Nihongo Kitaro is a Japanese New Age composer and musician. His music is usually characterized by warm, lyrical electronic melodies blended occasionally with western and traditional Japanese influences.
Kitaro was born Masanori Takahashi on February 4th, 1953 in Toyohashi. His musical career began when, inspired by famed Missourian soul guitarist, Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, Takahashi took up the instrument. His parents were opposed to their son pursuing music and attempted to get him a job at a local company. Instead, he left home and moved to Tokyo without telling them. Though he initially supported himself with civil service work and as a cook, when he moved to synthesizer and joined Far East Family... Read More