Hinoki-ya, formed in Hakodate 1998, specialize in Japanese music with a world influence. Their repertoire ranges from traditional folk songs to pieces expressing nature. The group’s performances feature Shinobue flute, Taiko, guitar, and percussion. Hinoki-ya have participated at world festivals in Croatia (2002), Brazil (2004), France (2005), Bosnia and Herzegovina (2007), energising audiences with their rhythm and energy. Hinoki-ya’s original compositions and arrangements blend research into traditional Japanese with a modern sensibility and global outlook. Worldwide, they have been well received for their universal and danceable music, connecting directly with the emotions of audiences.