Kiroro (キロロ) is a Japanese musical duo from Yomitan, Okinawa that debuted in 1996.
Kiroro debuted in 1996 as an independent band, and later made their major debut in 1998 with the song "Nagai Aida (長い間)". They performed on Kōhaku Uta Gassen in 1998, 1999 and 2001.
When vocalist Chiharu Tamashiro was in her primary school days, she visited Ikedamachi, Hokkaido, for a regional exchange program. The Ainu language made a deep impression on her. With the Ainu words 'Kiroru' and 'Kiroro-an', Tamashiro and Kinjo decided on the name "Kiroro" for the group; "Kiroru" meaning a wide walking path and "Kiroro-an" meaning "resilient" and "healthy."
The name "Kiroro," however, was already registered in 1981 to the Yamaha Organization in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka, for the Kiroro Resort in Akaigawa Village, Hokkaido. Victor Entertainment made agreements with the Yamaha organization for use of the name.
Chiharu Tamashiro (玉城 千春, Tamashiro Chiharu) (born (1977-04-17) April 17, 1977 (age 38) in Okinawa, Japan) - vocals,
Ayano Kinjō (金城 綾乃, Kinjō Ayano) (born (1977-08-15) August 15, 1977 (age 37) in Okinawa, Japan) - keyboard
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