Today, many Japanese art forms tend to be neglected in favor of more modern activities. Such is the case of the tsugaru shamisen, plucked string instrument and essential element of Japanese traditional culture.
This is precisely the instrument played by Kazumasa. Kazumasa and beatbox artist AKIRA, who takes inspiration from American street music, make a stunning duo whose mission is to bring Japanese traditional culture back into fashion. By bringing together the old sounds of the tsugaru shamisen and rock, jazz or hip hop melodies, the duo diversifies and develops both traditional music and modern music. Discover this surprising combination on the Sakura stage at Japan Expo!