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Come (Obon) Dance With Me!

Sat 1

The HYPER Bon-Odori Challenge is just a few days away, are you ready?!

Our friendly, talented stage navigators, Akari Mochizuki and Haruka Kuroda will be guiding you through the Bon-Odori dance! Seasoned professionals both, we guarantee you’re in good hands.

Akari Mochizuki – Professional Japanese folk & blues singer

Akari is from Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture. When she was 3 years old, she started singing enka (a variety of traditional Japanese music which often takes the form of sentimental ballads) thanks to the influence of her father, who was a great fan of the genre. Akari studied drama in Cambridge and modern music in London, and started working as a professional singer in 2009. She has performed as an enka and minyo (Japanese folk music) singer for numerous occasions, including WOMAD 2010, Hyper Japan and Japan Matsuri. She has appeared in BBC Radio 3 programme ‘The Verb’ and sung several enka songs.
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Haruka Kuroda

Haruka Kuroda is an actress and CBBC’s Officinally Amazing presenter. Since graduating from Guildford School of Acting in 2000, she has embarked on a career in TV, Film and Theatre. She is also an experienced voice over artist and  was the voice of Noodle from the internationally acclaimed band Gorillaz. On their first platinum album tour, Haruka performed as the voice of Noodle and as a backing singer with Damon Albarn. Haruka is also a fight director and a dramatic combat instructor  and has taught in various drama schools & Universities as well as running workshops in secondary schools and drama clubs in the UK and Europe.

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