11 Jan – Japanese rock/pop group Tokyo Jihen has announced that they would disband at the end of February this year.
According to Tokyo Hive, the disbandment was announced on their official website where vocalist Sheena Ringo aka Yumiko Shiina wrote;
"I would like to thank everybody who enjoyed this band. Though it was such a short period of time, thank you very much for everything until now. Jihen will disband on the upcoming leap day, however, our work will be forever immortal."
The band would be releasing a mini album in January titled "Color Bars" and in February they will be releasing a live best album and a live DVD and Blu-ray.
The band will also be performing their final tour in Yokohama, Osaka and finally at the Budokan where they will officially disband on February 29.
Tokyo Jihen was formed in 2004, initially as a back-up band for Shiina, but was later turned into a full-fledged band. The other current members of the band are Kameda Seijii (bassist), Hata Toshiki (drummer) and Ukigumo (guitarist).
Tokyo Jihen had released seven singles and five albums during their seven year run, with their second album "Adult" being at the top of the Oricon charts in 2006 and their single "Nodoteki Sanpunkan" from their "Sports" album reaching the top spot in Oricon in 2009.