Dragon Quest Music Composer Koichi Sugiyama Has Passed Away

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Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press) — Japanese music composer Koichi Sugiyama, widely known for creating the music for popular role-playing video game series “Dragon Quest,” died of septic shock on Sept. 30. He was 90 years old.

Sugiyama, originally from Tokyo, started creating music when he was in high school.

After graduating from the University of Tokyo, he worked at Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc. and Fuji Television Network Inc. Until his departure from Fuji Television in 1965, he wrote music while working as a director.

He has released a number of hit songs, including “Hana no Kubikazari” performed by “group sound” group The Tigers, “Koi no Fuga” by pop duo The Peanuts and “Gakuseigai no Kissaten” by the band Garo folk rock.

“Amairo no Kami no Otome”, a song he originally created for the sound group Village Singers, has been covered by other artists, including singer Hitomi Shimatani, and is loved by a wide range of generations.

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