On November 13th, singer Koda Kumi celebrated her 30th birthday with a concert, ‘KODA KUMI premium Night ~Love & Songs~‘, at Nippon Budokan.
This marked Koda’s first Nippon Budokan live as well as her first birthday live since debuting in 2000. The fans celebrated her birthday by singing “Birthday Eve” and calling out, “Kuu-chan, happy birthday!” Koda responded in tears, “It’s the first time holding a live on my birthday… this is the best.”
During the live, Koda was presented with an 1.5 meter (4.9 ft) tall birthday cake with a diameter of 1 meter (3.3 ft). After blowing out the candles, she took a commemorative photo with her fans. “Being Koda Kumi for over 10 years, getting married, and having a baby. Is it okay to be so happy? I don’t think there are any artists who is loved this much. I’m a very fortunate person.”
Koda performed a total of 32 songs which included 30 songs chosen from 500,000 fans and a special medley. She also charmed the fans with 8 different outfits throughout the performance. Finally, Koda announced that she would be holding an arena tour (11 shows, 8 locations) starting in March of next year.