Takeru Arakawa was born in Saitama, Japan, in 1969. He studied civil engineering at Nihon University. In 1992, he became a member of the Shumei Ensemble in which he plays the chu-daiko. He also is a skilled karate artist and an avid soccer fan.

"One day, while running I felt something weighing on my mind. I turned back a few meters and touched the earth, and there I found a small piece of gold. About five centimeters next to it was another and there was a third piece next to the second. The words of our elders flew swiftly through my head and the phrase 'a mound of constant efforts' came to mind."

Takeru Arakawa


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