ARTIST EXPLORER (JAPAN)

YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA
Pioneering technopop trio of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi active from the late 70s to early 80s.

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO
Solo albums, soundtracks, collaborations and more.


HARUOMI HOSONO
Musical genius in different guises. Solo, with Happy End, Tin Pan Alley, productions, sessions and more.

YUKIHIRO TAKAHASHI
Solo and with various bands old and new from this prolific musician.



AKIKO YANO
Veteran female pop/jazz musician who aside to solo albums has recorded with YMO, Rei Harukami and numerous others.

SANDII
Multilingual Japanese singer in mainly Hawaiian albums, others with Asian and other world influences.

MAKOTO KUBOTA / BLUE ASIA
Musician and producer who has championed Asian and world music for nearly thirty years. From his earliest to most recent projects.

TOMITA
One of world's greatest innovators and creators of electronic and synthesizer music who died in May 2016.


YASUAKI SHIMIZU
Saxophone player most famous for his renditions of Bach's cello suites.

OKI, DUB AINU BAND, UMEKO ANDO
Ainu (native Japanese) singer and tonkori (lute) player, including accompanied by Umeko Ando, an elder Ainu female singer.

SHIBUSASHIRAZU
Amazing big band who combine elements of jazz with rock, Japanese enka, Japanese pop, Latin, dance and experimental avant garde.


KURICORDER QUARTET
The brilliant quartet playing recorders, ukuleles, tuba, percussion and more in a variety of styles, all with great skill and laced with plenty of humour. A joyous sound.

GEINOH YAMASHIROGUMI
The amazing Japanese gamelan world hi-tech sound of Geinoh Yamashirogumi.


HIBARI MISORA
Probably Japan's greatest ever singer- Hibari sang enka, jazz, minyo, kayokyoku and other styles.

TAKIO ITO
One of Japan's best male singers, performing minyo (Japanese folk) and adding rock, Asian and other elements.













MICABOX
Ancient kagura (god music) and minyo (local folk) combined with the coolest of electronica and amazing female vocals.

THE BOOM
Great songs, diverse influences from rock and pop to Brazilian and Balinese, one of Japan's top groups.

KAZUFUMI MIYAZAWA / GANGA ZUMBA
Solo albums from the Boom's singer, and his band, Ganga Zumba

TAKEHARU KUNIMOTO
Shamisen player and roukyoku singer mixes Japanese traditional music with rock 'n' roll and large dose of humour.

SHANG SHANG TYPHOON
One of Japan's foremost roots music groups mix Okinawan, Asian, Japanese, Hawaiian and other music into compelling concoction.

SOIL & 'PIMP' SESSIONS
Explosive jazz from Giles Petersen faves.

SOUL FLOWER UNION/ MONONOKE SUMMIT
Kansai's finest rock band with chindon, punk, Irish, Japanese and Okinawan influences in various guises, all with attitude.

CORNELIUS
Keigo Oyamda, aka Cornelius, is a producer and musician, once of Flipper's Guitar, an influence on the Shibuya-kei scene of the mid-late 1990s and still pushing the musical boundaries today.


HASIKEN
Japanese folk singer songwriter with reggae and Okinawan influences.


HEATWAVE
One of Japan's greatest rock bands, with a Celtic edge to their sound.

KAZUYOSHI NAKAMURA
Talented songwriter with an ear for Brit pop and a great melody.

SIZZLE OHTAKA
Sometimes called Japan's best female singer, world, jazz and avant garde influences.

ONDEKOZA
The original Japanese drummers group from Sado Island.


UA
One of Japan's finest female singers, cool pop with hints of reggae, Hawaiian, reggae and African music. Unique voice and music.