Etsuko Yakushimaru

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Etsuko Yakushimaru
Native name
やくしまる えつこ
GenresPop, ambient music, experimental music
Years active2006–present
LabelsMirai Records, King Records, Commmons
Associated actsSōtaisei Riron

Etsuko Yakushimaru (やくしまる えつこ, Yakushimaru Etsuko) is a Japanese singer, producer, composer, lyricist, arranger and artist. Broadly active, from pop music to experimental music and art. Consistently independent in her wide-ranging activities, which also include drawing, installation art, media art, poetry and other literature, and recitation. Producing numerous projects and artists, including her band, Sōtaisei Riron. While appearing in the music charts with many hit songs, she has also created a project that involved the use of satellite, biological data and biotechnology, a song-generating robot powered by artificial intelligence and her own voice, an independently-developed VR system, and original electronic musical instruments. Major recent activities include exhibitions at Mori Art Museum, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, KENPOKU ART 2016, and Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]. Her Tensei Jingle and Flying Tentacles albums, both released in 2016, received praise from figures including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jeff Mills, Fennesz, Penguin Cafe, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Toh EnJoe. She is known for her solo works including theme songs in several anime series, such as The Tatami Galaxy, Arakawa Under The Bridge, Space Dandy, Sailor Moon Crystal, Hi Score Girl, Eureka Seven and Mawaru Penguindrum. As well as being the lead vocal of the rock band Sōtaisei Riron, she also works as a contemporary artist, illustrator and narrator. She also goes by the alias of Tica α (ティカ・α) when credited for lyrics and composing.[1] In 2017 she won the STARTS Prize for Artistic Exploration for converting her pop song I’m Humanity into DNA.[2][3][4]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Blu-Day (2010) (as Etsuko Yakushimaru & D.V.D)
  • Radio Onsen Eutopia (2013)
  • Flying Tentacles (2016) (as Yakushimaru Experiment)


  • Oyasumi Paradox
  • Jenny wa Gokigen Naname
  • Adaptation 05.1 - eyrs ~ Adaptation 05.2 Ballet Mécanique - eyrs (as Ryuichi Sakamoto & Etsuko Yakushimaru)
  • Lulu/Tokimeki Hacker
  • Nornir/Shōnen yo Ware ni Kaere (as Etsuko Yakushimaru Metro Orchestra)
  • Kiri Kiri Mai
  • Yami Yami
  • Lonely Planet
  • Shōnen yo Ware ni Kaere (Radio Onsen Eutopia version)
  • Welcome to the X Dimension (X次元へようこそ X Jigen e Yōkoso)/Absolute Monsieur
  • Chia・Chia (チア・チア)
  • New moon ni Koishite/eternal eternity (opening and ending for Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3)
  • New moon ni Koishite/Zjo sensou (OST for Sailor Moon Crystal Season 3)
  • I'm Humanity (Watashi wa Jinrui)
  • Flash of Dopamine
  • Hige The Cat
  • AfterSchoolDi(e)stra(u)ction
  • Songs of Atarima Etsuko
  • Ballet Mécanique (as Etsuko Yakushimaru & Yoshinori Sunahara )


  1. ^ Sound and Recording Magazine, May 2010 edition
  2. ^ Website of the Ars Electronica STARTS Prize I’m Humanity Etsuko Yakushimaru
  3. ^ Video of the Prix Ars Electronica Gala 2017 I’m Humanity Etsuko Yakushimaru
  4. ^ Website of the Ars Electronica Center about the award ceremony

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