Recording his first compilation “Ahimusa” with David T Walker in Los Angeles in 1989, he began writing soundtracks for Japanese animation features.
He was subsequently nominated for the 2000 UK Music Awards under the soundtrack category, and then awarded the top prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 2001 by the Agency for Cultural affairs for his work “Blood the Last Vampire.”
In 1997 he began writing for film with the TV Asahi drama series “Illusion Midnight” (幻想ミッドナイト Japanese: Genso Midnight).
In 2007 he released a 20-year compilation “Ike Yoshihiro the BEST- 20th Anniversary Selection” which included iconic tracks from 40 different films.
In addition to writing for television and film, Ike also writes for commercials and anime works as well.