Seven tigers are back in America! Travis Japan, a seven-member dance and performance pop group from Tokyo, brought their electrifying talent to the OC Japan Fair on October 27 and 28, 2023, marking their debut anniversary in a spectacular way. With their dynamic dance performances, magnetic stage presence, and members’ lovable personalities, the concert created a lasting impression on everyone in attendance.
Travis Japan’s journey to Los Angeles, where they polished their dance and vocal skills, was a significant chapter in their story. They competed in numerous competitions, leaving a trail of remarkable records during their stay. Their accomplishments include a 9th place in the World of Dance Championships and an appearance in the Semifinals of America’s Got Talent Season 17.
The OC Japan Fair saw a convergence of fans from Southern California and even Japan, all eager to catch a glimpse of Travis Japan at one of the biggest Japanese festivals in SoCal.
Travis Japan – ‘JUST DANCE!’ Music Video
The set kicked off with Travis Japan’s debut song, “JUST DANCE!”, a groovy dance tune expressing their passion and love for dance. This song’s MV was filmed in Venice Beach during their time in LA, making it a must-listen for Travis Japan fans. The group’s enthusiasm and impressive dancing skills captivated not only their fans but also everyone in the audience. Their dazzling costumes perfectly matched their charismatic aura throughout the performance.
Travis Japan – ‘Candy Kiss’ Music Video
Travis Japan continued to amaze with songs “Candy Kiss,” “Still on a journey,” and “Moving Pieces,” showcasing their versatility and talent. All of their songs, mainly sung in English, had the entire audience moving and dancing.
Travis Japan – ‘Moving Pieces’ Music Video
The MC segments were entertaining as Travis Japan engaged the crowd with fun calls and responses. Each member took a special moment to greet the audience in both English and Japanese. Notably, Kaito “Machu” Matsukura’s self-introduction has now become a trademark call, with the audience enthusiastically responding, “Machu Picchu!”
Travis Japan also surprised fans by performing one of their newest songs, “99 Percent.” This high-energy dance number displayed the group’s synchronized dance, serving as the theme song for the romantic comedy drama, “The Date of Marriage,” starring group member, Genta “G” Matsuda.
Travis Japan – ‘99 PERCENT’ -Dance Video- 99 sec.
Of course, the concert wouldn’t be complete without their signature song, “My Dreamy Hollywood”! Originally titled “Yume no Hollywood,” this song is Travis Japan’s first original song and holds a special place in their history. They translated the lyrics into English and performed it on America’s Got Talent, where they received a standing ovation from the entire audience and the judges. The elegant high kicks, tap dance-like choreography, dazzling costumes, everything was dedicated to this iconic song.
Despite the late-night set, the fans remained enthusiastic until the very last moment when Travis Japan left the stage. It was an amazing comeback show and a memorable debut anniversary celebration. On the 27th, Tamuken, a famous Japanese comedian living in Los Angeles even surprised the group with a cake to celebrate their anniversary, creating an unforgettable moment for all.
Travis Japan also had exciting news to share – their first album, “Road to A,” is set to release on December 20, followed by a concert tour titled “Travis Japan Concert Tour 2024 Road to Authenticity,” starting on January 4, 2024. A group that is active both in Japan and globally is a rare gem in the Japanese music scene. We eagerly anticipate Travis Japan’s growth as an artist and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this remarkable group. Keep your eyes on them, their journey has just started!
Check out our interview video from Anime Expo 2022!
[INTERVIEW] Travis Japan at Anime Expo 2022
Kaito “Chaka” Miyachika
Kaito “Umi” Nakamura
Ryuya “Shime” Shimekake
Noeru “Noel” Kawashima
Shizuya “Shizu” Yoshizawa
Genta “G” Matsuda
Kaito “Machu” Matsukura
X (Japanese only): https://twitter.com/TravisJapan_cr
Official site: https://www.capitolrecords.com/artist/travis-japan/