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Yanokami promoting their debut album (2007).
From left: Akiko Yano, Rei Harakami.
Background information
Origin Japan
Genres Pop music, electronica
Years active 2007-2011
Labels Yamaha Music
Website yanokami.com
Past members Akiko Yano
Rei Harakami

Yanokami (stylized as yanokami) was a Japanese band consisting of Akiko Yano and Rei Harakami.

In 2003, Akiko found Harakami via Quruli's song Bara no Hana (remixed by Rei Harakami) on the album World's End Supernova. She fell in love with his style from the very first musical note. As it turned out, Rei had always been a huge fan of her music.

Early in the winter of 2003, their first collaboration started with Rei working on some of the songs for Akiko and Akiko performing with Rei's compilation at her annual Winter concert titled Satogaeru Concert.

Rei's magical touch to Akiko's music proved so successful that it led to their first ever performance on stage together in the Summer of 2004.

To further show their appreciation for each other's musical talents, they both appeared as guest performers at each their respective concerts held at Japan's Summer Festival in 2006. Needless to say, they were a hit together.

Since then, Akiko and Rei have worked quietly in the background together on their yanokami project by exchanging emails back and forth from New York City to Kyoto.

Like a seed growing into a beautiful flower, Akiko and Rei's union of two unique musical styles since they first worked together has flourished into a remarkable musical marvel.

In 2007, yanokami's cover song "Love is Peach Color" was included on the album Tribute to Haruomi Hosono. This was yanokami's long awaited debut.

yanokami's debut album yanokami (produced by Rei Harakami) was released by Yamaha Music Communications/avex on August 8, 2007.

An English-language version of the album "Yanokamick" was released by Yamaha Music on March 12, 2008.


  • yanokami (2007)
  • yanokamick (2008) - The English version of "yanokami".
  • Tohku wa Chikai (2011)
  • Tohku wa Chikai -reprise- (2011) - The instrumental version of "Tohku wa Chikai".

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