Wagakki Band's New Video Blends Traditional Japanese Music With Rock: Watch

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Wagakki Band

Wagakki Band, the eight-member group that fuses Vocaloid songs with traditional Japanese instruments and rock music, will be releasing their first single, called "Ame Nochi Kanjoron," on Sept. 6.

The music video for the title track was created by Tomoo Noda, the visual artist who directed the video for the band's version of the Vocaloid Hatsune Miku hit "Senbonzakura," which has been viewed over 65 million times on YouTube.

Lead vocalist Yuko Suzuhana and Tsugaru-shamisen player Beni Ninagawa were suspended in the air by wires to express zero gravity in the video that blends epic imagery of space and traditional Japanese aesthetics to visualize the starry heavens and myths pertaining to the cosmos.

The band performed "Ame Nochi Kanjoron" for the first time in July at the final show of their three-month domestic tour. Suzuhana, who wrote the song, thanked the crowd before introducing it. "I was just an ordinary girl who believed in myths, dreamed of legends, and kept singing," she said. "I'm standing here on this stage thanks to you."

Watch the short version of Wagakki Band's "Ame Nochi Kanjoron" video here:
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