Yuzu (band)

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Yuzu
2012.01.22 日産スタジアム 松田直樹メモリアルゲーム ゆず.jpg
Yuzu performing in 2012.
From left to right: Yūjin Kitagawa, Kōji Iwasawa
Background information
Native name ゆず
Origin Yokohama, Japan
Genres
Years active 1997–present
Labels
Website senha-yuzu.jp
Members Yūjin Kitagawa
Kōji Iwasawa

Yuzu (ゆず) is a Japanese folk rock duo who debuted in 1997.[1] Its members are Yūjin Kitagawa (北川悠仁, Kitagawa Yūjin) and Kōji Iwasawa (岩沢厚治, Iwasawa Kōji). Both of the band members come from Yokohama in Kanagawa Prefecture, and attended Okamura Junior High School.[2] Their songs "Hyōri Ittai" (表裏一体, Two sides of the same coin),[3] "Reason",[4] and "Nagareboshi Kirari" (流れ星キラリ, Shooting star) were used as ending themes of the 2011 anime series Hunter × Hunter.

Yuzu started out as street musicians. At first, the band's 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's name might have been "Vanilla". Sometimes Iwasawa tells this story). The fans of Yuzu are called "Yuzukko (ゆずっ子)".

Members[edit]

  • Yūjin Kitagawa (born January 14, 1977) – vocals, guitar, leader
  • Kōji Iwasawa (born October 14, 1976) – vocals, guitar

Discography[edit]

Original albums[edit]

Year Title
1998 Yuzu Ikka (ゆず一家)
  • Released: July 23, 1998
1999 Yuzuen (ゆずえん)
  • Released: October 14, 1999
2000 Tobira (トビラ)
  • Released: November 1, 2000
2002 Yuzu Moa (ユズモア)
  • Released: March 6, 2002
2003 Sumire (すみれ)
  • Released: March 19, 2003
2004 1 〜ONE〜
  • Released: September 15, 2004
2006 Ribbon (リボン)
  • Released: January 18, 2006
2008 WONDERFUL WORLD
  • Released: January 16, 2008
2009 FURUSATO
  • Released: October 7, 2009
2011 2-NI- 
  • Released: February 16, 2011
2013 LAND
  • Released: May 1, 2013
2014 Shinsekai (新世界)
  • Released: February 19, 2014
2016 TOWA
  • Released: January 13, 2016

Mini albums[edit]

Year Title
1997 Yuzu no Moto (ゆずの素)
  • Released: October 25, 1997
1998 Yuzuman (ゆずマン)
  • Released: February 21, 1998
2000 Yuzuman no Natsu (ゆずマンの夏)
  • Released: July 12, 2000
2003 Yuzu Smile (ゆずスマイル)
  • Released: July 30, 2003
2010 Yuzu no Moto (ゆずの素) (re-released)
  • Released: July 14, 2010

Live albums[edit]

Year Title
1999 Kajiki ~Sakura Saku-hen~ (歌時記~サクラサク篇~)
  • Released: June 23, 1999
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~)
  • Released: July 18, 2001

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title
2005 Home [1997-2000]
  • Released: June 8, 2005
Going [2001-2005]
  • Released: June 8, 2005
2007 Yuzu no Ne [1997-2007] (ゆずのね1997-2007)
  • Released: October 3, 2007
2012 YUZU YOU [2006-2011]
  • Released: April 25, 2012
2017 Yuzu Iroha [1997-2017] (ゆずイロハ1997-2017)
  • Released: April 26, 2017

Singles[edit]

  • "—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.
  • "×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.
Title Release date Peak chart positions
Oricon[5] Japan Hot 100[6]
"Summer Color" (夏色) June 3, 1998 17 ×
"Boy" (少年) September 18, 1998 10 ×
"Empty" (からっぽ) November 11, 1998 4 ×
"Someday" (いつか) January 20, 1999 4 ×
"Goodbye Bus" (サヨナラバス) March 17, 1999 4 ×
"Sentimental" (センチメンタル) August 18, 1999 3 ×
"Friend's Song" (友達の唄) September 29, 1999 2 ×
"Outta Mind/Garbage Star" (心のままに/くず星) November 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) October 18, 2000 1 ×
"3 Count" (3カウント) May 23, 2001 2 ×
"Again 2" (アゲイン2) February 13, 2002 1 ×
"Songs of Love" (恋の歌謡日) February 20, 2002 3 ×
"Until We Meet Again" (またあえる日まで) October 17, 2002 2 ×
"Blue" (青) February 5, 2003 4 ×
"Breathing" (呼吸) February 12, 2003 5 ×
"3 Lines/Horizontal Line" (3番線/水平線) February 19, 2003 5 ×
"Violet" (スミレ) February 26, 2003 4 ×
"Priority to Pedestrians/Dark" (歩行者優先/濃) October 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) November 9, 2005 2 ×
"Spring Breeze" (春風) March 7, 2007 3 ×
"Story" (ストーリー) February 6, 2008 2 3
"Yesterday and Tomorrow" June 25, 2008 4 4
"Shish Kebab" (シシカバブー) November 5, 2008 2 2
"I Wanna See You" (逢いたい) April 22, 2009 3 1
"Strawberry" (いちご) July 29, 2009 2 2
"Rainbow" (虹) September 2, 2009 2 1
"Cherry Blossom Encounter /My Life" (桜会/マイライフ) February 3, 2010 2 2
"Journey to Love" (慈愛への旅路) August 25, 2010 5 4
"From" December 1, 2010 2 2
"Hey-Peace " (Hey和) January 19, 2011 3 18
"Fly" (翔) November 30, 2011 5 3
"With You" May 23, 2012 5 3
"Seeya Tomorrow" (また明日) August 8, 2012 7 5
"Reason" January 9, 2013 3 2
"Friend: Time of Departure" (友 ~旅立ちの時~) September 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) November 13, 2013 3 2
"Two Sides of the Same Coin" (表裏一体) December 25, 2013 4 2
"Charm" (ヒカレ) February 12, 2014 8 3

Collaboration singles[edit]

Release date Title Japanese Artists
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)

DVDs[edit]

Year Title
2001 Tobira Tour 2000-2001
  • Released: May 6, 2001
Rokkasen Kin Gin
  • Released: December 26, 2001
Futari no Biggu (Eggu) Sho -2jikan 53fun TOKYO DOME Kanzen Nokattoban-
  • Released: December 26, 2001
2002 Live Films ふたり Futari
  • Released: January 23, 2002
Live Films ふたり秋味 Futari Akiaji
  • Released: 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~

  • Released: January 23, 2002
Live Films ユズモラス完全版
  • Released: August 2002
Koi no Kayobi 恋の歌謡日
  • Released: August 7, 2002
2003 Rokkasen Kurenai 録歌選 紅
  • Released: January 22, 2003
Rokkasen Sumire 録歌選 菫
  • Released: May 21, 2003
Live Films Sumire
  • Released: October 22, 2003
Live Films 夏休み子供コンサート ゆずスマイル
  • Released: October 2003
2005 Live Films 夢の地図 Yume no Chizu
  • Released: February 2005
Live Films 1~ONE~
  • Released: April 2005
Rokkasen 1 ~ONE~ 録歌選 1~ONE~
  • Released: 2005
Live Films Go Home
  • Released: November 16, 2005
今夜君を迎えに行くよ
  • Released: November 2005
2006 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~
  • Released: September 2006
Live Films リボン
  • Released: October 4, 2006
2008 Live Films 「ゆずのね」
  • Released: February 6, 2008
Live Films Wonderful World
  • Released: November 5, 2008
2009 Rokkasen Midori
  • Released: April 22, 2009
2010 Rokkasen Niji
  • Released: February 3, 2010
Live films Furusato
  • Released: July 14, 2010
2011 Live films 2 -NI-
  • Released: November 30, 2011

VHS[edit]

Year Title
1999 Futari
  • Released: March 17, 1999
2000 Rokkasen Kin
  • Released: February 16, 2000
Rokkasen Gin
  • Released: February 16, 2000
Futari Akiaji
  • Released: April 12, 2000
2001 Tobira Tour 2000-2001
  • Released: April 4, 2001
Futari no Biggu (Eggu) Sho -2jikan 53fun TOKYO DOME Kanzen Nokattoban-
  • Released: December 26, 2001
2002 Sutajiamu Manin On(raku)satsu -Netto! Bomb Odori-
  • Released: January 23, 2002
Koi no Kayobi
  • Released: August 7, 2002
2003 Rokkasen Kurenai
  • Released: January 22, 2003
Rokkasen Sumire
  • Released: May 21, 2003
Sumire
  • Released: 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 Nominee/work Award Result
2013 Land Best Album Award Won

References[edit]

External links[edit]