J-pop superstars Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Shingo Katori wrapped up their five-city, 22-show tour as the group Atarashii Chizu (“new map,” in English) on Wednesday (April 17) in Fukuoka.
The group hit Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka, Miyagi and Fukuoka to meet with a total of over 120,000 fans who flocked to see the former boy band members perform live for the first time in a while. The trio performed four relatively intimate shows for the final stop in Fukuoka, and seemed to thoroughly enjoy singing and dancing in proximity to the audience of 4,800 that packed the venue each time.
Inagaki, Kusanagi and Katori played a variety of games, some by themselves onstage and others involving the audience, to entertain and interact with their fans. The members raced against each other to find specified items drawn from a box, improvised and shot a dance to post to the TikTok account of their Abema TV show, and invited fans to take photos to post to their own social networks, among other activities.
Kusanagi kicked off the second half of the show with a solo acoustic guitar performance, which was a special treat only for those who attended the final show. Inagaki then joined him onstage to perform some songs off the soundtrack from the short film anthology The Bastard and the Beautiful World starring all three members, presenting an elegant musical-like stage featuring contemporary dancing by Inagaki and Kusanagi clad in stylish suits. Katori joined in for the grand finale, closing the show with “Atarashii Uta” and “72.”
The three veteran entertainers addressed the crowd after their performance, thanking them for their support through thick and thin. “I never imagined we’d be able to stand onstage and sing in front of you so soon,” Katori shared. “This space is what I love, so please let us sing for you again.”
Inagaki noted that seeing their fans smile gave the members courage, and that he felt a connection with them. “It’s like we’re tossing a ball back and forth in the best way possible,” he told the audience. “I’d love to have fun with you all again.”
“By having a ‘promised place’ like this, I feel I can keep doing my best again from tomorrow. Let’s meet again soon,” Kusanagi said in closing, as fans showered the multi-talented artists with warm cheers and applause.