Participants of the festival 2017

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Formed in 2010, Enishi comprises musicians from across the field of Japanese traditional music. Each member of the group is a leading figure on his or her own instrument, but each shares a desire to overcome the strictures of traditional music by creating unorthodox arrangements and combinations. The group has built a reputation for outstanding and unique live concerts both at home and abroad, touring throughout Japan and China.

Wadaiko (Japanese taiko drum)

TAKERU (Takehiro Nezu)

TAKERU won the top prize at the Mt Fuji Solo Drumming Competition in 2001. The group was incorporated in 2011 under the name of Nippon Daiko Co., Ltd., with TAKERU its president. The company also plans and produces events such as the Chiba Japanese Drum Festival, which is overseen by TAKERU. Recently, he has appeared to great acclaim in a special live performance tour entitled The Poetry of Japan, in Four Luminous Seasons, produced by the Min-On Cultural Group in China (Beijing and Tianjin).

Wadaiko (Japanese taiko drum)

Akio Takeda

He has won several prizes, including the Excellent Prize of the 27th Mt. Fuji Japanese Drum Competition.

Wadaiko (Japanese taiko drum)

Atsushi Ishida

In 2002, he won Special Prize in the Prime Minister’s All-Japan Junior Japanese Taiko Cup. In the same year, he won the Fighting Spirit Prize at the first annual Tokyo International Wadaiko Contest (taiko set—adolescents division).

Tsugaru-Shamisen (traditional Japanese stringed instrument)

Yoshiyuki Kasai

Yoshiyuki Kasai won a string of Tsugaru Shamisen National Competitions in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013 as well as taking First Prize at the 1st Tsugaru Shamisen World Championship. In addition to domestic tours, he has so far performed in 30 countries worldwide.

Tsugaru-Shamisen (traditional Japanese stringed instrument)

Daisuke Sugiyama

In 2012 he won the Tsugaru Shamisen National Competition in Kobe.