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Ai Kawashima : biography

21 February 1986 -

Early life

Kawashima was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan. After her birth, her mother's health deteriorated and she died when Kawashima was only 3 years old. Because her father had been missing before she was born, she was taken to an orphanage and eventually adopted by the Kawashima family, owners of a construction company. Her foster father died when she was 10. After graduating from middle school, she moved to Tokyo. Her foster mother died when she was 16. She started playing the piano at the age of 3 and eventually began to think about a career as a singer.

Personal life

Kawashima has devoted her time and money to a project to build schools in developing countries. 3 schools have been finished so far and her goal is to build 100 schools.

Every year since her mother's death, she has held a memorial concert on August 20.

On the night of March 11, 2011, 20 elementary school students who was able to flee the devastating tsunami after Tohoku earthquake comforted each other by singing the song Tabidachi no hi ni (On the day of departure) together at a local Shinto shrine where they spent the night. The students had been practicing the song for their graduation ceremony, which was only a week away. Having heard the story, Kawashima visited the students in a shelter on April 6 and sang the same song together. On August 21, she visited the students one more time to attend their belated graduation ceremony and sang the song together. The song ends with the words, "Let us bloom from this bud."

Discography

Kawashima's songs have been featured in various anime and video games. is the theme song of Shining Force Neo; "Compass" is the theme song of the eighth One Piece movie Episode of Alabasta: The Desert Princess and the Pirates, and "Kimi no Koe" is the ending theme song of The Place Promised in Our Early Days. One of her newest songs, "Door Crawl", is the theme song of Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon.

Singles

  1. [2003.08.21] Tenshitachi no Melody / Tabidachi no Asa (「天使たちのメロディー/旅立ちの朝」)
  2. [2004.02.18] 12-ko no Kisetsu ~4 Dome no Haru~ (「12個の季節~4度目の春~」)
  3. [2004.05.25/06.02] Page 525 (525ページ)
  4. [2004.08.04] Mermaid (「マーメイド」)
  5. [2004.11.17] 'Sayonara' 'Arigatō' ~Tatta Hitotsu no Basho~ (「さよなら」「ありがとう」~たった一つの場所~)
  6. [2005.04.06] Zetsubō to Kibō (「絶望と希望」)
  7. [2005.08.24] ...Arigatō... (「・・・ありがとう...」)
  8. [2006.02.01] Dear / Tabidachi no Hi ni... (Dear/旅立ちの日に…)
  9. [2006.04.19] Mienai Tsubasa (「見えない翼」)
  10. [2006.10.11] Taisetsu na Yakusoku / Mou Hitotsu no Yakusoku (「大切な約束/もう1つの約束」)
  11. [2007.02.14] My Love
  12. [2007.03.14] Compass
  13. [2007.05.30] Kimi ni..... (「君に・・・・・」)
  14. [2007.10.03] Shiawase Desu ka / Suitcase (「幸せですか/スーツケース」)
  15. [2007.12.12] Door Crawl (「ドアクロール」)
  16. [2008.08.20] Kakera (「カケラ」)
  17. [2009.04.08] Daijōbu da yo (「大丈夫だよ」)
  18. [2009.12.16] Daisuki da yo (「大好きだよ」)
  19. [2010.04.07] haru no yume (「春の夢」)
  20. [2010.12.16] I Remember feat. Joe Sample
  21. [2013.04.10] Yes/No / T

Mini albums

  1. [2002.07.13] Kono Basho Kara... (「この場所から・・・」)
  2. [2002.10.18] Habatakeru Hi Made... (「はばたける日まで・・・」)
  3. [2002.12.26] Ayumi Tsuzukeru Tame ni... (「歩みつづけるために・・・」)
  4. [2003.03.08] Yuki ni Saku Hana no yō ni... (「雪に咲く花のように・・・」)
  5. [2003.05.23] Ashita o Shinjite... (「明日を信じて・・・」)
  6. [2003.08.02] Utai Tsuzukeru Kara... (「歌いつづけるから・・・」)

Albums

  1. [2005.05.18] 12-ko no Uta (Message) (12個の歌(メッセージ))
  2. [2005.09.28] Rojōshū 1-gō (「路上集Ⅰ号」)
  3. [2006.05.24] Thank You! (サンキュー!)
  4. [2006.08.23] Piano Songs: Rojōshū 2-gō (Piano Songs~路上集2号~)
  5. [2007.06.27] Ashiato (足あと)
  6. [2008.04.23] Café & Musique: Rojōshū 3-gō (Café & Musique ~路上集3号~)
  7. [2008.06.04] Single Best
  8. [2008.06.04] Coupling Best
  9. [2009.06.03] Simple Treasure
  10. [2010.05.26] 24/24
  11. [2011.06.29] My favorite songs - Wing
  12. [2012.02.22] My favorite songs - Tabidachi
  13. [2013.06.26] One song
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