Shinobu Kawashima 川嶋志乃舞 is a highly skilled Tsugaru shamisen player utilizing both modern and classical styles in her music. She also taught herself music composition and her music seems geared towards popularizing shamisen music. It is nice to see musicians such as Shinobu have the opportunity to perform music promoting Japanese arts and culture. She learned the Tsugaru shamisen at the age of five and graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Shinobu won the Tsugaru Shamisen national tournament four times. Discography: 花とネオン 価格 2017-10-9 1.キツネ倶楽部 2.津軽よされ節 3.秋田大黒舞 4.花千鳥(フジテレビ「大相撲ODAIBA場所」テーマ曲). Recommended.



Austines are a pop group from Kanagawa Prefecture. They were formally known as Kiki but changed their name to Austines and three original members continued. Since their name change their music are more focused and polished and have utilized two singers effectively. Austines unique music is pop oriented and includes acid jazz, funk, and neo-soul. The band members are: ハッピーナッティ西山 drums, 深澤希実 vocals key, and 鶴田航平 vocals guitar. Discography: Green Grass 1. Wonderland 2. dag 3. green grass 10-1-2017. Recommended.


Lucie, Too are a rising new indie pop band. The band has a competent sound and have a presence when performing. They recently held a number 10 on the iTunes US J-Pop chart. You should will hear more songs from the band in the future. The band members are: Ba & Cho Kanako Sekizawa かなこ, Dr & Cho / Naho Shibahara シバハラナホ, and Gt & Vo / Chisato Kokubo. Discography: 1st miniアルバムLUCKY 2018-02-07. Recommended.


lilil is a precocious young pop singer and composer from Ibaraki Prefecture who is preparing to attend university in a few months. She sings, plays guitar, and produces songs with a DTM (desktop music system) by herself. She is rapidly developing her music and technique each time she produces sounds. Lilil music and hard work makes her a worthy musician. She has performed in Teens Rock in Hitachinaka 2016, RO 69 Jack, and Shimokitazawa Mona Record Audition Grand Prix in 2017.


Sakiko Osawa is a creative music creator, producer, and DJ from Shibuya, Tokyo. She started her early music career by playing violin at the age of 3. Sakiko studied at Nihon University College of Art in Tokyo and majored in Music Information, Acoustics, Recording, and Media-Art. She currently works with Venus Kawamura Yuki a DJ, lyrist, and producer of Shibuya Oiran. Sakiko displays great depth, maturity, and knowledge is creating new types of music and sounds. She is not a typical DJ or music creator and has created her own musical style. Discography: Favorites 1. Welcome to 2018 Mix 2. Sakiko Osawa Only Japanese Tech DJ Mix 3. 2016/12/02 MIX BLOCK Sakiko Osawa 4. starRo – カクレンボ feat. Chara (Sakiko Osawa Remix) 5. Mugen (Original Mix) 6. Sakiko Osawa WORK OUT MIX Vol.1. Recommended.

Miho Tsujibayashi 辻林美穂 (tsvaci) is a multi-talented singer, composer, songwriter, and arranger from Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture who creates her own music. She uses different sounds like birds (parakeet), different percussion instruments, and other sounds in her music. Miho often collaborates with other artists like Happy Machine, Faded Audio, Tomggg, and performs in a group called Futarino Bungaku ふたりの文学. Discography: Newest CD of Miho Tsujibayashi辻林美穂 called 紡いでゆくこと 12-10-2017. Songs from new album: 1.紡いでゆくこと2.遠いとなり3.夢のデリシャスカロリー帝国 4.つばしラジオ 5.紡いでゆくこと(Instrumental) . Recommended Miho is an outstanding performer that deserves your attention.

Ayumi Koketsu 纐纈歩美 is an accomplished and sophisticated alto saxophone player based out of Tokyo. She learned the trombone from her father and has performed as a jazz musician for almost ten years. I recently attended the Yokohama Jazz Promenade in October 2017 and there were equally talented jazz musicians there also. She recorded her 7th album called “Aquarelle” 10-18-2017 in which she wrote most of the songs. Songs from Aquarelle: 1. Twin Birds 2. Lunelle 3. Sequoia 4. Black Canvas 5. Autumn Nocturne 6. Wow 7. Rainy Day 8. Subtract 9. Lester’s Blues. Recommended and worth listening to.