Other projects

sakura festival

Het Amsterdamse Bos, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

April 2013

Performance by Akira and Kanako at the yearly Cherry Blossom Festival in the Japanese Park (Amsterdamse Bos) in Amstelveen which is home to a community of about 1500 Japanese expats. The 400 Sakura trees in the park were initially planted in celebration of 400 years of cultural ties between Japan and the Netherlands.

Holland koi show

Castle gardens (Kasteeltuinen) in Arcen, the Netherlands

August 2014, 2015, 2016

For three consecutive years Akira and Kanako performed at the Koi show. This Koi show is annually organized by the Dutch Nishikigoi Association in August and is, in terms of size and number of visitors, the biggest in the world.


Roodkapje, Rotterdam 

September 2019

Fusion concert by the Dutch folk punk rock band and Akira and Kanako. The song ‘Ship de Liefde’ about the voyage of the De Liefde (The Love), the Dutch sailing ship that stranded in Japan in 1600, was especially composed for this concert. 

bass: Tom (Tomba) Freins, guitar/ backing vocals: Eduard (Edje) van Dommelen, drums: Thom Turkenburg, banjo/ mandolin/backing vocals: Jasper van Duuren, bagpipe/ tin whistle, flute/backing vocals: Marianne Bielderman, Japanese drums: Akira Sakaue, Kanako Otani, shamisen/shinobue: Kanako Otani