|Posted by Anna H. on May 24, 2014 at 1:05 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? This Song Saturday, I'm doing a J-Rock Block
of the Japanese American soloist, actress, and "semi-retired" model, Anna
Anna Tsuchiya was born March 11, 1984 in Tokyo, Japan to a Japanese mother and a Polish American father from Buffalo, New York. She and her older sister, Angela both learned to speak Japanese and English, when they were younger. Anna Tsuchiya can actually speak Southern Japanese dialects, along with Kyushu or Okinawa slang. Her parents divorced, when she was 7 years old.
Angela, who was a former fashion model, suggested that Anna become a model, when she was 14 years old. In 1998, Tsuchiya began modeling in Kobe, Japan for magazine, Japanese Seventeen. She became high in demand for modeling, during the late 90's and early 2000's. By 2002, Anna Tsuchiya did commercials for Uniqlo and Edwin Clothing. Within the last 7-8 years, I remember watching her in a commercial for Venus Jeans. However, in 2002, Anna supposedly retired from modeling. She grew tired of being bullied and pressured about being "overweight" as a model. Since 97 lbs is considered to be "overweight" in Japan for modeling, I guess those of us above 97 lbs are considered "morbidly obese." LOL! Gotta love Japan!
When it comes to Anna Tsuchiya's acting career, she's best known for her character in the 2004 movie, Kamikaze Girls. Her role as "Ichigo Shirayuri" in Kamikaze Girls was more of a female biker gang member turned fashion model from the countryside. I've never watched the movie but I'm willing to bet it was highly dramatized. Whenever I've watched Japanese live action shows and movies, they usually had this tendency to be extremely melodramatic. This was more so than our Lifetime Channel's movies and shows. I'll watch Anime, listen to Japanese Music, embrace their culture, religions, and Japanese. On the other hand, I'm very picky about most Japanese live action shows and movies. This is coming from a woman, who holds an Asian Studies degree mostly in Japanese. LOL! I apologize in advance, if I offended any of my Asian friends/subscribers.
Well, I digress. Regarding Anna Tsuchiya's music career, she sang in her school choir and joined the music industry, when she was 16 years old. Anna claimed to have completely retired from entertainment, after she terminated her Japanese Seventeen contract. This was until the former Oblivion Dust member, K.A.Z. offered to invest in Tsuchiya's music career. By mid-2002, she and K.A.Z. formed a Punk-Rock duo called, Spin Aqua. Originally, Anna's musical influences went from being 80's Pop and R&B soloists such as Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler and Mariah Carey, to 80's Rock bands such as Bon Jovi and Guns N' Roses.
Several years later, Anna Tsuchiya became a soloist. On August 24, 2005, she debuted her mini-album, Taste My Beat with the single "Change Your Life." I can't remember if I heard that song. Although, I do remember her music video, "Slap That Naughty Body." With a song title like that, who could forget it? You know what I mean? LOL!
I know Anna Tsuchiya mostly from the Josei Anime, NANA. If you've never watched the Anime and/the live action movies for NANA, I recommend watching them. Personally, I love the series. It has an even balance of music, comedy, romance, and of course drama. Watching it is the equivalent of watching an animated soap opera about romance with rival Punk and Pop bands. NANA also has a who's the baby daddy arc. LOL!
In the Anime, Japan used 2 voice actresses for Nana Osaki. They had the main voice actress for the character's dialogue. Then, they inserted Anna Tsuchiya's vocals, whenever Nana Osaki was singing. I have a NANA clip from the show's 9th episode. In this clip, Nana Komatsu (a.k.a. "Hachi") watches her friend/roommate, Nana Osaki perform with her guitarist, Nobuo Terashima. Nobu arrived in Tokyo and convinced Nana O. to continue singing for
their band, BLAST. He supposedly wrote the song, "Rose." In this scene below, it cuts to
their drummer Yasu Takagi, who's listening to Nana and Nobu perform "Rose" over the phone.
NANA: Anna Tsuchiya As Nana Osaki Vocalizes "Rose"
I've mentioned enough about Anna Tsuchiya. Therefore, I'll leave you with her songs, that have been featured on various albums and soundtracks for this Song Saturday.
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