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August 11 - August 13, 2017
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
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The Yoshida BrothersThe Yoshida Brothers
Ryoichiro Yoshida & Kenichi Yoshida
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Otakon is thrilled to welcome the internationally acclaimed shamisen masters, the Yoshida Brothers, as our Friday musical guests.

The Yoshida Brothers were born and bred in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido. Each picked up the shamisen at the tender age of five, and began studying Tsugaru shamisen under Takashi Sasaki I in 1990. After sweeping prizes at national Tsugaru shamisen conventions, the brothers made their major debut in 1999. The debut album sold over 100,000 copies, which is an extraordinary figure for a traditional folk music release.

They won the "Traditional Japanese Music Album Of The Year" category of the 15th annual Japan Gold Disc Award, as well as the "30th Anniversary Of Normalization Of Japan-China Diplomatic Relations Commemorative Special Prize" of the 17th Annual Japan Gold Disc Award.

In 2002, the brothers went on their first national tour entitled "Live Soul" performing in 30 cities. The following year, they made their US debut with album Yoshida Brothers from Domo Records and performed in New York and Los Angeles. International release followed in Korea in 2004 where they had performed their first concert in Seoul in addition to the domestic tour that included 28 cities. In the meantime, they released their second US album, YOSHIDA BROTHERS II, and went on a US promotional tour, visiting seven cities. It was a year of significant breakthrough, with participations in other various projects such as an international exchange event in Sweden and a TV commercial in Japan.

In 2005, the brothers recorded an album in Los Angeles, followed by a West Coast tour and a concert in Hawaii. In 2006, they toured the US, Spain, and Hong Kong. In Hong Kong they released their very first greatest hits album in their career, and marked favorable sales. Domestically, they launched a shamisen-only national tour. And in 2007, their music created buzz in the US as their music was used in the TV commercial of Nintendo's Wii. The end of that year, the brothers record their much-anticipated album in U.S. that is yet to be released.

In 2008, they released album "Best of Yoshida Brothers" and toured in US and Canada. In 2009, they released album "Prism" which Brothers have collaborated with some notable talents and inspired cover of "The National Anthem" from Radiohead's Kid A. Yoshida Brothers toured in the U.S.

As one of the artistic groups whose scope of activities go way beyond traditional Japanese music, the Yoshida Brothers continue to make not only Japan but also U.S., Europe, and Asia their stage.

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