Akasaka has long been interested both in music and religion.
He began beatboxing around 15 years ago, buying a looping machine in 2009 to help him build layered sounds, and during years spent in the United States and Australia he occasionally busked to make money.
He came to religion a little later, initially rejecting suggestions from his father — who became a Buddhist monk in his 50s, when Akasaka was in high school.
“In Japan, it’s very common that the son of a priest succeeds their father… And so my father sometimes asked me if I wanted to become a monk and succeed him. And I would say no, I was not interested in it,” he said.
But after he turned 30, Akasaka began to reconsider as he thought more about the meaning of life and death, and he eventually spent a little over two years training to be a monk.