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Zone

Zone is a J-pop band started in Sapporo, Japan in 1999, who went on to become a hit in 2000 with their single Good Days. Their most famous song is Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~. Zone is categorized in a new genre called the "bandol" (band + idol) and was started by Studio Runtime.

Zone started off as Takayo Ookoshi along with seven other dancers, but was eventually reduced to four members. After becoming popular, the four girls learned to play their own instruments to complement their singing and dancing.

In late 2003, Takayo announced her departure from Zone. She was replaced by Tomoka Nishimura, the last member cut from the band before they made up the "original" four, supposedly for being too tall.

However, the band has disbanded since March 31, 2005. As three of the members would be graduating from high school, they made their decision on a positive disbanding rather than an upsetting disbanding. The reason for disbanding is so that the members can choose their own path in life. The Spring Tour in 2005 was their last performance together as a band, the final song being their all-time famous Secret Base ~...

years active 1999–2005
origin Sapporo, Japan
music genre J-pop
current members Miyu Nagase
Mizuho Saito
Maiko Sakae
Tomoka Nishimura
past members Takayo Ookoshi
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia