This week in The Japan Times, I profile indie-rock group Gellers, a band of childhood friends including blog darling Shugo Tokumaru.

The story behind Gellers seems like the stuff of made-for-TV movies. A bunch of kids meet one another on the outskirts of the city, and eventually form a band. They stick together and, despite a few setbacks, release an album and tour the country as adults. There are no scripts to be found here, though.

”Everyone has known each other since childhood,” says Kenichi Kawasoe, vocalist and guitarist for Gellers.

Read the rest of the story at The Japan Times.