Fujioka Fujimaki

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Fujioka Fujimaki
藤岡藤巻
Origin Japan
Genres J-Pop, folk
Years active 2003–present
Labels DefStar Records (2008-present)
Associated acts Marichans, Aya Matsuura, Nozomi Ōhashi, Mai Satoda
Website Official Site
Members Takaaki Fujioka
Naoya Fujimaki

Fujioka Fujimaki (藤岡藤巻?) is a Japanese folk band, created from two members of the 1970s novelty group Marichans (まりちゃんズ Marichanzu?), Takaaki Fujioka (藤岡 孝章?) and Naoya Fujimaki (藤巻 直哉?). They are best known for their collaboration with the eight-year-old singer Nozomi Ōhashi for the theme song of the Studio Ghibli film Ponyo.

Biography[edit]

Former bandmates Takaaki Fujioka and Naoya Fujimaki decided they wanted to form a unit together in 2003. Originally it was titled Fujioka-kun to Fujimaki-kun (藤岡君と藤巻君?), however from the advice from their friend AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto shortened it.[1] The duo debuted under SME Records in 2006 with the single "Yoroketa Hyōshi ni Tachiagare!." The duo released two solo singles and two albums between 2006 and 2007, however none of these charted on Oricon's charts.[2]

Since then, the group have collaborated with several artists for musical releases. They have written a song for AA-Chino, "Hayaku Koikoi Wrecker-sha," duetted with Country Musume member Mai Satoda on her first single released for the variety show Quiz! Hexagon II, and wrote a song sung by Aya Matsuura for a FamilyMart commercial, "Kitchen and Chicken" (キチンとチキン Kichin to Chikin?).[3]

Their greatest success game from duetting with then eight-year-old Nozomi Ōhashi for the Studio Ghibli film Ponyo. The song was a massive success, reaching #3 on Oricon's single charts,[2] topped the RIAJ ringtone download chart for a month,[4] and won a special award at the 50th Japan Record Awards.

The group went on hiatus between November 2008 and January 2009 due to Fujioka's ill health.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Information Oricon
Albums
Charts
[2]
2006 Fujioka Fujimaki I
  • Released: September 13, 2006
  • Label: Sony (SECL-426/7)
  • Formats: CD
2007 Fujioka Fujimaki III
  • Released: April 18, 2007
  • Label: Sony (SECL-493)
  • Formats: CD

Singles[edit]

Release Title Oricon Singles Charts
[2]
Oricon
sales
[2]
Album
2005 "Yoroketa Hyōshi ni Tachiagare!" (よろけた拍子に立ち上がれ! Make a Stumbled Beat!?) Fujioka Fujimaki I
2006 "Musume yo" (娘よ Girl?)
2007 "Oyaji no Kokoro ni Tomotta Chiisana Hi" (オヤジの心に灯った小さな火 A Little Light that Burnt in the Old Man's Heart?) (Mai Satoda with Fujioka Fujimaki) 116 1,100 Fujioka Fujimaki III
"Gake no Ue no Ponyo" (崖の上のポニョ Ponyo Above the Cliff?) (Fujioka Fujimaki and Nozomi Ōhashi) 3 382,000 Gake no Ue no Ponyo Image Album

Other appearances[edit]

Release Artist Title Notes Album
2007 AA-Chino "Hayaku Koikoi Wrecker-sha" (早く来い来いレッカー車 Quickly Come Come Wrecking Truck?) Wrote song. "Mighty Body" (single)
2008 Fujioka Fujimaki "Fujimoto no Theme" (フジモトのテーマ Fujimoto's Theme?) Gake no Ue no Ponyo Image Album
"Hontō no Kimochi" (本当の気持ち Real Feelings?)

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