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Tsugaru-shamisen, Minyo, and Enka Dinner Concert At So Restaurant London

A spectacular one-off evening of entertainment not to be missed!

Experience an evening were traditional and modern Japanese music intertwine as your senses indulge in fine contemporary Japanese cuisine.

Enka singer Alika Mochida and shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa will perform together live at So Restaurant in London on Tuesday, 21st February 2012 for an unforgettable night of Minyo, Enka and the lively sound of Tsugaru-shamisen. Unlike Standard shamisen, Tsugaru-shamisen has a dynamic and soulful sound originating from the Tsugaru (Aomori) district of Japan.

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to enjoy together Minyo (Japanese Folk song) and Enka (modern Japanese blues) in a pleasing and relaxing atmosphere.


  • Date: Tuesday, 21st February 2012
  • Venue: So Restaurant, 3-4 Warwick Street, London W1B 5LS
  • Tel: 020 7292 0767
  • 3 minute walk from Piccadilly Circus
  • Ticket: £53.00 per person


  • Open 18:30
  • Dinner 19:00 – 20:30 (Dishes may vary depending on availability)

Menu: 3 starters – Bonito grilled in saikyo-miso, Sushi platter, Miso-soup

  • Act One: Enka by Alika Mochida 20:30 – 21:00
  • Intermission/Dessert (Matcha cake and Sencha tea): 21:00 – 21:30
  • Act Two: Tsugaru-shamisen by Hibiki Ichikawa, Minyo by Alika Mochida 21:30 – 22:00

Alika Mochida (Photo ©Miyography All rights reserved)

Hibiki Ichikawa (Photo ©Miyography All rights reserved)

Alika Mochida is from Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture. She started singing Enka when she was three. She studied drama and modern music in the UK and started working as a professional singer in 2009. She has performed as an Enka & Minyo singer in many occasions such as WOMAD 2010 and Japan Matsuri 2009 & 2010. She is passionate about introducing the greatness of Japanese folk music to local people and is always seeking for opportunities to sing.

Hibiki Ichikawa was born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan. At the age of 20, he started playing the standard Shamisen and a year later, impressed by the richness and variety of sounds of the Tsugaru Shamisen, he started his training under Master Akihiro Ichikawa. He has been performing at number of events and concerts such as WOMAD (2010) and JAPAN MATSURI (2010 & 2011) in UK and his performances always attract large audiences.

For further details and bookings please email Alika at ali@crossmedia.co.uk or call So Restaurant on Tel: 020 7292 0767

Photos by Miyography

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