Far East Family Band was a prog rock band that later gave us the careers of three New Age musicians: Fumio Miyash'ta, Akira Ito, and Masanori Takahashi, who we all know better as Kitaro. The other two are basically known just to New Age music aficianados and of course prog rock junkies who are aware of Far East Family Band. Apparently Far East Family Band wanted to do what PFM did and that was to record a (largely) English language version of an album they already did, in this case The Cave: Down to the Earth, which was their debut. The LP to Nipponjin came with an insert showing all the musicians and their equipment (apparently taken from The Cave: Down to the Earth album). It's pretty safe to say Nipponjin was to Far East Family Band what Photos of Ghosts was to PFM. That meant the band was trying to break in to the international market, which they did by having the album released on Vertigo in Germany. The Cave: Down to the Earth was sung entirely in Japanese. For Nipponjin, they decided to use Klaus Schulze to produce and mix the album and re-record most of it in English. Absent this time around are "Four Minds" and "Transformation". Those two songs were replaced by the title track, which was basically "Nihonjin" from the Far Out album from 1973, Fumio's pre-Far East Family Band band, this time with added synth effects and Mellotron. The songs for the most part are still pretty much the same, except for the language they're sung in. There's the occasional song where they kept part of it in Japanese, such as "The Cave". There are some atmospheric pieces that go between cuts that sound like an Oriental version of Klaus Schulze (complete with bamboo flute aka shakuhachi). In my opinon, I feel their following album, Parallel World was the better album (and their best, by the way), but this is still a recommended album.