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Shoko Nakagawa
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Shoko Nakagawa on June 9, 2013
Background information
Native name 中川 翔子
Birth name Shiyōko Nakagawa
Also known as Shokotan
Born (1985-05-05) May 5, 1985 (age 29)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop, rock, Anison
Occupation(s) TV personality, singer, voice actress, model, comedienne
Years active 2001–present
Labels Sony Records
Associated acts Katsuhiko Nakagawa, Deco*27

Shoko Nakagawa (中川 翔子 Nakagawa Shōko?, born May 5, 1985 in Tokyo) is a Japanese tarento (media personality), actress, voice actress, illustrator, and singer. Also known by her nickname Shokotan (しょこたん), she is the daughter of Katsuhiko Nakagawa, a celebrity in Japan in the 1980s. Shoko is represented by the Watanabe Entertainment talent agency, and is best known as the presenter of Pokémon Sunday.


Born to entertainer Katsuhiko Nakagawa, a celebrity in Japan in the 1980s, she was raised by her mother in Nakano (Katsuhiko Nakagawa died in 1994). In the 2006 book Shokotan Manual (しょこ☆まにゅ Shoko Manyu), she revealed that her legal name was in fact Shiyōko (しようこ) rather than Shōko (しょうこ), which she had been using for most of her life. At the time of her birth, she and her mother had to remain in the hospital, and her maternal aunt was left with registering her in the koseki. When her mother's intended name of "Shōko" (薔子) was declined due to being forbidden due to Japanese law, the aunt wrote the name down in hiragana and recorded her name with a large yo rather than its smaller combining form.[1] She made her entertainment debut in 2001, winning the Grand Prix award at the Popolo Girl Audition[2] and representing the Jackie Chan talent agency. Later, on the "Yume-Ga-Oka Residence" programme on SKY PerfecTV!, she was given a Jackie Chan photobook by Midorikawa Shobō, who were guests on the show. She commented "I thought he was an enemy of Bruce Lee's", apparently referring to Enter the Dragon. In 2002, she was chosen as Miss Shōnen Magazine.[2] She appeared in a brief section of "Kangaeru Hito" ("People who think") on the Fuji TV network in 2004 and showed her ability as an illustrator; this won her a regular place on the later version of the programme which started with minor changes in early 2005, "Kangaeru Hitokoma" ("Thinking about one frame [of a cartoon strip]"). For one year starting in May 2005, she appeared as a regular on the TBS programme "Ōsama no Brunch",[2] which made her well-known among the general public. In July 2006, she released her debut single "Brilliant Dream". It entered the Oricon chart at number 29, with initial sales of 6313 copies. Nakagawa performed at Anime Expo 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.[2]


Nakagawa performing live in 2010

Nakagawa is a fan of the Super Sentai series, and in particular looks up to the character Yūri/Time Pink of Mirai Sentai Timeranger.[3] At the time, she stood in line all night to watch the live Timeranger show at Kōrakuen Fairground (now Tokyo Dome City Attractions) in the front row. In 2004, she achieved a longstanding ambition by putting in a guest appearance in the 38th episode of Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (she had previously appeared as a child in Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman). She has always wanted to become the next Pink Ranger, and has gone out for auditions four times, but failed each time because "she does not have good athletic ability". She has said that she was drawn to the entertainment world out of admiration not for her father but for Mika Katsumura, who played the role of Yūri, and that during gravure work she uses Katsumura's photobooks and DVDs as a guide. She later appeared with Katsumura on Men B, and the two are now as friendly as if they were sisters. She is also a fan of the Metal Hero Series and Heisei Kamen Rider Series, particularly the series written by Yasuko Kobayashi, and sees Shigeki Hosokawa who played the titular character of Kamen Rider Hibiki as an ideal man. She is also fond of fellow entertainer and gravure idol Natsuki Katō for playing the first female Kamen Rider Kamen Rider Femme (both share a love of anime, tokusatsu, and video games).

Nakagawa is also a fan of Bruce Lee, and has a wide knowledge of kung fu films.[2] She has studied Cantonese, and visited Hong Kong many times with her mother (However, she confessed on TV that in fact she soon gave up Cantonese, and hardly speaks it at all, although she keeps it on her profile.) She got to know Jackie Chan when she met him by chance at a restaurant he runs. Jackie Chan now keeps a picture she drew on display at his offices in Hong Kong. She has her own tracksuit and nunchaku she made herself, which are decorated with pink fur.

Nakagawa is skilled as a manga cartoonist and illustrator.[citation needed] She worships CLAMP and Kazuo Umezu, and wants to become a manga artist. On the Fuji TV show Kangaeru Hitokoma, on which she is a semi-regular guest, she showed this side of herself by drawing in the style of Kazuo Umezu. Some of her work was shown on the May 11, 2006 edition of Downtown Deluxe on the Nippon TV network, and was much praised. As of 2006, her manga "SHOCOTAN * QUEST" is being serialised on her official website. The fact that even after becoming a celebrity she has not given up on drawing led to her being selected as a member of the judging panel in the "Jump Damashii" section of the Shūeisha publication Weekly Shōnen Jump, starting from Jump number 13 of 2006.

Nakagawa does not like cooking. In a special version of Koi no Apron (TV Asahi) in August 2005, she disappointed the judges with her cabbage roll. She appeared on Koi no Apron again in November, this time making cream puffs and coffee jelly, but gave another poor showing, with the lowest ranking of any of the Apron Girls for that day. In July 2006, Nakagawa confessed to having a weak digestion, but managed to keep the situation light-hearted with jokes, while wearing a serious expression on her face.

Nakagawa is also enthusiastic about the Wikipedia Project. In a blog entry dated November 25, 2006 she praised the free online encyclopedia for its articles, especially those related to the otaku culture. She is especially fond of the collaborative writing aspect the project incorporates and has even jokingly said she wanted to jumble her own article.[4]


Nakagawa is also known for loving cosplay, and buys up many clothes at auction, (particularly costumes for Neon Genesis Evangelion, the Final Fantasy series and Sailor Moon).

On the May 30, 2006 airing of Kasupe!, in the section entitled Fuji Ginkō Geinōjin Satei-Gakari (フジ銀行 芸能人査定係), "Fuji Bank Celebrity Evaluator", it was discovered that she liked the manga Kachō Shima Kōsaku, eliciting a comment from the host, Sayaka Aoki, that she had pretty "grown-up tastes".

On Private Lesson - Tadashii Wada Akiko no Tsukurikata (個人授業(プライベートレッスン)~正しい和田アキ子の作り方~), "Private Lesson - The Right Way to Make an Akiko Wada", shown on October 4, 2006, when she appeared as a tutor, she entered dressed as Haruhi Suzumiya from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, dancing to the end theme from that anime. Immersed in the role of Haruhi, she expounded passionately on "otaku studies" in a disrespectful tone, bewildering her student, Akiko Wada, from start to finish. She showed off her cosplay versions of Misato from Evangelion (which she filmed herself), Doremi from Ojamajo Doremi, and Vegeta from Dragon Ball, and to finish, got Wada to join in, with Wada playing Rei to her Asuka, and even gave acting directions as well as cosplay Jotaro Kujo from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.


Her official blog, Shokotan * Blog, opened in 2004, and by April 2006 it had received a total of 100 million hits. On February 2, 2008, the daily Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun reported that her blog had been accessed 1 billion times.[2] There are very many otaku-style entries, and she updates it extremely regularly: in the month of April 2005, there were 600 updates, and on January 28, 2006, there were 70 updates, a record number for a single day. She has become known as the "New Queen of the Blogs",[2] after the original "Queen of the Blog", Kaori Manabe.

From September 2004, posters on 2 Channel took note of her otaku-style interests. She started to use board slang in her blog, including ASCII art imitating Raizon Naitō.[citation needed]

Other work[edit]

In 2009, she appeared in a series of commercials for Norton AntiVirus.[citation needed]




Voice acting[edit]


Shoko Nakagawa is signed to Sony Japan.


Title Release date First week sales Total sales Information
"Brilliant Dream" July 5, 2006 6,313 10,459 Opening theme for Yoshimune
"Strawberry Melody" (ストロベリmelody Sutoroberi Merodi) February 14, 2007 10,023 15,784 Theme for TBS's program Pokémon Sunday theme song and Wanagona theme song.
"Sorairo Days" (空色デイズ Sorairo Deizu,
"Sky Blue Days")
June 27, 2007 30,517 67,453 Opening theme for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
"Snow Tears" January 30, 2008 26,068 43,450 Ending theme for Hakaba Kitaro
"Shiny Gate" August 6, 2008 13,564 20,316 Theme song for Tokyo OnlyPic 2008
"Tsuzuku Sekai" (続く世界,
"The World Continues")
September 10, 2008 32,906 49,368 Ending Song of the anime film Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Guren-hen
"Kirei à la Mode" (綺麗ア・ラ・モード Kirei A Ra Mōdo,
"Beautiful à la Mode")
October 22, 2008 13,758 20,236 Commercial song for Fujiya Look Royal Mode
"Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana" (涙の種、笑顔の花,
"Seed of Tears, Flower of Smile")
April 29, 2009 23,383 38,932 Ending Song of Gekijoban Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Lagann Hen
"Kokoro no Antenna" (心のアンテナ Kokoro no Antena,
"Antenna of the Heart")
July 15, 2009 13,533 21,954 Ending Song of Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

A special edition of the single features "Moe yo, Gizamimi Pichu!" (もえよ ギザみみピチュー! Moeyo Gizamimi Pichū!, "Get Fired Up, Spiky-Eared Pichu!"), an ending song for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

"Arigatō no Egao" (「ありがとうの笑顔」,
"Thank you Smile")
October 14, 2009 12,407 15,027 Contains the Ending Song of the Japanese Version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ("Rainbow Forecast") and Shokotan's version of Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl second opening song ("Ame ni Kiss no Hanataba o").
"Ray of Light" April 28, 2010 12,977 22,637 Fifth ending theme for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
"Flying Humanoid" (フライングヒューマノイド Furaingu Hyūmanoido) August 18, 2010 13,217 17,729 Opening theme for Occult Academy
"Sakurairo" (桜色,
"Cherry Blossom Pink")
April 6, 2011 6,506 9,006 Original song
"Tsuyogari" (つよがり,
"Show of Courage")
June 8, 2011 - Second ending theme for Beelzebub
"Horoscope" (ホロスコープ,
January 11, 2012 - Theme song for TV show Uchikuru!?
"Pegasus Fantasy ver. Ω" (ペガサス幻想(ファンタジー) ver. Ω,
"Pegasasu Fantajī ver.Ω")
July 11, 2012 - Theme song for TV show Saint Seiya Omega
Featured artist with Make-Up
"Zoku Konton" (続混沌,
"Continued Chaos")
June 5, 2013 - Theme song for game Sennen Yusha: Tokiwatari no Tomoshibito
"Sakasama Sekai / Once Upon a Time: Kibo no Uta (さかさま世界 / Once Upon a Time -キボウノウタ-) (
"さかさま世界 / Once Upon a Time -キボウノウタ-"
December 11, 2013 - "Sakasama Sekai" as theme song for game Puzzle & Dragons and "Once Upon a Time: Kibo no Uta" as the opening for the Japanese version of Once Upon a Time (TV series)
"Nuigulumar Z (ヌイグルマーZ) (Tokusatsu × Nakagawa Shoko) (ヌイグルマーZ) January 22, 2014 - For the movie Gothic Lolita Battle Bear

Cover albums[edit]

Title Release date First week sales Total sales
Shokotan Cover: Anison ni Koi o Shite.
(しょこたん☆かばー ~アニソンに恋をして。~ Shokotan Kabā ~Anison ni Koi o Shite.~,
"In Love with Anime Songs.")
May 2, 2007 12,579 31,501
Shokotan Cover Cover: Anison ni Ai o Komete!!
(しょこたん☆かばー×2 ~アニソンに愛を込めて!!~ Shokotan Kabā Kabā ~Anison ni Ai o Komete~,
"Full of Love for Anime Songs!!")
September 19, 2007 17,836 23,964
Shokotan Cover 3: Anison wa Jinrui o Tsunagu
(しょこたん☆かばー 3 ~アニソンは人類をつなぐ~ Shokotan Kabā 3 ~Anison wa Jinrui o Tsunagu~,
"Anime Songs Connect Mankind")
March 10, 2010 15,343 -
Shokotan Cover 4-1: Shoko Idol Hen
(しょこたん☆かばー4-1 ~しょこ☆ドル篇~ Shokotan Kabā 4-1 ~Shoko Doru Hen~,
"Shoko Idol Part")
October 12, 2011
Shokotan Cover 4-2: Shoko Rock Hen
(しょこたん☆かばー4-2 ~しょこ☆ロック篇~ Shokotan Kabā 4-2 ~Shoko Rokku Hen~,
"Shoko Rock Part")
October 12, 2011
"Tokyo Shoko Land 2014 ~RPG-teki Michi no Kioku~" Shokotan Cover Bangaihen Produced by Kohei Tanaka
(「TOKYO SHOKO☆LAND 2014 ~RPG的 未知の記憶~」しょこたん☆かばー番外編 Produced by Kohei Tanaka
"TOKYO SHOKO ☆ LAND 2014-RPG with unknown memories ~"
September 24, 2014


Title Release date First week sales Total sales
Big Bang!!! March 19, 2008 32,612 45,793
Magic Time January 1, 2009 26,197 40,015
Cosmic Inflation October 6, 2010 14,453 21,459
9lives April 2, 2014 - -

Printed media[edit]


Title Issue date Publisher ISBN Photobook information
Jewel Box April 1, 2004 Ascom ISBN 978-4-7762-0147-2 First photobook
In a mysterious daze (不思議に夢中 Fushigi ni Muchū) July 25, 2005 Wani Magazine ISBN 978-4-89829-798-8 Second photobook
Shoko et Mikanne (中川翔子x蜷川実花(しょこれみかんぬ) Shokoremikanu) April 15, 2007 Wani Books ISBN 978-4-8470-3000-0 Third photobook
Shoko a la mode (しょこア・ラ・モード― Shokoa ra mōdō) November 25, 2008 Shufu-to-Seikatsu-sha ISBN 978-4-391-13707-1 Guide on how to use cosmetics/dress up doll
Miracle Sketch – Nakagawa Shoko Illust Sakuhinshu (ミラクルスケッチ 中川翔子イラスト作品集 Miracle Sketch – Nakagawa Shoko Illust Sakuhinshu) January 23, 2010 Yosensha ISBN 978-4862485137 A collection of illustrations by Shoko Nakagawa
Nakagawa Shoko Monogatari – Sorairo Days (中川翔子物語~空色デイズ~) July 16, 2010 Kodansha ISBN 978-4063642742 A manga about the life of Shoko Nakagawa from her childhood. The limited edition contains an extra book with pictures and a pencil box.
Shoko Nakagawa x Mika Ninagawa Photobook "Shoko et Mikanne2 " (中川翔子×蜷川実花写真集 『 しょこれみかんぬ 2 』) January 28, 2011 Wani Books ISBN 978-4847043390 Second collaboration with Mika Ninagawa.
Saipan hatsu, Nakano keiyu Mirai iki-Nakagawa Shoko Giza 10- (サイパン発、中野経由、未来行き 中川翔子 ギザ10) May 30, 2012 Kodansha ISBN 978-4-06-364889-8
Shoko-Pedia Nakagawa Shoko Ongakukatsudo Dai Ikki Kiroku Shu (中川翔子音楽活動第一期記録集10) January 25, 2013 Enterbrain ISBN 978-4047287440 Contains Interviews from the beginning of her carrier until 2013 and many pictures.
Nakagawa Shoko Pokemon ga Ikiru Imi o Oshietekureta Shogakkan Visual Mook (ポケモンが生きる意味を教えてくれた) July 10, 2013 Shogakukan ISBN 978-4091032287


Title Issue date Publisher ISBN Notes Shokotan Official Blog (しょこたんぶろぐ・中川翔子*オフィシャル BLOG*) October 10, 2005 Goma Books ISBN 4-7771-0210-6 Entries from November 2004 to August 2005
Shokotan Official Blog 2 (しょこたんぶろぐ・中川翔子*オフィシャル BLOG 2 *) November 10, 2006 Goma Books ISBN 4-7771-0487-7 Entries from September 2005 to August 2006
Shokotan Blog Days of Desire (しょこたんぶろぐ貪欲デイズ) January 25, 2008 Kadokawa Group Publishing ISBN 978-4-04-895012-1 Entries from October 2006 to December 2007
Shokotan Blog Cho Donyoku Days (しょこたんぶろぐ 超貪欲デイズ) January 16, 2010 Kadokawa Group Publishing ISBN 978-4-04-895069-5 Entries from March 2008 to October 2009


  1. ^ Shoko Manyu しょこ☆まにゅ [Shokotan Manual] (in Japanese). Japan: Gakken. December 1, 2006. ISBN 978-4054031999. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Galbraith, Patrick W. (2009). The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan. Kodansha International. p. 206. ISBN 978-4-7700-3101-3. 
  3. ^ Galbraith, Patrick W. (2009). The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan. Kodansha International. pp. 214–216. ISBN 978-4-7700-3101-3. 
  4. ^ Shokotan Blog November 25, 2006

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