S.S. HANAMI first took the stage at Chibi-Pa Festival 2009 where they immediately garnered attention for their theatrical J-rock and anime inspired sound. Notably, a number of their songs also featured the sound of the koto, a traditional Japanese harp. Over the next three years, the band became a fixture of the Florida geek community and anime convention circuit, releasing its first CD -- Original Soundtrack, Season One -- in June 2012. Immediately afterwards, they announced the beginning of "Season Two" and began writing their second CD, which would later be titled FICTITIOUS. In the summer of 2015, S.S. HANAMI embarked on a month-long tour up the East Coast of the US, culminating in a milestone Fourth of July performance on Staten Island, New York City. Having encountered, every step of the way, new listeners with whom their music and concept resonated, the band returned home with renewed vigor to begin working on their next release. The end of the tour marked the beginning of "Season Three."
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