Haruomi Hosono at the Barbican

Last Saturday, five decades into his musical career, the legendary Haruomi Hosono played his solo work for the first time in the UK at the Barbican. As a founding member of folk rock band Happy End and pioneering synthpop group Yellow Magic Orchestra and composer of the song Watering a Flower, fans in the UK have never had the chance to see him perform his own music on their doorstep.

His musical influence has spanned exotica, movie/video game soundtracks, and ambient. The record label Light in the Attic rereleased some of his work alongside the Californian band Acetone and…