Shang Shang Typhoon

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Shang Shang Typhoon (上々颱風, Shan shan taifūn) is a Japanese band of the 1980s and 1990s. Led by Kōryū, the band also features female singers Satoko Nishikawa and Emi Shirasaki. The SST sound is a blend of Okinawan music, min'yo singing and other Japanese elements, with some rock, pop and reggae thrown in. The unique sound of the group is largely due to an original instrument devised by Kōryū that he calls "sangen"; a banjo strung with shamisen strings.

In 1990 Shang Shang Typhoon signed with the Epic/Sony label, but more recently they have recorded on independent labels.

On 1 February 2013 at the official Shang Shang Typhoon website, the band announced an indefinite hiatus due to the health of band leader Kōryū.[1]


Shang Shang Typhoon Members
Kōryū 紅龍 "Sangen", Vocals Band Leader
Emi Shirasaki "Emi-chan" 白崎映美 (えみちゃん) Vocals  
Satoko Nishikawa "Sato-chan" 西川郷子 (さとちゃん) Vocals  
Manto Watanobe 渡野辺マント Drums  
Yōko Ino 猪野陽子 Keyboards, Accordion  
Naoki Nishimura 西村直樹 Bass  
Former Members
Naoya Yasuda "Yas-san" 安田尚哉 (やっさん) Bass  
Masaru Gotō 後藤まさる Percussion, Shinobue  
Yoshimi Yoshida 吉田よしみ Keyboards temporary replacement for Yōko Ino


Year Title Japanese Label Notes
1990 Shang Shang Typhoon 上々颱風 Epic Sony  
1991 Shang Shang Typhoon 2 上々颱風2 Epic Sony  
1992 Shang Shang Typhoon 3 上々颱風3 Epic Sony  
1993 Ai Ga Aru Kara Daijōbu 愛があるから大丈夫 Epic Sony  
1994 Around Asia in 80 Days 八十日間亜州一周 Epic Sony  
1996 Tamegoma (Tā Me Ga Math) た・め・ご・ま Epic Sony  
1997 Gnahs Gnahs GNAHS GNAHS Epic Sony  
2000 Shang Shang Typhoon 8 上々颱風8 Yougey Inc.  
2001 Shang Shang Typhoon Paradise Live! 上々颱風パラダイスライブ! Pony Canyon Japan  
2001 Shang Shang Typhoon 9 – Kokoro No Hana 上々颱風9 ~心の花~ Pony Canyon Japan  
2004 Shang Shang Typhoon Jirokichi Days 1988 上々颱風JIROKICHI DAYS 1988 Pony Canyon Japan  
2005 Shang Shang A Go Go! Shang Shang A Go Go! Pony Canyon Japan  
2005 Shang Shang Typhoon Best Collection I 上々颱風名曲撰 I Pony Canyon Japan  
2006 Shang Shang Typhoon 11 – Attarimae da. 上々颱風11 あったりまえだ。 Pony Canyon Japan  
2009 Shang Shang Typhoon 12 – Domin No Uta 上々颱風12 ~土民の歌~ Pony Canyon Japan  
2010 Ohitorisama-Bunka おひとりさま挽歌 M&I Company single
2010 Kaze no Matsuri – Carnaval 風の祭り~CARNAVAL~ BounDee  


  • Begara Shagara Live Akogare (1992); Epic Sony
  • Shang Shang Buri (2004); M and I Inc. (Pony Canyon Japan)


  • [1] Nippop Artist Site

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