• ax chibi night market

    anime expo chibi welcomes you to our first-ever Night Market, an evening experience of food, music, drinks, vendors, good vibes, and more! Check out the list of performers below!

City Pop: dance party

About Tune in Tokyo

Founded in 2008 by the late Greg Hignight and Del Martin, Tune in Tokyo was established on the leading edge of the worldwide boom of East Asian pop music. Their vision presented the first ongoing nightlife events that focused on Japanese and Korean dance pop. Currently, Tune in Tokyo produces Los Angeles' Premiere City Pop event; Plastic City. Started four years ago in 2018 at Bicycle Coffee, Plastic City now lives at The Lash In DTLA. Their current generation of DJs and producers come from a wide range of backgrounds and genres weaving together a rich tapestry of musical expertise.

https://linktr.ee/tuneintokyo

Night Market Performers

TaiKomotion

TaiKomotion is an open taiko group based in Orange County. Taiko is the art of Japanese drumming. Our group practices the most common form of taiko in North America, kumi daiko (group taiko). We pride ourselves on bringing unique perspectives on the art of taiko. As an open group, we teach taiko to anyone who wants to learn and accept members of any experience level and background. Feel free to contact us on any of the social media platforms or by email!

Black Ros3

BLACKROS3 is a Las Vegas based rock band duo covering otaku favorites from anime, and video games. Musicians Vanessa and Michael are known for their variety-show performances that are packed with face melting guitar solos, instrument swaps, Japanese and English vocals, and instrumental renditions.
Learn more about BLACKROS3 band at blackros3.com

Kotori

Kotori is a bass music artist hailing from Seattle Washington. Having influences ranging from Punk Rock to Ambient Music; their work holds pretty and melancholic soundscapes whilst also delivering energetic and hard-hitting bass. Having releases on record platforms such as Never Say Die, Bassrush, Rushdown and more; Kotori has made themselves a mainstay in the dubstep sphere.

Kotori’s 2021 project “Birdhouse” distinctly combines all of Kotori’s past and current influences to demonstrate how multi-faceted their style can be. Pulling inspiration from anime and video games, Kotori’s aesthetic aims to convey the sense of beauty found in a dilapidated post-apocalyptic setting, and expresses the bittersweet freedom that can be found from within a state of solitude. With each Kotori project comes a narrative and story, leaving you with a visceral experience that separates them from their peers in the dubstep genre.

Kyle Navarro

Kyle is a well known Master of Ceremonies from the San Francisco Bay Area, having hosted numerous Japanese influenced music events as a fan favorite MC.

Hailing from a background as both a vocal instructor as well as a fan of anime and J-pop, Kyle’s warm and bombastic style on stage is guaranteed not to just keep your eyes on the stage, but also your ears open to catch all the great info he has about the show, the performers, even life advice! Be sure to welcome him to his first event hosting in SoCal, because he’ll definitely be welcoming you to the Main Stage of Anime Expo Chibi 2022!

The Little Tokyo Dance Club

The Little Tokyo Dance Club promotes all forms of dance. Its mission is driven by spirit, culture and community to bring people together by promoting the arts and helping those in need. The Little Tokyo Dance Club participates in countless community events. Whether it is leading Ondos, performing Ondo demonstrations or just participating in Ondos, members of the Little Tokyo Dance Club are always in search of “Another Chance to Dance…” Little Tokyo Dance Club and Skidrow-kyo Mission calendar of events and contact information can be found at www.skidrow-kyo.org on the Web.

Mii

Mii is a Japanese R&B singer-songwriter from Osaka, Japan. Originally a member of the idol group, Dancing Dolls, she began her solo career in 2018 with the release of her debut single, “What You Say”, produced by Shota Shimizu, followed by multiple releases, including the song, “YOUTH”, which was selected into the official H&M store playlist. Aside from music, she is also an avid social media influencer and has launched the apparel brand “The ROYAL96” in 2021. Mii’s fashion, authentic lyrics, and expressive musical pop stylings are a reflection of today’s Japanese girls’ youth culture.

Phoebe

Get ready to sing, dance, and smile with 2.5D idol, Phoebe! Phoebe (also known as “Feebeechanchibi”) is a singer, VA, and VTuber dedicated to making people smile and enchanting them on stage with her heartwarming timbre and fairy-like vocals.

Phoebe loves singing and writing her own original songs in Japanese and English, and performing on both the IRL and virtual stage. A singer and VA, you can hear her voice in games such as Luminous Avenger iX 2, NOISZ STΔRLIVHT, and many more upcoming projects! Phoebe streams primarily indie games, singing, and crafts on her Twitch channel (@feebee).

Saeko Kujiraoka

Saeko Kujiraoka studied the Ikuta technique of koto playing in Tokyo, Japan. She received an advanced degree in Koto, Sangen, and classical singing from the Michio Miyagi School of Koto in Japan. She established the U.S. based Koto Eda Group in 2020.

Saeko’s list of accolades includes motion picture recordings (such as Dreamworks “Kung Fu Panda”), performing live on the Sierra Madre floral-decorated float in the 2019 Rose Parade, the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics opening ceremony and most recently in Genshin Impact’s “Melodies of and Endless Journey” 2022 concert. Currently, she teaches private koto lessons in the Los Angeles area and performs at colleges, museums and a variety of events.

S4X

S4X: The Best Saxophone Quartet in the Galaxy, is a Los Angeles based anime and video game music group who have been playing events like WonderCon, Anime Expo, Animanga, 626 Night Market, AnimeLosAngeles and countless others since 2016.

Created from a love of anime OST’s and game music, four saxophone-playing friends formed a group dedicated to playing their favorite nostalgic classics as well as music from the most recent hit anime and games. Since each member arranges their own version of each selection, their catalogue is constantly growing! S4X is a group you won’t want to miss!

Shiho Tendou

Shiho Tendou is a 3 Daime Tendou-Ryu Japanese dance performer, choreographer and kimono model. She majored in Theater Arts at the Nihon University of Arts and since 1990 Shiho has been training within the Tendou Ryu traditional dance group, which her grandmother established in 1984. She is also trained in kabuki dance under the Otowa Ryu dance group.

Currently, Shiho Tendou is the main performer for the Tendou-Ryu Japanese Dance Organization and is teaching and performing throughout Los Angeles, Sacramento, Las Vegas and Japan. Through her Japanese dance experience and performance, she desires to show the real beauty of performing arts; that is, to invoke the beauty of spiritual energy and emotion in order to help the audience understand and feel more than they normally would from something purely visual.

Super Soul Bros.

Based in San Jose, CA, the Super Soul Bros deliver an explosive performance of live, funky video game music. Formed in 2012 by keyboardist Robbie Benson, the Super Soul Bros have gained renown for their dynamic performances, improvisation, and high-energy shows.

The band members come from varying musical backgrounds and experiences, having performed with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Tony Lindsay (Santana), Ron E Beck (Tower of Power), Napoleon Murphy Brock (Frank Zappa) and many others.

Pooling their wide range of influence, the Super Soul Bros’ sound and fun concept captures an audience that transcends both genre and generation. The younger crowds that grew up playing Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo enjoy a nostalgic trip from familiar melodies (sourcing popular games like Mario Kart, Sonic, Zelda and Pokemon as well as more obscure titles like EarthBound or Snatcher). But even older generations who may not have played those games still respond to the band’s sound, energy and high level of musicianship.

tsUgU Itagaki

tsUgU Itagaki is a Japanese artist born and raised in Kumamoto, Japan.
tsUgU began his Djing career in the early 2000s. Primarily influenced by American musical genres such as Soul, Jazz and Hip-Hop he decided to make the move to Los Angeles in the year 2007 to expand his Djing Career. Being a native of Japan, he has taken notice of the recent rise in popularity and demand for Japanese City Pop music. Music, tsUgU grew up listening to. Thanks in part to social media sites such as Youtube exposing new audiences to music once only heard in Japan, tsUgU has now made it a mission to help bridge the divide between Japanese artist and Western listeners.
tsUgU can be found djing throughout Los Angeles, including residency at Homage Brewery, Bar EightyTwo, and Yamashiro. You can also find him selling records, including hard to find Japanese imports, via his company We Share Records, or check out his playlist on Spotify.

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