Tomiko Van

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Tomiko Van
DAI at shibuyaver.jpg
Tomiko Van in Shibuya with Do As Infinity members
Background information
Native name
伴 都美子
Also known asBan-chan
Born (1979-01-09) January 9, 1979 (age 40)
Yamato, Kumamoto, Japan
Years active1999–2005, 2008–present (Do As Infinity)
2005–present (solo)
Labels Avex Trax
Associated acts Do As Infinity

Tomiko Van(伴 都美子,Ban Tomiko, born January 9, 1979), is a Japanese pop singer and occasional actress. She is as a member of the band Do As Infinity (DAI), along with Ryo Owatari and Dai Nagao, that has resumed activities after their 2005 split.

J-pop, natively also known simply as pops, is a musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s. Modern J-pop has its roots in traditional Japanese music, but significantly in 1960s pop and rock music, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, which led to Japanese rock bands such as Happy End fusing rock with Japanese music in the early 1970s. J-pop was further defined by new wave groups in the late 1970s, particularly electronic synth-pop band Yellow Magic Orchestra and pop rock band Southern All Stars.

Do As Infinity Japanese band

Do As Infinity is a Japanese pop and rock band that formed in 1999 with three members: vocalist Tomiko Van, guitarist Ryo Owatari, and guitarist and composer Dai Nagao. The band's name is sometimes abbreviated as DAI, alluding to the fact that Do As Infinity was named after Nagao. Signed to Avex Trax, the band released their debut single "Tangerine Dream" on September 29, 1999, followed by three more singles between 1999 and 2000, which appeared on their debut album Break of Dawn (2000). In December 2000, Nagao decided to devote all his time to composing the music and no longer appeared at live events. Five more studio albums were released between 2001 with New World and 2005 with Need Your Love.

Ryo Owatari is a Japanese guitarist who was born April 4, 1971 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. He was formerly a member of the amateur band pee-ka-boo, but he is mainly known for his work in the band Do As Infinity alongside Tomiko Van and Dai Nagao. After the disbanding of Do As Infinity, he started working with his new band, Missile Innovation. Ryo has also collaborated with some Avex label artists like Ai Otsuka and Ayumi Hamasaki.



Do As Infinity

Beginnings as solo artist

Tomiko Van began as a solo artist while she was with Do As Infinity with the song "Again", which appeared on the charity album Song Nation , and later in 2003 with the song "Drive me nuts", which was recorded for trance DJs project Cyber X. Van also appeared in six commercials for the Japanese hair product company Lavenus. [1]

Song Nation is a charity compilation album featuring some of the most important Japanese performers from the Avex Trax label. The CD was made to raise money for the September 11, 2001 attacks. It was produced by two of the most important record producers of Japan: Masato "Max" Matsuura and Globe's Tetsuya Komuro. A remix album was released titled Song Nation 2: Trance. It contained an additional disc and additional tracks along with of the original tracks from the first Song Nation. A Song Is Born, the track by Ayumi Hamasaki and Keiko was able to peak at #1 on the Oricon chart. Upon its release, the album entered the Oricon Albums Chart at number one with first week sales of over 81 100 copies.

Trance is a genre of electronic music that emerged from the British new-age music scene and the early 1990s German techno and hardcore scenes. At the same time trance music was developing in Europe.

Official solo career


After Do As Infinity disbanded on September 29, 2005, Avex Trax, Van's label, announced that the singer was going solo. [2]

Avex Trax Record label

Avex Trax is a record label owned by Japanese entertainment conglomerate Avex Group. The label was launched in September 1990, and was the first label by the Group.


In 2006, Van made her debut as a solo artist with her album Farewell . Singles were not released prior to her album, released in March 2006. Her first official single as a solo artist, "Flower", was released in June of the same year, and made the weekly top ten of the Japanese charts. Two other singles followed that year, "Senkō", in September, and "Yumeji", a late November release.

<i>Farewell</i> (Tomiko Van album) 2006 studio album by Tomiko Van

Farewell is Tomiko Van's first original studio album under the Avex Trax label. The album was released on March 29, 2006.

Flower (Tomiko Van song) Tomiko Vans debut single

"Flower" is Tomiko Van's debut single under the Avex Trax label. The single was released on June 7, 2006 in two formats.

Yumeji (song) 2006 single by Tomiko Van

"Yumeji" is a pop-rock ballad by Japanese singer Tomiko Van. It is Van's third single that released on November 29, 2006. The cover jackets for the single were shot in a countryside not faraway from the city of Tokyo, and Van expressed that the covers would perfectly match the song. In the PV for the title track "Yumeji", Van follows a light through dark streets and finds a flower garden in the middle of trash. The single's B-side is entitled "Labyrinth" and is as "Yumeji" a lyric work of Van.


2007 started out with Van's first cover album titled Voice: Cover You With Love . The album was Van's only release that year. Tomiko van also acted in a movie Heat Island


In 2008, Van's third album and second cover album, Voice 2: Cover Lovers Rock , was released in March. In this album, she covered songs performed by male artists, such as Spitz and Masaharu Fukuyama. Despite her one-year hiatus from the music scene, the album charted at number 10 on the first day of release. Van's fourth solo single, "Tokyo Biyori", was released on June 18, 2008. [3] Her second original album, Van, was released in December 2008.

<i>Voice 2: Cover Lovers Rock</i> album by Tomiko Van

Voice 2: Cover Lovers Rock is the second cover album by the J-pop singer Tomiko Van.

Spitz are a Japanese rock band. The group was originally formed in 1987 by four art school students in Tokyo — it consists of Masamune Kusano, Tetsuya Miwa, Akihiro Tamura, and Tatsuo Sakiyama (drums).

Tokyo Biyori single

"Tokyo Biyori" is the fourth solo single from J-pop vocalist Tomiko Van, released on June 18, 2008. The track "Hum a Tune" is a cover of a song by Japanese band Original Love. "Message." is said to be Van's first musical composition, and "Tokyo Biyori" is said to be composed by Kazuo Zaitsu of Tulip.

On September 29, 2008, Do As Infinity officially reunited as a band, and released a four-track single on June 17, 2009.

Personal life

Van married a man four years her junior in September 2012, first publicly announcing her marriage at a Do As Infinity concert at Shibuya AX in Tokyo on September 29. [4] As of 2016 she is the mother of two children. [5] [6]



" Flower "
  • Released: June 7, 2006
  • Oricon Top 200 daily peak: 7
  • Oricon Top 200 weekly peak: 10
  • Weeks on chart: 6
copies sold
" Senkō "
  • Released: September 27, 2006
  • Oricon Top 200 Daily peak: 8
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly peak: 14
  • Weeks on chart: 4
copies sold
" Yumeji "
  • Released: November 29, 2006
  • Oricon Top 200 Daily peak: 10
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly peak: 14
  • Weeks on chart: 3
copies sold
" Tokyo Biyori "
  • Released: June 18, 2008
  • Oricon Top 200 Daily peak: 9
  • Oricon Top 200 Weekly peak: 18
  • Weeks on chart: 3
copies sold


  • Released: March 29, 2006
  • Oricon Top 200 weekly peak: 7
  • Weeks on chart: 10
  • Oricon Daily Chart: 5
copies sold
Voice: Cover You With Love
  • Released: March 28, 2007
  • Oricon Top 200 weekly peak: 22
  • Weeks on chart: 4
  • Oricon Daily Chart: 13
copies sold
Voice 2: Cover Lovers Rock
  • Released: March 5, 2008
  • Oricon Top 200 weekly peak: 28
  • Weeks on chart:4
  • Oricon Daily Chart: 10
copies sold
  • Released: December 10, 2008
  • Oricon Top 200 weekly peak: 28
  • Weeks on chart: 4
  • Oricon Daily Chart: 9
copies sold

Music videos

2006"Flower"Masaki Ookita
"Hold Me..."Ten Shimoyama
"Farewell"Naoto Kumasawa
"Senkō"(閃光, Flash of Light)Hiroshi Usui
"Yumeji"(夢路, Dream Road)Wataru Takeishi
2007"Yoru ni Kizutsuite"(夜に傷ついて, Hurt in the Night)Wataru Takeishi
2008"Cherry"Ryuuji Seki
"Tokyo Biyori"(東京日和, Tokyo Weather)Ryuuji Seki

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