Pop diva Ayumi Hamasaki, 33, kicked off a national tour this week at Saitama Super Arena.
The tour, which celebrates the 14th anniversary of her professional debut, is titled “HOTEL Love songs.” The stage is set up as a fictitious hotel, with Hamasaki performing as a hotel employee. Her costumes include a maid and lobby employee. She starts the concert by saying to fans: “Welcome to my hotel!” Songs include “evolution” and her new single, “how beautiful,” from the new album, “Party Queen.”
This is Hamasaki's first tour since she divorced her ex-husband, Austrian actor Manuel Schwarz, 31. The tour consists of 28 performances in 12 cities until the final performance in Fukuoka on Aug 28.
Hamasaki told her opening-night audience in Saiatma: “I wish to send my message of love to all my fans through this tour."© Japan Today