About us


Emi Hirai

b.1980, Yokohama, Japan. After graduating from Joshi Art University, Emi had a successful career in Tokyo as both art director as well and graphic designer. She pushed her creativity further when she moved to Berlin, Germany in 2010, then became a visual artist. Emi is back in Japan where she lives and works on Teshima island.


Shinichi Hirai

b.1977, Kagawa, Japan. Shinichi worked as a radiography technician after graduating from Kitasato University. His career as a musician started while living in Brighton, England. He became a member of Usaginingen after moving to Berlin, Germany in 2010. Now back in Kagawa,Shinichi lives and works on Teshima island.

Live Performance :

Teshima Usaginingen Teather (Teshima Usaginingen Theater, Teshima, Japan)
Live in Kitahama Umie (Umie, Kagawa, Japan)
Live Cinema Show (Chiba city museum, Chiba, Japan)
Inshadow Festival 2016 (Museu de oriente, Lisbon, Portugal)
Live Cinema Show (Stone theater, Taitung, Taiwan)
Performing Arts Selection (Aichi Arts Center, Aichi, Japan)
JUCO. 10th Anniversary (Tokyo, Japan)
Made in Japan 2016 (Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania)
Live Cinema Show (MMK, Frankfurt, Germany)
Fantoche Film Festival (Royal Baden, Baden, Switzerland)
HIdehiko Kuramoto Closing party (Sakaide city museum, Kagawa, Japan)
Live Cinema Show (Kinco., KAgawa, Japan)
Michiakari project (Kamaboko factory, Kagawa, Japan)
Michishirube project (Fukushima car parking, Kagawa, Japan)

Hei Tanaka presents (Vio, Aichi, Japan)
Tokai tour 2016 (Kawanoie, Gifu, Japan)
Barents Spektakel 2016 (Nikel Art School, Nikel, Russia)
Barents Spektakel 2016 (SnowHotel and Andresgrotta, Kirkenes, Norway)

Tokai tour 2015 (Shikema Garelly, Aichi, Japan)
Tokai tour 2015 (STENPORT, Gifu, Japan)
NEoN Media Art Festival 2015 (Bonar Hall, Dundee, Scotland)
Antimatter Media Art (Gallery Deluge, Victoria BC, Canada)
Live Cinema (Cinema Nova, Brussels, Belgium)
BAM 2 Festival (Manège FONCK, Liège, Belgium)
Digital Big Screen 2015 (DDT, Trbovlje, Slovenia)
Rokko Meets Art 2015 (Rokko Musical box Museum, Kobe, Japan)
Kyushu tour 2015 (Fukushima nursery school, Kumamoto, Japan)
Kyushu tour 2015 (Hitoyoshi Mori no Hall, Kumamoto, Japan)
Kyushu tour 2015 (TAGSTA, Fukuoka, Japan)
Kyushu tour 2015 (Hita Liberte, Oita, Japan)
Kyushu tour 2015 (Kyusan University, Fukuoka, Japan)
JDZB Open House 2015 (Japanese -German Center, Berlin, Germnay)
15th Japanese Film Festival (Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Theater project “Anonymous Trip” (E-Werk, Freiburg, Germany)
LE HUBLOT 2015 (16 r ue de Roquebillière, Nice, France)
Flatpack Film Festival (Millennium Point, Birmingham, United Kingdom)
Live Cinema 2nd night (MKll, London, United Kingdom)
Live Cinema 1st night (I’klectik, London, United Kingdom)

Audio-Visual concert (Neue Heimat, Berlin, Germany)
Christmas Concert (KONK, Berlin, Germany)
Shiny Toys A/V Festival#5 (Ringlokschuppen, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany)
30th interfilm Festival Berlin (Grüner Salon, Berlin, Germany)
Kasseler Dokfest#31 (Kassel, Germany)
OFNI Festival (Poitiers, France)
30th interfilm Festival Berlin (Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany)
ラビ&ピースTour (Roba house, Tokyo, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Roppongi Shinsekai, Tokyo, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Harajuku Vacant, Tokyo, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Abecut, Yamagata, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Kuahouse Goten, Yamagata, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Ishinha Yataimura, Osaka, Japan)
roBot Festival 07 (Palazzo Re Enzo, Bologna, Italy)
Digital Big Screen (Trbovlje, Slovenia)
Vision’R Festival (Cite des Science et de L’Industrie, Paris, France)
ラビ&ピースTour (YCC, Yokohama, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Awakura Kaikan, Okayama, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Guggenheim, Kobe, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Takamatsu Umie, Kagawa, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Ciema, Saga, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (TAGSTA, Fukuoka, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Hitoyoshi Mori Hall, Kumamoto, Japan)
Fusion Festival 2014 (Lärz, Germany)
Kein Festival 2014 – Facade Projection only (ORWO haus, Berlin Germany)
Reykjavik Visiual Music Punto y Raya Festival 2014 (HARPA, Reykjavik, Iceland)
KONTAKT#2 (Alena Berlin, Berlin, Germany)

Berliner Adventsmarkt mt kind (HIMBEER, Berlin, Germany)
YAMANAMI Art Festival 2013 (Sanuki Mannou Park, Kagawa, Japan)
Osaka Music Festival 2013 (Osaka Castle Music Hall, Osaka, Japan)
usaginingen 2013 mini tour in Japan (Umie, Kagawa, Japan)
usaginingen 2013 mini tour in Japan (TAGSTA, Fukuoka, Japan)
“Day forest is lost” Takuya Kamiike solo exhibiton opening party (Shionoe museum of art, Kagawa, Japan)
“Ichinomiya accross arts” (Ichinomiya, Kagawa, Japan)
“littlepopup at HIMBEER magazine” (HIMBEER, Berlin, Germany)
DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2013 (Flughafen Berlin Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany)
Moving Silence Athens 2013 supported by Goethe-Institut (Goethe-Institut hall, Athen, Greece)
The 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge (Naherholung Sternchen, Berlin, Germany)
Live cinema by usaginingen (feinkost, Leipzig, Germany)

night cruising presents “Masayoshi Fujita Japan Tour 2012 in KYOTO” (Oil, Kyoto, Japan)
usaginingen 2012 Tokyo 2days (Aquvii, Tokyo, Japan)
usaginingen 2012 Tokyo 2days (Gallery-ARATANIURANO, Tokyo, Japan)
usaginingen 2012 mini tour in Japan (NOUKA, Yamagata, Japan)
usaginingen 2012 mini tour in Japan (Abecut, Yamagata, Japan)
flau x HUTU presents: FOUNDLAND (VACANT, Tokyo, Japan)
Camera Japan Festival 2012 (LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Brucke presents Masayoshi Fujita + usaginingen (Prinzessinnengarten, Berlin, Germany)
Nacht der Kunst 2012 (Open air, Leipzig, Germany)
Live Cinema night by Pierre Hebert+usaginingen (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany)
Taste Festival Berlin 2012 (Direktorenhaus, Berlin, Germany)
Masayoshi Fujita + usaginingen (Theater Kapelle, Berlin, Germany)
The 8th Berlin International Directors Lounge (Naherholung Sternchen, Berlin, Germany)
Johannes Marx + usaginingen (Schokoladen, Berlin, Germany)

Sub-tle. + usaginingen (Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany)
Johannes Marx + usaginingen (Modulor, Berlin, Germany)
The first story (Garelie 4AM, Brno, Czech Republic)
間 (Japanese Embassy, Berlin, Germany)

Artist in residence :
08.11-12.11 Kirkenes, Norway

Lecture/Workshop :

Inshadow Festival 2016 (Museu de oriente, Lisbon, Portugal)
mt tape (Ittousha, Wakayama, Japan)

LE HUBLOT 2015 (16 r ue de Roquebillière, Nice, France)
Flatpack Film Festival (Millennium Point, Birmingham, United Kingdom)
ラビ&ピースTour (Ohori Elementary School, Yamagata, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Akakura Elementary School, Yamagata, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Mamurogawa Elementary School, Yamagata, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Takamatsu Industrial Arts High School, Kagawa, Japan)
ラビ&ピースTour (Hakemiya Nursery School, Kumamoto, Japan)
Easter Workshop for Kids feat.littlepopup (Popup store, Berlin, Germany)

Making movie, Setouchi triennale 2013 (Awashima, Kagawa, Japan)
Performance and discussion (Oita Hita-shi East Junior high school, Oita, Japan)
Performance and discussion (Braunschweig University of Art, Braunschweig, Germany)
Report of Tohoku (Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan)
Performance and discussion (Yamagata Mogami Ohori elementary school, Yamagata, Japan)
Performance and discussion (Yamagata Mogami Akahori elementary school, Yamagata, Japan)

Screening :

FunFunFun from the album “SPENCER” by Spencer on surPoemas underFilm (La Térmica, Malaga, Spain)

UDON from the album “JAPANDORF” by Klaus Dinger + JAPANDORF on JAPAN DAY 2013 “Short Cuts To Japan” (Black Box Kino im Filmmuseumudon, Düsseldorf, Germany)

2017 Osaka Knowledge capital presents World OMOSIROI Award 3rd 2014“Reykjavik Visiual Music Punto y Raya Festival”in Iceland, Live Cinema competition, 1st prize
2012 Entertainment section, Asia Degital Art Award
2011Commercial Film section, Asia Pacic Advertising Festival Bronz
2006 New York One club, New York one show Shilver
2004 Joshi Art Univercity, Museum storing prize

Press/Media :
Radio and TV program in Lithuania
Magazine MdN vol.178 ARTIST FILE NO.281
Magazine MdN vol.191 feature article 1
Magazine IdN Video v19n3: Editing
Doitsu News Digest zur person Nr. 915
MADO-Berlin Vol.00
AnOther online Magazine
NOTCOT online

  • The Usaginingen duo won the Live Cinema Cometition at the Reykjavík Visual Music Punto y Raya Festival in Iceland in January 2014.
    The live show Usaginingen performed, brought a perfect harmony between originality, freshness and imagination. The show was interpreted in a way that involves the viewer in a different atmosphere. The Usaginingen performance was very different from the other shows presented and brought a fresh air of innovation and creativity to the competition.
    The show brings to the audience a totally imaginative element. They know how to capture the audience with the delicacy of the melody and images made by their unconventional instruments. Their show takes the electronic music to a new level and leaves us with a new classification of art as artisanal, and carefully performed by artists who know how to communicate to the public their sensitivity and imagination.

    Fridrik Steinn - FounderReykjavík Center for Visual Music
  • The usaginingen team invented their own machines seeking to delight and suprise their audience, as people not only can enjoy the performance on the screens, but also feel the light explosions all around them, and witness the performers’ movements on stage.

    Nöel Palazzo - DirectorPUNTO y RAYA festival
  • I enjoyed the inventive playfulness at work in Usaginingen’s audio-visual performance at Reykjavik Visual Music – Punto y Raya Festival 2014. Being able to see the performers create sound and image through their mixed-media machinations, and at the same time to see and hear the result forming before your eyes and ears: utterly delightful!

    Max Hattler - Moving image artistMax Hattler
  • 東北地方コンサート巡回の途中に、学校にお出でいただきありがとうございました。子供達はとても楽しんで鑑賞していました。歓声をあげたり音楽にあわせて体を動かしたりして気分がよさそうでした。映像には深い暗示的なモチーフもあり、大人でも十分楽しめました。コンサート後のフリートークもよかったです。お二人の気さくな人柄で、最後まで和やかな雰囲気でした。客席からとても近い場所で演奏してくださったのも良かったです。演奏楽器も間近にじっくり見せてもらえました。学校コンサートや社会教育事業にもおすすめです。また東北山形へ、ぜひ来ていただければ嬉しく思います。さらなるご活躍を。

    学校長山形県 最上町立大堀小学校
  • 妙な名前だなと思って初めて見た彼らのステージに、度肝を抜かれた。

  • 彼らの表現はそっとしみ込む。万華鏡とは違う作り込まれたドラマと、デジタルとは異なった素朴な手法の魅力。自然について、社会について、エネルギーについて。そして表現についてなど様々な思いを馳るきっかけを作る。

  • 仕掛け絵本のページをめくる時のような小さな驚きの連続で、目の前で繰り広げられるキラキラした世界は童心に帰らせてくれる。そして生ならではの臨場感。今回はそこに、オルゴールの生の音色に反応する、SHIBAKIが刻む音色とTA-COの作り出す映像。即興から生まれた世界観は六甲でしか体感できない貴重なライブは2日間いずれも超満員。

  • 始まる前、ステージ上の不思議な楽器や器具に、みんな興味津々でした。

  • 会場が暗くなった。なんだかヘンテコでカッコイイ装置を操り生み出される映像と音楽の世界が現れる。釘付けになる時間。「日時、会場、ウサギニンゲンがやってくる!」とだけが書かれた張り紙に反応して集まった観衆がつくる空気感も心地よい。緩くも張り詰めてもいない初めての時間。なぜこのような時間が生まれるのか?理由を探る必要もない。ただただ、人間には創造する力とそれを受け止め交感する力があるということに、そして何とも不思議なウサギニンゲンとの出会いに、感謝する。


2014 Live Cinema competition, “Reykjavik Visiual Music Punto y Raya Festival 2014″
2012 Entertainment section, Asia Degital Art Award
2011 Commercial Film section, Asia Pacic Advertising Festival Bronz
2010 Selected Graphic Design in Japan, JAGDA
2008 RemarkabIe commercial Film competition
2006 New York one show Shilver, New York One club
2004 Museum storing prize, Joshi Art Univercity