Aux Petits Joueurs in Paris, France. Photograph by Olga Caldas

Sweet Hollywaiians are based in Osaka, Japan. They were originally street musicians who share a common passion of Hawaiian, Swing, Ragtime, Blues, Calypso and Italian for the 1920s~1930s string band tradition in collecting the music of long forgotten legends like Sol Hoopii, King Bennie Nawahi, Roy Smeck and Eddie Lang.
This string quartet containing a dozen of string instruments like a Hawaiian steel guitar ( a lap steel guitar), banjo, tipple, ukulele, mandolin, a bass and guitars. Most of the members are multi-instrumentalist and they change their instruments song by song.
Since they founded their band in 2002, so far they have released seven albums. And they have gone to many over sea live performances and earn the great reputations from the audiences in the U.S.A, Canada, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia and of course Japan.

Sweet Hollywaiians

Sweet Hollywaiians

Tomotaka Matsui

Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele, Tenor Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals

Mario Takada

Ukulele, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Guitar, Vocals

Takashi Nakayama

Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Vocals

Kohichi Tsutsumishita

Bass, Ukulele, Vocals


  • 2007 Hula Girl
  • 2008 Maile Swing / Yumi Ishikawa and her Sweet Hollywaiians
  • 2008 ’O Surdato 'Nnammurato / Tom Marion and his Sweet Hollywaiians
  • 2009 Ticklin’ The Strings
  • 2012 Same Old Song Book / Mr.Fukushima and his Sweet Hollywaiians
  • 2013 Magic Ukulele Waltz
  • 2013 The Peanut Vendor / Maki Rinka and her Sweet Hollywaiians

International Tours

  • 2006 USA
  • 2007 USA
  • 2008 USA
  • 2009 USA
  • 2010 USA, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada
  • 2011 USA, Australia
  • 2012 USA
  • 2013 Australia


  • Cairns Ukulele Festival 2013 & 2011(Australia)
  • Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii 2011 (USA)
  • Quebec City Summer Festival 2010 (Canada)
  • Hukilau 2010 (USA)
  • Denver Ukulele Festival 2009 (USA)
  • Yokohama Hawaii Festival (Japan)
  • Ukulele Picnic (Japan)


Mighty Uke (2009)


  • Freight & Salvage (Berkeley, CA)
  • The Steve Allen Theater (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Swallow Hill (Denver, CO)
  • Impérial de Québec (Quebec City, Canada)
  • Tanks Arts Centre (Cairns, Australia)
  • Aux Petits Joueurs (Paris, France)
  • Palm Guitars (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • ’t Ey (Belsele, Belgium)


The Sweet Hollywaiians have probably the best feel for this 20's music of any string band working today.
They manage the rare feat of sounding relaxed even when their playing is hot, are top notch musicians with tasteful arrangements and a full, rich, warm sound.Plus, they have a nice gamut of tunes, from King Nawahi to Giovanni Vicari to Bobby Leecan. See them live, if you can, for an unforgettable experience. If you can't, buy their Cds!

I have listened to Sweet Hollywaiians and found the music excellent, exactly to my taste! I was surprised how good the music was, in fact!!

In Japan, there are The Sweet Hollywaiians, with whom I had the pleasure of meeting and playing a guest appearance with when they visited a few months ago. Superb group.

Find yourself a copy of this great album!! When will this great group visit Europe?

I went to their myspace page, learned about them and heard just the most…INCREDIBLE music. And thus began my love affair with the Osaka based Sweet Hollywaiians........ Listening to them is like being transported to a 1920s kitchen jam or a small club. They're just amazing.

Playing this album by Sweet Hollywaiians is really great fun.It won't be a surprise that I love to recommend you this album - a great document with seldom heard music by a band that knows how it sounded in the 1920s.

This is arguably the funnest and most romantic album of the year.

If I was to order my favorite choices from the Victor Record Catalog 1927, that stack of shellac 78 rpms would have sounded like this! Tom Marion and the Sweet Hollywaiians have lovingly and skillfully rendered a choice selection of Hawaiian, Italian, Tinpan Alley and more...
my heartfelt praise and appreciation for making beautiful old music live long.

Contact Information

Sweet Strings

2-17 3F Kitahama-Higashi Chuoku
540-0031 Osaka City