Singer-songwriter / Guitarist Mikoto

History

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History

When first I got a guitar, I practiced 30 minutes every morning and 30 minutes every evening. From 3rd semester of 1st grade, I added an hour in the evening. So I practiced 2 hours a day ever since.

There were a few days I couldn’t play the guitar, that’s because of a flu!

Here are stories of such energetic Mikoto.

Background

06/12/2007 Born in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
06/12/2011(4 years old) The president of Yokomo, a radio-controlled model manufacturer, gave me a full-fledged radio-controlled model as a birthday present and I started practicing everyday.
06/12/2012(5 years old) I asked for Nintendo 3DS for my 5th birthday, but the only game my parents bought for me was Pokémon Typing Adventure.
For a whole year until I got 6 years old, I played it every morning from 5:30 to 6:00 as that's the only game I had. As a result, I got touch typing skills and achieved full capturing 5 times.
06/12/2013(6 years old) I received a guitar (MORRIS LA-22C) as a birthday gift and started taking guitar lessons.
09/2013 One day, my dad's younger brother brought in a lot of junk guitars.
In the pile of those junk guitars, I found K.YAIRI YF-018 in poor shape with manufacturing mark on the top plate. Since the whole family had no knowledge of guitar, even after I saw the K.YAIRI logo, we were about to dispose it. However, we decided to repaire it, then I played it. I was so attracted by the tone that I got a brand new YF-018 and replaced with my MORRIS guitar.
Since then, it became my father's hobby to search for good guitars with better sounds and easier to play. He bought various guitars from various manufacturers and had me try them out. But after all, we ended up K.YAIRI YF-018 is the best and it's my favorite. I've been playing YF-018 all the time.
06/12/2014(7 years old) Aria Guitalele G-UKE (6 strings mini guitar/ukulele) was given as a birthday present.
07/2014 I went to the factory tour of K.YAIRI for 1st grader's summer project. I did a guitar performance at the reception and the receptionists and people there were all amazed. My independent study about the guitar production process was successful and well graded.
10/2014 My dad runs a radio-controlled circuit field and one of his customers turned out to be a guitar player at a live music club. So I went to the club with him and reserved a spot for Open Mic, a program that audience may perform on stage.
10/2014 My very first "Open Mic" performance was at Cafe B+ in Anjo city. Yoshihiro Nishio, a dancer and a friend of my dad joined me. Mr. Nishio got an idea to hold the guitar in the back side and play. I made it! So I've been showing it as my special skill in performances since then.
From my debut, I've been singing and playing in front of people 2-4 times a month for "Open Mic" and other programs.
11/2014 Performed at "Toyota Stadium BIG Flea Market in Yosakoi" by the invitation from the chairman of Toyota Oiden Festival Committee
04/2015 Participated in Akopara (Acoustic Paradise), Musical Instrument Guitar Contest sponsored by Shimamura Music
05/2015 Got a notice from Shimamura Music Okazaki that I passed the qualification process and moved up to the Chubu Final round of Akopara
05/2015 Double awarded for the Best Player Award + Audience Award in Akopara, Shimamura Musical Instrument Guitar Contest Chubu Final (competed with adults)
01/2016 Started regular appearance as "Mikoto's corner" on the program of the radio station PitchFM83.8 “W Kahonzu Our Room”
03/2016 Invited to have live performances on the 4th Saturday every month at the Anjo city Kibo car-free Street Market.
04/2016 For two consecutive years, got a notice from Shimamura Music Okazaki that I passed the qualification process and moved up to the Chubu Final round of Akopara.
05/2016 Received the Best Guitarist Award in Akopara, Shimamura Musical Instrument Guitar Contest Chubu Final
08/2016 Participated as a guitarist in the Chukyo TV TSUNAGU Symphony Orchestra for the 24-hour TV 39
02/2017 Performed at Energy Festival, Okazaki municipal government centennial event
03/2017 Appeared on NIJIIRO JEAN, national-wide broadcasting popular TV program
04/2017 Received the Best Guitarist Award in Akopara, Shimamura Musical Instrument Guitar Contest Chubu Final
04/2018 Received the Audience Award in Akopara, Shimamura Musical Instrument Guitar Contest Chubu Final