The Beatles Japan 1966 Programme
A rare Japanese tour programme from the three dates the Beatles played there in 1966 (30th June - 2nd July). The Beatles toured Germany, Japan and the Philippines between 24 June and 4 July 1966. The thirteen concerts comprised the first stage of a world tour that ended with the band's final tour of the United States, in August 1966. The tour signalled a change in the Beatlemania phenomenon, as violent measures were used to control crowds for the first time and the band became a symbol of societal division between conservative and liberal thinking. The bookings at the Budokan, a venue reserved for martial arts, offended many traditionalists in Japan, resulting in death threats to the Beatles and a heightened police presence throughout their stay. Condition: Programme cover has some slight creases and small stains (see photos). Inner pages have crease marks on the inside of the page along the spine. Back cover has a surface tear mark along the top.