AKFG began as a college band back in in a private university in Yokohama. It was the first and, to date, the only major project for three of its members -- Masafumi Gotou lead vocals and guitarTakahiro Yamada bass and vocals and Kensuke Kita guitar and vocals. Soon they were joined by drummer Ijichi Kiyoshi, and this lineup proved to be stable, lasting over the course of three albums and while gearing up to release their fourth in springnot counting the many singles -- important releases in Japan, where CD prices are among the highest in the world, increasing the demand for cheaper records.
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A sian Kung-Fu Generation are Japan's golden boys: multi-award winning, critically acclaimed and usually at the top of the charts — in terms of homegrown talent, you can't get much bigger. Takamatsu, by contrast, is the sleepy southern port at the heart of Kagawa. There's little to see and little to do — in terms of Japanese prefectures, you can't get much smaller.
Later on, Ijichi, who was then already a drummer of another college-band, joined three. The band began to write their original songs lyrics written in English and started to perform at the school and in the local Yokohama area. The album was sold at clubs where the band played, and also through online shopping. In the same year, the band recorded their first written-in-Japanese song, "Konayuki" Powder Snow and began sending the tape to each music programs specializing in independent musicians of the several different FM radio stations.
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For its entire career, the band has consisted of vocalist Masafumi Gotohguitarist Kensuke Kitabassist Takahiro Yamadaand drummer Kiyoshi Ijichi. The band's musical style is influenced by seminal Western alternative rock acts as well as their own local Japanese indie-rock and punk scene. After realizing that they all shared similar musical tastes, the three decided to start their very own band.
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Asian Kung-Fu Generation is a Japanese band formed in by Masafumi Gotoh lead vocalist and rhythm guitaristKensuke Kita lead guitarist and backing vocalistTakahiro Yamada bassist and backing vocalistand Kiyoshi Ijichi drummer. The band is critically acclaimed and commercially successful in Japan. Their popularity peaked aroundbut they are still doing well.