Joe Hisaishi in Budokan

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NHK Concert Documentary: 4, 5 August 2008 / 115 minutes

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Joe Hisaishi in Budokan (久石譲in武道館 Hisaishi Jo in Budoukan?) was a concert given on 4 and 5 (plus an added performance on 6) August 2008 at Tokyo's 14,000-seat Nippon Budoukan venue commemorating both the Japanese theatrical premiere of Ponyo and the 25 years of musical collaboration between composer Joe Hisaishi and film maker Hayao Miyazaki.

This massive concert featured performances of these signature Miyazaki film scores composed by Hisaishi, conducting from the piano, and the 200-member New Japan Philharmonic World Dream Orchestra, along with six featured vocalists, the 800 combined voices of the Ippan Koubo, Ritsuyuukai and Little Singers of Tokyo choirs, plus a 160-piece marching band. Altogether there were some 1160 musicians and singers on stage, backed by images from Miyazaki's films projected on a giant screen.

These performances were recorded and broadcast by NHK in two versions - an edited 1-hour version aired on NHK on 31 August, and the full concert aired on the NHK satellite channel BS2 on 23 September 2008. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released R2 DVD and Blu-ray versions of this 2-hour concert in Japan on 3 July 2009.

Featured vocalists:

  • Fujioka Fujimaki (Takaaki Fujioka and Naoya Fujimaki)
  • Masako Hayashi
  • Ayaka Hirahara
  • Mai
  • Nozomi Ohashi

Marching bands:

  • Capital Girls Junior High School Marching Band
  • Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku Junior High School Brass Band
  • Kawasaki Tachibana Municipal High School Brass Band
  • Kawasaki Takatsu Municipal High School Brass Band

Complete concert set list (from the souvenir program pamphlet):

  • From Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
    • Opening (Legend of the Wind)
    • Requiem ~ A Battle Between Mehve and Corvette
    • Tooi Hibi (Days Long Gone)
    • Tori no Hito (Bird People)
  • From Princess Mononoke
    • Ashitaka no Sekki (The Legend of Ashitaka)
    • Tatarigami (The Cursed God)
    • Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke), Vocal: Masako Hayashi
  • From Kiki's Delivery Service
    • Umi no Mieru Machi (A Town with an Ocean View)
    • Shoushin no Kiki (Heartbroken Kiki)
    • Kaa-san no Houki (Mother's Broom)
  • From Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
    • Deep Sea Ranch ~ Mother of the Sea, Vocal: Masako Hayashi
    • Ponyo of the Fish of the Wave ~ Fujimoto’s Theme, Vocal: Fujioka Fujimaki
    • Rondo of the House of Sunflowers, Vocal: Mai
    • Mother’s Love ~ Little Sisters ~ Song of Praise for Mother and the Sea
    • Gake no Ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea), Vocals: Fujioka Fujimaki and Nozomi Ohashi
  • From Laputa: Castle in the Sky
    • Hato to Shounen (Pigeons and a Boy), with marching band
    • Kimi wo Nosete (Carrying You), with choir and marching band
    • Taiju (The Huge Tree)
  • From Porco Rosso
    • Bygone Days
  • From Howl's Moving Castle
    • Symphonic Variation ~ Merry-Go-Round ~ Cave of Mind
  • From Spirited Away
    • Inochi no Namae (The Name of Life), Vocal: Ayaka Hirahara
    • Futatabi (Reprise), Vocal: Ayaka Hirahara
  • From My Neighbor Totoro
    • Kaze no Toori Michi (The Path of the Wind)
    • Sanpo (Stroll), with choir and all featured vocalists
    • Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro), with choir
  • Encore - From Porco Rosso
    • Madness
  • Second Encore - From Princess Mononoke
    • Ashitaka and San

Joe HisaishiNew Japan Philharmonic World Dream OrchestraIppan Koubo and Ritsuyuukai ChoirsLittle Singers of Tokyo Children's ChoirNippon Budoukan - August 2008
Joe Hisaishi
New Japan Philharmonic World Dream Orchestra
Ippan Koubo and Ritsuyuukai Choirs
Little Singers of Tokyo Children's Choir
Nippon Budoukan - August 2008