Begin (band)

Last updated
Origin Okinawa, Japan
Genres Pop rock, blues, Okinawan music
Years active1989-present
Labels Imperial Records
Website BEGIN Official Web Site
MembersEishō Higa
Masaru Shimabukuro
Hitoshi Uechi

Begin (ビギン, Bigin, IPA:  [biɡiɴ] , stylized as BEGIN) is a Japanese pop rock group from Ishigaki Island in the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. Their sound contains many elements of traditional Okinawan music, and prominently features the sanshin.



The members of Begin – Eishō Higa (比嘉栄昇) (sanshin, vocals), Masaru Shimabukuro (島袋優) (guitar), and Hitoshi Uechi (上地等) (piano) – are all from Ishigaki Island. They have been friends since elementary school. They also attended the same senior high school but upon graduation all intended to go their separate ways. One day, Eishō gathered the members together again and they began to focus on music. On December 5, 1988, they sang at a friend's wedding, calling themselves "Begin" for the first time. Soon they began to become famous. As of 13 November 2006 they have released 22 singles, 24 albums and 8 DVDs. Perhaps their most famous song is "Nada Sōsō", a collaboration between Begin and Ryōko Moriyama. Begin has had at least one song appear on the NHK program Minna no Uta . They are also the performers of the "Ichariba Ohana" and "Izayoi Yoi", the opening and first ending themes of the Disney-produced anime series Stitch! .

Selected songs



#Release Date [1] TitleHighest Oricon chart rankComments
1st1990-3-21Koishikute (恋しくて)4th
2nd1990-12-01Blue Snow25th
3rd1991-11-10YOU / Kore ga Hajimari Dakara (YOU/これがはじまりだから)82nd
4th1992-10-25Afureru Namida (あふれる涙)
5th1993-2-25Sayonara, Soshite Arigatou (さよなら、そしてありがとう)
6th1993-7-25Dareka ga Kimi wo Yobu Koe ga (誰かが君を呼ぶ声が)
7th1993-11-01Hana-mochi Hito (花待ち人)
8th1994-7-25OKINAWAN SHOUT
9th1995-3-25Kimi dake wo Tsurete (君だけをつれて)
10th1996-7-06Koe no Omamori kudasai (声のおまもりください)36th
11th1997-5-21Birthday Song
12th1997-9-03Sora ni Hoshi ga Aru you ni (空に星があるように)
13th1997-11-21Ai ga Hashiru (愛が走る)
14th1998-3-21Uchi e Kaerou (家へ帰ろう)
15th1998-6-24Mirai no Kimi e (未来の君へ)
16th1998-8-12Bouhatei de Mita Keshiki (防波堤で見た景色)99th
17th1999-10-21Ai wo Sutenaide (愛を捨てないで)
18th2000-3-23Nada Sousou (涙そうそう)159thFirst maxi single
19th2000-5-31Sora ni Hoshi ga Aru you ni (空に星があるように)47thRe-released as maxi single
20th2000-10-18Kaze yo (風よ)
21st2001-10-24Akari (灯り)
22nd2002-2-27BOTORU Nihon to CHOKOREETO (ボトル二本とチョコレート)
23rd2002-5-22Shimanchu nu Takara (島人ぬ宝)47th
24th2002-6-26Nada Sousou / Shimanchu nu Takara (涙そうそう/島人ぬ宝)Cassette Tape
25th2003-2-20OJII Jiman no ORIONBIIRU (オジー自慢のオリオンビール)Maxi single, limited Okinawa only release
26th2003-6-18Sono Toki Umareta Mono (その時生まれたもの)38th
27th2004-2-25Itsumademo / YUGAFU-jima (いつまでも/ユガフ島)49th
28th2004-8-11Chikai (誓い)37th
29th2004-12-16Kimi wo Miteiru (君を見ている)98th
30th2006-10-25Sanshin no Hana (三線の花/東京)20th
31st2007-2-07MIIFAIYUU (ミーファイユー)75th
32nd2007-7-25Koko kara Mirai e (ここから未来へ)115th
33rd2008-6-28Bokura no Kono Subarashiki Sekai (僕らのこの素晴らしき世界)99th
34th2008-10-22ICHARIBAO HANA (イチャリバオハナ)112th
35th2009-1-07Egao no Manma (笑顔のまんま)12th
36th2012-9-07Kokudou 508 Gousen (国道508号線)72ndmaxi single limited to Okinawa release
37th2013-3-20Haru ni GONDORA (春にゴンドラ)


#Release dateTitleHighest Oricon chart rankComments
1st1990-6-23Ongaku Ryodan (音楽旅団)7th
3rd1991-11-21Dokoka de Yume ga Kuchibue wo Fuku Yoru (どこかで夢が口笛を吹く夜)27th
4th1992-12-02THE ROOTS74th
5th1993-9-22MY HOME TOWN
6th1994-9-01Chhaban Night
7th1995-3-25FAN -LITTLE PIECES-First best-of album
8th1995-10-25USEDFirst self-produced album
9th1996-10-23CM COMPILATION Twelve Steps46thBest-of album
10th1997-6-21Ongaku Ryodan II (音楽旅団II)
11th1998-6-24Tokyo Ocean
12th1999-3-25BALLADSBest-of ballad selection album
13th2000-7-21BEGIN no Shimauta ~OMOTO TAKEO ~ (ビギンの島唄 〜オモトタケオ〜)97thFirst best-of compilation of Shimauta songs
14th2000-9-21BEGIN10th anniversary commemorative album
15th2001-2-21BEGIN BEST 1990-200052ndBest-of album
16th2002-3-21MUSIC FROM B.Y.GLive music recorded at B.Y.G. Live house
17th2002-7-03BEGIN no Shimauta ~OMOTO TAKEO 2~ (ビギンの島唄 〜オモトタケオ2〜)33th2nd best-of shimauta album
18th2003-7-24BEGIN no Ichigo Ichie (ビギンの一五一会)7thSelf cover album
19th2003-8-21BEGIN no Ichigo Ichie 58 Drive (ビギンの一五一会 58ドライブ)50thCover album of classic Japanese music
20th2003-9-25BEGIN no Ichigo Ichie Drive in Starter (ビギンの一五一会 ドライブインシアター)70thCover album of Western music
21st2004-7-14Ocean Line12th15th anniversary commemorative album
22nd2004-7-14Reef Line91st
23rd2005-2-23BEGIN Single Daizenshuu (BEGIN シングル大全集)5th15th anniversary best-of album
24th2005-2-23Forest Green243
25th2007-3-07OKINAWAN FULL ORCHESTRA (オキナワン フール オーケストラ)39th
26th2008-3-26BEGIN Live Daizenshuu (BEGIN ライブ大全集)49th
27th2008-7-23BEGIN no Ichigo Ichie 2 (ビギンの一五一会2)55th
29th2010-9-08BEGIN no Shimauta ~OMOTO TAKEO 3~ (ビギンの島唄 〜オモトタケオ3〜)25thThird shimauta album
30th2011-2-16BEGIN Single Daizenshuu Tokubetsukan (BEGINシングル大全集 特別盤)33位20th anniversary best-of album
31st2011-7-20BEGIN no Shimauta OMOTO TAKEO no ga Best (ビギンの島唄 オモトタケオのがベスト)40th
32nd2012-10-24Tropical Blues (トロピカルフーズ)54th

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  1. "BEGIN Discography". BEGIN Official Site. Amuse Inc. Retrieved 9 February 2016.

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