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Kobukuro (コブクロ) is a Japanese Folk/Pop band formed in 1998, and debuted in 1999 as an indies artist. In 2001 they signed up to Warner Music Japan.
On May, 1998 Kobuchi Kentaro, while he was doing his salesman work for SANIX company, met Kuroda Shunsuke who was performing on the streets. On September of the same year Kobuchi offered a song to Kuroda, seeing he was not very good playing guitar, he took that place instead. This led Kuroda to propose to form a duo on September 8. With the duo already formed, they composed their first song Sakura (which was re-recorded on 2005).
The duo's name 'Kobukuro' came from a Portmanteau between their family names; Kobuchi and Kuroda.
Their first indies album, Saturday 8:pm, reached #1 on the HMV Indies Chart.
They were later signed up to Warner Music Japan in 2001, and debuted in March with the single YELL / Bell, which reached #4 on Oricon charts. Their major break through single was Koko ni Shika Sakanai Hana in 2005, which was used as the theme song to the dorama Ruri no Shima. It was so successful that became the #15 single of the year.Their next single Sakura also continued on with the extreme success that they had gained, reaching #61 on the 2005 yearly charts, yet still charting highly throughout 2006. They had 2 albums in the top ten of 2006, being the only artist to do so. In October 13 of 2007 three million copies of the collection album ALL SINGLES BEST were shipped to stores, becoming the fourth male artist to do it, being preceded by B'z, Southern All Stars and GLAY.