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Kawaguchi, Tokyo, Japan (1991 – present)

Chara (ちゃら), born on January 13, 1968 in Kawaguchi, Saitama, is a Japanese singer, songwriter and actress. Her real name is Satou Miwa (佐藤美和). After sending a demo tape to Sony Japan in 1990, she landed a record deal and released her first single, “Heaven”, in 1991.

Chara earned her nickname as a schoolchild from her teacher (charachara means “scatterbrained”) and has been called such ever since. She has always been musically involved, she began composing music in her later years of elementary school and played keyboard in a band from her second year of high school.

One of the things that defines Chara’s music is her singing voice. It is often described as sweet and whispering like a child’s, yet forceful and sincere. Despite her very distinctive singing voice, Chara considers herself a musician first and foremost; proficient with instruments such as the piano, drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer and tambourine. There are common themes to a lot of her music, including motherhood, innocence, love, beauty, and cheerfulness.

She has appeared as one of the main characters in ‘Swallowtail Butterfly’ movie and sang all the songs. The album ‘Montage’ is actually a vocal collection from this movie, that’s why it was released under the name of Yen Town Band - which is a fictional band from the story. She has also starred in ‘PiCNiC’ where she played the mental patient Coco. She would go on to marry her co-star Asano Tadanobu (浅野忠信) in 1995.

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