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Kana Nishino

Kana Nishino

This J-pop princess celebrated her 5th anniversary in 2013 with a now best-seller compilation album that sold over 800,000 physical copies in Japan. Popular for not only her voice, but her style and relatable lyrics as well, she has cemented her spot as the next prominent diva from Japan. 

LiSA

LiSA

A rising force in the Jpop-rock world, LiSA has sang numerous theme songs for hit anime, such as, “Angel Beats!,” “Fate/Zero,” “Sword Art Online I & II,” “The Irregular at Magic High School,” etc. She sold out the Nippon Budokan three times, and also has performed overseas in Singapore, Taipei, LA, etc.

TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA

TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA

This unique nine-piece ska band regularly performs internationally, including gigs at major festivals such as; Glastonbury, Mexico's Vive Latino, Bonnaroo and Coachella. The band will celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2014 with a North and Central America tour and their first show in Indonesia.

Charan Po Rantan

Charan Po Rantan

Sisters Momo (vo) and Koharu (accordion) started as street performers in 2009 and made their major debut in 2014. They continue to gain acclaim for their eccentric performances, colorful costumes and “alternative gypsy chanson” music, including gigs in SXSW 2013, Canada, the UK and Taiwan.

Kaela Kimura

Kaela Kimura

As a J-pop rock icon, this half-British is also popular for her model-like looks and unique sense of style, landing her numerous endorsements and music video awards. She established her own record label, ELA, in 2013 and celebrates her 10th anniversary in 2014 with a two-day concert at the Yokohama Arena.

Rina Katahira

Rina Katahira

One of the brightest up-and-coming singer-songwriters in Japan, she made her major debut in 2013, and has already garnered attention thanks to her refreshing vocals and acoustic rock sound. She’s also the first Japanese female artist to be endorsed by American guitar maker, Epiphone.

Fujifabric

Fujifabric

This rock band debuted in 2004, gaining popularity with their rock-pop-electronic fusion sound, including theme songs for the hit film “Moteki” and anime “Space Brothers.” The band also celebrated their 10 year anniversary with their first show at the Nippon Budokan in November 2014.

Kaname Kawabata

Kaname Kawabata

As half of the famous R&B duo, CHEMISTRY, he made his solo debut in 2012, releasing his first album in Japan and Thailand, followed by performances in Bangkok and Jakarta. He is also active in acting and narrating, guest starring in an Indonesian karate film and a hit Japanese musical in 2014.

Unison Square Garden

Unison Square Garden

This three-piece pop-rock band features bright vocals contrasted with an edgy band ensemble, brought to life by catchy tunes and their unparalleled stage energy. Also famous for singing the theme songs for hit anime “Tiger & Bunny,” the band continues to thrill rock and anime fans alike with their music.

OKAMOTO'S

OKAMOTO'S

This contemporary rock band consists of four young men who boast jaw-dropping musicality and energetic live performances. They've played in the US, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam, and their songs have been featured in the “NARUTO” anime series. They released their 6th album in 2014. 

AN CAFE

AN CAFE

This dance-rock visual band formed in 2003 and has since amassed a global following in and out of Japan, such that they’ve completed numerous solo world tours. In 2014 alone, they toured around Japan and Europe, and performed in Brazil, Canada and Mexico. The band released their 21st single in 2014.

CROSSFAITH

CROSSFAITH

Said to be Asia’s new icon for nu-metal, this five-piece band creates English-lyric music that transcends genres and borders. In addition to completing two world tours, the band regularly features at major international events such as Download Festival, Hellfest, Soundwave Festival, Vans Warped Tour, etc.

Puffy AmiYumi

Puffy AmiYumi

Since their famous Tamio Okuda-produced 1996 debut single, "Ajia no Junshin," this pop duo released a string of smash hits and had a cartoon produced in their name that was aired worldwide. The band is still one of Japan’s most iconic duos, regularly rocking at festivals and overseas events.

Inori Minase

Inori Minase

A natural born singer/actress, this young seiyu is also an anime otaku, with a passion for games, VOCALOID, and all things Disney. She had supporting roles in “Love Lab” and “ROBOT GIRLS Z” and gained much popularity for her work in the hit 2014 anime, “Is the Order a Rabbit?”

CHATMONCHY

CHATMONCHY

This all-girl pop-rock duo debuted as a three-piece in 2005 with a cute but pure rock sound and made their stateside debut with gigs at SXSW 2010. With the departure of their drummer in 2011, the duo successfully experiment with ways to recreate their band sound, and collaborate with fellow rock acts.

Base Ball Bear

Base Ball Bear

This pop-rock quartet has nothing to do with baseball or bears, but specializes in catchy rock tunes with melancholic, thoughtful lyrics, and has created new territories by collaborating with idols and hip-hop stars. The band are also known for the theme songs for the anime and movie version of “Library Wars.”

DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan

DJ Misoshiru & MC Gohan

With the motto, “Delicious food is humankind’s greatest miracle!” this self-produced rapper and foodie made her major debut in 2013. She writes songs, mixes tracks, and creates her own artwork and music videos about food and cooking, creating an one-of-a-kind collaboration between food and music.

Sambomaster

Sambomaster

This unpretentious three-piece rock band is popular among a wide-range of fans thanks to their songs being used in popular TV drama and anime series. With their honest lyrics and shouts of emotion during their performances, they continue to charm audiences.

Open Reel Ensemble / Braun Tube Jazz Band

Open Reel Ensemble / Braun Tube Jazz Band

Formed by performance media-artist, Ei Wada, Open Reel uses reel decks and computers as instruments, while his solo project, The Braun Tube Jazz Band, involves striking Braun tubes. Well-regarded overseas, ORE perform at European festivals and at Issey Miyake’s fashion shows. 

T-SQUARE

T-SQUARE

Japan’s iconic jazz/fusion band made their debut in 1978, and has since become an Asian representative of the genre. The 36 year-old band performs constantly in Asia, including Korea, Thailand, and Taiwan, where they have been enthusiastically welcomed for their easy listening tracks. 

NEGOTO

NEGOTO

This four-piece all girls band is known for their fantastical, alternative rock sounds. Their debut single in 2011 was picked up as a high-profile TV commercial song, catapulting them into instant fame and popularity. In 2013, all four members graduated from university, and in 2014, they released their second mini-album, “‘Z’OOM.”

Emiri Miyamoto

Emiri Miyamoto

One of Japan’s most famous contemporary violinists, she won the Germany Student Music Concours at 14. Along with her musical skills, her graceful style and looks made her a staple on national TV, constantly collaborating with pop artists and even hosting TV shows.  

KURONEKO CHELSEA

KURONEKO CHELSEA

This four-piece rock band was formed when they were in their first year of high school. They made their major debut in 2010, and have evolved into a genre-bending rock band. Energetic vocalist, Daichi Watanabe, has also won accolades for his acting as well.

KISHIDAN

KISHIDAN

The band's daring, bad-boy appearance, entertaining performances and catchy songs catapulted them into fame as a household name in Japan. They also host one of most popular summer festivals every year, the Kishidan Expo, bringing together pop and rock acts such as AKB48 and Vamps.

UNICORN

UNICORN / Tamio Okuda

Unicorn debuted in 1987 and is one of Japan’s most iconic rock bands, fronted by the equally popular Tamio Okuda. After a nearly 19-year long hiatus, the band reformed in January 2009, with their songs often chosen for tie-ups, including the opening theme song for the anime “Space Brothers.”  

Takeshi Hosomi / the HIATUS

Takeshi Hosomi / the HIATUS

As ex-ELLEGARDEN’s frontman, English-speaking Hosomi formed the HIATUS in 2009 and continue to redefine genres with his experimental take on rock music. Most recently, Hosomi and the HIATUS toured over 40 locations around Japan and capped it off with a solo concert in Taipei in September 2014.

Maki Nomiya

Maki Nomiya

Famous as a former member of Pizzicato Five, she is also famous as a cultural icon for “Shibuya-style” and Japan's New wave scene in the 90s. In addition to her music, she is also active on a number of artistic, cultural, and fashion-related fronts as a model and designer.

Shunsuke Watanabe / Schroeder-Headz

Schroeder-Headz

A club jazz trio project by the keyboard player, Shunsuke Watanabe. Named after from Peanuts’ character, Schroeder, the piano trio plays music imagining the thoughts of a boy who has contemporary musical ears through listening to classical, jazz, dance, electronic music.

Akiko Yano

Akiko Yano

One of the most prominent Japanese female vocalists. She's known for her collaboration with artists such as Yellow Magic Orchestra, creating music spanning a wide range of styles and genres.

ART-SCHOOL

ART-SCHOOL

The frontman Kinoshita Riki's drive to blend powerful pop guitar lines with dramatic vocals have influenced over a whole generation of bands and audiences alike in Japan. They signed on to ki / oon Music.

Asako Toki

Asako Toki

Got her start as vocalist of the pop band “Cymbals”. She has gone on to have a highly successful solo career, having her songs used prominently in commercials and collaborating with numerous artists.

Hiroshi Fujiwara

Hiroshi Fujiwara

Musician and producer Fujiwara got his start as a DJ in the ‘80s. He is an active participant in Japan's street culture and fashion scene, influencing teenager trends and style.

Denki Groove

Denki Groove

Formed in 1989 around Ishino Takkyu and Pierre Taki, thie group made their major debut in 1991 and have since become a representative of Japanese electronic music. The group celebrates their 25th anniversary in 2014, and continues to remain prominent as industry influencers.

OWARIKARA

OWARIKARA

A four-piece psychedelic rock band formed in 2008. Quickly made a name for themselves. Following up a successful Canadian tour in 2010, the band releases their second full-length album in May 2011.

ROLLY

ROLLY

Starting his career in the rock band Scanch, ROLLY is a guitarist, vocalist, and producer, as well as an actor. His unique and theatrical personality has built a strong fan base, and his memorable appearance in the film "Suicide Circle" has gained him many fans abroad as well.

YUKI

YUKI

The former vocalist of JUDY AND MARY, YUKI started her solo career in 2002. Her distinctive voice and powerful live presence gained her many fans. She performed a sold out concert at the Tokyo Dome, making her the first female artist to perform there as a solo act.

Nobuo Furukawa

Nobuo Furukawa

This renowned young cello player collaborates with other classical ensembles and other genres of music, including KOBUDO, his permanent trio project with Shakuhachi (Japanese traditional flute) player and pop composer/pianist.

Scott & Rivers

Scott & Rivers

Scott & Rivers is a rock duo consisting of Scott Murphy of ALLiSTER and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer fame. Sharing a deep love of Japanese culture, they have created original songs in Japanese.

Dacco

Dacco

This duo was formed by Lida and YURA-sama, former members of the popular Visual-kei band Psycho le Cemu in 2005. They also have solo projects, Lida's Ninjaman Japan and YURA-sama' s Brother.

Fumi Nikaido

Fumi Nikaido

One of Japan’s most promising young actresses, this former model from Okinawa got her big break with 2012’s “Himizu.” For this role, she won the Marcello Mastroianni Best New Young Actress Award at the Venice Int’l Film Festival, and Best Newcomer at Japan’s Academy Awards.

Rina Takeda

Rina Takeda

An authentic action actress, she has a 2nd degree black belt and has won numerous action and acting awards in Japan and overseas festivals. She gained mass popularity with a 2014 Saison Card commercial, where she smashed a deck of roof tiles with her head, showcasing her strong abilities hidden underneath her soft, feminine exterior. 

Ai Hashimoto

Ai Hashimoto

Hashimoto is one of the most watched young actresses in Japan. She appeared in 10 films, including the Japanese Academy Award's Best Picture, “The Kirishima Thing.”

Mitz Mangrove

Mitz Mangrove

One of the most prominent crossdressers in Japan, Mitz sets himself apart by not using the stereotypical gay vocabulary, creating a powerful presence for himself. A huge music lover, Mitz is also part of a choral group called “Hoshikuzu Scat.”

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