Yogetsu Akasaka

Mar 14, 2023

12:45pm – 12:55pm CT

Ballroom D

Yogetsu Akasaka is a Zen Buddhist Monk born in Tokyo, Japan. He started his musical career in 2005, busking on the streets of London, Sydney, and NYC as a beatboxer.

In 2015 he became a Zen Buddhist Monk to follow his father’s footsteps and deepen his spiritual growth. After practicing 2,5 years at the Soto Zen Buddhism Monastery in Japan, Yogetsu decided to pick up the mic and start making music again.

Back in Tokyo, the Beatboxing Monk was born; combining Buddhist chanting with live looping, beatboxing, handpan, and his multi-layered voice. Creating unique vision combining electronic music, chanting and organic electronica that will inspire and take the listener on a journey into their deeper self.

During the pandemic, Yogetsu’s unique healing sound went viral, reaching 11+ million views with 200k+ followers. Creating music as medicine for mental health, gave him exposure in global media, such as Vice Magazine, and he became an Official Selected Artist at SXSW 2023.

His music, wisdom, and lifestyle inspires and harmonizes audiences worldwide with their mental health, well-being, and overall happiness.

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Tokyo, JAPAN
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