Saya is the vocalist and primary songwriter for Japan's Tenniscoats.
She is one of the key figures in the tokyo underground pop scene, a catalyst and collaborator, organising shows and giving opportunities to younger musicians on the scene, whilst spreading her own wings with far-flung collaborations including records with The
Pastels (on Geographic/Domino) and with Deerhoof's Satomi as OneOne - the name a sweet pun on the japanese onomatopoeia for a dog's bark. These follow Totemo Aimasho (trans.'Lets meet very much' for the Australian ROOM40 label) and Tan-Tan Therapy (for Hapna in Sweden).
Saya is also a member of Maher Shalal Hash Baz and runs the Majikick label with Tenniscoats guitarist Takashi Ueno from their base in Tokyo's outer suburbs.
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