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Playing Visual-kei Music with old Japanese Instrumental

By Masashi Takahashi - Last updated: 火曜日, 8月 21, 2012


Today, we’d like to introduce an interesting band which mixes Japanese traditional culture with pop culture.
Visual-kei is one of the many famous music genres of Japan, its bands sport remarkable make-up as well as unique costumes.


Typical examples of the visual-kei artists are X JAPAN, LUNA SEA and Kuroyume.
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Acid Black Cherry sings for Tohoku Earthquake

By MEGO - Last updated: 火曜日, 10月 25, 2011

Acid Black Cherry“シャングリラ(Shangri-la).”
This song released on October 19.

This song covertly means support of the revival from the Tohoku Earthquake.
For example, this lyrics.

kiseki no kaze ga fukushima he
awaremi ya gizen
ai wa teni

In this way,
there are concealed the name of the stricken area.
The background of title logo, the looks like paints are spilt.
Its shape is the Japanese archipelago.

He doesn’t say anything about it.
Therefore, he is cool!

This lyrics are so positive.
There are many people with smile in this PV.
I am cheered by this song.

Since 3.11, A lot of musicians made and sang a song for the Tohoku Earthquake.
I am most impressed by this song(*´`*)

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By MEGO - Last updated: 月曜日, 10月 24, 2011

“V-ROCK FESTIVAL’11″was held yesterday\^O^/
I had to go to part-time job yesterday.
So I was not able to go there.
↑How many these V-ROCK musicians do you know?
There are a lot of various artists(*´`*)

By the way,
Yesterday(October 23) is Mao(vocalist,SID)’s birthday.Congratulations☆彡
SID is one of NEO Visual-kei 4kings.They are very popular.
SID took part in “HALLOWEEN PARTY 2011” day before yesterday.
Because it was the Halloween party they disguised themself.
Mao disguised himself as AYANAMI-ray(Neon Genesis EVANGELION)…!(◦o◦;;)⇒《Mao’s blog

In this event,other musicians were…
Acid Black Cherry disguised themselves as X Japan!!⇒《yasu’s blog
They sang a song of X Japan.
My friend who participated in this event said”yasu’s voice is so cool!”

According to this article,VAMPS disguised themselves Edward Scissorhands and Princess Mononoke.

I wish i could’ve gone(ToT).

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Ryutaro Arimura of PLASTIC TREE discharged from the hospital

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 金曜日, 1月 21, 2011

ryutaro arimura

Visual-kei band Plastic Tree delivered some good news that vocalist Ryutaro Arimura has completely recovered from Guillain-Barré syndrome and will be resuming activities, including the band’s nationwide tour that starts this March.

Last month, Plastic Tree canceled two concerts after Arimura was diagnosed with the disorder. Guillain-Barré syndrome, which affects the nervous system and can lead to paralysis, is incurable but highly treatable. Fortunately, Arimura was diagnosed while the disorder was still in an early stage and received treatment right away.

Along with the news of Arimura’s return, it was revealed that Plastic Tree will release a new album titled “ammonite” on April 6, which will be their first one since December 2009. The band is currently recording for the album, which is planned to have a total of 12 tracks. The limited edition of the album will come with a DVD that reportedly includes the music video for their song “13th Friday” and some off-shot footage.

Plastic Tree’s tour will consist of 21 shows, starting on March 14 at Akasaka BLITZ in Tokyo.

Ryutaro of PLASTIC TREE halts band activities due to serious disease complications

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Visual-kei band Vidoll to disband, vocalist Jui to go solo

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 水曜日, 1月 19, 2011


Vidoll is breaking up this May.This news came up on January 18, just one day before the band’s album “BEST” goes on sale.
The band was formed by Rame, who had recruited the other members starting with Tero followed by Jui and Ayano.

In 2010, Vocalist Jui announced that, immediately following the final of the ReSet tour (September 18, 2010), Vidoll will be taking a break for an undisclosed amount of time. He said that, due to a blood clot in his throat, he was no longer able to hit the high notes, and in fact at times simply stopped speaking due to the pain. Jui said that the break may last as long as two years, as he will be undergoing surgery and recovering.

Jui is going solo.Music label Nippon Crown said that Jui has become very popular even in the United States and Europe, such that there are expectations of him becoming “the next Gackt.” He is already working on his solo debut album, with plans to first release a single titled “Saidai Kouyaku Ai” on April 20.

Vidoll’s final concert is scheduled for May 7 at Shin-Kiba Studio Coast.

Vidoll’s Member
* Jui (ジュイ) – Vocals
* Shun (シュン) – Guitar
* Giru (ギル) – Guitar
* Rame (ラメ) – Bass guitar
* Tero (テロ) – Drum

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Visual-kei band Versailles appears in first TV drama “Onegai Kanaete Versailles”

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 1月 4, 2011


The visual-kei band Versailles will act in a television show for the first time. “Onegai Kanaete Versailles” is a late-night mini-drama that will air in a 5-minute time slot on MBS (local station in Nagoya) and tvk (local station in Yokohama), starting in January 2011.

Versailles (known as Versailles -Philharmonic Quintet- in the United States) is a Japanese metal band formed in 2007. It is composed of several notable figures in the visual kei scene. Versailles’ key characteristics are their rococo-esque costumes, dueling guitar sounds and heavy but melodic arrangements.

The TV show stars Rina Koike (17) as a poor but pure girl named Rina Fukurokoujo. One day a group of “princes” (played by Versailles) appear before her to grant her every wish, no matter how unreasonable. There will be an element of comedy in their various missions, including one where they must serve as babysitters.

Versailles will provide the show’s theme song “Philia,” which they plan to release as a single on March 16.

“Onegai Kanaete Versailles” will air on MBS on Monday nights at 2:20am, starting January 17. tvk will broadcast the show on Friday nights at 12:30am, starting January 21.

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Versailles -Philharmonic Quintet- World Tour 2010

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 水曜日, 2月 10, 2010
Versailles -Philharmonic Quintet-

Versailles -Philharmonic Quintet-

Versailles announced that they will launch a world tour this year.
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X Japan x Lollapalooza festival

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 土曜日, 2月 6, 2010


Yoshiki announced that X Japan intends to play at Lollapalooza festival, scheduled for August 6-8, 2010 in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kiyoharu’s Kuroyume and SADS Revival

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 日曜日, 1月 31, 2010


Kiyoharu (清春) has announced that both Kuroyume (黒夢)and SADS, his popular bands between the ’90s and the ’00s, are having revivals this year.
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