Tanimura Shinji

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Tanimura Shinji
Birth name 谷村新司
Born (1948-12-11) 11 December 1948 (age 66)
Origin Osaka, Japan
Genres Kayōkyoku
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 1971–present
In this Japanese name, the family name is Tanimura.

Tanimura Shinji (谷村新司?) (born 11 December 1948) is a Japanese singer-songwriter.[1]


Tanimura set up the musical group Alice together with Takao Horiuchi in 1971 and released his first extended play musical album in the following year. Alice produced its first album two years later. During this time, Tanimura also composed several musical pieces for other singers, such as Momoe Yamaguchi. In 1981, he held concerts in places such as Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Beijing. He also made recordings on the Japanese division of the Casablanca Records label.[2]

Some of Tanimura's pieces were performed by other singers, including Michael Kwan, Jacky Cheung, Alan Tam, Anita Mui, Roman Tam and Leslie Cheung. In 1984, Tanimura, together with South Korean singer Cho Yong-pil and Alan Tam, set up Pax Musica to promote cultural exchanges between different countries and world peace.

In 1980, after having left Alice, Tanimura composed the song "Subaru" (昴), stating that his inspiration came from his visits to Heilongjiang in China. “Subaru” was also recorded and released in Japanese by Italian-American artist Romina Arena in 2001. Since then, Tanimura has been actively involved in organising performances to promote Sino-Japanese relations, including accepting an invitation from the Japanese and Chinese governments to organise and perform at the 30th anniversary celebrations of Sino-Japanese relations. In 2003, he held a "'Help China get rid of SARS' music concert" and donated 15.34 million yen he earned from the concert to China's Red Cross Society to aid them in their efforts in fighting SARS. In 2004, he became a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In September 2007, he planned and attended a friendship concert between Japan and China in Shanghai. The concert was the 35th anniversary for the normalisation of relations between Japan and China. On 30 April 2010, he sang "Subaru" on the World Expo Opening Ceremony in Shanghai.


  • Number of self-composed pieces: 370
  • Number of solo albums: 62
  • Number of musical albums: 63
  • Number of copies of albums sold: 29,796,682
  • Number of concerts held (Japan): 3,620 (top in Japan until today)


  1. ^ Bodeen, Christopher (30 April 2010). "Shanghai marks comeback with Expo extravaganza - Travel - Destination Travel - Asia Travel - msnbc.com". MSN. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Jade, Shinji Tanimura. Casablanca (Japan) Records 28P-35 (1982)

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