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- 1 First (Kiroro Nagai Aida been loved by Asian girls)
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First (Kiroro Nagai Aida been loved by Asian girls)
Kiroro is a Japanese Girl duo composed of Tamashiro Chiharu and Kinjo Ayano. They’re classmates in high school in Okinawa Prefecture. After high school graduation, they parted ways and went to different universities. In 1996, they had a minor debut with a single, ‘Nagai Aida’ when they were still university students. This song was released only in Okinawa Prefecture initially but became popular thanks to local CM of moving company on TV. It sold 10,000 copies in Okinawa prefecture.
They released 3 indie singles in total including ‘Nagai Aida’, ‘Mirai-he’ and ‘Sutekidane’. Then they made a major debut in 1998. Regarding the origin of the term ‘Kiroro’, it`s related to a word in Ainu language, ‘Kiroru’ and ‘Kiroro-an’.
Kiroru means ‘A wide path that humans stepped on’. Kiroro-an means ‘Strong’, ‘Healthful’, ‘Prosperous’, ‘Big’.
Vocalist Tamashiro was in charge of creating the sound mainly. Although Tamashiro had songwriting abilities, she couldn’t play the piano well or arrange the melody appropriately either. Kinjo who can play the piano helped her in arranging the melody instead and completing the songs.
Kiroro’s glorious history
On January 1998, Kiroro made a major debut with a single ‘Nagai Aida’. The title got the 6th place in the Oricon single CD ranking in 1998. It was a big hit to sell 1,180,000 copies. Next single, ‘Mirai-he’ also got the 48th place in the Oricon chart in the same year, 1998. It also was a big hit to sell 500,000 copies. After then, there were no hit songs for them. But in 2001, ‘Best Friend’ was released and was a hit. The title got the 69th place in the Oricon single CD ranking in 2001. It was a hit to sell 260,000 copies.
Thanks to the above-mentioned three titles, Kiroro got the right to participate in ‘NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen’ in the years 1998, 1999, and 2001 with each songs. This is an annual contest between male and female popular singers that is being held on New Year’s Eve.
Marriage, giving birth, hiatus and divorce
Their songs since 2002 didn’t make it big. Kiroro also wanted to take it slow since they were exhausted from working hard.
On 17th, April 2005, Tamashiro got married. On 24th, May 2005, Kinjo also got married as if she just followed Tamashiro.
After then, they both took maternity leave and decided to be inactive for 7 years.
During this period, they both gave birth and each got three children. This made them famous for having many children. Unfortunately, Kinjo had a divorce on April 2013. On this term, Tamashiro released a single as a solo artist, but it didn’t become popular.
In 2015, both Kiroro singers together with Nakasone Izumi, who is one the members of the HY music group, formed and started a new group called `Sango`.
The origin of the unit name, ‘Sango’, has 2 meanings. One came from coral (Sango) that is found in the beautiful sea of Okinawa. The other meaning is child birth (Sango) which all 3 members have experienced. Their debut song is ‘Inochi no relay’ that talks about how important life is, with the lyrics about War and Peace.
Kiroro also hit oversea and cover songs
Kiroro is loved not only in Japan but also abroad. We sometimes hear their songs in Indonesia and the Philippines specifically. Many Filipinas at KTV(Karaoke) can sing Kiroro hit songs, ‘Nagai Aida’, ‘Mirai-he’ and ‘Best Friend’ in Japanese. In addition, these Kiroro’s hit songs seem to have English version and Tagalog version.
Ending song of the movie
2016 marks their 20th anniversary since they debuted. ‘Best Friend’ which is one of their hit singles was adopted as the ending song of the Japanese version of the movie `The Good Dinosaur`(アーロと少年)’ This movie was released on March 12th, 2016.
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Question 1You can see the question after you click here.
Which is mentioned about Best Friend, one of Kiroro’s hit songs?
A. It was hit as a debut song.
B. It was sung at the graduation ceremony.
C. It was about the relationship of the two members of Kiroro.
D. It was used in the opening song of the movie.
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It’s mentioned that ‘Some students sing this song on their graduation day.
A: The debut song is ‘Nagai-Aida’, not ‘Best Friend’.
C: Although the relationship between two might be good, it’s not mentioned.
D: It’s closing song, not opening song.
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And after that, both got married, gave birth and lived happily. Amazing!
By the way, what do Kiroro do now? Kiroro’s old song, ‘Best Friend’ was used by a movie, what else? Are they making new songs now? Or, have they quit doing music completely?
Question 2You can see the question after you click here.
What did Kiroro do in 2015?
A. Doing music activity
B. Doing preservation activity for corals in Okinawa
C. Doing speech activity to address the hardship of raising children as a Sango group.
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It’s mentioned that ‘currently doing music’.
B,C and D are not mentioned.
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Can Filipinas at Karaoke sing Kiroro’s songs in Japanese?
A. Everyone can sing it in Japanese without knowing what it means.
B. No one can sing in Japanese.
C. Some Filipinas can sing Kiroro’s songs in Japanese, but no one knows the meaning.
D. It depends on the Filipinas’ Japanese skill.
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A,B and C are not suitable answer. D is the best.
Let’s talk more!
What do you think about Kiroro?
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What’s your favorite Kiroro song?
Among the 2 members of Kiroro, Kinjo and Tamashiro, do you know which is in charge of vocal and playing piano?
You know ‘Best Friend’ is a well known graduation song. Aside from this song, there’re many other graduation songs such as 「3月9日」、「旅立ちの日に」、「手紙 〜拝啓 十五の君へ〜」. So, what graduation song do you like the most?