Yuzu are a mainly acoustic Japanese pop/rock duo with a lush and upbeat sound, made of Kitagawa Yujin and Iwasawa Koji, who started the band in 1997 while they still attended the high school in Yokohama (the group was initially named Lights). Beginning their career as street musicians, Yuzu soon went pro, releasing their debut EP, Yuzu No Su, in October 1997 via Senha & Co., a subsidiary of Toy's Factory, with which they've stuck ever since. For the next several years the band kept an intense record schedule: the second mini-album Yuzuman and the debut LP Yuzu Ikka came out in 1998; in 1999 there were two studio albums (Kajiki Sakura Saku Hen and Yuzuen) as well as four singles; and another full-length, Tobira, arrived in 2000. The hard work was worth it -- the band achieved a considerable level of success, with Yuzuman selling more than ...
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