YANAKIKU return to J-Pop Summit as Iichiko Shochu Ambassadors


Japanese kimono-cosplay duo YANAKIKU will return to San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit at the Fort Mason Center on July 23 and 24, 2016.

YANAKIKU made their American performance debut at the Japanese cultural festival in 2014, and they returned last year to host J-Pop Summit’s Ryokan Pavilion. This year, singers YANA and KIKU will appear at the Iichiko USA booth to introduce attendees to Japan’s best-selling shochu.

YANAKIKU will serve as judges for the event’s cosplay masquerade and perform a live concert, giving USA fans the first chance to hear new songs “Kira Kira Tokio” and “VIVA! Jinsei chindouchuu” (“VIVA! Crazy Life”) along with fan-favorites “FUJIYAMA DISCO” and “NINJA IROHA” from their 2015 album YANAKIKU NO ENBAN.

Schedule information at J-Pop Summit’s website: http://www.j-pop.com/yanakiku-2016

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Japanese pop female vocal duo YANAKIKU formed in 2012 and released their first single “Miwaku No LADY” in October 2012. In 2013, they launched their second single “UP↑SIDE↓DOWN” and performed for international audiences at Hyper Japan 2013 (London) and TIFFCOM 2013 (Japan).

In January 2014, YANAKIKU performed at Tokyo Dome’s Furusato Matsuri and followed up with a special “New Year Event with Japanese Artists 2014″ live show in Korea. In April 2014, they released their new music video “FUJIYAMA DISCO,” achieving over 20,000 views in the first week, followed by a digital release of English and Japanese versions of the song in 109 countries. In July 2014 they returned to the UK for an encore performance at Hyper Japan 2014 and made their American debut at San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit.

YANAKIKU released their first full album YANAKIKU NO ENBAN in March 2015. With their unique costumes named “Kimo-Cos” (“Kimono Cosplay”) and their live Japanese calligraphy, YANAKIKU’s high-energy performances and bright, funny personalities are winning over music fans worldwide.