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J-pop band Ikimonogakari to re-form

This Dec. 29, 2010 photo shows the three-member band "Ikimonogakari," from left, Yoshiki Mizuno, Kiyoe Yoshioka and Hotaka Yamashita. (Mainichi/Takashi Morita)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Ikimonogakari, a J-pop band known for its 2010 hit song "Arigato" (Thank You), will re-form after a nearly two-year break, its agent said Friday.

"We want to face every day with renewed vigor and have everyone enjoy our music and events," the three-member band said in a joint message to fans posted on its official website.

The band members are expected to talk about their future on a radio program Friday night.

Male guitarists Yoshiki Mizuno and Hotaka Yamashita, and the female vocalist Kiyoe Yoshioka, told their fans in January last year that they would take an indefinite break to refresh themselves and pursue solo careers.

During that time, Mizuno composed pieces for other singers and Yamashita published an essay, while Yoshioka sang the official song for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Ikimonogakari, which roughly translates to "caregivers of living creatures," debuted in 2006 with "Sakura" (Cherry Blossom) and released hits including "Yell" and "Joyful."

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