Chisato Moritaka

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Chisato Moritaka
森高 千里
Born (1969-04-11) April 11, 1969 (age 50)
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • multi-instrumentalist
Musical career
Years active1987–present
External video
Watarasebashi in 1993(Chisato Moritaka Official YouTube Channel)

Chisato Moritaka (森高千里, Moritaka Chisato) (born April 11, 1969) is the stage name of Chisato Eguchi (江口 千里), a Japanese pop-music performer who also is notable as a songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist.[1]


Born in Ibaraki, Osaka, Japan she was raised in Kumamoto, Kyushu, Japan. Her big break into show business was as the winner of the "Pocari Sweat Image Girl Contest" in 1986.

Her singing career as the unrivaled "Dance Queen" began in May 1987 with the release of her first album, New Season. She differed from many other female Idol Singers in Japan in that she wrote her own lyrics and some music for her albums. She also played drums on most of the tracks, as well as piano, guitar, clarinet, and other instruments. Her advertising jingles were hits into the mid 1990s in television commercials for such goods as chocolate and gin. She has also made numerous appearances on Japanese game and talent shows and is still a household name. In twelve years after her debut she released seventeen albums and created a strong following of devoted fans. She collaborates with Haruomi Hosono on some Hosono's works.

After an eight-year hiatus from public life, Moritaka sang a song produced for a Nissan automobile commercial in early 2007.[2] She also returned to public performance in late 2012, even releasing a 25th anniversary concert on DVD and premiering her own channel on YouTube, which featured both promotional videos of her hits as well as re-recorded versions of those hits. In 2013, Moritaka and producer tofubeats collaborated on a single titled "Don't Stop the Music," featuring vocals by Moritaka.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to actor Yōsuke Eguchi, with whom she has a son and a daughter.


Album Release date Oricon rank achieved
New Season July 25, 1987
March 25, 1988 12
July 10, 1988 14
(見て) (Look)
November 17, 1988 5
Hijitsuryokuha Sengen
July 25, 1989 2
Moritaka Land
December 10, 1989 2
Kokon Tozai
(古今東西) (All Times and Places)
October 17, 1990 1
The Moritaka
Remix compilation
July 10, 1991 2
Rock Alive March 25, 1992 3
November 18, 1992 5
Lucky 7 May 10, 1993 3
Step by Step July 25, 1994 3
Do the Best
March 25, 1995 2
Taiyo July 15, 1996 3
Peachberry July 16, 1997 4
Kotoshi no Natsu wa More Better
(今年の夏はモアベター) (This Summer will be Even Better)
May 21, 1998 10
Sava Sava September 9, 1998 7
The Best Selection of First Moritaka (1987–1993)
February 15, 1999 6
Mix Age*
Remix compilation
November 3, 1999 30
Harvest Time November 27, 1999 82
My Favorites
November 26, 2004 63

Covers by other artists[edit]

In 2003, Chisato Moritaka's song "Ame" (Rain) was released as her first single by Yui Ichikawa.

In 2004, Chisato Moritaka's song "Watarasebashi" was covered by Hello! Project solo artist Aya Matsuura. It was released as her 15th single.

In 2006, singer Abe Natsumi did a remake of her 1988 hit "Za Sutoresu (The Stress)."

In 2010, the song "Watashi ga Obasan ni Natte mo" was covered by singer misono on her Cover Album 2.

In 2013, the girl group C-ute covered the songs "Kono Machi", "Ame", and "Hae Otoko". The 3 songs were released on Cute's single "Kono Machi" on February 6, 2013.[4]

Girl group Tsubaki Factory covered "Watashi ga Obasan ni Natte mo" and released it as part of their third indie single on August 6, 2016.[5]


  1. ^ [1]Kyoto Sangyo University guide to famous Japanese personages Archived May 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 10, 2007. Retrieved October 27, 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "℃-uteニューシングル「この街」は全曲森高千里カバー". Natalie (in Japanese). December 26, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "つばきファクトリー『きそちゃんGO☀︎岸本ゆめの』". つばきファクトリー オフィシャルブログ Powered by Ameba (in Japanese). Retrieved March 24, 2018.

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