Traditional Japanese Live Music

Akari Mochizuki

Akari is from Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture. She started singing Enka when she was three. She studied drama and modern music in UK and started working as a professional singer in 2009. She has performed Enka and Minyo songs in many occasions such as WOMAD 2010, Japane Matsuri and HYPER JAPAN.

Hibiki Ichikawa

Hibiki is the only professional player of Tsugaru Shamisen in U.K. Since his arrival in U.K, Hibiki has performed in many occasions, including Japanese Emperor’s birthday event at the Japanese embassy, Japan Matsuri and HYPER JAPAN.

Hibiki has been teaching over 20 students in U.K to show how to play the instrument and his lesson is becoming popular and popular.

Hibiki’s recent unique activities include the participation in a theatre work at the Edinburgh festival as a main music staff of the play and the presentation and organisation of his original concert ‘J-Triangle’ with his co-musicians from Japan and U.K.