• Yasutaka Nakata of CAPSULE to Produce Train Melody for Hokuriku Shinkansen

  • NEWS | Dec.09.2014

  • Big-name ASOBISYSTEM J-pop producer Yasutaka Nakata recently created the train melody for the new JR West Japan Hokuriku Shinkansen. The new line will connect Nakata’s hometown of Kanazawa with Tokyo.

    The spokesman for Kanazawa City said that they thought Nakata was capable of creating a song that is suitable for the tourist destination. The 15-second song will be played at Kanazawa station every time a train leaves. Written and produced by Yasutaka, the song was inspired by the nature of Kanazawa, and the city itself, which is a delicate combination of the traditional and modern. It was created based on the theme of “Speed and Comfort.”

    The extension of the line to Kanazawa is scheduled to open on Mar. 14, 2015. This is a one-and-only collaboration between sought-after Japanese producer Yasutaka Nakata and Kanazawa Station, so if you are in town keep your ears peeled for this special tune.

    Yukiyoshi Yamano, Mayor of Kanazawa City:
    We worked with Mr. Yasutaka Nakata, one of the most influential musicians in the world, to create a new train melody for the Hokuriku Shinkansen. We thought he’d be great because he spent half of his life in Kanazawa and he is very good at making modern-sounding melodies. The new song reminds me of the nature of Kanazawa, the Tsuzumi Gate at Kanazawa Station and our traditional crafts. Mr. Nakata is a young and aspiring artist, and we believe that by working with him, we can promote the new train line and our city to Japan and the world.

    We hope to bring more people into our city by playing the song produced by Mr. Nakata at Kanazawa station, which is ranked among the top 10 train stations in the world.

    Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE):
    I’m very honoured to be able to be a part of this project that connects Kanazawa and Tokyo. I’ve lived roughly half of my life in each of these two places, I hope the song reaches out to people and adds excitement to their adventures that start from Kanazawa.

    Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE)
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