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SPECIAL GUESTS 2019

YUNA ITO

10/18

She was born in Los Angeles and was raised in Hawaii. Ito made her musical debut in Japan with the single, "Endless Story", which was used as one of the theme songs for the popular 2005 film Nana; she also starred in the film, portraying Reira Serizawa. In 2006, Ito reprised her role as Reira for the sequel of the film singing the theme song, "Truth". In 2007, Ito released her debut album, Heart, which debuted atop the Oricon chart.


AI HARUNA

10/18, 19

In October 2009, Haruna won the "Miss International Queen 2009" transgender beauty pageant held in Pattaya, Thailand, becoming the first Japanese contestant to win the title.


MISONO

10/18,19,20

Misono Kōda, publicly known mononymously as Misono, is a Japanese singer-songwriter and TV personality. She was born in Kyoto, Japan, and is the younger sister of singer Koda Kumi.

 

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Samantha

Samantha appeared on Investigation Discovery's "I (Almost) Got Away With It”, where she played a college student named Jennifer Jones who fell for a con artist posing as a war veteran. Samantha also appeared on the hit web series, SMOSH! in their most popular episodes such as "If Holidays Were Real" and "A Seven Year Old Does Twilight". She also lit up Hollywood’s Next Stage Theater in in their production “Happily Whatever After” as Cinderella.

 

STAGE PERFOrMANCE SCHEDULE 2019

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STAGE PERFORMERS

 
ia

IA

(Film Concert)

IA (pronounced as Eeh-ah) is a virtual artist who was “born” in 2012. She has developed into a uniquely talented virtual artist with not only incredible performance and singing ability but with the capacity to do things that vocaloids cannot. Her voice bank-Vocaloid 3-won first place in the Amazon Music production software ranking in the first week of its release. She has consistently received high marks from the music industry, including critics, executives, producers, and end users.

 
CRIMSONAPPLE

CRIMSON APPLE

Crimson Apple is a Hawaii born, but L.A. based all-girl band, consisting of four uber talented sisters. Colby Benson (Lead Vocals, Keys, & Key-tar), Shelby Benson (Lead Guitar & Vocals), Carthi Benson (Bass & Vocals) and Faith Benson (Drums) all work together to create beautiful, repeat-worthy tunes.

 
Layla Lane

Layla Lane

Somewhere in the bustling alleys of the pop music metropolis lies L.A.-based rock duo Layla Lane.Layla Lane combines exquisite arrangements and clever harmonies for a style that is equal parts 1960's pop, gypsy swing, and good old-fashioned rock n' roll. All in the context of catchy pop tunes that rarely clock in past three minutes, the resulting sound is both playfully nostalgic and uncommonly fresh.

 
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Eden Kai

Eden’s musical talents and role on Terrace House helped him to secure a spot performing at the Fuji Rock Festival, which is the largest outdoor music event in Japan. Since then Eden has become one of Japan’s brightest rising stars selling out his first two shows at the Motion Blue, the newest blue note venue in Yokohama, with increasing requests to perform at major events throughout Japan, the USA, and worldwide. Eden’s growing international popularity has resulted in interviews by many of the top media giants in Japan and the US including NBC News, the most circulated newspaper in the world, The Yomiuri Shimbun, a featured interview article in trendy Japan pop culture magazine Koneko in Germany, and even being written about in the New York Times. Eden also caught the attention of the talent management at Cameo, an app that lets you buy video shout-out messages from celebrities, inviting Eden to be a featured artist amongst celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, and Charlie Sheen giving personalized video shoutouts at www.cameo.com/edenkai Eden is steadfast in his belief that music can have a healing effect on the world. He has used his music and status as one of Japan’s biggest rising stars to help many organizations and causes. Proceeds from past songs and performances have been donated to benefit children from disaster-stricken countries, to purchase educational materials for a school in Bangladesh, and to support a health center in Haiti.

 
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Zenjiro

Zenjiro is an award-winning multilingual comedian and actor, who performs in English, Japanese and Korean. He hosted numerous TV programs in Japan, and was also featured in TV shows such as Just for Laughs, Ed Byrne Comedy Gala, and Japanorama (presented by Jonathan Ross) on BBC; US Comedy Arts Festival on HBO; and Raymann is Laat on Dutch TV channel NTR.

 
Kimisen Katada

Kabuki Style Dance and Music

by Fuji Japanese Music

Nagauta is a traditional form of theatrical shamisen music, that was developed as a basic lyrical accompaniment of Kabuki and classical dances. It dates back to 1740. The standard, complete instrumentation of a Nagauta piece consists of singers, players of shamisen, performers on three types of drums and flute.

 
koto

LA Koto Ensemble

Japanese koto player Yuki Yasuda is based in Los Angeles, California. She was born in Japan and began playing the koto at age twelve. She later majored in koto music at the Takasaki Junior Arts College and also received rigorous koto instruction under the tutelage of Tadao Sawai and Kazue Sawai, the masters of great modern koto music.

 
Jump by Joy

JUMP UP JOY

Japanese Singer/dancer group

 
A Page Unturned

A Page Unturned

Part of the wave of pop-punk revival acts, A Page Unturned cited influences like Blink 182, New Found Glory, and Ellegarden, Creating energetic, melodic, fast-paced music that captures the essential roots of the 90's/2000's Pop-punk sound while creating a new exciting sound of their own.

BENTENYA

BENTENYA

Bentenya is one of the few professional female
Chindon-ya in Japan, a kind of marching band
dedicated to street advertising who also performs
at events or matsuri.

 
kohei

Kohei

Kohei has performed at Anime conventions, huge festival and legendary venues. Such as Anime Expo 2018, Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, Prudential Center, Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2017, Cherry Blossom Festival in DC, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, San Diego, Anime California 2018, Animamga Expo, Delta H Con, San Japan, Animinneapolice, Houston Japan Festival

 
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Stephanie Yanez

Stephanie Yanez is a Anime/Jpop artist who has been touring the US and Japan since she won AX Idol at Anime Expo and is known for releasing the original song “Ultimate Miku World” with Hatsune Miku. Both artists just released two new singles “Showa Shoujo” and “Showa Girl” (English Version) inspired by the sound of the 80’s and magical girl anime like Sailor Moon. Together Stephanie and Plasmic perform their own original songs while also covering famous Anime/Jpop songs with a 80’s vibe.

 
kimono

Kimono Bloom

Author of 16 books about kimono, folk craft goods, kabuki, etc. She is also a producer and product development planner of kimono and Japanese folk craft goods in Japan. Rinko is a successful event producer and planner.

 
taiko

AKAONI DAIKO

Japanese traditional Taiko performance

 
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GEISHA OPERA SINGER

Japanese Opera x Geisya performance

 
Umamix

UMAMIX

Rock band UMAMIX blends the ancient sound of the Japanese koto, guitar, bass, drums, and saxophone.

 
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MiruDaru

MiruDaru is a brother and sister duet from Venezuela now based in Los Angeles. Their musical style is a fusion of Pop, Jazz and Ballads. They incorporate multicultural aspects into their songs and shows creating a different sound and musical experience. MiruDaru is heavily influenced by Japanese Pop and traditional Japanese culture. Throughout their musical journey they have had the opportunity to share stage with top artists in well known venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the Hollywood Improv among others. In 2013 they represented Venezuela in the Japanese singing contest TV show “Nodo Jiman THE World”. MiruDaru has collaborated as singers and string players with different artists throughout their career

 
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INAZUMA

brothers

Brothers

RemJ

RemJ

Michel Jackson Tribute Artist

RON ROBBINS ENSAMBLE

RON ROBBINS ENSAMBLE

 

KIMONO MODELS


KIMONO MODELS


Rinko Kimino

Author/Creative Director/Event Producer(Kimono Fashion Show. Kimono Party, workshops etc). Kimono Styling for Photo Shooting, Ad, TV, Movie, etc.

Author of 16 books about kimono, folk craft goods, kabuki, etc. She is also a producer and product development planner of kimono and Japanese folk craft goods in Japan. Rinko is a successful event producer and planner. Her works are geared toward the youth of Japan, and promote Japanese traditions such as kimonos, tenugui towels and the kabuki theater with a modern sensibility.
Event producer and planner such as the Kimono Fashion show on 2011 and 2013 in LA. Workshop in Japan, Thailand and LA. Curated Antique Kimono Exhibition in NY 2015.

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