The International Series features models designed in collaboration with some of the greatest drummers from around the globe. Thorough discussion and experimentation led to the development of sticks which reflect the individual playing styles of these world-class artists. All sticks are in hickory except when noted.Akira has been a leading figure in the Japanese music scene for more than 15 years. He is best known for his work with the band Casiopea, where he became recognized for his unique playing style and intricate techniques. His stick has a tear drop tip with a tapered butt for better cymbal definition.L = 16" D = .565"