Ryo Hagiwara

Born in Minato-ku, Tokyo. He startedplaying the shamisen with a yearning for Eddy Van Halen, and recruited his youngerfriends from college, Pierre Ono and Tasuto Torami, to begin performing on thestreets.

There were a number of excellent ideas for the group name, but theysettled on “Seshami Street Boys,” which has absolutely nothing to do with theeducational children’s TV show. They continued heading in the wrong directionto that of comedy street performance.

They passed the first "HeavenArtist" audition––for selecting licensed streetperformers who are officially recognized by the Tokyo Metropolitan government.After that, because Ryo knows how to get a laugh, and can MC fully in English,though not very good at it, he's been considered useful, and has become ashamisen entertainer who travels not only in Japan but around the world, thusgoing completely off the rails.

Other than learning the shamisen under the latemaster Toyoaki Fukushi, and later under master Masato Shibata, he has studiedsinging under master Unchikujo Narita, and learned folk drums under masterNaosaburo Bihou, but he hasn't really lived up to their names.

Favorite things

Diving (PADI Instructor), boxing (Tyson,Pacquiao), Mark Twain, Paul Smith, games (Will Wright, Sid Meier, Fumito Ueda,Hideo Kojima)

Major appearances

Jadwal Akara Japan Travel Fair (Jakarta,Indonesia), SAKURA MATSURI (Washington, DC, USA), Santa Fe JIN Festival (SantaFe, USA), Artist in Piazza (Pennavilli, Italy), Wenig Fest in GroßenGarten(Hannover, Germany), The Station Inn (Nashville,USA), ASAHI SUPER DRY The LIVE G SPECIAL (Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan), ShamiFes (Tokyo, Japan), Pole Light / Nebuta Festival Cruise (Asuka II), AutumnKushiro / Hokkaido Cruise (Pacific Venus), Osu Street Performance Festival(Aichi Prefecture, Japan), Sapporo Performance Carnival "Dai Don Den"(Hokkaido, Japan) , Daidogei World Cup in Shizuoka (Shizuoka Prefecture,Japan), etc