Man Arai, composer of Sen no Kaze ni Natte, has died



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Tokyo, December 4 (Jiji Press) – Japanese music composer and writer Man Arai, known for the hit song “Sen no Kaze ni Natte” (A Thousand Winds), has died of aspiration pneumonia in a hospital in Hakodate, Hokkaido, in the far north of Japan, Friday. He was 75 years old.

After joining the main Japanese advertising agency Dentsu Inc. in 1970, Arai, real name Mitsuru Arai, took on the role of music and video producer.

While working for the company, he began to write novels. He won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize for “Tazunebito no Jikan”, a novel about the loneliness of a modern person living an urban life.

At the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, Arai served as cinematographer for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Arai translated an inspiring poem into English of disputed origin, commonly known as ‘Don’t stand on my grave and cry’, added music to the lyrics, and published it as Sen no Kaze ni Natte. He sang the tune himself.

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