A can-based sanshin (kankara-sanshin) player (*) and a best-selling poet. Born in 2001 in Tokyo and moved to Okinawa in 2011. He has performed in many cities, in and out of Okinawa, such as Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, and many big stages such as “World Eisa Contest 2017” held at the National Theater Okinawa, “Sanshin-day 2018” one of the biggest folk music festivals in Japan, “Naha Festival 2019” one of the biggest festival in Okinawa. His dream is to create new Okinawan songs and sing with friends all over the world to make the Earth a happier place to live. His works are listed in Rio’s official website. To contact Rio, click here.
(*) Kankara-sanshin is a handmade can-based music instrument which comforted Okinawan people in the aftermath of the battle in Okinawa in 1945.
Awards: Rookie award in 2015, Award of excellence in 2017 at the contest hosted by Ryukyu Folk Music Association. Special award in 2015, Grand prize in 2017 at the International Hiyamikachi-bushi Contest.
Rio’s first book “I chose to be born as the way I am”(2012) is sold 130,000 copies in Japan. You can read an English trial translation by his mother. He also has his second book “This straight road blessed by the Great Spirit” (2015), and is preparing the third one.