Motoharu Sano

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Motoharu Sano
Also known as Lion, Moto, Tōryō (棟梁)
Born (1956-03-13)March 13, 1956
Taitō, Tokyo, Japan
Years active 1980–present
Associated acts Eiichi Ohtaki

Motoharu Sano (佐野 元春, born March 13, 1956 in Taitō, Tokyo), is a Japanese singer-songwriter and musician. A graduate of Rikkyo University, Sano is a frontman with a history of performing in several bands which feature music both in Japanese and occasionally, English, playing songs that often have a rock and roll sound to them.

Additionally, he has spent a year in New York City, even doing a radio show there.

Sano took part in a special two-day concert commemorating Takashi Matsumoto's 45th anniversary as a lyricist held at the Tokyo International Forum on August 21–22, 2015.[1] He performed lead vocals on "Haikara Hakuchi" with the surviving members of Happy End, Matsumoto, Haruomi Hosono and Shigeru Suzuki, in place of the deceased Eiichi Ohtaki.[2]


  • Back to the Street(1980)
  • HeartBeat(1981)
  • Someday(1982)
  • No Danage(1983)
  • Visitors(1984)
  • Cafe Bohemia(1986)
  • Heartland(1988)
  • NapoleonFish Day(1989)
  • Time Out!(1990)
  • Slow Songs(1991)
  • Sweet16(1992)
  • No Damage2(1992)
  • The Circle(1993)
  • The Golden Ring(1994)
  • Fruits(1996)
  • The Barn(1997)
  • Stones and Eggs(1999)
  • The 20th Anniversary Edition(2000)
  • Club Mix Collection(2000)
  • Grass(2000)
  • Spoken Words Collected Poems 1985-2000(2000)
  • In Motion 2001(2002)
  • Someday Collector's Edition(2002)
  • The Legend Early Days of Motoharu Sano(2003)
  • Visitors 20th Anniversary Edition(2004)
  • In Motion 2003(2004)
  • The Sun(2004)
  • The Sun Studio Edition(2005)
  • The Sun Live at NHK Hall(2005)
  • The Singles(2006)
  • The Essential Cafe Bohemia(2006)
  • Coyote(2007)
  • Beatitude(2007)
  • NapoleonFish Day Special Edition(2008)
  • Very Best of Motoharu Sano(2010)
  • SideWalk Talk(2011)
  • Zooey(2013)
  • Tokyo Chic(2014)
  • Visitors Deluxe Edition(2014)
  • Blood Moon(2015)
  • Maniju (2017)


  1. ^ 作詞家・松本隆45周年記念2days公演決定 元はっぴいえんど3人ら豪華歌手集結. Oricon (in Japanese). 2015-05-14. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  2. ^ 松本隆、45周年公演で細野晴臣&鈴木茂に感謝「素晴らしいメンバー」. Oricon (in Japanese). 2015-08-21. Retrieved 2016-03-25.

External links

  • Official website (in Japanese)
  • Official myspace page (in Japanese)

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