Strange tweet from Radiohead – What does it mean?

by Jonathan on February 17, 2011

Radiohead's twitter

Let the craziness continue. A strange message written in Japanese was posted to Radiohead’s twitter earlier this morning. The screenshot above translates to ‘Hachiko Square Shibuya, Friday 18:59.’  Your guess is as good as ours about what this means.

What we do know is that Hachiko Square is in Tokyo and is named after a loyal dog said to have met his master faithfully every night at a certain hour even after his master died. It is also considered one of the busiest and most hectic pedestrian crossings in the world. If you saw Lost in Translation, you may remember the scene where Bill Murray and Scarlet Johanssen walked through it.

So, what does Radiohead plan to do? Is it a concert? Webcast? Are they planning on doing something with all the video screens in the square? Speculate away in the comments…

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  • Dggg

    I don’t think it’s gonna be a concert, that square it’s too crazy!

  • Gdubs32

    I’m hoping it’s a surprise show, but since 18:59 is actually 5am for me (EST) I guess I’ll miss any live stream opportunity.

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  • chitramyqueen

    flash mob!

  • frank

    It may not be related to a secret show or something but there was a movie made about this dog… there is an american version with Richard Gere.

  • Guilherme

    I doubt about the surprise show. It’s Radiohead, not U2.

  • Hate2SayIt

    They’re going to announce their breakup.

  • Bramblepath

    Well much of the artwork looks oriental – I think The King of Limbs is going to be a very oriental-inspired album. I’m interested at the prospect of what’s going to happen there.

  • Vinny

    12am Saturday morning on the East Coast of the US…i think?


    Isn’t that the square where that iconic poster image was taken of them from the bends era? Thom has the blonde hair and sunglasses on.

  • I love how they keep us guessing.

    This whole wait until the last second to reveal the album is also amazing… that’s really what you have to do in the era of album leaks to bring back that “everyone waiting to hear the album for the first time” thing that used to be great back in the day (I’m aging myself by even admitting I remember what that’s like!)

    With this new album they’ve taken it to another level.. I mean no one even knows how many tracks are on this thing right? or what a single song title is? It’s brilliant! I can’t wait to hear it.

  • Djd

    I need answers! This sucks cuz when this happens, I’ll be nowhere near a computer or a TV… Guess I’ll have to find out later

  • Kinda’ like waiting for Sgt Pepper’s to come out ,ain’t it.

  • JoJo T-A

    I think it’s a reference to Greyfriars Bobby and 1859 is the year, not the time

  • Hachik?

    And that loyal dog and his master are from Shibuyu….it makes me think that being conditioned to blindly follow authority is a theme within at least one of the tracks


  • Yes, I believe Pepper was The Beatles 8th album…

  • Georgeperadze

    Japanese officials confirmed that there will be no show….

  • has anyone every heard of the idea that there is some huge secret code or something. like ok computers vinyl is covered in codes and maybe at 6:59 in shibuya there will be some hint. bottom line Radiohead is the tits

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  • Hronn

    I’m an Icelander living in Tokyo, can’t believe my luck!

  • ‘wouldn’t you like to be a pepper too?’

  • their twitter account prolly just got hacked by some japanese spam bots.

  • melty

    which is simply awful

  • there’s a music video for Lotus Flower that has just been posted on DAS

  • Mohave

    Lotus Flower Lotus Flower Lotus Flower !!!!!

  • DouglasGraham

    It must be saturday in Victoria, BC ’cause I’m 21.6MB into downloading… Ummm Lotus Flower… Amazing.

  • Michael

    It’s here!!!!!!!!

  • Bec

    Ha! Early release and an awesome video! That’s a good one.

  • Steven

    Good news folks – the new album is avaialable to download now a day early!

  • AM

    ITS FREAKIN OUT!!!!!!!!

  • Johny

    18:59 Tokyo time is 10:00 GMT or 11:00 CET. About the time the album came out today? The name of the Tokyo square has something to do with patience and loyalty, see DAS.

  • The Police

    Are you on a 24 hour coffee break? It has happened like all kinds of stuff today that you haven’t given us updates about. Wake up, GreenPlastic!

  • Email

    Yep, I agree. And this Hachiko Square being the busiest in the world is also probably representative of the traffic on as I write this!

  • this album made me get chills for almost an hour straight. I love Radiohead

  • joe

    so wait…what ever became of this? anything?

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