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Akeboshi Yoshio (明星嘉男), known by his stage name, Akeboshi, is a Japanese folk singer-songwriter and composer.

Akeboshi was born on July, 1, 1978 in Yokohama. He learned to play the piano when he was three years old, later learning to play the guitar. He studied music in Liverpool, and his time there has heavily influenced his music. Before his major debut, he produced two of the songs on Matsu Takako’s fourth album, a piece of life.

Akeboshi’s songs are mainly sung in Japanese, but there are some notable songs that are sung in English, such as “Night and day”, “Money”, and “Wind”. Akeboshi rarely uses the basic 4/4 time signature. “Wind” and “神様の舌打ち” (Kamisama no Shitauchi) for example, are both written in 5/8.

He is popularly known for the two songs that were used as ending themes in the NARUTO anime: “wind” (as in wind a clock), and “Yellow Moon”.

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  • soushokukeiDino

    Love how the first track, "Usual life", is a commentary on how the Fukushima incident is "under control". It totally isn't. And many Japanese people know/understand this. Based on his photos, he or his family has a big farm (maybe in Fukushima), and farmers are the most aware of how the situation is *not* under control.

    27 Aug 1:13am Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    Got mine, too! And the shirt! Akeboshi even sent it, personally!

    26 Aug 6:26pm Reply
  • narnian

    I got it :-) http://twitpic.com/eak8uh it was fast!

    22 Aug 8:30am Reply
  • narnian

    I also bought it :-D

    16 Aug 12:59am Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    HIS ALBUM IS ON SALE NOW! :D I just bought the CD and the T-shirt with it! :D Buy here: http://www.akeboshi.com/ If you have any questions regarding the Japanese, you can ask me, but it's pretty easy to figure out, even if you can't read.

    16 Aug 12:41am Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    I did notice! Exciting, right?? :)

    2 Aug 4:53am Reply
  • psych0f0x

    @soushokukeiDino Did you notice that two of these are full songs based on the short, 30-second tracks he wrote for the Findays app? "Beat The Snow" is based on "Longing For Your Footstep Noise" and "Tiny Rainbow" is based on "After The Rainclouds Go". I remember saying when I first heard those that it'd be good to hear them made into full songs for the next album. Didn't expect it to actually happen!

    27 Jul 4:18pm Reply
  • narnian

    Today I reached 80.000 scrobblings on Last.fm and 10.000 Akeboshi's songs. The 10k song was Seeds, one of his sweetest sounds. I want to celebrate listening to his new songs from his soundcloud :-D

    26 Jul 2:28pm Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    For a limited time you can listen to a few tracks he's personally uploaded! http://m.soundcloud.com/akeboshi-2

    25 Jul 1:50pm Reply
  • psych0f0x

    @Rukida Having some issues with dropbox at the moment. Bear with me and I'll see what I can do.

    23 Jul 5:51pm Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    He's still working on the mixing and mastering, according to his posts. It's all done by him. I can't wait for this album, I'm sure it's going to be his most personal effort yet. This is is first album written after the birth of his son, even. Messed up mind is very obviously written about his son, and I just cry tears when I hear it.

    23 Jul 3:59pm Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    Surprised that Mienai Kabe didn't make it on the album.

    20 Jul 9:15pm Reply
  • soushokukeiDino

    7. "The Cloudy Night Sky". 9. is a little difficult to put in English. The meaning rather than the translation is like "In a dream, within a dream". So excited for new music.

    20 Jul 9:14pm Reply
  • Rukida

    Hey psycho0f0x, I tried to access the dropbox link you posted, but the page tells me it is not available anymore. Would it be possible to make the page available again by any chance? I'm so very excited for the release of his new album!

    20 Jul 8:37pm Reply
  • psych0f0x

    @BoyofBattle Saturday, August 16th. Available from the official website and from gig venues.

    7 Jul 10:18pm Reply
  • BoyofBattle

    Smooth! Any release date?

    7 Jul 8:55pm Reply
  • psych0f0x

    First peek at the album cover art can be seen here: http://ro69.jp/news/detail/105036 Seems to be heavily based on the Start Forming The Words artwork. This may not be the final artwork, though.

    7 Jul 1:38pm Reply
  • narnian

    Wow! cant wait for the new album! I hope to be able to buy it that same day. Anyone knows if he is coming to Europe some day?

    3 Jul 11:07am Reply
  • psych0f0x

    I believe track 7 roughly translates to something like "Dark Clouds in the Night Sky", and track 9 is something like "In A Crazy Dream". I'm relying on online translation tools for that so please feel free to correct me if you have a better grasp of Japanese than me.

    2 Jul 2:29pm Reply
  • psych0f0x

    New album details! The title is After The Rain Clouds Go. Available from official site from August 16th. Tracklist: 1. Usual life 2. Beat the snow 3. Tiny rainbow 4. Drifting sounds 5. Fragments of memory 6. Meltwater 7. 曇り夜空 8. Break the spell 9. 夢中で夢の中 10. Standing on the line 11. Messed up mind. I've marked it on my calendar! ;)

    2 Jul 9:09am Reply
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