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Background informationSakanaction_header_cell_0_1_0
Also known asSakanaction_header_cell_0_2_0 サカナクション, Sakanakushon, SakanaSakanaction_cell_0_2_1
OriginSakanaction_header_cell_0_3_0 Sapporo, Hokkaido, JapanSakanaction_cell_0_3_1
GenresSakanaction_header_cell_0_4_0 Sakanaction_cell_0_4_1
Years activeSakanaction_header_cell_0_5_0 2005–presentSakanaction_cell_0_5_1
LabelsSakanaction_header_cell_0_6_0 Sakanaction_cell_0_6_1
WebsiteSakanaction_header_cell_0_7_0 (in Japanese)Sakanaction_cell_0_7_1
MembersSakanaction_header_cell_0_9_0 Ichiro Yamaguchi (vocals, guitar)

Motoharu Iwadera (guitar) Ami Kusakari (bass) Emi Okazaki (keyboard) Keiichi Ejima (drums)Sakanaction_cell_0_9_1

Sakanaction (サカナクション, Sakanakushon), stylised as sakanaction, are a Japanese rock band from Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Sakanaction_sentence_0

Their music is a fusion of alternative rock, electronic, pop, and new wave styles, and is thus difficult to classify under one category. Sakanaction_sentence_1

The band consists of five members: Ichiro Yamaguchi, Motoharu Iwadera, Ami Kusakari, Emi Okazaki, and Keiichi Ejima. Sakanaction_sentence_2

The name Sakanaction is a portmanteau of "sakana" ("fish") and "action". Sakanaction_sentence_3

In the band's own words, their name reflects a wish to act quickly and lightly, like fish in the water, without fearing changes in the music scene. Sakanaction_sentence_4

They are enjoying increasing popularity, having hit mainstream success with their records consistently achieving positions within the Top 10 on Japan's Oricon charts. Sakanaction_sentence_5

Members Sakanaction_section_0


  • Ichirō Yamaguchi (山口一郎, Yamaguchi Ichirō)Sakanaction_item_0_0
    • Born in Otaru, Hokkaidō, September 8, 1980Sakanaction_item_0_1
    • Vocalist and guitaristSakanaction_item_0_2
    • Responsible for writing the band's lyrics and musicSakanaction_item_0_3
  • Motoharu Iwadera (岩寺基晴, Iwadera Motoharu)Sakanaction_item_0_4
    • Born in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, March 11, 1981Sakanaction_item_0_5
    • GuitaristSakanaction_item_0_6
    • Nicknamed MocchiSakanaction_item_0_7
  • Ami Kusakari (草刈愛美, Kusakari Ami)Sakanaction_item_0_8
    • Born in Tokyo, April 30, 1980Sakanaction_item_0_9
    • Bassist and keyboardistSakanaction_item_0_10
    • Nicknamed NeesanSakanaction_item_0_11
  • Emi Okazaki (岡崎英美, Okazaki Emi)Sakanaction_item_0_12
    • Born in Otaru, Hokkaidō, October 5, 1983Sakanaction_item_0_13
    • KeyboardistSakanaction_item_0_14
    • Nicknamed Zakki or ZakiokaSakanaction_item_0_15
  • Keiichi Ejima (江島啓一, Ejima Keiichi)Sakanaction_item_0_16
    • Born in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, July 8, 1981Sakanaction_item_0_17
    • DrummerSakanaction_item_0_18
    • Nicknamed EjiiSakanaction_item_0_19

History Sakanaction_section_1

Formation Sakanaction_section_2

Ichirō Yamaguchi, Sakanaction's frontman, originally started a band called Dutchman, in 1998 with his fellow high school mates, including Motoharu Iwadera. Sakanaction_sentence_6

It was an indie rock band that was heavily inspired by British indie bands. Sakanaction_sentence_7

From 2000 to 2003, they released one maxi single titled Fly, one album titled demonstration, and a single titled "Mikazuki Sunset" that was only sold at live performances. Sakanaction_sentence_8

The band did not gain much recognition. Sakanaction_sentence_9

In 2004, the members disbanded, leaving Yamaguchi to continue on alone as Dutchman. Sakanaction_sentence_10

Yamaguchi began performing as a DJ at night clubs. Sakanaction_sentence_11

Sakanaction was finally created in 2005. Sakanaction_sentence_12

When Yamaguchi was working in a record store, he heard the song "Owari no Kisetsu" by Rei Harakami and it became a great motivation for him to create Sakanaction. Sakanaction_sentence_13

Yamaguchi founded the band together with Iwadera. Sakanaction_sentence_14

In the spring of 2006, the rest of the members joined. Sakanaction_sentence_15

Kusakari had just left another band then and was asked to join Sakanaction, Ejima was introduced by a mutual friend, and Okazaki was Yamaguchi's colleague from the record store. Sakanaction_sentence_16

The name "Sakanaction" was created by Yamaguchi and was met with initial resistance from Iwadera. Sakanaction_sentence_17

When Yamaguchi asked him what he thought of the name Sakanaction, Iwadera said he hated it but Yamaguchi forced it. Sakanaction_sentence_18

Rise to popularity Sakanaction_section_3

Sakanaction first attracted attention at the 2006 Rising Sun Rock Festival. Sakanaction_sentence_19

The band's first physical release was Go to the Future in 2007. Sakanaction_sentence_20

Three songs originally from Dutchman were rereleased as Sakanaction releases - Mikazuki Sunset and Inner World were included in Go to the Future while Word was part of a digital download release, and later made it to Night Fishing. Sakanaction_sentence_21

Some time after the release of Night Fishing, the band made a decision to move from Hokkaido to Tokyo where they could reach out to more people. Sakanaction_sentence_22

They were also moved from Victor Entertainment's BabeStar label to the main label. Sakanaction_sentence_23

On August 9, 2008, Sakanaction performed as one of the main acts on one of Japan's top music stations, Music On! Sakanaction_sentence_24

in the event called Summer Sonic '08. Sakanaction_sentence_25

Sakanaction performed alongside Paul Weller, The Fratellis, Death Cab for Cutie, Cajun Dance Party, Band of Horses, Blood Red Shoes, and These New Puritans. Sakanaction_sentence_26

The show aired just three days before the New Year, on December 29, 2008. Sakanaction_sentence_27

On December 26, 2008, they made it to #9 on Billboard's Japan Hot 100 list with their single "Sen to Rei" beating out MAYS's "Kiss (Koi ni Ochite... Fuyu)" and coming in just after Greeeen's "Tobira". Sakanaction_sentence_28

Over a course of 4 weeks the single moved from #91 to #9. Sakanaction_sentence_29

This was a big accomplishment for Sakanaction as they moved forward in the Japanese music industry. Sakanaction_sentence_30

Mainstream success Sakanaction_section_4

In December 2008, the band announced their third album, Shin-shiro, which was released in January, 2009. Sakanaction_sentence_31

The album includes their debut single, "Sen to Rei", The album debuted at #8 on Oricon weekly charts, the first time they got into the Top 10. Sakanaction_sentence_32

The band held a national promotional tour, Sakanaquarium 2009, in February and March 2009. Sakanaction_sentence_33

On January 13, 2010, the band released the single "Aruku Around", which hit #3 on the Oricon weekly charts. Sakanaction_sentence_34

On August 8, 2010 they made appearances at both the Summer Sonic and the World Happiness 2010 rock festivals in Tokyo. Sakanaction_sentence_35

Sakanaction next released on March 16, 2011, a new single titled "Rookie". Sakanaction_sentence_36

Almost seven months since their last single "Identity", "Rookie" centered on club music, pop, and rock. Sakanaction_sentence_37

It peaked at #6 on the Oricon weekly charts, although sales were affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Sakanaction_sentence_38

On March 22, the music video for "Aruku Around" picked up awards for Best Rock Video and Best Video of the Year from the 2011 Space Shower Music Video Awards, earning the band more recognition. Sakanaction_sentence_39

On July 20, 2011, Sakanaction released their second single of the year, "Bach no Senritsu o Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.". Sakanaction_sentence_40

This release helped them to gain even more popularity through Sakanaction's first ever live performance on the popular music variety show, Music Station. Sakanaction_sentence_41

Their fifth album, Documentaly, was released on September 28, 2011, reaching a peak of #2 on the Oricon weekly charts, the highest the band has ever charted. Sakanaction_sentence_42

The band also embarked on the Sakanaquarium 2011 DocumentaLy tour beginning October 1. Sakanaction_sentence_43

The Makuhari Messe leg of the tour was later documented on a live DVD and Blu-ray released on March 28, 2012. Sakanaction_sentence_44

In February, the band played live overseas for the second time, in Taiwan, together with rock bands Avengers in Sci-Fi and Lite under the same artist management Hip Land Music Corp. On March 20, 2012, Sakanaction took home awards for Best Rock Video and Best Video of the Year at the 2012 Space Shower Music Video Awards for "Bach no Senritsu o Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu." Sakanaction_sentence_45

This was the band's second consecutive year winning the coveted Best Video of the Year award. Sakanaction_sentence_46

Starting April, the band also started to host their own regular radio show, Sakana Locks!! Sakanaction_sentence_47

on popular radio station Tokyo FM. Sakanaction_sentence_48

Continued national success Sakanaction_section_5

Their sixth single, "Boku to Hana", was released on May 30. Sakanaction_sentence_49

The title track was used as the theme song of primetime medical drama 37-sai de Isha ni Natta Boku: Kenshui Junjō Monogatari, the first time the band has collaborated with a drama, thus giving them more exposure. Sakanaction_sentence_50

Sakanaction continued to garner more attention as vocalist Yamaguchi composed and wrote the song "Moment" for the popular veteran boyband SMAP, who were label mates. Sakanaction_sentence_51

The song was used as the theme for 2012 Summer Olympics broadcasts on television channel TBS, and was released in a single on 8 August 2012. Sakanaction_sentence_52

On 29 August 2012, their seventh single "Yoru no Odoriko" was released. Sakanaction_sentence_53

The song was used in Mode School commercials as well as a station ID for Space Shower Television. Sakanaction_sentence_54

In addition, Sakanaction was allowed to perform again for the second time on Music Station. Sakanaction_sentence_55

Their eighth single "Music" was tied up with Fuji TV primetime drama, dinner, with the title track as its theme song, making it the second time the band's music was used for a drama. Sakanaction_sentence_56

The single was released on 23 January 2013, for the first time selling at 500 yen, compared to their usual singles being priced at 1000 yen and above. Sakanaction_sentence_57

Again, for the third year running, Sakanaction managed to grab an award at the 2013 Space Shower Music Video Awards. Sakanaction_sentence_58

They were awarded Best Artist, with their representative works being the music videos for "Boku to Hana" and "Yoru no Odoriko". Sakanaction_sentence_59

The band released on 13 March 2013 their self-titled sixth album, which clinched the top spot on Oricon Weekly Charts, their first release to do so. Sakanaction_sentence_60

For the album, Sakanaction went on a sold out nationwide tour starting 30 March. Sakanaction_sentence_61

They also included a supplementary tour in Taiwan to play there for 2 days. Sakanaction_sentence_62

The band released their first vinyl record, titled Inori EP on 26 June 2013, containing remixes of two songs from the album. Sakanaction_sentence_63

With their sixth album and accompanying tour's success in 2013, they were invited to perform for the first time on NHK's prestigious music show Kōhaku Uta Gassen on 31 December. Sakanaction_sentence_64

Sakanaction went on tour in early 2014. Sakanaction_sentence_65

They have also announced the release of a new single, "Goodbye" / "Eureka", for 15 January 2014. Sakanaction_sentence_66

"Eureka" is tied-up with the film "Judge!" Sakanaction_sentence_67

as its ending theme song. Sakanaction_sentence_68

Singles from their album entitled 834.194 have also found success on Youtube. Sakanaction_sentence_69

For example, the single 新宝島, has 105,000,000 views, and 忘れられないの (I can't forget), released on June 21, 2019, has enjoyed over 20 million views. Sakanaction_sentence_70

In videos, many of the albums' serious topics are offset by vivid and playful situations such as cheerleading, retro celebrity appearances, and people who transform into other objects. Sakanaction_sentence_71

Discography Sakanaction_section_6

Main article: Sakanaction discography Sakanaction_sentence_72


Tours Sakanaction_section_7

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