Japanese Folk-Pop Duo Yuzu Wraps Up Successful Asia Tour in Taiwan

Courtesy of Billboard Japan


<a href="/music/Yuzu">Yuzu</a> performed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Taipei International Convention Center in Taipei, Taiwan, for the final stop of their Yuzu Asia Tour 2017 UTAO.

The Japanese folk-pop duo hit the road in September for their UTAO Japan hall tour that wrapped up Nov. 10, and the three overseas dates were a special extension of this engagement. Celebrating 20 years since their debut, the former street musicians hailing from Yokohama performed in the same cities they visited last summer: Singapore on Nov. 18 and in Hong Kong on the 29th before finishing off their successful second trek through Asia in Taiwan.

Members Yuujin Kitagawa and Koji Iwasawa played a different set from their domestic tour for their Taiwanese fans, who packed the venue three times the size of the one the duo performed in last year. Dishing out one hit song after another -- including "Hikare," "Niji" and "Ame Nochi Hareruya" -- they also invited the audience to sing along to other familiar tunes such as "Sayonara Bus" and "Itsuka" in the karaoke segment of their show.

The pair chose "Natsuiro," one of their biggest and most beloved hits, for the last song of their main set, which was streamed live through Kitagawa's Instagram account. Over 220,000 viewers logged in to catch the 10-minute stream to virtually experience the excitement online.

Yuzu closed their show with the first live performance of the Chinese version of "Eiko No Kakehashi," which was only included in the greatest-hits album Yuzu Iroha 1997-2017, released in Taiwan this year. The crowd went wild for this unexpected treat and sang along in near perfect unison with the amiable super duo, who promised to return again in the near future.

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