|Native name||美川 憲一|
15 May 1946
Suwa, Nagano Japan
|Occupation||TV personality, singer|
Mikawa was born in Suwa, Nagano as Yoshikazu Momose (百瀬 由一 Momose Yoshikazu?). He recorded a number of hit songs as a male enka singer in the 1960s and 1970s. The most well-known of his songs include "Sasoriza no Onna" and "Yanagase Blues". His career went into decline in the mid-1970s, but revived about 10 years later when he adopted his current style. He makes frequent appearances on TV talk and variety shows, and is also known as a regular performer on Kōhaku Uta Gassen, the popular New Year's Eve music show. One of the highlights of that show is his annual contest with enka singer Sachiko Kobayashi for the most elaborate costume.
Mikawa is openly gay.
- Dakedo Dakedo Dakedo (だけどだけどだけど?) (1965)
- Yanagase Blues (柳ヶ瀬ブルース?) (1966)
- Niigata Blues (新潟ブルース?) (1967)
- Kushiro no Yoru (釧路の夜?) (1968)
- Ai wa Jerashii (愛は嫉妬(ジェラシー)?) (2009)
- Ryall, Julian (September 6, 2006). "On Japanese Tv, The Lady Is A Man Cross-dressing 'onnagata' Are Popular For Being Outspoken". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-03-16.[dead link]
- Profile on AB Promotions website (Japanese)
- Abe, H. (2010-04-14). Queer Japanese: Gender and Sexual Identities through Linguistic Practices. Springer. ISBN 9780230106161.
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