Kiyoshi Ijichi

Kiyoshi Ijichi (伊地知 潔, Ijichi Kiyoshi) (born September 25, 1977) is the drummer of the Japanese rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation. Ijichi credits the origin of his drumming ability to playing in marching bands in junior high.

Kiyoshi Ijichi
Birth nameKiyoshi Ijichi
Born (1977-09-25) September 25, 1977
Kamakura, Japan
OriginTokyo, Japan
GenresIndie rock, Alternative rock
Occupation(s)Drummer
InstrumentsDrums, piano
Years active1996present
LabelsKi/oon, Tofu
Associated actsAsian Kung-Fu Generation
Phono Tones
Websiteasiankung-fu.com

He met fellow band members Masafumi Gotō, Kensuke Kita, and Takahiro Yamada while attending Kanto Gakuin University in 1996. Unlike the others, Ijichi had prior band experience and was a member of another college band when approached by the three. After parting ways with his old band, Ijichi joined Gotō, Kita, and Yamada to form Asian Kung-Fu Generation and the four have been together ever since.[1]

Aside from drumming, Ijichi is a skilled pianist and can be heard playing an excerpt of "Claire de Lune" from Debussy's Suite bergamasque for the intro of "Moonlight." He has a degree in engineering and his favourite bands are Brian Setzer, Link, King Bee and Hi-Standard.[2] In comparison to his bandmates, Ijichi is fairly indifferent towards British alternative rock, instead preferring American and Japanese punk rock. He is the only member of the group who listens to heavy metal. Kiyoshi is a part of a small number of Japanese Christians.

He also plays drums in the band Phono Tones.[3]

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