese artists, with 37 of the top 50 best-selling albums and 49 of the top 50 best-selling singles in 2014. Local music appears at karaoke venues, on lease from the record labels. Traditional Japanese music differs markedly from Western music, as it is based on the intervals of human breathing rather than on mathematical timing. There are two forms of music recognized to be the oldest forms of traditional Japanese music, they are shōmyō, or Buddhist chanting, gagaku, or orchestral court music, both of which date to the Nara and Heian periods. Gagaku is a type of classical music, performed at the Imperial court since the Heian period.
Kagura-uta, Azuma-asobi and Yamato-uta are indigenous repertories. Tōgaku and komagaku originated from the Chinese Tang dynasty via the Korean Peninsula. In addition, gagaku is divided into bugaku. Originating as early as the 13th century are honkyoku; these are single shakuhachi pieces played by mendicant Fuke sect priests of Zen buddhism. These priests, called komusō, played honkyoku for alms and enlightenment; the Fuke sect ceased to exist in the 19th century, but a verbal and written lineage of many honkyoku continues today, though this music is now practiced in a concert or performance setting. The samurai listened to and performed in these music activities, in their practices of enriching their lives and understanding; the biwa, a form of short-necked lute, was played by a group of itinerant performers who used it to accompany stories. The most famous of these stories is The Tale of the Heike, a 12th-century history of the triumph of the Minamoto clan over the Taira. Biwa hōshi began organizing themselves into a guild-like association for visually impaired men as early as the thirteenth century.
This guild controlled a large portion of the musical culture of Japan. Biwa is Japan's traditional instrument. In addition, numerous smaller groups of itinerant blind musicians were formed in the Kyushu area; these musicians, known as mōsō toured their local areas and performed a variety of religious and semi-religious texts to purify households and bring about good health and good luck. They maintained a repertory of secular genres; the biwa that they played was smaller than the Heike biwa played by the biwa hōshi. Lafcadio Hearn related in his book Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things "Mimi-nashi Hoichi", a Japanese ghost story about a blind biwa hōshi who performs "The Tale of the Heike" Blind women, known as goze toured the land since the medieval era, singing songs and playing accompanying music on a lap drum. From the seventeenth century they played the koto or the shamisen. Goze organizations sprung up throughout the land, existed until in what is today Niigata prefecture; the taiko, is a Japanese drum that comes in various sizes and is used to play a variety of musical genres.
It has become popular in recent years as the central instrument of percussion ensembles whose repertory is based on a variety of folk and festival music of the past. Such taiko music is played by large drum ensembles called kumi-daiko, its origins are uncertain, but can be stretched out as far back as the 7th centuries, when a clay figure of a drummer indicates its existence. China influences followed. Taiko drums during this period were used during battle to intimidate the enemy and to communicate commands. Taiko continue to be used in the religious music of Buddhism and Shintō. In the past players were holy men, who played only at special occasions and in small groups, but in time secular men played the taiko in semi-religious festivals such as the bon dance. Modern ensemble taiko is said to have been invented by Daihachi Oguchi in 1951. A jazz drummer, Oguchi incorporated his musical background into large ensembles, which he had designed, his energetic style made his group popular throughout Japan, made the Hokuriku region a center for taiko music.
Musical groups to arise from this wave of popularity included Oedo Sukeroku Daiko, with Seido Kobayashi. 1969 saw. During the 1970s, the Japanese government allocated funds to preserve Japanese culture, many community taiko groups were formed. In the century, taiko groups spread across the world to the United States; the video game Taiko no Tatsujin is based around taiko. One example of a modern Taiko band is Gocoo. Japanese folk songs can be grouped and classified in many ways but it is convenient to think of four main categories: work songs, religious songs, songs used for gatherings such as weddings and festivals, children's songs. In min'yō, singers are accompanied by the three-stringed lute known as the shamisen, taiko drums, a
ClariS is a Japanese pop music duo which formed in 2009 with singers Clara and Alice from Hokkaido, who were in junior high school at the time. The pair began singing covers and submitting them to the Niconico video sharing website between 2009 and 2010. ClariS signed to SME Records and released their debut single "Irony" in October 2010. Three more singles were released followed by their debut album Birthday. Birthday was awarded a Gold Disc by the Recording Industry Association of Japan for having exceeded 100,000 copies shipped in a single year. Six more singles were released between 2012 and 2014, which were featured on their second album Second Story and third album Party Time. Alice left the unit following Party Time's release, Karen joined ClariS in late 2014. ClariS moved to the Sacra Music record label under Sony Music Entertainment Japan in 2017. ClariS' music has been featured in anime series such as Oreimo, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Nisemonogatari and Eromanga Sensei, they have performed at the Nippon Budokan, at anime music events in Japan such as Animax Musix and Animelo Summer Live.
In November 2017, they made their first overseas appearance at Anime Festival Asia in Singapore. The group is known for its members not showing their faces in public or revealing their identities, in order to allow for them to focus on their studies. For promotional material, their persona is represented by illustrations drawn by various artists. ClariS formed in late 2009 as "Alice Clara" when, as first-year junior high school students and Alice submitted a cover of the Vocaloid song "Step to You" onto the Niconico video sharing website on October 10, 2009. ClariS released seven more covers in 2009. On April 24, 2010, the publisher Sony Magazines under Sony Music Entertainment Japan launched the anime music magazine LisAni! with an attached CD containing the original song "Drop" composed by Kz of Livetune and sung by ClariS. ClariS released five more covers in 2010, ending with the song "Listen!!" from the anime K-On!! as their 13th cover submitted on June 5, 2010. On July 24, 2010, the second issue of LisAni! was released with another attached CD containing the original song "Kimi no Yume o Miyō", again composed by Kz and sung by ClariS.
A single containing both songs was released at Comiket 78 on August 13, 2010. Much focus was put on Alice being in junior high school at the time. From early on when they uploaded their covers onto Niconico, there was some disbelief whether the girls were in junior high school and there were numerous comments on their adult-sounding voices. Despite this and Alice were described as normal junior high school girls, while Kz felt much of their appeal came from them being in junior high school, he felt their future potential played a part in it. By September 2010, ClariS was signed to SME Records, much to the surprise of Alice. Alice would remark that she had suspicions about it, wondered if they were somehow being tricked. ClariS released their major debut single "Irony" on October 20, 2010. Composed by Kz, "Irony" debuted at No. 7 on Oricon's weekly singles chart, was used as the opening theme of the 2010 anime television series Oreimo. Good Smile Company released a Nendoroid Petit set of ClariS in January 2012 based on the illustrations of Clara and Alice by Hiro Kanzaki for "Irony".
ClariS released their second single "Connect" on February 2, 2011. "Connect" debuted at No. 5 on Oricon's weekly singles chart, was used as the opening theme of the 2011 anime television series Puella Magi Madoka Magica. "Connect" was awarded the Gold Disc by the Recording Industry Association of Japan in January 2012 for having exceeded 100,000 copies shipped in a single year. ClariS contributed the song "True Blue" on the Zone tribute album Zone Tribute: Kimi ga Kureta Mono released on August 10, 2011. ClariS released their third single "Nexus" on September 14, 2011, it debuted at No. 5 on Oricon's weekly singles chart. Again composed by Kz, "Nexus" was used as the opening theme of the Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai Portable ga Tsuzuku Wake ga Nai video game, as well as the theme song for the ninth volume of the Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai light novels; the song "Don't Cry" on the "Nexus" single was used as the theme song for volume 0.5 of Shueisha's Aoharu magazine.
ClariS released their fourth single "Naisho no Hanashi" on February 1, 2012, it debuted at No. 2 on Oricon's weekly singles chart. "Naisho no Hanashi" was composed by Ryo of Supercell and is used as the ending theme of the 2012 anime television series Nisemonogatari. Clara and Alice graduated from junior high school in March 2012. ClariS released their debut studio album Birthday on April 11, 2012; the album was released in three editions: a regular edition of just the CD, a limited edition bundled with a DVD, another limited edition bundled with two Nendoroid Petit figures of ClariS based on the illustrations of Clara and Alice by Ume Aoki for "Connect", a bonus CD with two Nendoroid theme songs. Birthday was awarded a Gold Disc by the RIAJ in May 2012. ClariS released their fifth single "Wake Up" on August 15, 2012, their sixth single "Luminous" was released on October 10, 2012. "Luminous" was awarded a Gold Disc by the RIAJ in December 2014. Their seventh single "Reunion
Eir Aoi is a Japanese singer from Sapporo, signed to Sacra Music. After being discovered through the Japanese video sharing website Niconico, Aoi made her major debut in 2011 with the release of her first single "Memoria", whose title track was used as the first ending theme to the 2011 anime television series Fate/Zero. Aoi's music has been featured in various anime television series such as Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, as well as other television programs such as Rank Okoku, she has performed at various anime conventions in Asia, Europe and South America. She has cited her interest in anime, as well as artists such as Evanescence, Do As Infinity, as influences in her career. In October 2016, following prolonged bouts of poor health, she announced an indefinite hiatus from musical activities following a two-day concert at the Nippon Budokan in November 2016. In February 2018, it was announced that she would resume her activities that year. Aoi was born in Sapporo on November 30, 1988.
She had an interest in music since her childhood, learned to play the guitar while in junior high school. As part of pursuing a career as a musician, she formed a band during her high school years. At one point, as she felt that her dream of becoming a musician was fading away, she considered pursuing a career as a nurse; as she did not want to give up on her dreams, she decided to upload videos of her singing online. Her music break came after being discovered through the Japanese video sharing site Niconico, she first released the song "Frozen Eyez", included in a 2011 issue of the magazine LisAni!. Aoi made her major debut under SME Records with the release of the single "Memoria" on October 19, 2011, the title track of, used as the first ending theme song to the 2011 anime series Fate/Zero, her second single "Aurora", released on September 5, 2012, is used as the fourth opening theme song to the 2011 anime series Mobile Suit Gundam AGE. She released the mini-album Prayer on April 11, 2012.
Her third single "Innocence", released on November 21, 2012, was used as the second opening theme song to the 2012 anime series Sword Art Online. Her first full album, was released on January 30, 2013, she made an appearance at Seattle's Sakura-Con anime convention in March 2013, performing her first three singles. Aoi's fourth single "Cobalt Sky", was released on June 26, 2013, her fifth single, "Sirius", was released on November 13, 2013, was used as the first opening theme to the 2013 anime series Kill la Kill. Her song "Sanbika", released on the same single as "Sirius", was used as an insert song throughout the series, her sixth single, "Niji no Oto", released on January 1, 2014, was used as the opening theme to the special Sword Art Online: Extra Edition. She released her second album Aube on January 29, 2014, her seventh single "Ignite", released on August 20, 2014, was used as the first opening theme to the 2014 anime series Sword Art Online II. Her eighth single "Tsunagaru Omoi", released on November 12, 2014, was used as the opening theme for the TBS show Rank Okoku.
Aoi's ninth single, "Genesis", released on February 18, 2015, is used as the ending theme to the 2015 anime series Aldnoah Zero:2nd Season. Her tenth single "Lapis Lazuli", released on April 22, 2015, was used as the ending theme to the 2015 anime series The Heroic Legend of Arslan, she released the digital single "Cynthia no Hikari" on March 25, 2015. Her third album D'Azur was released on June 24, 2015. Due to a sudden illness, she cancelled a scheduled appearance at Animelo Summer Live in August 2015, although she pushed through with appearances in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore that year, her eleventh single, "Shoegazer", was released on October 28, 2015. Aoi released her twelfth single "Accentier", was released on March 2, 2016 and is used as the opening theme for the PlayStation Vita/PlayStation 4 game Digimon World: Next Order, her thirteenth single "Tsubasa" was released on July 20, 2016, was used as the opening theme for the second season of The Heroic Legend of Arslan anime.
Her first and second greatest hits albums titled Best -E- and Best -A-, were released on October 19, 2016 in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of her career. Best -E- includes "Tsubasa", "Innocence", "Genesis", "Memoria", "Cynthia no Hikari". On August 17, 2016, it was announced on her official Facebook page that she would put her career on hiatus due to poor health, her remaining appearances for 2016 and a scheduled performance at Animax Musix 2017 in Osaka in January 2017 were cancelled. On October 14, 2016, her management announced that she would put her musical career on indefinite hiatus following a final two concerts at Nippon Budokan on November 4 and 5, 2016. On February 1, 2018, her website updated with an image of a flashing blue light; this was followed by an announcement on February 8 that she would resume her activities with the release of the music video "Yakusoku" on YouTube. Her management announced that she had transferred to the music label Sacra Music, it was confirmed on March 7, 2018 that her next release would be the opening them
J-pop, natively known as pops, is a musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s. Modern J-pop has its roots in traditional Japanese music, but in 1960s pop and rock music, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, which led to Japanese rock bands such as Happy End fusing rock with Japanese music in the early 1970s. J-pop was further defined by new wave groups in the late 1970s electronic synth-pop band Yellow Magic Orchestra and pop rock band Southern All Stars. J-pop replaced kayōkyoku in the Japanese music scene; the term was coined by the Japanese media to distinguish Japanese music from foreign music and now refers to most Japanese popular music. Popular styles of Japanese pop music included technopop during the 1970s–1980s, city pop in the 1980s, Shibuya-kei in the 1990s; the origin of modern J-pop is said to be Japanese-language rock music inspired by the likes of The Beatles. Unlike the Japanese music genre called kayōkyoku, J-pop uses a special kind of pronunciation, similar to that of English.
One notable singer to do so is Keisuke Kuwata. Additionally, unlike Western music, the major second was not used in Japanese music, except art music, before rock music became popular in Japan; when the Group Sounds genre, inspired by Western rock, became popular, Japanese pop music adopted the major second, used in the final sounds of The Beatles' song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and The Rolling Stones' song " Satisfaction". Although Japanese pop music changed from music based on Japanese pentatonic scale and distortional tetrachord to the more occidental music over time, music that drew from the traditional Japanese singing style remained popular. At first, the term J-pop was used only for Western-style musicians in Japan, such as Pizzicato Five and Flipper's Guitar, just after Japanese radio station J-Wave was established. On the other hand, Mitsuhiro Hidaka of AAA from Avex Trax said that J-pop was derived from the Eurobeat genre. However, the term became a blanket term, covering other music genres—such as the majority of Japanese rock music of the 1990s.
In 1990, the Japanese subsidiary of Tower Records defined J-pop as all Japanese music belonging to the Recording Industry Association of Japan except Japanese independent music. Ito Music City, a Japanese record store, adopted expanded classifications including Group Sounds, idol of the 1970s–1980s, enka and established musicians of the 1970s–1980s, in addition to the main J-pop genres. Whereas rock musicians in Japan hate the term "pop", Taro Kato, a member of pop punk band Beat Crusaders, pointed out that the encoded pop music, like pop art, was catchier than "J-pop" and he said that J-pop was the pops music, memorable for its frequency of airplay, in an interview when the band completed their first full-length studio album under a major label, P. O. A.: Pop on Arrival, in 2005. Because the band did not want to perform J-pop music, their album featured the 1980s Pop of MTV. According to his fellow band member Toru Hidaka, the 1990s music that influenced him was not listened to by fans of other music in Japan at that time.
In contrast to this, although many Japanese rock musicians until the late 1980s disrespected the kayōkyoku music, many of Japanese rock bands of the 1990s—such as Glay—assimilated kayōkyoku into their music. After the late 1980s, breakbeat and samplers changed the Japanese music scene, where expert drummers had played good rhythm because traditional Japanese music did not have the rhythm based on rock or blues. Hide of Greeeen described their music genre as J-pop, he said, "I love rock, hip hop and breakbeats, but my field is J-pop. For example, hip hop musicians learn'the culture of hip hop'. We are not like those musicians and we love the music as sounds much; those professional people may say'What are you doing?' but I think that our musical style is cool after all. The good thing is good." Japanese popular music, called ryūkōka before being split into enka and poppusu, has origins in the Meiji period, but most Japanese scholars consider the Taishō period to be the actual starting point of ryūkōka, as it is the era in which the genre first gained nationwide popularity.
By the Taishō period, Western musical techniques and instruments, introduced to Japan in the Meiji period, were used. Influenced by Western genres such as jazz and blues, ryūkōka incorporated Western instruments such as the violin and guitar. However, the melodies were written according to the traditional Japanese pentatonic scale. In the 1930s, Ichiro Fujiyama released popular songs with his tenor voice. Fujiyama sang songs with a lower volume than opera through the microphone. Jazz musician Ryoichi Hattori attempted to produce Japanese native music which had a "flavor" of blues, he composed Noriko Awaya's hit song "Wakare no Blues". Awaya was called "Queen of Blues" in Japan. Due to pressure from the Imperial Army during the war, the performance of jazz music was temporarily halted in Japan. Hattori, who
Sony Music Entertainment Japan
Sony Music Entertainment Inc. abbreviated as SMEJ or SME, known as Sony Music Japan for short, is Sony's music arm in Japan. SMEJ is directly owned by Sony Corporation and independent from the United States-based Sony Music Entertainment due to its strength in the Japanese music industry, its subsidiaries including the Japanese animation production enterprise, established in September 1995 as a joint-venture between Sony Music Entertainment Japan and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, but which in 2001 became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan. It was prominent in the early to mid'90s producing and licensing music for animated series such as Roujin Z from acclaimed Japanese comic artist Katsuhiro Otomo and Capcom's Street Fighter animated series; until March 2007, Sony Music Japan had its own North American sublabel, Tofu Records. Releases of Sony Music Japan now appear on Columbia Records and/or Epic Records in North America. Sony does not have the trademark rights to the Columbia name in Japan, so releases under Columbia Records from another country appears on Sony Records in Japan, but retains the usage of the "walking eye" logo.
The Columbia name and trademark is controlled by Nippon Columbia, which was, in fact, the licensee for the American Columbia Records up until 1968 though relations were severed as far back as World War II. Nippon Columbia does not have direct relations with the British Columbia Graphophone Company, so the licensee for the British Columbia Graphophone Company was Toshiba Musical Industries. With Sony Corporation of America's buyout of Bertelsmann's stake in Sony BMG, Sony Music Entertainment Japan stepped in to acquire outstanding shares of BMG Music Japan from Sony BMG, making it a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Music Japan. Sony Music Entertainment Japan was incorporated in March 1968 as a Tokyo-based 50/50 joint venture between Sony Corporation and U. S. conglomerate CBS to distribute the latter's music releases in Japan. The company was incorporated with Sony co-founder Akio Morita as president. Norio Ohga was part of the management team from the formation of the company and served as president and representative director since April 1970.
In 1972, when CBS/Sony was generating robust profits, Ohga was named chairman and at the same time gained further responsibility and influence within Sony. He would continue to work for the music company one morning a week. In 1980, Toshio Ozawa succeeded Ohga as president. In 1983, the company was renamed CBS/Sony Group. In January 1988, after more than a year of negotiations, Sony acquired CBS Records and the 50% of CBS/Sony Group that it did not own. In March 1988, four wholly owned subsidiaries were folded into CBS/Sony Group: CBS/Sony Inc. Epic/Sony Records Inc. CBS/Sony Records Inc. and Sony Video Software International. The company was renamed Inc.. Shugo Matsuo was named new president in January 1992, replacing Toshio Ozawa, appointed to the post of chairman. Overall sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1991 were 83.8 billion yen with a pretax profit of 9.2 billion yen. In June 1996, Ryokichi Kunugi became the new president. Shugo Matsuo was named chairman. Shigeo Maruyama was appointed to the new post of CEO on October 1, 1997 and replaced Kunugi as president in February 1998.
As of 2007, Naoki Kitagawa is the current CEO of the group. In May 2018, SMEJ acquired a 39% stake in the Peanuts comic strip franchise from DHX Media. Sony Music Entertainment announced the launch of its first video game publishing label, Unties, in October 2017. Unties will publish indie games for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, Nintendo Switch, PC; the name was selected by Sony as representative of helping to "unleash" the power of independent video game development and "unshackle" such developers from the traditional video game publishing process. Unties’ first release was Tiny Metal, a turn-based tactics video game developed by Area 35, for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PC; the game was first premiered at PAX West Indie Megabooth. Published Azure Reflections, a side-scrolling bullet hell developed by Souvenir Circ. on May 15 2018 for the PS4. Published Touhou Gensou Wanderers Reloaded, a roguelike rpg developed by Aqua Style, for the PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC. Published Necrosphere, a platformer developed by Cat Nigiri, for the PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, PSVita.
Published Midnight Sanctuary, a VR/3D Novel game developed by CAVYHOUSE, for the PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC. Published Tokyo Dark, a visual novel mystery adventure hybrid developed by Cherrymochi, for the PC. Published Chiki-Chiki Boxy Racers, an arcade racing game developed by Pocket, for the Nintendo Switch on August 30 2018. Scheduled to publish on Last Standard, a 3d action game developed by I From Japan, intended for PC. Scheduled to publish The Good Life, a daily-life rpg developed by White Owls Inc. for the PS4 and PC. Scheduled to publish Merkava Avalanche, a 3d cavalry warfare action game developed by WinterCrownWorks, for the PC. Scheduled to publish Olija, an action adventure game developed by Skeleton Crew Studio, for the PC. Scheduled to publish Deemo Reborn, a music rhythm and urban fantasy game developed by Taiwanese studio Rayak, for the PS4 with PSVR support. Scheduled to publish Giraffe and Anika, a 3d adventure game developed by Atelier Mimina, for the PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Scheduled to publish 3rd Eye, a 2d horror exploration game, based on the Touhou franchise, for the PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC. Scheduled to publish Gensokyo Defenders, a tower-defense game developed by Neetpia, for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch; the company's leading role on the Ja
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama Super Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Chūō-ku, Saitama City, Japan. Its spectator capacity is 37,000 at maximum settings, making it the third largest indoor arena in the world; this main arena capacity is between 19,000 and 22,500 when events such as basketball, tennis, ice hockey, boxing, mixed martial arts, professional wrestling take place there. It is the only Japanese arena equipped for American football; the arena features a gigantic moveable section of seating which can reduce capacity for smaller events and create a more intimate setting. It housed the John Lennon Museum, which displayed John Lennon memorabilia and closed in 2010, it gained worldwide recognition as a sports venue when it hosted the final round of the official 2006 Basketball World Championship. Today, it is one of two home arenas to Japan Professional Basketball League team the Saitama Broncos, it is a favorite venue for puroresu and mixed martial arts, has hosted many of the biggest fights in MMA history.
Immediate to JR East Keihin-Tōhoku|Utsunomiya|Takasaki Line Saitama-Shintoshin Station 7 minutes' walk from JR East Saikyō Line Kita-Yono Station The Saitama Super Arena was preliminary open on May 5, 2000, open on September 1 of the same year. The architecture firm Nikken Sekkei won the international design competition. In 2000, the arena hosted two NHL ice hockey games between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2003, NBA basketball teams Seattle SuperSonics and the Los Angeles Clippers, played two games. On February 7, 2005 the arena hosted WWE Raw for United States cable television network Spike TV; the main event of the Raw hour was Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels, the main event of the Raw Zone hour featured Triple H against Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship. In 2006, the arena hosted the Final Round of the Basketball World Championship 2006. On December 31, 2007, the arena hosted Yarennoka, an MMA promotion organized by the former staff members of Pride Fighting Championship.
On November 29, 2009, the arena hosted one of the biggest fights in Japan's history as WBC Flyweight Champion Daisuke Naito defends his title against Koki Kameda. On December 31, 2009, the arena hosted "FieLDS Dynamite!! The Power of Courage 2009", hosted by MMA promotions Dream and Sengoku along with kickboxing promotion K–1. On December 31, 2010, the arena hosted "FieLDS Dynamite!! ~ Power of Courage 2010", hosted by fight promotions DREAM and K–1. The arena hosted the Japanese return of the Ultimate Fighting Championship on February 26, 2012 for UFC 144. Followed by UFC on Fuel TV: Silva vs. Stann on March 3, 2013 and UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Nelson on September 20, 2014 as well as UFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson on September 26, 2015, it will host. The venue hosts a major martial arts on New Year's Eve since 2001, it was sanctioned by Pride Fighting Championships from 2003 to 2006, by K-1 from 2008 to 2011. Since 2015 the event is the final round of the Rizin Fighting Federation; the 2014 and 2019 World Figure Skating Championships were held at the venue.
Besides sport and martial arts competition, there were held many music events, like Music Station, Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ, Animelo Summer Live, or humanitary Dream Power concerts organized by Yoko Ono. Many notable Japanese music acts performed at the arena, alphabetically: AKB48, Namie Amuro, B'z, Babymetal, BUMP OF CHICKEN, Minori Chihara, Masaharu Fukuyama, Glay, Ayumi Hamasaki, Tomoyasu Hotei, The Gazette, Janne Da Arc, Kamen Joshi, Berryz Kobo, Mai Kuraki, L'Arc-en-Ciel, Luna Sea, Nana Mizuki, Man with a Mission, Momoiro Clover Z, Morning Musume, Mr. Children, Nogizaka46, Kana Nishino, One Ok Rock, Radwimps, Sakamoto Maaya, SCANDAL, Shiina Ringo, Siam Shade, Spyair, Sound Horizon, Hikaru Utada and fripSide; some Japanese anime projects like Uta no Prince-sama, Love Live!, K-On!, The Idolmaster, Touken Ranbu saw live musical realization in the arena. International artists performed there, like Madonna, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Guns N' Roses, Beyoncé, Linkin Park, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys, DragonForce, Radiohead, AC/DC, Jeff Mills, Taylor Swift, U2, Iron Maiden, One Direction, Katy Perry, K-Pop acts BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, SS501, Girls' Generation, Big Bang, 2PM, F.
T. Island, 2NE1, SHINee, CNBLUE, SEVENTEEN, Kim Jaejoong, EXO, TWICE and NCT 127. Queen + Paul Rodgers performed there and the concerts were depicted in the concert DVD Super Live in Japan. Green Day taped the show for their new live album titled Awesome as Fuck; the Coverdale's band Whitesnake during the Loud Park Festival recorded their performance for a live album Made in Japan. The Festival has had other internationally renowned rock and metal bands like Scorpions, Nightwish and Slayer. Due to his particular brand of Electronic Metal, Venezuelan DJ Zardonic played a guest set at the Big Rock Stage, making it the first time in history that an Electronic Producer performs at the festival. U Arena, a venue near Paris similar in concept to the Super Arena Saitama Super Arena
Aya Itō, better known by her stage name Luna Haruna is a Japanese singer and fashion model from Tokyo, signed to Sacra Music. Luna Haruna was interested in music from a young age. In her first year of junior high school, she became obsessed with gothic lolita manga characters, started to collect Western clothes. In her third year of junior high school, she auditioned for the Internet radio program of Rental Magica, was selected to perform the opening theme, she became popular as an imoto-kei amateur model in the fashion magazine Kera when she was in her second year of high school, did tie-in modelling for Marui. She gained popularity. In an interview with Japanese entertainment website Nihongogo, Luna shares her inspiration behind her career "In terms of TV and anime, I grew up watching and singing the songs from Sailor Moon; as for music artists, I was inspired by Chiaki Ishikawa and ALI PROJECT. When I watched them perform, I was amazed by the power of music and song; this inspired me to become a musician and an artist."
Luna started singing full-time in 2011, released her debut single "Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau" on May 2, 2012, used as the second ending theme to the 2011 anime series: Fate/Zero. Her second single, "Overfly", released on November 28, 2012, was used as the second ending theme to the 2012 anime series Sword Art Online, her song "Startear" was used as the first ending theme to Sword Art Online's sequel Sword Art Online II, while "Yoru no Niji wo Koete" was used in the video game Sword Art Online: Lost Song. She covered the song "Kisaragi Attention" in the 2014 anime series Mekakucity Actors. In January 28, 2015, her seventh single "Kimi-iro Signal" was used as opening theme to Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, her eighth single "Ripple Effect" was used as ending theme of anime High School Fleet. Her ninth single, "Windia", that released on October 12, 2016, serves as the opening theme of the game Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization. On Luna's mini album SxW EP on February 22, 2017, she collaborated with Kotoko, Haruka Tomatsu, Rika Mayama, Sachika Misawa, Akira from Disacode.
The song that she made with Kotoko, "SxW -Soul World-", is used as the theme song of the game Accel World VS Sword Art Online: Millennium Twilight. Haruna moved to the Sacra Music record label under Sony Music Entertainment Japan in April 2017, her tenth single "Stella Breeze" that released on May 3, 2017, is used as the opening theme to anime Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat. Her third studio album "Lunarium" was released on June 21, 2017, her eleventh single "KIRAMEKI☆Lifeline" was released on November 8, 2017. A special single "Justice" was released on June 7, 2018, her twelfth single, "Momoiro Typhoon", was released digitally on July 29, 2018, received a physical release on August 22, 2018. She released her first "best of" album Luna Joule on November 7, 2018: it included an orchestra version of "Overfly", released digitally on October 7, 2018. Urahara as Rito Suda MovieAru Zombie Shoujo no Sainan as Alma V Official website