BTW, HAPPY BIRTHDAY OHNO-KUN!!!!! I’m having a hard time on thinking about what to say for your birthday but the only words that come to my mind are “Thank you”. Good luck on your movie! You’ve been looking really tired for the past few days but you’re doing your best ne? Don’t worry, you’ll be able to fish again soon ;P
The members of TOKIO performed as background dancers for senpai group Hikaru Genji mainly in the form of the back-dancing group Heikeha, which also involved members of V6. In 1989, Joshima and Yamaguchi discovered they both played instruments in their own bands and decided to form their own, practicing in private and unbeknownst to the agency, calling themselves Joshima Band, or “Joh Band” for short.
In 1990, the original TOKIO was formed when Joshima was put together with other juniors Matsuoka and Taichi. During this time, Joshima underwent negotiations with Johnny-san himself into allowing Tatsuya to join the band, and soon he became an official member as well. Nagase Tomoya began appearing with the newly-formed TOKIO on occasion as a support member. In 1994, just before the release of the band’s debut single, “Love You Only”, the rhythm guitarist Kojima Hiromu suddenly left the band and was officially replaced by Nagase Tomoya.
They are the main band in the agency, releasing their album “17”, they are currently touring in “TOKIO LIVE TOUR 1718” and the last concert of the tour in Butoukan will be broadcasted in different Japanese Cinemas on September 23rd. Today they are also performing in Butoukan (Tokyo).