Traditional Japanese Music Show & Workshop
What We Offer
A unique opportunity to experience the authentic sounds of traditional Japanese music performed by professional players
A workshop for students to play the instruments and get to know the history of Japanese music
A chance to talk to Japanese musicians, and ask them about Japanese culture and life
Professional Japanese Folk & Blues Singer
Akari is from Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture. When she was 3 years old, she started singing enka (a variety of traditional Japanese music which often takes the form of sentimental ballads) thanks to the influence of her father, who was a great fan of the genre. Akari studied drama in Cambridge and modern music in London, before becoming established as a professional singer in 2009. She has performed as an enka and min’yo (Japanese folk music) singer for numerous occasions, including WOMAD 2010, Hyper Japan and Japan Matsuri. She has appeared in BBC Radio 3 programme 'The Verb' and sung Enka songs for the local listeners.