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Japan (1998 – present)

Akiko Yoshida is a Japanese // , who performs under the stage name Kokia (stylised as KOKIA, an anagram of Akiko), and sings with a wide radius of musical influences.

She is best known for her songs “Arigatō…” (Thank You?) (which reached #1 in Hong Kong when it was covered by Sammi Cheng) and “The Power of Smile. ” She is also recognised for her numerous contributions to anime/game soundtracks, the most notable being “Ai no Melody/Chōwa Oto (With Reflection)” for the film Origin: Spirits of the Past, “Follow the Nightingale” for the game Tales of Innocence and “Tatta Hitotsu no Omoi” for the anime Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino.

Kokia often performs in Europe, basing her activities in Paris and releasing music through Wasabi Records, a subsidiary of Kazé.

Early life, Pony Canyon debut

Kokia was born on July 22, 1976, and raised by her mother. She started playing the violin when she was two and a half years old, but preferred the family piano. Often instead of playing with toys, Kokia played with the family piano. Kokia remembers putting picture books on the music stand and creating music that represented the scenes.

When Kokia was 10, she went abroad to America with her sister Kyoko to study at the Summer music school (and did so again when she was 14). In high school, she studied in vocal music and opera, later majoring in opera at the Toho Gakuen School of Music.


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  • ahenathon

    Ič enchanted. Āniman Englisc songs of trip trip and ᵹē get a gefyllan 39 minutes of drēamy trip and pure wynn.

    14 Nov 10:34pm Reply
  • crayonkung

    Powerful Artist that inspire me all the time. I think She is one of the great singer-songwriter in the world. I don't mind that she is now focusing on so many ballads and folk style in many recent albums. But you know I love these ballads more and more anytime of every listening especially when you understand the meaning of lyrics that encourage people and bring me to tears. Now my favorite of this day are "Hito no naka ni Aru Mono", "Ai wa Kodama Suru", "Kasa o Kashite Agete", "Hohoemi o Wasurenai You ni", "Daijoubu Daijoubu" and "Eiga no You na Koi Deshita"

    27 Sep 10:40pm Reply
  • AfezeriaMiku

    Okay. I'm am superbly impressed by the picture that is used as the main cover. It is filled with beauty and loneliness at the same time but I think it fitted Kokia just great. That picture has been used for a long time now and I'm just hoping that it stayed there until the end. Oh, and I see that Kokia's page has become another blunder with the tagging again since it's quite inappropriate and isn't fully a reflection for the genre of songs that she commonly make. There's so many Japanese artist has been slewed away with tags like j-pop e.t.c even though that they sang a lot more classical, doujin or medieval song like Ceui, Annabel, Shimotsuki Haruka and so on. This is very disappointing.

    27 Sep 2:53pm Reply
  • mizumichan

    Concerning Harmonie: the movie is scheduled to have a separate blu-ray/DVD release on November 28. First edition will come with a captionless version of the ending and a booklet including the lyrics and part of the musical score, but still no complete version of the song mentioned... Official site:

    26 Aug 10:58pm Reply
  • crimsonectar

    There aren't many singers that sing with such purity and sincerity. An angel, that's what she is.

    19 Aug 1:21pm Reply
  • AfezeriaMiku

    Thank you for the info as well, mizumichan. On other hand, I fell in love with Hito no Naka ni Aru Mono so much that I kept hoping for her to create many other pieces of fantasy like that again.

    12 Aug 6:00am Reply
  • Hoban_Wash

    Broken Blade OST. Awesome

    29 Jul 8:28am Reply
  • Solar_Smile


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  • guixiens

    @mizumichan: Aww, that's quite a shame. It's a really nice song though! Thank you for the info btw, much appreciated.

    14 Jun 2:52pm Reply
  • mizumichan

    @guixiens: Any time! Sadly, it seems there's still no soundtrack or single announced with the song for Harmonie. I can only find information about the Blu-Ray release back in March, but so far no additional material has come out, and it doesn't look like the full version was featured on the Blu-Ray release either. KOKIA didn't write the song herself this time, so I have no idea about the odds of it appearing on a later KOKIA album. Sorry! Still keeping my eye out for news.

    13 Jun 11:28pm Reply
  • guixiens

    @mizumichan: Thank you! Did she release the song as a single? Can't exactly find her single album.

    13 Jun 12:39pm Reply
  • mizumichan

    v The title of KOKIA's song for Harmonie is also Harmonie ( アルモニ), according to the ending credits.

    13 Jun 9:26am Reply
  • guixiens

    I wonder what's the title of her song for Harmonie (Anime Mirai 2014). Does anyone know?

    8 Jun 3:04am Reply
  • LeCoinNawak


    29 Apr 3:39pm Reply
  • NiniusNunius

    v Try pieces. I don't know if it's anything same as Fairy Dance but it still has awesome songs.

    27 Apr 6:14pm Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    Does she have any output as good as Fairy Dance?

    26 Apr 2:02pm Reply
  • NiniusNunius

    Her voice is so unreal I can't

    19 Apr 6:16pm Reply
  • Rebirthia

    Believe in the spirit sounds nice~ But I really want to listen the LONDON BEAT in her songs soon, if you know what I mean ;)

    25 Mar 12:52pm Reply
  • Rebirthia

    Maybe it's because the multiple names this song may have that it doesn't appear to be one of the top songs, but you really have to listen to "何もかもが星になって" (Nani mo kamo ga Hoshi ni Natte ~Everything becomes a star~) specially The VOICE 10th anniversary version! And... did you know that this song was created way before 2008? ;) KOKIA sang "Nani mo kamo ga Hoshi ni Natte" at the Sanctuary Live in 2003 ~

    19 Mar 2:12pm Reply
  • NiniusNunius

    v Agreeing with everyone

    21 Jan 4:09pm Reply
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