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CBC Big City Small World feature 

Big thanks to CBC's Big City Small World for featuring the new single, Sakura Swing, on their show!

The show is hosted by Erroll Nazareth and is centered around featuring Toronto's up-and-coming acts in the diverse art scene of the city.

Sakura Swing was featured as the closer, along with some really great music from Toronto's finest.

I hadn't heard of the show before they reached out to me, but I'm definitely going to be tuning in regularly. I loved all of the other music that was featured. They really know how to put together a playlist!

New Single "Sakura Swing" 

I'm very excited and proud to announce the debut release for my Japanese Gypsy-jazz project, titled "Sakura Swing".

It's available on major streaming platforms.

If you like the track and want to support me, you can go to Bandcamp to purchase it!

A little bit about the track:

Sakura Swing is a reinterpretation of the classic Japanese song, "Sakura Sakura", in the Gypsy-jazz style.

It combines the introspective melody with the red-hot swing of Django Reinhardt, creating a bold new sound and direction.

Sakura means cherry blossoms in Japanese. The cherry blossom is one of the most important flower in Japanese culture and symbolizes ephemeral beauty. It's a reminder to us of the fragility of life. It also signals the arrival of spring, and many important traditions surrounding the season such as graduation and hanami (picnic under cherry blossoms).


Welcome to the official website for Tak Arikushi!

There are many features that will be added in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.