Steel guitarist Noriko Tomita and husband Shuji are from Tokyo, Japan. She has studied steel guitar under Alan Akaka via Skype for almost seven years. Her music interests include Alan Akaka and The Islanders and the Hawai‘i Calls style.
In addition to the steel guitar, Noriko also plays piano, the Japanese Koto, and ‘ukulele. Her husband Shuji began singing with her last year and made his festival debut at the 2017 Maui Steel Guitar Festival.