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Hijokaidan (非常階段, lit. "emergency stairway") is a Japanese noise and free improvisation group with a revolving lineup that has ranged from two members to as many as fourteen in its early days. The group is the project of guitarist Yoshiyuki "Jojo" Hiroshige (Japanese; 広重嘉之,JOJO広重) its one constant member, who is head & owner of the Osaka-based Alchemy Records. Other regulars include Jojo's wife Junko and Toshiji Mikawa (also of Incapacitants). The group began at the very end of the 1970s as a performance art-based group whose anarchic shows would often involve destruction of venues and audio equipment, food and garbage being thrown around, and on-stage urination. As the group's lineup changed over time, their focus became less performance-based and more musically based, fine-tuning their sound into a dense wall of white noise created by each member making as much of a racket as humanly possible.

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  • 1979 – present (41 years)
  • Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
  • JOJO広重 (1979 – present)
    Junko (1982 – present)
    Semimaru (1980 – 1981)
    Woo (1981 – 1984)
    Yuka (1981 – 1986)
    … Zuke (1980 – 1981)
    上幸一郎 (1980 – 1982)
    小堺文雄 (1979 – 2013)
    岡俊行 (1980 – 1983)
    岡野太 市口章 (1979 – 1984)
    杉山晋太郎 (1983 – 1986)
    林直人 (1981 – 1985)
    柴田奈緒 秋田昌美 美川俊治 頭士奈生樹 (1979 – 1979)

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