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Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Post-rock
Experimental rock
Instrumental rock
indie rock
Noise rock
Years active 1999–present
Labels bijin record
Smalltown Supersound
Heartworm press
Website [1]
Members Masako Takada
Yuri Zaikawa
Sayaka Himeno

Nisennenmondai (にせんねんもんだい) are a Tokyo-based instrumental trio.[1] They formed in 1999 and took their name from the Japanese translation of the then-current phrase "Y2K bug."[1]


Guitarist Masako Takada, bassist Yuri Zaikawa, and drummer Sayaka Himeno met at a club near their university and formed the band soon after.[1] The band have mostly released music on their own Bijin label. The compilation album "Neji/Tori" was released by Norway's Smalltown Supersound in 2008. The band are known for their dynamic live show, and despite little mainstream media attention, have built a substantial international following. They have played dates in Australia, Austria, Croatia, Denmark (including Roskilde Festival), France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway. Switzerland, Sweden, UK and USA. The band toured the USA in 2004 and 2005. In April 2011 they performed on the main stage at Sonar Sound Tokyo. In May 2011, Nisennenmondai launched an extensive European tour.


Described by allmusic's Heather Phares as "taking as much inspiration from the cool kids at school as they did from experimentalists like This Heat, Pop Group, Sonic Youth, DNA and Neu!" [1] Nisennenmondai compose raw and repetitive (post) punk instrumentals,[2] which can be groove-oriented[1] whilst also having a no wave/disco vibe.[2] Himeno tirelessly pounds at her snare and bass drum while slashing her cymbals,[3] while Takada adds layers of delay and clangy sounding distortion.[3]

"With walls of distortion and a pummeling rhythmic backbone that fluctuates between krautrock`s repetition and free-rock calamity, bassist Zai, guitarist Ma-Chan and drummer Hime have formed an unassuming juggernaut” (Dazed & Confused).[2]

Prefuse 73 said in an interview with Dazed & Confused; "John Stanier from Battles had told me that they were sick. They start to play. Next thing you know, these three tiny diminutive women were making us look like idiots because they were so incredible".[2] The band were chosen by Battles to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival, that they co-curated in December 2011 in Minehead, England.[4]


  • 2004: Sorede Souzousuru Neji[1]
  • 2005: Tori[1]
  • 2006: Rokuon[1]
  • 2008: Neji/Tori[1]
  • 2009: Destination Tokyo[1]
  • 2009: Fan
  • 2011: Live
  • 2013: N
  • 2015: N' (Bijin Record)
  • 2015: Live at Clouds Hill
  • 2016: #N/A (On-U Sound; On-U LP131)
  • 2016: #6 12" Single (On-U Sound; On-U DP60)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Heather Phares. "Nisennenmondai | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Nisennenmondai - Tori/Neji Norman Records UK". Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  3. ^ a b "Nisennenmondai Paralyse Tokyo | Dazed". 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2015-05-06. 
  4. ^ "Nightmare Before Christmas curated by Battles/Caribou/Les Savy Fav - All Tomorrow's Parties". Retrieved 2015-05-06.