A sian Kung-Fu Generation are Japan's golden boys: multi-award winning, critically acclaimed and usually at the top of the charts — in terms of homegrown talent, you can't get much bigger. Takamatsu, by contrast, is the sleepy southern port at the heart of Kagawa. There's little to see and little to do — in terms of Japanese prefectures, you can't get much smaller. Tonight these worlds collide as Ajikan as the band are known for short leave the metropolis behind and head to the countryside for some rural rock'n'roll. As fans line up quietly around the outer wall of Takamatsu castle every Japanese city worth its salt has a citadel, although Takamatsu's is poorly maintained by standards set elsewhere , the typically wild dress sense of Japanese youth is notable only by its absence. However, after the show, Ajikan's head honcho, Masafumi Goto, tells me the Takamatsu crowd represent the "pure" Japan.
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AKFG began as a college band back in in a private university in Yokohama. It was the first and, to date, the only major project for three of its members -- Masafumi Gotou lead vocals and guitar , Takahiro Yamada bass and vocals and Kensuke Kita guitar and vocals. Soon they were joined by drummer Ijichi Kiyoshi, and this lineup proved to be stable, lasting over the course of three albums and while gearing up to release their fourth in spring , not counting the many singles -- important releases in Japan, where CD prices are among the highest in the world, increasing the demand for cheaper records. However, in the beginning the band spent several years playing local gigs and making small-label releases, known in Japan simply as "indies.
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