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Nakano, Tokyo (1978 – present)

Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本龍一, Sakamoto Ryūichi, born January 17, 1952, Nakano, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese musician, , and actor.
He attended the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he earned a B.A. in music composition and an M.A. with special emphasis on both electronic and ethnic music. Sakamoto recorded his first solo album in 1978, which included the songs Thousand Knives and The End of Asia.

Around the same time, Sakamoto joined the internationally successful Japanese synth J-Pop trio Yellow Magic Orchestra, along with co-founders Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi. The band charted a British top 20 hit with Firecracker in the late 1970s (and are also remembered for Technopolis, Behind the Mask and Tong Poo), and were a seminal influence on the and movements of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Sakamoto has collaborated with David Sylvian on a number of singles and most of Sylvian’s albums. He has also collaborated with, among others, David Byrne, Fennesz, Towa Tei and Supa DJ Dmitry (from the group Deee-Lite), Thomas Dolby, Bill Laswell, Nam June Paik, Boredoms, Roddy Frame (frontman for Aztec Camera), Iggy Pop, and Caetano Veloso.

He appeared in the 1983 Nagisa Oshima film Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Senjou no Merii Kurisumasu, aka Furyo) alongside Takeshi Kitano and British rock singer David Bowie. Sakamoto also wrote the film’s musical score, and the theme song Forbidden Colours, sung by Sylvian, became a minor hit.


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  • Happy-Knight

    This guy is the bomb. Great find.

    22 Nov 10:38pm Reply
  • bluenaxela

    Get well soon Sakamoto-san! [11]

    29 Oct 10:14pm Reply
  • Sir_LePaul

    Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

    11 Oct 6:21am Reply
  • sparkle-hell

    Hope to see you be heathy and strong

    29 Sep 2:37pm Reply
  • otono10

    Get well soon Sakamoto-san! [10]

    20 Sep 10:31am Reply
  • fataverde

    Get well soon Sakamoto-san! [9] I can't imagine this world without your music.

    18 Sep 8:40pm Reply
  • Shandianzhan

    Wish you all the best and a soon recovery!

    12 Sep 3:35pm Reply
  • IvanTank

    [For those who don't know why everyone is posting "Get well soon". It was reported in a recent interview, that Sakamoto has been diagnosed with throat cancer.] OH GOD NOOOOOO

    11 Sep 5:56pm Reply
  • robotpwnsyou

    It's my first real dip into his work and I am spell bound

    11 Sep 5:35am Reply
  • Tw1st3d5

    Get well soon Sakamoto-san! [7]

    8 Sep 6:12pm Reply
  • Tw1st3d5

    Ryuichi Sakamoto = God

    8 Sep 6:07pm Reply
  • Kaoru_is_here

    I urge you all to check out his debut "Thousand Knives". Such an unknown and undiscovered little gem of an album!

    7 Sep 7:59am Reply
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    29 Aug 3:28am Reply
  • Sonicjr01

    For those who don't know why everyone is posting "Get well soon". It was reported in a recent interview, that Sakamoto has been diagnosed with throat cancer. Get well soon Sakamoto-san ! [6]

    13 Aug 5:29pm Reply
  • djgizmoe

    Get well soon Sakamoto-san! [3]

    4 Aug 4:51am Reply
  • doctorKozi

    Get well soon Sakamoto-san! [2]

    1 Aug 11:14am Reply
  • AleRafa

    Curate rápido, amorcito

    19 Jul 11:58pm Reply
  • wocketed

    Get well soon Sakamoto-san!

    12 Jul 7:20am Reply
  • JavoPeralta

    Get well soon, Mr Sakamoto.

    12 Jul 2:09am Reply
  • Cyantio

    教授病快点好起来哦 身体早日康复! Health is the best wealth~

    11 Jul 4:12pm Reply
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