Famous People in Japan

The Brilliant Green

Name Date of Birth Place of Birth
Kawase Tomoko February 6, 1975 Kyoto
Okuda Shunsaku June 11, 1971 Kyoto
Matsui Ryou February 11, 1972 Kyoto

The Brilliant Green is a famous band in Japan. This group consists of 3 members, Kawase Tomoko (Vocal), Okuda Shunsaku (Bass), and Matsui Ryou (Guitar).

In February 1995, Matsui and Okuda invited Tomoko who was singing at a live house then to join their band in Kyoto. They formed "The Brilliant Green".

In sping 1997, they got a contract with Sony Music Entertainment. The song made by the leader Okuda was appreciated by others and in August, their free sample song was distributed at CD shops. This sample sold out in a few days, and Tomoko was chosen model of Fiorucci, an Italian fashion brand.

On September 21st, 1997, they released their first single "Bye Bye Mr.Mug". This CD was produced by themselves, and the lyrics were all in English . But this CD did not sell anywhere near what they had hoped for. On December 1st, they released their second single "Goodbye And Good Luck".

On May 13th, 1998, they released their third single "There Will Be Love There". This song was chosen as a theme song on the TV drama, "Love Again". This song sold very well and became a hit chart No.1. They couldn't believe this result. On August 26th, they released their fourth single "Tumetai Hana". This title means "cold flower" . This single has sold very well, too. This song became hit chart No.1, too. On September 19th, they released their first album "The Brilliant Green". This album sold more than 1,000,000 copies in only 2 days. This is a special record.

Tomoko says "I like pretty things and animals." Her words have a very strong impact. Shunsaku composes and plays bass. He is vital for The Brilliant Green. We feel his thoughts and passion when we listen to his music. Ryou has power because he goes to gym every morning. He plays lead guitar, but sometimes composes music, as well.

They are a new face band in Japan. Their future looks bright!!

See another report here.

References: http://www.sme.co.jp/Music/Info/TheBrilliantGreen/

This article compliments of Michael Shawback's Internet class at Ryukoku University, Kyoto

Reported by: Kaori Niki
Data verified by: Shiho Suzuki
Date of Report: October 1998

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