Togawa Masako

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Togawa Masako is a mystery writer, singer and songwriter from Tokyo, Japan. She has written over 30 books and owns a bar/club in Tokyo known as the “Blue Room” or "Aoi Heya"



Togawa Masako was born on March 23rd, 1931 in Tokyo, Japan. Her father and brother died when she was very young, and she grew up with her mother in Otsuka. She dropped out of high school and worked for awhile as an English typist until 1957. She wrote her first novel in 1962, known as “Great Apparition” and set in the same apartment she grew up in with her mother. Her first novel won the Edogawa Ranpo Prize.

She went on to write over 3 dozen mystery novels so far, and continues to be one of the more popular mystery writers in Japan, basing many of her stories off life experiences.

In 1975 she came out with her first record, known as “Lost Love.” She went on to create one more record known as “The Moral of The Story.” Both are available as CD’s today.

Blue Room (Aoi Heya)

Togawa Masako turned her sister’s coffee shop/bar into a live hall known as Aoi Heya, or “Blue Room.” Aoi Heya is a small, 150 person live hall that is known for its fusion of both old and new styles. It is located in Shibuya, and it is a popular place for wedding and birthday parties. It is also known for its relaxing atmosphere, with over 75 different wines and liquors available for mixing and matching.

Television and Film

Masako was a leading character in a television show known as “Playgirl” which ran from 1969 to 1974. The plot revolves around a mystery writer (Masako) starts an insurance company of all attractive female detectives. The women start investigating the benefactors and discover white collar crimes, fraud, robberies, etc.

Togawa Masako also had a role in a movie called “The Hunter’s Diary” in 1964, as well as the television show Oinaru genei in 1989. Oinaru Genei was based on her first novel, and she helped write the books that inspired the Hunter’s Diary.

Personal Life

Togawa Masako has had several children. Her last child was born when she was 48 years old. That son, Togawa Shosaku, was arrested in March of 2003 at the age of 25 for possession of stimulant drugs and Marijuana. Masako’s response was that she is not her son’s teacher. Masako is well known for sporting vibrant, multicolor hair reminiscent of a clown.

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