Formed by Hikari Shirafuji and Kanami Takeda in 2008, Ki&Ki (KiKi) is a true Japanese Tsugaru Shamisen Duo based in Tokyo, Japan. They are known across Japan as top-tier players who have both taken the top spot in nation-wide and international shamisen competitions.
The music performed by Ki&Ki is a mix of Japanese traditional Minyo songs, traditional Tsugaru songs, and their own blend of modern yet powerfully traditional songs. Every song they write aims to showcase the power of the tsugaru shamisen, while expressing a certain level of feminine delicacy.
On a day to day basis, Ki&Ki perform in shows both private and public across Japan, while mixing in the occasional show overseas.
Their Shamisen Under The Cherry Blossoms video series have gained international traction with view in the 100k+ range on YouTube, and ranging up to the millions of views on Facebook.
Ki&Ki – The Tsugaru Shamisen Girls of Japan – The Intro