Born in 2001, 16 Mappy is a fashionista and a talented young jazz pianist.
-As a Fashionista-
She’s gained much popularity through her Instagram account (which she has maintained since her elementary school days), which features her everyday outfits and snapshots of things that inspire her, highlighting her unique sense of style and aesthetics. Since then she has been a hot topic in the fashion world and is continually invited to the front row of many fashion shows in Japan. She even has her own irregular column in the prominent Japan fashion magazine, “GINZA (since 1997),” where she would interview many international fashion directors, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Rem D Koolhaas, Nick Wooster etc. Mappy’s sharp sense of fashion has also caught the attention of the overseas fashion industry, having collaborated with Teen Vogue and MiLK Magazine in China, where she had a full 16-page feature that she both modeled in and art-directed. In 2015, she was chosen as the Japan ambassador for GapKids×ED, an Ellen Degeneres collaboration project with GAP.
-As a Jazz Pianist-
Mappy started her classical piano lesson at the age of 5. Influenced by her piano teacher who was a fan of Jazz and Latin music, Mappy began to gain interest in Jazz. She started to explore the world of Jazz at age 9 when she discovered Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk, which led her to focus her style on bebop. At a young age, Mappy was fascinated by the idea of being fashionable while playing the piano and was inspired to put her heart on both fashion and music. Since then she has been involved in many music and fashion related events in Japan. In 2016, Mappy collaborated with the famous Thelma Aoyama in her latest EP “PINK TEARS” where she was featured as the pianist for the song “SMILE FOR ME feat. MAPPY.” In Fall 2017, she held her first trio show at Shinjuku Pit Inn, one of the top live jazz venues in the Tokyo area. Mappy’s debut album, which will be produced by the producer of Keiko Lee, Toku etc. is slated to be released on a Sony Music Japan label in late spring of 2018.