Yuzu (band)

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Yuzu
Origin Yokohama, Japan
Genres Folk rock, pop rock, folk pop
Years active 1997–present
Labels Senha and Company, Toy's Factory, Avex Taiwan
Members Yūjin Kitagawa
Kōji Iwasawa

Yuzu (ゆず?) is a Japanese folk/pop rock duo. Its members are Yūjin Kitagawa (北川悠仁 Kitagawa Yūjin?, born January 14, 1977) and Kōji Iwasawa (岩沢厚治 Iwasawa Kōji?, born October 14, 1976). Both of the band members come from Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture, and attended Okamura Junior High School.

Yuzu started out as street musicians. At first, their band name was "Light's", but Kitagawa disliked it, so they changed the name to "Yuzu". At that time, Kitagawa was eating a Yuzu sherbet, so he named the band after the fruit (incidentally, Iwasawa was eating vanilla ice cream. So the band name might have been Vanilla. Sometimes Iwasawa tells this story). The fans of Yuzu are called "Yuzukko (ゆずっ子)".

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Release Date Peak chart positions
Oricon[1] Japan Hot 100[2]
Summer Color (夏色) June 3, 1998 17 ×
Boy (少年) Sept 18, 1998 10 ×
Empty (からっぽ) Nov 11, 1998 4 ×
Someday (いつか) Jan 20, 1999 4 ×
Goodbye Bus (サヨナラバス) March 17, 1999 4 ×
Sentimental (センチメンタル) Aug 18, 1999 3 ×
Friend's Song (友達の唄) Sept 29, 1999 2 ×
Outta Mind/Garbage Star (心のままに/くず星) Nov 25, 1999 2 ×
Ah, The Days of Youth (嗚呼、青春の日々) May 31, 2000 1 ×
Flightless Bird (飛べない鳥) Oct 18, 2000 1 ×
3 Count (3カウント) May 23, 2001 2 ×
Again 2 (アゲイン2) Feb 13, 2002 1 ×
Songs of Love (恋の歌謡日) Feb 20, 2002 3 ×
Until We Meet Again (またあえる日まで) Oct 17, 2002 2 ×
Blue (青) Feb 5, 2003 4 ×
Breathing (呼吸) Feb 12, 2003 5 ×
3 Lines/Horizontal Line (3番線/水平線) Feb 19, 2003 5 ×
Violet (スミレ) Feb 26, 2003 4 ×
Priority to Pedestrians/Dark (歩行者優先/濃) Oct 22, 2003 1 ×
Sakuragichō/Hobby's Width/Map of Dreams (桜木町/シュミのハバ/夢の地図) June 2, 2004 3 ×
Bridge of Glory (栄光の架橋) July 22, 2004 2 ×
Super Express/The Sun Will Rise Again (超特急/陽はまた昇る) Nov 9, 2005 2 ×
Spring Breeze (春風) March 7, 2007 3 ×
Story (ストーリー) Feb 6, 2008 2 3
Yesterday and Tomorrow June 25, 2008 4 4
Shish Kebab (シシカバブー) Nov 5, 2008 2 2
I Wanna See (逢いたい) April 22, 2009 3 1
Strawberry (いちご) July 29, 2009 2 2
Rainbow (虹) Sept 2, 2009 2 1
Cherry Blossom Society/My Life (桜会/マイライフ) Feb 3, 2010 2 2
Journey to Love (慈愛への旅路) Aug 25, 2010 5 4
from Dec 1, 2010 2 2
Hey and (Hey和) Jan 19, 2011 3 18
Fly (翔) Nov 30, 2011 5 3
with you May 23, 2012 5 3
Seeya Tomorrow (また明日) Aug 8, 2012 7 5
REASON Jan 9, 2013 3 2
Friend ~Time of Departure~ (友 ~旅立ちの時~) Sept 18, 2013 5 3
The Rain Will Turn to Hallelujah/I Want to Protect You (雨のち晴レルヤ/守ってあげたい) Nov 13, 2013 3 2
Two Sides of the Same Coin (表裏一体) Dec 25, 2013 4 2
Charm (ヒカレ) Feb 12, 2014 8 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.

Collaboration singles[edit]

Release date Title Japanese Artist
November 29, 2006 "Christmas no Yakusoku" クリスマスの約束 Yuzuoda (Yuzu, Kazumasa Oda)
May 23, 2007 "Original Soundtrack Single Eiga 「Syaberedomo Syaberedomo」" Original Soundtrack Single 映画「しゃべれども しゃべれども」
July 11, 2007 "Music" ミュージック Golden Circle feat. Yohito Teraoka/Yumi Matsutoya/Yuzu
May 13, 2009 "Two You" two友 Yuzuguren (Yuzu, Kimaguren)

Albums[edit]

Mini Albums[edit]

  Release date Title Japanese
1st October 25, 1997 Yuzu no Moto ゆずの素
2nd February 21, 1998 Yuzuman ゆずマン
3rd July 12, 2000 Yuzuman no Natsu ゆずマンの夏
4th July 30, 2003 Yuzu Smile ゆずスマイル
5th July 14, 2010 Yuzu no Moto (re-released) ゆずの素

Original albums[edit]

  Release date Title Japanese
1st July 23, 1998 Yuzu Ikka ゆず一家
2nd October 14, 1999 Yuzuen ゆずえん
3rd November 1, 2000 Tobira トビラ
4th March 6, 2002 Yuzu Moa ユズモア
5th March 19, 2003 Sumire すみれ
6th September 15, 2004 1 〜ONE〜 1 〜ONE〜
7th January 18, 2006 Ribbon リボン
8th January 16, 2008 "Wonderful World" WONDERFUL WORLD
9th October 7, 2009 Furusato FURUSATO 
10th February 16, 2011 2-Ni- 2-NI- 
11th May 1, 2013 Land LAND

Live Albums[edit]

  Release date Title Japanese
1st June 23, 1999 Kajiki ~Sakura Saku-hen~ 歌時記~サクラサク篇~
2nd July 18, 2001 Kajiki ~Futari no Biggu (Eggu) Shō-hen~ 歌時記~ふたりのビッグ(エッグ)ショー篇~

Compilation Albums[edit]

  Release date Title Japanese
1st June 8, 2005 Home [1997-2000] Home [1997-2000]
2nd June 8, 2005 Going [2001-2005] Going [2001-2005]
3rd October 3, 2007 Yuzu no Ne [1997-2007] ゆずのね1997-2007
4th April 25, 2012 Yuzu You [2006-2011] YUZU YOU [2006-2011]

VHS, DVD and Blu-ray[edit]

DVDs[edit]

  • TOBIRA TOUR 2000-2001 (May 6, 2001)
  • Rokkasen Kin Gin (December 26, 2001)
  • Futari no Biggu (Eggu) Sho -2jikan 53fun TOKYO DOME Kanzen Nokattoban- (December 26, 2001)
  • Live Films ふたり Futari (January 23, 2002)
  • Live Films ふたり秋味 Futari Akiaji (January 23, 2002)
  • Live Films スタジアムツアー 満員音(楽)礼~熱闘!Bomb踊り~ Sutajiamu Manin On(raku)satsu ~Netto! Bomb Odori~ (January 23, 2002)
  • Live Films ユズモラス完全版 (August 2002)
  • Koi no Kayobi 恋の歌謡日 (August 7, 2002)
  • Rokkasen Kurenai 録歌選 紅 (January 22, 2003)
  • Rokkasen Sumire 録歌選 菫 (May 21, 2003)
  • Live Films Sumire (October 22, 2003)
  • Live Films 夏休み子供コンサート ゆずスマイル (October 2003)
  • Live Films 夢の地図 Yume no Chizu (February 2005)
  • Live Films 1~ONE~ (April 2005)
  • Rokkasen 1 ~ONE~ 録歌選 1~ONE~
  • Live Films GO HOME (November 16, 2005)
  • 今夜君を迎えに行くよ (November 2005)
  • Yuzu sumairu konsaato 2006 ~ Nihon no Uta~ ゆずスマイルコンサート2006 ~にほんのうた~(September 2006)
  • Live Films リボン (October 4, 2006)
  • Live Films 「ゆずのね」 (February 6, 2008)
  • Live Films WONDERFUL WORLD (November 5, 2008)
  • Rokkasen Midori (April 22, 2009)
  • Rokkasen Niji (February 3, 2010)
  • Live films FURUSATO (July 14, 2010)
  • Live films 2 -NI- (November 30, 2011)

VHS[edit]

  • Futari (March 17, 1999)
  • Rokkasen Kin (February 16, 2000)
  • Rokkasen Gin (February 16, 2000)
  • Futari Akiaji (April 12, 2000)
  • TOBIRA TOUR 2000-2001 (April 4, 2001)
  • Futari no Biggu (Eggu) Sho -2jikan 53fun TOKYO DOME Kanzen Nokattoban- (December 26, 2001)
  • Sutajiamu Manin On(raku)satsu -Netto! Bomb Odori- (January 23, 2002)
  • Koi no Kayobi (August 7, 2002)
  • Rokkasen Kurenai (January 22, 2003)
  • Rokkasen Sumire (May 21, 2003)
  • Sumire (October 22, 2003)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Japan Record Awards[edit]

The Japan Record Awards is a major music awards show held annually in Japan by the Japan Composer's Association.

Year Recipient Award Result
2013 Land Best Album Award Won

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved January 31, 2014.  (subscription only)
  2. ^ "Japan Hot 100". Billboard accessdate=January 31, 2014.