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December 19, 2015 | 08:06 PM - [2015/08/12] 18
Hello (´ω`) This is Keiko!

Even though the heat has also abated, it's still hot during the day, isn't it... Bearing in mind to take mineral nutrients, as expected during Japan's summer, I often drink barley.
I ended up singing "Minerals♪ Barley tea♪", you know~ (laughs) It's an old CM.

And today, August 12, is right in the middle of such summer!! The release of Kalafina's 18th single, "One Light", has come!!
As what Hikaru talked about in the previous blog entry, since you are a nobody right now, that's all the more reason you can become somebody, and with that resolute hope, you sing your scream toward your mission. It has turned out to be a very manly song. By all means, it would make us happy if this music can turn into energy for many people.
At the recording, having a smile on the faces of us three even until it ended, there was also an unexpected song, yeah (laughs) Here's the proof of us giving it all from start to finish!!

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November 18, 2015 | 05:24 PM - [2015/11/16] Long time no live*!
Good day, everyone.
Thinking that one beauty of autumn
is that there is the sprucing up of ginkgo and red leaves, this is Hikaru.

It's the middle of November. The scent of winter is gradually floating in the air these days, so I wonder how everyone is doing.

As for Kalafina, on November 15,
we held the
Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2015~2016 "far on the water"
@ NGK Spark Plug Civic Center Forest Hall, Aichi.
fotw

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♪Hikaru♪

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* - expression used (やっとかめ) is from the Nagoya dialect which means "long time no see"
** - rice balls with shrimp fritter (天ぷら) as a filling
*** - butterbur (ふき) stems simmered with seasonings such as sake, soy sauce, and sugar
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October 22, 2015 | 05:20 PM - [2015/08/09] Start!
Good day, everyone! This is Kalafina.
At the moment, we have started the LINE OFFICIAL BLOG.
Since we think there are also people who have come here for the first time,
we will provide more details in our profile... to introduce ourselves a bit m(_ _)m
Wakana, Keiko, Hikaru, as a 3-member vocal unit, have LIVE performances as the core of their activities inside and out of the country, and they have also celebrated their 8th year this year.
At present, we have been appointed to provide music for shows like the NHK-produced TV program "歴史秘話ヒストリア (The Secret History Historia)" and MBS/TBS group's TV anime "アルスラーン戦記 (Heroic Legend of Arslan)".
At the beginning of this year, we were given a chance to perform solo LIVE for the first time in Nippon Budoukan for 2 days, and we were able to feel music together, as well as personally feel just how much joy making music and connecting with it brings.
While facing the music, we would like to treasure each and every memory that we make as we walk on.
And then, we would like to talk about that journey here in our blog.
We have made it into a place where you can see Kalafina's activities and, of course, each of the 3 members' human nature, so please do check it out from now on♪

Without further ado, as for Kalafina lately,
on August 12, Wednesday, the 18th single "One Light" will be released!
As for the title song "One Light", it is a strong, powerful rock tune. You are a nobody right now, but that's all the more reason you can become somebody. It's a song in which you can hear this straightforward message.
The coupling song "真昼 (Midday)" is a simple ballad in which you can only hear the piano and voices, and "五月雨の過ぎた頃に (When The Early Summer Rain Has Passed)" is a medium-tempo composition in which you can feel the fleeting paleness within the cheerfulness.
It would be nice if you could enjoy the vocal features of the three of us in Kalafina, who don't just sing songs from particular genres, and the melody brought about by our voices' overlapping and duet, from this CD.

And with that, it has been decided that we will release our 5th album, "far on the water", on September 16.
We have completed the album a few days ago... and it has become such a passionate thing. As for the details, we would like to talk about them as the release date draws near. We're looking forward to everyone listening to this as well!
We had a dinner party for the completion of that album, and because it was also the birthday of our producer Yuki Kajiura-san, we also had a birthday party with it♪

kajibday

It was a time when we felt happy once more that we were able to get in touch with the earnest figure and gentle personality of Kajiura-san who manages all of Kalafina's lyrics, composition, and arrangement through her music.

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August 20, 2015 | 05:29 PM - [2015年08月05日] 5th
Hello (´ω`) This is Keiko.

It's!! So!! Hot!! Isn't it?
Every day, it's like when the sunlight hits the skin, you can hear it gradually crackling, and I wonder how everyone is faring...
A few days ago, a man I have met for the first time in a certain waiting area talked to me about his grandchild endlessly (laughs)
Uncle: Starting tomorrow, you see, my grandchild will come, you knowー (´ω`) *grins*
K: Oh, is it the summer vacation (´ω`) *grins*? Sounds nice~
Uncle: That's correct... He is already 5 years old, so he has decided on a lot of places he wants to go to... He has a lot of requests~ Like the Railway Museum (T/L: in Saitama Prefecture)... or the Dinosaur Museum (T/L: in Fukui Prefecture)...
K (inner voice): Here it comes!! Dinosaur (laughs) A summer vacation staple!! It's the same for our W-san (laughs)

K: How boyish~ (´ω`)
Uncle: When I asked him if there's anywhere else he'd like to go to, do you know what he said to me? (´ω`)? *grins* ........."I would like to spend the rest of the time just relaxing in a hot spring~ An alkaline hot bath would be nice!!", he said!? (´ω`) Oh, I'm starting to hate it ←the man's happiness was at its MAX (laughs)
K: How cute~ Alkaline... It gets you wondering where he got that~ So cute~ (´ω`)
Uncle: Well~ Starting tomorrow, these 2 weeks will be tough, you know~ (σ≧▽≦)σ See you!!

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August 20, 2015 | 01:33 AM - [2015年08月02日] Gradually
Good day, everyone.
At the sushi restaurant I entered,
when I saw the characters that say "pickled",
this is Hikaru ending up requesting for it.

We have plunged into August! And with that... during these days when the heat is rising, I wonder how everyone is doing.
Lately, from these two...
Wakana-san: It seems it's good to not limit your salt intake with just sports drinks (^o^*)
Keiko-san: Lean meat, as well as oyster which is the current seasonal food are also good (*´∀`)
...I received such advice♪ Feel free to do them as well, everyone!

At present, as for Kalafina, we are given opportunities to talk about "One Light", the single that we will release this month, currently working for the production of the album, as well as starting to prepare for the upcoming autumn tour♪

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♪Hikaru♪

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August 15, 2015 | 01:46 AM - [2015年07月15日] Budoukan
Hello, this is Keiko (´ω`)

Somehow we are having a cranky weather, and we are in a period where we worry about the typhoon... I wonder if everyone is alright?
Are you guys doing okayー!?
I also hear of summer cold often, and in this season where the body still hasn't gotten used to the heat, we have a high tendency of getting sick, so let's all strengthen our immune system, okay!! Vitamins!! Minerals!! A bit of muscle training!! ←um... the last one, I did just now (laughs)

On this 15th...... it is the release of the "Kalafina LIVE THE BEST 2015 'Red Day' 'Blue Day' at Nippon Budoukan" DVDs and Blu-raysー (σ≧▽≦)σ
Since February 28 and March 1, the seasons and summer have both flown by, all leading to today!!
The memories we've had with everyone have been documented in these two discs. We're happy that they're going to stay forever. Being able to enjoy the atmosphere of those 2 days that the venue offered all by yourself... it is really a romantic thing. From these discs, it would be nice if we could help you relive such romantic memories even just a little...
On the last day, we carefully read the questionnaires and the letters, as well as the blog comments we have received from everyone.
There were letters that brought us to tears, some made us smile, and there were messages that made us accept reality.

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Good day, everyone.
Even though feeling that the journey towards perfection has no end,
the feeling of wanting to believe and the things that I have to face,
thinking that if I don't stop these things,
I will be able to see that place someday, this is Hikaru.

We have plunged into July! And with that, summer feels just around the corner. I wonder how everyone is doing.

It's a really personal matter but... on July 2, I turned a new age.
Going through life as Kalafina has had an influence on how I live my life as well as on myself.
Even though I haven't fundamentally changed, with Kalafina being there, I realize on a daily basis how important the present is to me.
From the people I've met and the things I've touched, these are days that I am able to have a lot of things.
Things that have a shape, things that don't, not being able to tell them apart at the time, things that I was not able to accept, things that I was able to reflect on, things that make me warm up with joy and happiness, and things that make me feel sadness and pain...
Because all these things exist, I am now who I am, I think.

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♪Hikaru♪

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July 7, 2015 | 08:26 AM - [2015年06月29日] The latest...
Hello, this is Keiko (^^)
Sorrrrrry for making you wait for a long while~♪ (it's Kiroro-san's voice)
I have abandoned the blog. I'm really sorry for that.
And then, as what Hikaru wrote on the previous blog post, Wakana and I were asked to participate in Yuki Kajiura LIVE vol.#12, and we were able to feel the music with many people.
To everyone we were able to meet, thank you very much!
Without missing every performance, from when Hikaru accompanied us to (Tokyo) International Forum, we received a lot of impression, and treasuring each and every word that we received, we have been made to do different challenges on every performance.
Although it's not at all a Kalafina activity, and that there is a distinct difference in a Yuki Kajiura LIVE,,, every time, we think of things like, which song should we polish off... or, how much emotion should we put in our voice... or, should we sing without thinking of anything... etc., we have made the same preparations as we do when we sing for Kalafina guests. As for our singing, I guess it's the same... I noticed that when this time's live has passed (^^)
The songs being able to reach people, I wonder how much heat increases (or is put) in the sound of those voices, and in the sounds of words... Then the way we speak to people changes... does it... I think about these things.
Just with a cleanly and beautifully resounding timbre, those person's hearts are growing, so they will resound it to the other person. I wonder what that heart is... I've been asking that question this whole time. Even though I am repeatedly looking for something, I feel like I found another piece.

And then, I once again experienced going to the one-man live of the vocalist we stand on stage with at Yuki Kajiura LIVEs, Kaori Oda-chan. Speaking of heart, as I thought, it's your feelings towards the audience... or so I think♪

We really learned a lot. By all means, to everyone who has not been to this event yet, please try coming to Kaori-chan's live at least once (´ω`)
You'll spontaneously have a smile on your face, I tell you♪

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Good day, everyone.
The importance of believing,
the difficulty of existing purely,
and feeling the warmth of coming into contact with someone, this is Hikaru.

It's now June, and the calendar says it's now summer. Noontime has become warm, but evenings are still a little cold.
I wonder how everyone is doing.

Speaking of what Kalafina's up to lately,
Coordinated with NHK, our appearance in the show "スタジオパークからこんにちは (Hello From Studio Park)" was decided.
On July 15 (Monday) 1:05 PM - 1:50 PM, we will have a live public broadcast.
Actress Atsuko Takahata-san and NHK announcer Takehiko Ito will be in charge of the flow of the program.
Since it is a LIVE talk show, we will face the audience while thinking very deeply of what to say.
If you don't mind, please watch the show.

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♪Hikaru♪

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NOTES:
* - board game similar to either western backgammon (called ban sugoroku) or western Snakes and Ladders
** - typo of Michelle Branch's name
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June 8, 2015 | 08:47 PM - [2015年05月31日] special events
Good day, everyone.
The color of the sunset that seems to flame up,
the color of the water's surface that the floating boat quivered,
and the faded color of a photograph,
liking these colors that have various tastes, this is Hikaru.

It's the last day of May... the end of the month has come, and with me ending up thinking what the next month has in store, I wonder how everyone is doing.

Well, as for Kalafina's end of the month, at Osaka and Tokyo,
we were given the chance to perform at
"ring your bell" release commemoration special events.
This event is an event that you can participate in by submitting the entry that was enclosed in "ring your bell" and winning the lottery.
We were told by people at Sony, "We received a lot of postcards, you know!", and it made us feel very happy!
To everyone who sent in their entries, thank you so much!
We were able to spend a lovely time with everyone who came all the way to the venue to represent all the others.
To everyone who came, thank you very much!

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