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MIKAGE PROJECT ASEAN TOUR 2023 in Malaysia with Asmidar

Start Date: 24/10/2023 - End Date: 25/10/2023 ::: Organized By JFKL

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, the Japan Foundation is sending artists of three distinct musical genres – traditional Japanese music, anime songs and rock – to six ASEAN countries, including Malaysia. Through these performances and cultural exchange events, the aim is to strengthen ties and foster enduring relationships of trust between both regions.

Japan’s music scene has evolved over time, from music played on traditional Japanese instruments, to Japanese rock that has been popular since the 1970s and has continued to develop its own unique style, to anime songs that resonate with today’s youth. While showcasing this musical diversity and richness, the performers through interaction in each country, will inspire the generation that will shape the next 50 years in Japan and ASEAN member countries, conveying new discoveries to create the future, and encouraging them to forge deeper, lasting ties.

For Malaysia, we will be welcoming MIKAGE PROJECT, a group of musicians who compose and arrange minyo folk songs of various regions with a contemporary sensibility using instruments such as the shakuhachi, shamisen, and koto to introduce the allure of these melodies in Japan and abroad. They will be stopping at Thailand before making their way here to Malaysia, and collaborating with Asmidar, a Malaysian Asli (traditional Malay music) singer.

MIKAGE PROJECT ASEAN TOUR 2023 in Malaysia with Asmidar

Venue & Showtimes

8:30PM, Tuesday, October 24 2023 at UiTM Shah Alam (Invitation Only)

8:00PM, Wednesday, October 25 2023 at Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Centre (PJPAC)


Ticketing information will be announced soon.

*This is a sitting event

Artist Profiles 


Formed in December 2020, MIKAGE PROJECT is a group of musicians who compose and arrange minyo folk songs of various regions with a contemporary sensibility, promoting their allure within Japan and abroad.

“MIKAGE” refers to the soul or spirit of gods and buddhas. The group’s foundational principle is to preserve the sonic spirits of our predecessors for future generations through folk songs from around the world. MIKAGE PROJECT consists of three talented members, each of whom has explored the potential of traditional Japanese instruments: SATO Kouki (shakuhachi, shinobue, ohayashi, percussion instruments), ASANO Sho (Tsugaru shamisen, vocals), and HONMA Takashi (25-string koto).

Each member began learning their respective instrument under family tutelage from a young age and has achieved distinction in both domestic and international competitions. Attracting attention for superb instrumental techniques and a style incorporating a broad range of musical genres, MIKAGE PROJECT appeared on NHK’s Minyo Damashii, a TV program about folk songs, less than a year after the group’s formation. They released their first EP, MIKAGE PROJECT, in April 2021, followed by their second EP, NEO BUSHI, in May 2022, and their third EP, KeHaRe, in May 2023. With their unparalleled, refined sensibilities and harmonies, they are carving out a new niche for folk songs and drawing significant attention from the music industry.


Synonymous with classic and traditional music, Asmidar’s artistic journey began at 12. She went on to win several locally renowned competitions, such as Bintang RTM and Bintang Asli. Following the footstep of her mother, she paved her way to the local industry as a Malay traditional music entertainer.

Graduated with a Diploma of Performing Arts majoring in music, her journey in her career continues to pick up as her music takes her to international platforms such as representing Malaysia for the World Championship of Performing Art in Los Angeles and winning several medals, as well as the global singing competition by the biggest Indonesian television cable, Indosiar. Passionate and enthusiastic, Asmidar wants to continuously be recognized as a Traditional and Classic singer in Malaysia and share Malaysian traditional culture and music with the world with her twist.

Asmidar believes that the uniqueness of Malay traditional sound is not to be forgotten, and with passion and love, it should be celebrated until the end of time. With the vast knowledge and experience she has gained; she is also providing private singing lessons and vocal training on traditional and contemporary music in Malay and English. Apart from teaching, she remains active in performing and is one of the SUHU band members, performing in a fusion of ethnic-jazz-rock music.

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