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Maya Sakura
Background information
Birth name 草野 真耶
(Maya Kusano)
Born July 26, 1998 (1998-07-26) (age 11)
Origin Obihiro, Hokkaidō, Japan
Genres Enka
Occupations Singer
Years active 2008-present
Labels Nippon Crown
Website Public website

Maya Sakura (さくら まや Sakura Maya ?, born Maya Kusano (草野真耶) on 26 July, 1998 in Obihiro, Hokkaidō, Japan) is an enka singer. In 2008, she made her debut with the single "Tairyō Matsuri" (大漁まつり ?) at the age of 10. In 2009, she received a "Best New Artist" award at the 51st Annual Japan Record Awards, becoming the youngest person to do so.[1]

She also appeared as a special guest on the 60th Kōhaku Uta Gassen in the "children's' Kōhaku" section of the program.[2]


Maya Sakura is the child of two successful restaurant owners. Her hobbies include reading.[3] She began to learn to play the violin aged two and a half, and the piano aged three. She is also trained in ballet and solfège. In 2004, she was awarded the gold medal in the Nationwide Children's Singing Competition (全国童謡歌唱コンクール ?), after which she began to pursue a career in enka.[4]

On December 3, 2008, she made her Nippon Crown debut with the song "Tairyō Matsuri", as the youngest enka singer in history. Three days later on December 6, she sang at the Asakusa public gardens.

Due to her increasing popularity and busy work schedule, she transferred to a Tokyo school in 2009.

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  3. ^ Hokkaidō Shinbun, 2009-3-10
  4. ^ Hokkaidō Shinbun, 2009-3-10


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