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Ketsumeishi(ケツメイシ) is a four-member Japanese pop and hip hop group that incorporates singing and rapping into their music. They have had several major hits in Japan, including "Sakura", which reached number two on the Oricon yearly chart for 2005 and was featured in the Japanese game Taiko no Tatsujin. Ketsumeishi is a Japanese word for a type of medical herbs made from the seeds of Senna obtusifolia, which is often used in Chinese medicine.

Hip hop subculture including music, dance and graffiti

Hip hop or hip-hop, is a culture and art movement that began in the Bronx in New York City during the early 1970s. The origin of the word is often disputed. It is also argued as to whether hip hop started in the South or West Bronx. While the term hip hop is often used to refer exclusively to hip hop music, hip hop is characterized by nine elements, of which only four elements are considered essential to understand hip hop musically. The main elements of hip hop consist of four main pillars. Afrika Bambaataa of the hip hop collective Zulu Nation outlined the pillars of hip hop culture, coining the terms: "rapping", a rhythmic vocal rhyming style (orality); DJing, which is making music with record players and DJ mixers ; b-boying/b-girling/breakdancing (movement/dance); and graffiti. Other elements of hip hop subculture and arts movements beyond the main four are: hip hop culture and historical knowledge of the movement (intellectual/philosophical); beatboxing, a percussive vocal style; street entrepreneurship; hip hop language; and hip hop fashion and style, among others. The fifth element, although debated, is commonly considered either street knowledge, hip hop fashion, or beatboxing.

Oricon Inc., established in 1999, is the holding company at the head of a Japanese corporate group that supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry in Japan. It started as Original Confidence Inc., which was founded by Sōkō Koike in November 1967 and became known for its music charts. Oricon Inc. was originally set up as a subsidiary of Original Confidence and took over the latter’s Oricon record charts in April 2002.

<i>Taiko no Tatsujin</i> video game series

Taiko no Tatsujin, literally translating to English as Taiko Master, is a series of rhythm games created by Namco. In the games, players simulate playing a Taiko drum in time with music. The series has released games for the arcade and for console and mobile platforms including PlayStation 2, Advanced Pico Beena, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android and Japanese Feature phones.





#TitleRelease datePeak chart position
1Ketsunopolis(ケツノポリス)December 20, 200027
1Ketsunopolis 2(ケツノポリス2)April 3, 20021
2Ketsunopolis 3(ケツノポリス3)October 1, 20031
3Ketsunopolis 4(ケツノポリス4)June 29, 20051
4Ketsunopolis 5(ケツノポリス5)August 29, 20071
5Ketsunopolis 6(ケツノポリス6)June 25, 20083
6Ketsunopolis 7(ケツノポリス7)March 16, 20111
7Ketsunopolis 8December 12, 20124
8Ketsunopolis 9July 23, 20142
9Ketsunopolis 10October 26, 20162
10Ketsunopolis 11October 24, 20181
Compilation Albums
1Ketsu no Arashi (Haru Best)/Spring Best(ケツの嵐 〜春BEST〜)December 21, 20112
2Ketsu no Arashi (Natsu Best)/Summer Best(ケツの嵐 〜夏BEST〜)December 21, 20114
3Ketsu no Arashi (Aki Best)/Autumn Best(ケツの嵐 〜秋BEST〜)December 21, 20115
4Ketsu no Arashi (Fuyu Best)/Winter Best(ケツの嵐 〜冬BEST〜)December 21, 20113


#TitleRelease datePeak chart position
1"Kocchi Oide"(こっちおいで)December 15, 199991
2"Shinseikatsu"(新生活)April 25, 2000
3"Umi"()July 20, 2000
1"Familiar"(ファミリア)April 25, 200136
2"Yoru☆Kaze"(よる☆かぜ)June 27, 200118
3"Tegami"(手紙)October 24, 200114
4"Tomodachi"(トモダチ)February 20, 20025
5"Kachoufuugetsu"(花鳥風月)September 26, 20024
6"Hajimari no Aizu"(はじまりの合図)January 8, 20032
7"Natsu no Omoide"(夏の思い出)July 6, 20033
8"Taiyou"(太陽)August 20, 20034
9"Namida"()April 21, 20042
10"Kimi ni BUMP"(君にBUMP)July 28, 20042
11"Sakura"(さくら)February 16, 20051
12"Tabiudo"(旅人)April 26, 20061
13"Danjo 6 Nin Natsu Monogatari"(男女6人夏物語)July 19, 20063
14"Train"(トレイン)April 11, 20073
15"Mata Kimi ni Aeru"(また君に会える)June 27, 20072
16"Seinaru Yoru ni/Fuyu Monogatari"(聖なる夜に/冬物語)November 21, 20072
17"Deai no Kakera"(出会いのかけら)January 23, 20082
18"Nakama"(仲間)May 12, 20103
19"Ofutari Summer"(お二人Summer)July 21, 20103
20"Tatakae! Salaryman"(闘え!サラリーマン)November 17, 201012
21"Ballad/Kimi to Tsukuru no Mirai"(バラード/キミとつくるの未来)January 26, 20115
22"Kodama"(こだま)April 21, 20119
23"LOVE LOVE Summer"July 11, 20124
24"moyamoya/guruguru"November 14, 201210
25"Tsuki to Taiyo"(月と太陽)May 22, 201313
26"Californie"(カリフォルニー)March 12, 20146
27"RHYTHM OF THE SUN"June 11, 201410

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  1. For Ketsunopolis 11: "オリコン週間 アルバムランキング 2018年10月22日~2018年10月28日". Oricon. Retrieved November 1, 2018.