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Kinuyo Yamashita

aka: K. Yamashita, Kinuyo Ueda, James Banana, Onigiri Yamako

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Kinuyo Yamashita (山下 絹代) was born December 31st 1965 in Amagasaki, Hyōgo, Japan. She started playing the piano at age 4 and took lessons as a child. After graduating from Osaka Electro-Communication University in 1986 where she studied electronic engineering, she joined Konami and became a member of the legendary Konami Kukeiha Club.

During her three years at Konami, Kinuyo composed a number of soundtracks mostly for Japanese-only games, with her debut composition Vampire Killer which she composed with Satoe Terashima becoming a cult video game classic, as would its NES counterpart Castlevania. But stress and the pressures of work would catch up to her, and in 1989 she left Konami.

Kinuyo then became a freelance video game composer, mostly composing for Natsume, but also handling the soundtrack for Mega Man X3. She also performed for the pop/jazz cover band Honey Honey for four years beginning in 1991.

In 1998 Kinuyo suffered a brain hemorrhage while playing tennis and another one a week after. She was hospitalized for many months and had no recollection of her experience, but eventually she recovered and resumed her career.

Kinuyo moved to the United States in 2010, and currently lives in Montague, NJ with her husband. She continues to write video game soundtracks and make personal appearances, and is currently branching out into other music genres.

Credited on 37 games

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Gunhound EX (2014 on Windows) Special Thanks
Stickvania (2010 on Browser) The music and sound effects borrowed from Konami’s brilliant works Castlevania and Super Castlevania IV were composed by
Walk It Out! (2010 on Wii) 'Belmont's Destiny'
Kikansha Thomas: Kokugo Sansuu Eigo (2007 on Nintendo DS) Sound (サウンド)
Medabots: Infinity (2003 on GameCube) Music Composer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Wrath of the Darkhul King (2003 on Game Boy Advance) Sound
MedaBots: Metabee (2003 on Game Boy Advance) Music Compoer
Disney•Pixar Monsters, Inc. (2001 on Game Boy Advance) Sound
Medarot Navi: Kuwagata (2001 on Game Boy Advance) Music Composer (ミュージックコンポーザー)
Croc 2 (2001 on Game Boy Color) Sound Design
Sylvanian Melodies: Mori no Nakama to Odori Masho! (2000 on Game Boy Color) Sound
WWF Wrestlemania 2000 (1999 on Game Boy Color) Special Thanks
Bass Masters Classic (1999 on Game Boy Color) Sound
Dragon Dance (1998 on Game Boy Color) Sound
Casper (1997 on SNES) Musicians (おんがくやさん)
Mega Man X3 (1995 on SNES) Music
Mark Davis' The Fishing Master (1995 on SNES) Music Composer
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1994 on SNES) Music
Natsume Championship Wrestling (1994 on SNES) Sound
Pocky & Rocky 2 (1994 on SNES) Sound

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