Because most of the people know just visual kei bands,anime,Japanese dramas or Japanese idols, we want to show more of Japan by making small post of (other) talented artists from Japan.
Today, I want to recommend one of my favorite artists/singers : Ataru Nakamura 中村 中
Name: Ataru Nakamura
Birthday: 28 Jun 1985
Job/Occupations : singer, song writer
Instruments: voice, acustic instruments such as piano, drums, guitar
Years active: 2004 –
Collab: Kiyohide Ura (2006 – ), Seiji Kameda (2008)
Ataru Nakamura’s life:
Youngest of three,his parents divorced during his childhood and moved with his mother, brother and sister in Narita, Chiba Prefecture.
As a kid, had an interest only in singing, however, (at school) there is a chorus competition at the age of 10. There was a piano accompanist and conductor as an option, because it was already scheduled a conductor, Nakamura became the accompanist and learned the piano on his own. In addition, as a boy in early puberty, his voice started changing and he found it too painful to sing but Nakamura started to self-compose songs by the age of 15.
Registered as a boy but having Gender identity disorder, Ataru Nakamura did not realize his gender (female) till he was a teenager (‘Having the body of a male, feeling like a female’).In elementary school, Nakamura fell in love with a male classmate,because of that, Ataru was bullied by his classmates for not being ‘normal’.
In 2006, Nakamura Ataru, debuted under Avex Trax.
On 29 September 2006, Ataru made appearance on the popular music show ‘Our Music’, where he confessed that he had gender reassignment surgery.
2005.06.28 Poem of Friends
2006.06.28 Dirty Underwear
2006.11.15 The Good Girl Inside of Me
2007.02.21 Becoming the Wind
2007.06.27 Apple Sale
2007.11.21 Naked Light Bulb
2008.07.09 Not Standing Up to the Wind
2008.12.17 Peace at Any Price
2010.06.02 Runaway Girl
2007.01.01 Reach Heaven (天までとどけ)
2007.12.05 Please Hold Me (私を抱いて下さい)
Various pictures of Nakamura Ataru
Hope, everyone who reads this post will enjoy Nakamura Ataru’s songs as much as I do.
T/N: In the article about Nakamura’s life, the original author talked about Nakamura as “him” so I translated as it was. Sorry for the English mistakes ^^