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Misaki Iwasa and Hayabusa: From AKB48 to Enka!

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HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market showcases the latest Japanese musical trend for modern acts inspired by the past, in the form of Misaki Iwasa and Hayabusa. From being a member of the phenomenally successful idol girl group AKB48, Misaki Iwasa has gone on to reinvent herself as a successful singer of enka, or traditional Japanese ballads. Her wide range of ability allows her to effortlessly bridge traditional and modern, and marks her out as a unique talent in today’s Japanese music scene.

hayabusa_newMisaki Iwasa will be wowing the crowds alongside male pop trio Hayabusa. Like Misaki, this group gives a modern twist to a slice of Japan’s musical heritage, in this case 1970s-style J-POP ballads. They are proud to be making their debut appearance at HYPER JAPAN, and with their upbeat performances and catchy tunes, they are bound to put a smile on everyone’s face.


Misaki Iwasa was a member of AKB48 from 2010 to 2015. In 2012, she simultaneously launched a solo career as a singer of enka Japanese ballads. Her first single was a top five hit, and she has gone on to a string of successful releases.

Hayabusa formed in 2012, and since then they have released several successful singles and a hit album. They rose to further prominence this year when their song Eborebo! was used as the opening theme for the popular TV animation Dual Masters VSR.