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Togawa Jun

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Togawa Jun promoting TEICHIKU WORKS JUN TOGAWA~30TH ANNIVERSARY (2009)

Togawa Jun (戸川純) is a Japanese pop singer and actress currently signed under Sony Music Entertainment. Her singing is often operatic, or harshly screamed. Her lyrics frequently display a bizarre, grim sense of humor which has connected her in many ways to the ero-guro subculture.

Profile

  • Stage Name: Togawa Jun (戸川純)
  • Real Name: Togawa Junko (戸川順子)
  • Birthdate: March 31, 1961 (1961-03-31) (age 57)
  • Birthplace: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Family: Togawa Kyoko (Younger Sister)
  • Bands:

Information

Born in 1961, Togawa Jun started as an actress in the play Oushou in elementry school. Her father did not approve of her going into the music business after university, and demanded that if she was going to sing, she better become famous. Years later she became a singer in 1980, guesting with a band called HALMENS. In 1980 she also made her professional acting debut in the TBS dorama Shiawase Senso. She made her solo singing debut four years later with the release of her debut album, Tamahime-sama. In the same year her sister Togawa Kyoko also started her music career and they often helped each other out on songs and each have participated on each others albums. Before the decade was up, Togawa had covered many styles of music and became the vocalist for the bands YAPOOS and GUERNICA, before she started focusing more on her acting career.

In the early 80's and 90's she became known for her commercials that she did for the Washlet TOTO toilet and in 1990 she celebrated her first decade with the single, "Virgin Blues".

In 1995, Togawa tried to commit suicide by silting her throat but ended up in the hospital. Fortunately the wound was not fatal, but left scars on her neck.

Sadly, in 2002, Togawa's sister Togawa Kyoko committed suicide by hanging herself at the age of 38 in her apartment on July 2002. Togawa went into a depressive state from her sister's death and tried to commit suicide for the second time. Fortunately, her suicide attempt was unsuccessful.

She celebrated her thirtieth anniversary in her singing career by releasing the box set TEICHIKU WORKS JUN TOGAWA~30TH ANNIVERSARY.

Currently, Togawa is working with other artists, such as Jim O'Rourke and Otomo Yoshihide. She has also appeard on many chat shows.

Quotes

  • "There is a feeling I've had ever since childhood: that there exist many different 'worlds' and I was born in the wrong one, a world I don't quite fit into. I've felt this strong feeling of wrongness all through my life. There is no space for me in this world. Every time I believe I've finally found my place, someone comes to me and says 'Go away! You're not supposed to be here'."[1]
  • "Now I know why I have been so strongly attracted to parasites and worms. It's a feeling of the continuity of life. I feel there is a basic continuity between humans and these creatures. I might even call this feeling 'love.' Humans and other creatures are not as different as they look."[2]

Discography

Togawa Jun in "Togawa Jun no Kimochi" Book (1984)
Togawa Jun promoting Kyokuto Ian Shoka (1985)
Togawa Jun in "Rockin' on Japan" Magazine (1987)
Togawa Jun in "wonderland" Magazine (1989)
Togawa Jun in "Junki Susuru, Watashi wa Mushi no Onna" Book (2001)
Togawa Jun in "JUN TOGAWA AS ONLY A LUMP OF MEAT" PB (2005)

Albums

Mini-Albums

Other Albums

  • [1984.04.25] Ura Tamahime (裏玉姫; Live Princess Tama) (Togawa Jun with YAPOOS) (Live Album)
  • [1987.04.25] Tokyo no Yaban (東京の野蛮; Tokyo Barbarism) (Remix Album)

Best Albums

Box Sets

Singles

Other Singles

VHS / DVDs

Guest Appearances

Filmography

Movies

Dramas

Television

Radio

Commercials

Publications

Books

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  • [1984] Junki Susuru, Watashi wa Mushi no Onna (樹液すする、私は虫の女; Sip Sap, I am Pupating Woman)
  • [1984] Togawa Jun no Kimochi (戸川純の気持ち; Togawa Jun's Feelings)
  • [1987] Togawa Jun no Utopia (戸川純のユートピア; Togawa Jun's Utopia)
  • [2009] Heart Onsen (ハート温泉; Heart Hot Springs)

Photobooks

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  • [1988] JUN TOGAWA AS A PIECE OF FLESH
  • [2005] JUN TOGAWA AS ONLY A LUMP OF MEAT

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References