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In his wrap-up of the previous decade in music on Dec. 18, 2009, this newspaper’s Philip Brasor identified harmony vocal groups as the “most enduring fad.” Well, judging from the activities of a sizable group of young performers from northern Japan, the fad looks certain to continue.

This weekend, the Miyagi Prefecture capital of Sendai hosts the second annual Date Aka event, in which more than 40 a cappella groups will perform on two stages in the city.

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