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IZANAI Bring a Festive Flavour

One of the highlights of last winter’s HYPER JAPAN Christmas Market was the izakaya area laid on by our friends at IZANAI (pictured). This summer, they’re back, and this time they’re bringing with them all the fun of a typical Japanese summer festival!

As well as stalls selling all the usual festival fare such as candy floss, they’re also laying on some top-notch entertainment to put you in the mood. The first act to be confirmed is singer-songwriter Michelle Michina. Born in Japan to a French mother and Japanese father, she grew up in Tokyo but moved to Paris at the age of 17. Her music combines the best of both nations’ musical sensibilities and her debut album Le Souffle has proven to be a hit in both countries.

Also confirmed is another act with Franco-Japanese links, the haunting Sayaconcept, whose unique sound combines traditional Japanese music with electronica and breakbeat. With Mina on vocals, violin and sanshin and Daii on electronics, taiko and keyboards, the group will bring an authentic yet different Japanese sound to proceedings. Be sure to check out the IZANAI area at this summer’s HYPER JAPAN Festival!

Michelle Michina Website: http://www.michellemichina.com/

Sayaconcept Website: http://sayaconcept.com/