There isn't much information available on Ariga himself, but here are a few tidbits I found. He first started performing music as a bassist for Shinji Harada's band Crisis and Kenjiro Sakiya's band Vizion. Between 1987 and 1993 he had a brief and obscure solo career, releasing seven singles and three albums, and then withdrew to background status once more. The only other time I saw his name after that besides songwriting credits is as a member of ACRI, a collaborative band project between Tatsuya Ishii (of Kome Kome Club fame) and Char in the mid-90's. Hearing a few of Ariga's well-crafted songs on Youtube did intrigue me enough to purchase his second album "umbrella" where "Rain Dolphin" comes from. He wrote, composed and arranged the whole track, by the way.
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