The district of Asakusa in Tokyo attracts many Japanese and international tourists. Everyday, smiling young people take them to visit this part of the city in rickshaws. They’re called shafu and drive the visitors through this popular district that takes them back to the Edo era.
In 2015, a group of shafu decided to turn to music as Tokyo-rickshaw, to promote Japanese traditional rickshaws to the public over the world through music and entertainment, before Tokyo’s Olympic Games in 2020. Their moving ballads with traditional tunes, as well as their acrobatic performances on stage, attract attention and a few months later, they released a CD with a major, Teichiku Entertainment.
The band has been part of many events and TV and radio shows. They also often work with celebrities, like in the RUN! music video, released last summer, with the famous Japanese wrestler Kyoko HAMAGUCHI. In January 2017, as they were recruiting new members, many actors, comedians, and athletes auditioned. Takeshi TAKANO (MMA wrestler), Yûya TAMAKI, and Takuya ISHIBASHI (rugby player) have been accepted to join the band.
Though they spend quite a lot of time with their entertainment activities, Tokyo-rickshaw’s shafu keep on driving their rickshaws through Asakusa towards the future!
Don’t miss this uncommon music group at Japan Expo! Let them take you to Tokyo for the time of their unusual performance, or of a photo shoot at their booth, with them and their rickshaw on a set typical of Asakusa!