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Misaki Iwasa and Hayabusa: From AKB48 to Enka!


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.