Posted on September 1, 2009

Hey folks!

Looks like “MY LONELY TOWN” is finally out of the bag! But, of course, that doesn’t mean the new album is not gonna hit the end of the year. I’m still confident, that it is going to be released in November. If I’m wrong, feel free to stop by, the cold beer’s on my tab.

By the way, is it just me, or does the new single’s release sound a bit rushed? It’s like they’re shelling out new singles just to be on schedule for something else (a new album?). I mean, did you ever see a B’z single come with a music video of the very same? To me, it appears that B’z just doesn’t have the time for promotion, which would explain the announcement made roughly one month after the Ichibu to Zenbu/DIVE release, as well as the upcoming release in only one month’s time.

Now for the Single itself. As you’ve all read the news and checked out B’z Net Party, there’s not much to say about the single, except that there’s going to be a normal version and a limited version(which comes with a DVD that includes the music video). Retail prices are as listed on my page to the right.


2. Kirei na Namida (Beautiful Tears)
3. Ichibu to Zenbu -Ballad Version-

However, there’s one interesting aspect to note about the single: the cover!


The photo taken there, have you ever wondered what it is, or where it was taken? It is actually a real location in Japan. This place is called Hashima Island, also nicknamed “Battleship Island”(軍艦島; “gunkan jima”) due to it’s unique shape that resembles a battleship. It is a small island off the coast of Nagasaki, and was once used for coal mining out in the sea. By the time petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines were shut down one after another, and now it’s just an unmanned island. It is often called a “ghost island” by the Japanese. Here’s another picture of it:

Taken from

For more information, you might want to check out:

Hashima Island – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gunkanjima (Warship Island) | Places of Interest | Nagasaki City Tourism Guide
Nagasaki’s Battleship Island | Japan Probe