Aobozu (band)

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Origin Japan
Genres Rock, punk rock, new wave
Years active 1999–present
Labels Toy's Factory
Website Aobozu Official Site
Members Hozzy (vocals)
Yūichi Tanaka (田中ユウイチ) (guitar)
Shinichi Fujimori (藤森真一) (bass)
Takurō Watanabe (渡辺拓郎) (drums)
Past members Kamei (亀井) (drummer)

Aobozu (藍坊主, Aobōzu?) is a Japanese rock band, signed to Toy's Factory. They debuted in 2003, with the album Aobozu.


Hozzy, Kamei and Fujimori were originally childhood friends, all coming from Odawara, Kanagawa. In 1999, they formed a band in called The Blue Bōzu (ザ・ブルーボーズ, Za Burū Bōzu?) in 1999, that was a cover band for Japanese punk band The Blue Hearts. In 2000, they changed the band's name to aobōzu (藍坊主) - the name of a mythical yōkai (Japanese folk legend ghost), however with a different kanji for ao (藍 instead of 青). In 2001, Yūichi Tanaka (a friend of Fujimoris since kindergarten) joined the band as its guitarist. The band then centred their live activities in their hometown, as well as around the Tokyo areas of Hachiōji and Shimokitazawa.

In 2002, the band produced their first self-published CD: "Michi" (, Street?). The following year, the band independently released their debut album Aobozu through Buddy Records, and had their songs featured on many punk compilation albums.

In 2004, the band's drummer Kamei left, and was replaced by a classmate of Tanakas, Takurō Watanabe, as a session drummer. The band then made their major debut under Toy's Factory, Hiroshige Blue, which reached the top 30 on the Oricon albums charts.

Since then, the band has toured exclusively, gradually gaining more fame. Their 2010 album Mizukane reached the top 10 on Oricon.



Year Album Information Oricon albums
chart positions
2003 Aobozu (藍坊主, Aobōzu?) 125
2004 Hiroshige Blue (ヒロシゲブルー, Hiroshige Burū?)
  • Major label debut album
  • Released: May 12, 2004
  • Label: Toy's Factory (TFCC-86155)
2005 Soda (ソーダ, Sōda?) 29
2006 Hanamidori (ハナミドリ?) 26
2008 Forestone (フォレストーン, Foresutōn?) 15
2010 Mizukane (ミズカネ?) 10
2011 The Very Best of Aobozu (ザ・ベリー・ベスト・オブ・アオボウズ?) ---
2012 Noctiluca (ノクティルカ, Nokutiruka?) ---
2013 Bloomery (ブルーメリー, Burūmerī?) ---
2013 S/Normally (スノーマリー, Sunōmarī?) ---
2014 Himawari (向日葵?) ---


Release Title Notes Oricon
2003 "Shizuku" (, Drop?) Released under Buddy Records. 52 Hiroshige Blue
"Sora" (, Sky?) Sole release under Hills Records. 66
2005 "Uzura" (ウズラ, Quail?) First major label single. 35 Soda
"Spoon" (スプーン, Supūn?) 40 Hanamidori
2006 "Sakura no Ashiato" (桜の足あと, Cherry Blossom Footprints?) 28
"Hello Goodbye" (ハローグッバイ, Harō Gubbai?) 19 Forestone
2007 "Coin Toss" (コイントス, Koin Tosu?) 24
"Sora o Tsukuritaku Nakatta" (空を作りたくなかった, I Didn't Want to Make the Sky?) 30
2008 "Kotoba no Mori" (言葉の森, Forest of Words?) 29
"Mother" (マザー, Mazā?) 28 Mizukane
2009 "Namae no Nai Iro" (名前の無い色, Nameless Color?) 32
2010 "Dengon" (伝言, Rumor?) 21


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