Marking 50 years since The Beatles' history-making 1966 Tokyo concerts, Genesis Publications are releasing a book of rare photos of the trip. Hello Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 features pictures, taken by Japanese photographer Shimpei Asai, that have never before been published outside Japan. Check out a selection of shots below.
On the June 29 1966, The Beatles arrived in Tokyo, to face controversy over the five shows they’d booked at the legendary Nippon Budokan. The venue had been previously reserved for traditional Japanese entertainment, and had been built to commemorate the lives of Japan’s lost soldiers.
Meanwhile, the group were struggling to cope with the demands heaped upon them as a touring combo and they were only two months away from their retirement from the circuit after their San Francisco show at Candlestick Park.
However, through Shimpei Asai’s intimate lens, The Beatles seem relaxed in the eye of the storm. His beautifully presented Genesis collection captures the quartet on stage, chilling out, in Noh theatre masks, playing kotos in kimonos. Ever wanted to see John in his pants, or wondered what a Beatle had for breakfast? Wonder no more.
Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 will ship from November 2016. A signed limited edition book is available from Genesis Publications at www.hello-goodbye-book.com. Tel: +44 (0)1483 540 970.
Meanwhile a tribute to Beatles producer Sir George Martin has also been posted online. A video for the remastered version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps which also marks the 10th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil theatre show’s LOVE can be watched below.