Izawa Ichiyo was born on July 4, 1976, the Year of the Dragon, and is a native of Kurashiki. Izawa began playing piano at age 4 and picked up the guitar in his second year of middle school. He also started performing in bands, even contributing vocals during his high school years. He moved to Tokyo and commenced college life, playing in a new band and writing some songs. Izawa formed the band Appa at the end of 2004 and began playing with Incidents Tokyo in early summer 2005.