人間椅子 (Ningen-Isu), circa 2016.
Background information
Origin Aomori, Japan
Genres Doom Metal, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock
Years active 1987 - present
Labels Tokuma Japan Communications
Associated acts Gerard
Website Official Website
Current members Shinji Wakima
Kenichi Suzuki
Nobu Nakajima

人間椅子 (Ningen-Isu, which translates to "The Human Chair") are a hard rock/doom metal band from Aomori, Japan. Active since 1987, they have nineteen full-length albums released as of 2016. their lyrics are themed largely around literature, dark horror, history, eroticism, humor and buddhism. The name of the band itself is taken from the title of one of Ranpo Edogawa's short stories, The Human Chair specifically written in 1924.

They often write about Japanese classical literature, for example, Osamu Dazai, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Jun-ichiro Tanizaki, and so on. They often take up topics such as hell, Buddhism, the universe, and gambling. Wajima and Suzuki have a local accent called "Tsugaru dialect", which adds a unique atmosphere to their songs. They always wear Kimono and "Fundoshi" on stage; Wajima looks like an literary master of Meiji era, Suzuki paints his face white and looks like a Buddhist monk. He wears "Fundoshi", old Japanese underwear under the Kimono. While Nakajima wears Koikuchi shirt and sunglasses and looks like a Japanese gangster. In the band's early days, Suzuki often wore cloths like Nezumi-otoko, a rat man (a character of "Ge-Ge-Ge no Kitaro" by Shigeru Mizuki).

Despite a nearly 30-year career and slowly building an audience abroad the band has never performed outside of their native Japan.

History Edit

Formation and Early Albums (1987 - 1992)Edit

Rashoumon and the 1990s (1993 - 1999)Edit

Kaijin Nijuu Mensou and the early 2000s (2000 - 2005)Edit

Fu-Chi-Ku and resurgence in popularity (2006 - 2013)Edit

Burai Houjou and Kaidan Soshite Shi to Erosu (2014 - Present)Edit

Members Edit

  • Shinji Wajima - Guitar, Vocals (1987 - Present)
  • Kenichi Suzuki - Bass, Vocals (1987 - present)
  • Nobu Nakajima - Drums (2004 - Present)
  • Noriyoshi Kamidate - Drums (1987 - 1992)
  • Masuhiro Goto - Drums (1993 - 1995, 1996 - 2003)
  • Iwao Tsuchiya - Drums (1995 - 1996)

Discography Edit

Albums Edit

  • Ningen Isu (1989, taken from the novel "The Human Chair" by Rampo Edogawa.)
  • Ningen Shikkaku (1990, taken from the novel "No Longer Human" by Osamu Dazai.)
  • Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita (1991, taken from the novel by Ango Sakaguchi. Translation: Below the Full Bloom Cherry Blossom Forest)
  • Ougon no Yoake (1992, translates to "The Golden Dawn")
  • Rashoumon (1993, taken from the novel "Rashoumon" by Ryuunosuke Akutagawa.)
  • Odoru Issunboushi (1995, taken from the novel "Odoru Issunboushi" (lit. "a dancing pygmy") by Rampo Edogawa.)
  • Mugen no Juunin (1996, taken from the comic "Mugen no Juunin" (lit. "a dweller of eternity") by Hiroaki Samura.)
  • Taihai Geijutsu Ten (1998, translates to "degenerate art exhibition".)
  • Nijusseiki Sousoukyoku (1999, translates to "funeral march for the 20th century".)
  • Kaijin Nijuu Mensou (2000, taken from the novel "Kaijin Nijuu Mensou" (lit. "mystery man with 20 masks") by Rampo Edogawa.)
  • Mishiranu Sekai (2001, translates to "An Unknown World")
  • Shura Bayashi (2003, which means a kind of traditional Japanese music for "Shura" (a word from Buddhism)
  • San Aku Douchuu Hizakurige (2004, the name is taken from a concept of Buddhism. The title is also a parody of the novel "Tokai Douchuu Hiza-kurige" by Ikku Jippensha.)
  • Fu-Chi-Ku (2006, translates to "Hoochie-Coochie")
  • Manatsu no Yo no Yume (2007, translates to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare.)
  • Mirai Roman-Ha (2009, translates to "A Future Romantic School".)
  • Shigan Raisan (2011, translates to "The Worship of This World".)
  • Mandoro (2013, translates to "Full Moon")
  • Burai Houjou (2014, translates to "Freedom and Luxuriance")
  • Kaidan Soshite Shi to Erosu (2016, translates to "Ghost Stories: Death and Eroticism".)

Live Albums / VideosEdit

  • 遺言状放送 (Video) (1991)
  • 怪人二十面相 (Video) (2000)
  • 涅槃神楽 (和風鋼鉄音楽活動絵草紙集) (Split Video with Gargoyle, 五人一首 and 陰陽座 (2001)
  • 見知らぬ世界 (Video) (2002)
  • 見知らぬ世界 (DVD) (2006)
  • 遺言状放送 (DVD) (2006)
  • 疾風怒濤 〜人間椅子ライブ! ライブ!! ("Sturm Und Drang: Ningen-Isu Live! Live!!) (2010)
  • 苦しみも喜びも夢なればこそ「現世は夢~バンド生活二十五年~」渋谷公会堂公演 (DVD) (2015)
  • 威風堂々~人間椅子ライブ!! (2017)


  • 押絵と旅する男 (Oshie to Tabi Suru Otoko, "The Traveler with the Pasted Rag Picture") (2002)
  • 人間椅子傑作選~二十周年記念ベスト盤~ ("The Best of Ningen-Isu: 20th Anniversary Celebration Best-Of Album") (2009)
  • 人間椅子傑作選~二十周年記念ベスト盤~ (The Present World is a Dream ~25th Anniversary Commemoration Best-Of Album") (2014)

Singles / Other ReleasesEdit

Links Edit

References Edit


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