Tomiko Van FAQ


Welcome to Tomiko Van's FAQ section! (^^) This is where I attempt to answer questions about her. Many of the questions were written by me, but you can also submit questions (or fix any mistakes!). All you have to do is email me.

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Enjoy your visit, and I hope I can answer your question[s]!!

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Available Questions (Tomiko Van):
Is she half-Japanese? Why is her last name "Van"?
Does Tomiko Van have a nickname?
Is she married, or dating anyone?
How many albums/singles has she released as a solo artist?
How'd she create her song titles/lyrics?
Where can I buy Tomiko Van merchandise?
Where can I download [insert song here]?
Why don't you have a picture gallery here?
Why do you post WMAs on this site?


  • Is she half-Japanese? Why is her last name "Van"?
  • Tomiko Van is 100% Japanese. But her last name is 伴 ("ban").

    In Japan, when they romanize the バ-ビ-ブ-ベ-ボ katakana row, it can either start with a "b" or a "v". That's why ボルト can be read as "boruto" (bolt) or "voruto" (volt). And likewise, that's why her last name can be read as either "Ban" or "Van".

    However, avex has always written "Van" on her CDs and official website, so that's the "correct" reading for her name.

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  • Does Tomiko Van have a nickname?
  • Most fans just call her "Van"/"Ban", or "Van-chan"/"Ban-chan". I don't think any other fan nicknames exist.

    There is a rumor that when she was little, her nickname used to be "Tonko". And she supposedly HATES that nickname. xD

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  • Is she married, or dating anyone?
  • As far as I know, Van is not married. And no one knows who she's dating, but a few years back there were rumors that she was dating Tsubasa Imai. He's a member of the JPop duo "Tackey & Tsubasa".

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  • How many albums/singles has she released as a solo artist?
  • As of December 2008, Van has released 2 official albums, 2 cover albums, and 4 singles.

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  • Do you know the origins of their song titles/lyrics?
  • I'm not sure how she creates her song titles. As for the lyrics...Van revealed in this 2008 interview that sometimes her lyrics are based on personal experiences, but most times the lyrics are based on her first impression of the music.

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  • Where can I buy Tomiko Van merchandise?
  • There are tons of online stores that sell her merchandise. But I highly recommend YesAsia (their prices are low, their selection is large, and the shipping costs are low for people outside of Asia). You can also try CDJapan, Amazon and iTunes. If you want used items, there's an area in DAIForum called Aisle 3. Be sure to check it out! You can also go to eBay for used merchandise.

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  • Where can I download [insert song here]?
  • I highly recommend you buy her CDs. However, you can sample her songs (and download several songs, in low-quality WMA format) on this site.

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  • Why don't you have a picture gallery here?
  • There's no need for me to offer pictures. There's already a TON of other sites doing this. Not to mention there's Google Images. ^^

    However, I do post some pictures here (mostly CD covers and profile pictures). And there are a few "hard-to-find" photos, such as the credits page[s] from each CD. I also added pictures from her "Brooklyn" musical performance (you can go to her "Acting" page to learn more).

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  • Why do you post WMAs on this site?
  • I want people to hear the full songs, because sometimes the MP3 samples don't capture the beauty of the full song.

    But I also want people to buy the actual CDs, which is why:

    1. I will never post every song she's made.
    2. I will never post new songs.
    3. I only post low-quality songs on the site. WMAs sound "less fuzzy" than low-quality MP3s (and I do want you to hear the song as best as possible). Plus WMAs are usually a bit smaller in size, which is why I use this format.
    4. I know people might not have a lot of money, so I mentioned a lot of low-cost shopping methods...including YesAsia and used CD sites (like eBay).
    I buy CDs, and you should too. We need to support these artists; otherwise they won't continue to make music. Amasia Landscape and I-lulu/KATA-KANA might still be active if people bought their music more -- and I'd hate for that to happen to Tomiko Van and everyone else on this site.

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