In May 2003, Sakata led his trio band "Sakata Akira mii" and performed
in European cities of Dusseldorf and Paris. He was also engaged
in documentary film making of [Shirakami no Yume] both as an actor
and as the music composer.
His years of study and ardent promotion activities on the Mijinko (water flea)
won high recognition and was specially commended by The Plankton Society of Japan.
In February 2004, he recorded the CD "Akatombo (red dragonfly)"
which is the first release from his trio "Sakata Akira mii".
During the summer this year, he enjoyed acting again in the movie [Umore-gi]
directed by director Kouhei Oguri. (released in June 2005).
In September 2004, the first CD of "Sakata Akira mii" was released
from his own label Daphnia. In the same month, he joined DJ KRUSH to
tour the US (NY and San Francisco), followed by Tohoku(northern Japan)
in October and western Japan in November and December.
In April 2005, the performance titled "Sakata/O'Rourke Tokyo Session"
at the live house Pitinn was publicly recorded, which will be released by
Polyster in December.
The annual domestic tour to Tohoku by "Sakata Akira mii" began in June,
to be followed by the tours in Aomori and Hokkaido in September and October.
Some other planned releases are first, the DVD titled [Mijinko no Shizukana Uchu
(Tranquil World of Mijinko (water flea))](with a special footage from his performance as an added bonus)
to come in October, then the solo-recorded double album of [Hyakuhachi Bonnou (108 Desires)]
to be on a sale from Ourai Records in December.
As is clear from the above, he currently performs actively in various sessions
focusing on his trio, "Sakata Akira mii".
For the details of the CDs and Records listed above, see "Works".