End Of the Year Tradition – Kohaku Uta Gassen 2018

Wednesday 21st, November 2018 / 12:30 Written by
End Of the Year Tradition – Kohaku Uta Gassen 2018

Kohaku Uta Gassen is an annual New Year’s Eve television special produced by Japanese public broadcaster NHK. It is broadcast live simultaneously on television and radio, nationally and internationally by the NHK network.

The program divides the most popular music artists of the year into competing teams of red and white. The “red” team or akagumi is composed of all female artists (or groups with female vocals), while the “white” team or shirogumi is all male (or groups with male vocals). At the end of the show, judges and the audience vote to decide which group performed better.

Only the most successful singing acts in the Japanese entertainment industry can perform. In addition to the actual music performances, the costumes, hair-styles, makeup, dancing, and lighting are important. Even today, a performance on Kōhaku is said to be a big highlight in a singer’s career because of the show’s wide reach.

It is such a tradition for Japanese and the hall (NHK Hall at Shibuya) has only 3600 seats, so every year it is very difficult to get a ticket…

The 69th Kohaku Uta Gassen will be held on the 31st December 2018.

The chosen artists are as below.

Red Team:
aiko (13)
AIMYON (debut)
Ikimonogakari (10)
Sayuri Ishikawa (41)
AKB48 (11)
Midori Oka (2)
Keyakizaka46 (3)
Fuyumi Sakamoto (30)
Aya Shimazu (5)
Superfly (3)
DAOKO (debut)
Yoshimi Tendo (23)
TWICE (2)
Kana Nishino (9)
Nogizaka46 (4)
Perfume (11)
Seiko Matsuda (22)
Yumi Matsutoya (3)
MISIA (3)
Kaori Mizumori (16)
Little Glee Monster (2)

White Team:
Arashi (10)
Hiroshi Itsuki (48)
EXILE (12)
Kanjani8 (7)
King & Prince (debut)
Hiromi Go (31)
Suchmos (debut)
Sandaime J Soul Brothers (7)
Jyunretsu (debut)
SEKAI NO OWARI (5)
SEXY ZONE (6)
DA PUMP (6)
Kiyoshi Hikawa (19)
Masaharu Fukuyama (11)
Hey! Say! JUMP (2)
Gen Hoshino (4)
Daichi Miura (2)
Hiroshi Miyama (4)
Keisuke Yamauchi (4)
Yuzu (9)
YOSHIKI feat HYDE (debut)

*https://www.nhk.or.jp/kouhaku/artist/

*The number in brackets indicates how many times they have appeared at Kohaku.

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