Oki (オキ) was born to a Japanese mother and an Ainu father. The Ainu are the indigenous people of Hokkaido Island in northern Japan. He was raised in an environment that tried to "assimilate away" the cultural roots of its indigenous Ainu populace.
A collaboration of two Ainu artists, Oki (オキ) and Umeko Ando (安東ウメ子). Born to a Japanese mother and an Ainu father, Oki was raised in an environment that tried to "assimilate away" the cultural roots of its indigenous Ainu populace. In 1992, and was presented with his first tonkori - the traditional, elongated five-stringed instrument of the Karafuto Ainu.
Seijin Noborikawa (NOBORIKAWA Seijin 登川誠仁) is a traditional Okinawan sanshin player. The sanshin is a three stringed shamisen with a snakeskin drum. Born in Hyogo Prefecture (Kansai) in Japan in 1930, he moved back to Okinawa as a child. At aged sixteen Noborikawa joined the Matsuda Gekidan Theatre Group as a singer and backing musician.
ヤン富田 (Yann Tomita) was born in Tokyo in 1952. Presidency of AUDIO SCIENCE LAB. He is the one of pioneer of the various music fields (Hip Hop, Dub, Acid Jazz, Monde, Exotic, Electronic music, etc.) in Japan.
Ikue Asazaki (朝崎郁恵) (born 11 November 1935) is a Japanese folk singer from Kagoshima. She was born in Kedomi, Amami Islands. She grew up on the Amami Islands (in Setouchi, Kagoshima) which are famous for spawning popular singers of the traditional Okinawan Folk or Ryukyuan Music. Her father influenced her early music strongly during her upbringing.
高橋竹山 (Takahashi Chikuzan) was a renowned Japanese Tsugaru-jamisen* performer and composer. 高橋竹山 was born on 18 June 1910. He lost his sight at around age of three as a result of measles. He spent his childhood near his home town - he was accepted as a live-in apprentice of the Tsugaru-jamisen performer Toda Jūjirō.