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Yoshida Brothers

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The Yoshida Brothers [aka吉田兄弟] were born and raised in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido. Each picked up the at the tender age of five and began studying under Takashi Sasaki I in 1990. After sweeping prizes at national Tsugaru shamisen conventions, the brothers made their major debut in 1999. The debut album sold over 100,000 copies, an extraordinary figure for a traditional folk music release.

They won the “Traditional Japanese Music Album Of The Year” category of the 15th annual Japan Gold Disc Award, as well as the “30th Anniversary Of Normalization Of Japan-China Diplomatic Relations Commemorative Special Prize” of the 17th Annual Japan Gold Disc Award.

In 2002, the brothers went on their first national tour entitled “Live Soul” performing in 30 cities. The following year they made their US debut with album Yoshida Brothers from Domo Records and performed in New York and Los Angeles.

International release followed in Korea in 2004 where they had performed their first concert in Seoul in addition to the domestic tour that included 28 cities. In the meantime, they released their second US album, YOSHIDA BROTHERS II, and went on a US promotional tour, visiting seven cities. It was a year of significant breakthrough, with participants from other various projects such as an international exchange event in Sweden and a TV commercial in Japan.

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