Bluem of Youth
(Цветы юности) is a Japanese popular music
group whom achieved their greatest success in the late 1990s after being the subjects in a reality television
series called Susunu! Denpa Shōnen
. The name is a mix of 'bloom of youth' and 'blue
'. Its members are Yuji Bessho
(別所悠二) and Hiroyuki Matsugashita
(松ヶ下宏之). They went on permanent hiatus on New Year's Eve
of 2002, but played a 10th anniversary concert commemorating their debut in 2005.
Travels in Russia
The duo traveled across Russia
by Trans-Siberian Railway
across Russia for seven months from March to October, 1999 on a Japanese television program
called Susunu! Denpa Shōnen
. Their career was at a crossroads due to poor sales and their contract with their record label
was not renewed.
Therefore, they were given a challenge by the producers of Denpa Shōnen. The two were taken to Moscow by the program's staff. They were told to travel from Moscow to Vladivostok via the Trans-Siberian Railway while earning their living by only playing street concerts. They then had to compose a good song by the end of their travels and gather 10,000 or more people for a concert in the Nippon Budokan on 4 October, 1999. If they couldn't do this, then they had to quit their careers as musicians and break up.
Finally, they composed the song "Last Tour" on the bank of Amur River and played the song at the Budokan. They were able to gather more than the required 10,000 people. (The concert was going to be done only once, but there was an encore performance because it was a huge success.)
In 2000, they released "Subasība" (СПАСИБО) album which collected songs composed in Russia. "Supasiba" is a Japanized word for "Спасибо" which means "Thank you" in Russian language. "Stairway" which was released next to "Last Tour" was composed in Russia, too.
In 2003, they were invited to the "Japan Festival in Moscow" at the Malyi Theatre.
Russia is like a home away from home for them now, and they have been there frequently for private travel.
- Saigo no Negai (10 October, 1995)
- 10 Calls After (13 December, 1995)
- TRUTH (1 July, 1996)
- ''Time goes by ... Kimi ga Irudake de / Senrozoi no Koi' (1 October, 1997)
- Garden (21 March, 1998)
- Russian Roulette (20 June, 1998)
- Koe (2 December, 1998)
- Last Tour ~Yakusoku no Basho e~ (1 December, 1999)
- Stairway (23 February, 2000)
- Lover's slit (2 August, 2000)
- If (12 October, 2000)
- Yudachi -sound of the memory- (8 August, 2001)
- Saruveju (9 October, 2002)
- Hitohira no Yume (4 December, 2002)