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13 Things to Know About the Rising Queer Icon Aisho Nakajima

2024.5.16

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Aisho Nakajima, a prominent queer artist, shines uniquely at 9 PM, rivaling the neon streets of Ikebukuro. Having released “Made Him Cry” in April this year, why does Aisho continue to sing? Delve into 13 questions exploring inspiration, driving forces, and future prospects.

Homeschooled Until Age 9

At the age of 9, I started attending elementary school after being homeschooled. Both my parents are Japanese, but I was raised in English through homeschooling, so I learned Japanese for the first time at school. Starting school, I felt uncomfortable because I didn’t understand typical group behavior or social skills, but thanks to homeschooling, I can now speak English and write English lyrics.

Aisho Nakajima
Born in 1997. Singer-songwriter. After graduating from high school, moved to Australia. Upon returning home, began music activities based in Tokyo, debuting in 2020. Released new single “Made him cry” in April 2024.

Introduction to Music: Mariah Carey and Celine Dion

When I was young, I only knew Christian music, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion. It was really shocking when I heard Mariah Carey and Celine Dion’s songs and thought, “Music is amazing.” Around the fifth grade, I started listening to Avril Lavigne’s songs too.

Developing Self-love was a Gradual Process

In junior high school, there were hardly any queer people around, or rather, I didn’t even know of their existence. It bothered me that even on TV, everything seemed to be about “J-POP” or conforming to certain genres, and it felt like you had to fit into those molds to be part of entertainment. So, I used to think, “People like me…” People like me would have to hide forever. If I had known queer people back then, my perspective at the time would have definitely changed. I would have realized much sooner that it’s okay to do what I like. It took me a really long time to love myself, so what I’m singing now is also for that past self of mine. I’m creating what that past self wanted to see and hear.

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