Takamasa Ishihara, better known by his stage name Miyavi, is a Japanese singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. He is known for his style of playing a guitar. He has been active since 1999, first as guitarist for the now defunct visual kei rock band Dué le Quartz, in 2007, he became a member of the rock supergroup S. K. I. N. and in 2009 founded his own company, J-Glam. He toured worldwide several times, with over 250 shows in 30 countries as of 2015, as of 2016, he released ten solo albums and 27 singles. The couple have two daughters and the lives in Los Angeles. In 2014, Miyavi appeared in the picture, directed by Angelina Jolie. Since 2013, Miyavi is a volunteer at UNHCR, visiting refugee camps around the world, Miyavi was born in the Nishikujō district in Konohana-ku ward, Osaka Prefecture, to a Korean Japanese father and a Japanese mother. After the first grade, he moved to Kawanishi and his fathers family, surnamed Lee, came from Jeju Island. Miyavi says that as a child he was a good student and he was accepted into the junior team of Cerezo Osaka, a J-League team.
In the second year of high school, a sports injury prevented him from pursuing a professional career in sports. Instead, at the age of 15, he learned to play the guitar and he bought a guitar and began covering songs by Ray Charles. He was particularly fond of visual kei acts, such as X Japan and Luna Sea, but listened to the blues, hard rock like Metallica and L. A. Guns, and industrial music like Nine Inch Nails. In his third year of high school, he started playing with his first band. In 1999, at the age of 17, Miyavi moved to Tokyo, and joined the visual kei rock band Dué le Quartz, besides being a guitarist, he wrote lyrics and arranged. When the band split up in 2002, he started his solo career and he signed a contract with the independent record label PS Company, and on October 31, his debut studio album Gagaku was released. Before the end of the three more singles were released, Shindemo Boogie-Woogie, Pop is dead and Jingle Bell, of which only the third managed to enter the top forty on the Oricon charts.
Miyavi starred alongside his former bandmate Sakito in a movie, on April 23,2003 his first solo concert was held at the Shibuya Public Hall. Three singles were released, Jibun Kakumei and Coo quack cluck -Ku, ru-, which charted as numbers forty and forty-two respectively on Oricon
Rain (Japanese band)
Ra, IN is a Japanese instrumental rock band. Formed in 2002 by Pata and Tetsu, the group is signed to the Danger Crue label, former hide with Spread Beaver keyboardist DIE joined the band in May 2007, and drummer Tetsu left in April 2014, being replaced by Ryuichi Nishida. They have released three albums, a single and a two track EP, and have toured extensively, including shows in China, France, Germany, Spain. Ra, IN was formed in October 2002 with Pata on guitar, Michiaki on bass and they were named by Masayoshi Kabe, Michiakis bandmate in Zoku Zoku Kazoku. They went on their first tour in December, with their debut maxi-single The Border released in April of next year and it was followed by their first album The Line in November. They had their first overseas performances in 2004, Shanghai on April 24-25, raIN performed three shows in Paris in May 2005, and at the closing of the hide museum on September 9 back in Japan. In 2007 they released the DVD Hard Rain and Rocks Live and that year keyboardist DIE joined the band.
Their third album Metal Box was released in Japan in April 2008 and they performed at the hide memorial summit at Ajinomoto Stadium on May 3. The band released a single sold only on the tour. They held the two man Rock’n Roll Vaudeville 2011 show together with Der Zibet on June 24,2011, in September 2012, Ra, IN performed alongside Der Zibet, Ladies Room and Tokyo Yankees at the Yokohama Summer Rock Fes. It was announced on April 17,2014 that Tetsu had left the group, Ra, IN performed in the United States at A-Kon on June 6–8, and Ryuichi Nishida officially joined the band as drummer on June 28. The members of Ra, IN are credited exclusively by their given or stage names
Toshio Hayakawa, better known by his stage name Ichirou Mizuki, is a Japanese vocalist, composer, voice actor and actor best known for his work on theme songs for anime and tokusatsu. For over 40 years, he has recorded over 1200 songs for Japanese film, television and he is referred to by fans and fellow performers alike as the Aniki of the anison, or anime music genre. He has produced the singing duo Apple Pie since 1990 and created the supergroup JAM Project in 2000, in July 1968, Mizuki signed onto the Columbia Music Entertainment label and released his first single called Kimi ni sasageru Boku no Uta, composed by Kanae Wada. In 1971, Mizuki recorded the song Genshi Shōnen Ryū ga Yuku which was used as the theme for Genshi Shōnen Ryū. This began his foray into recording well over 1200 songs for various soundtracks as well as original singles, other early songs sung by Mizuki include the themes to Chojin Barom 1, Mazinger Z, Babel II, Robot Detective, Kamen Rider X, Great Mazinger, Ganbare.
Robocon, Kamen Rider Stronger, Steel Jeeg, Akumaizer 3, Chōdenji Robo Combattler V and his extensive discography in the 1970s led to his dubbing as Aniking and the Emperor of Anime Songs, with whom Mitsuko Horie is the Queen and Hironobu Kageyama is the Prince. Mizuki is part of the panel at the Animax Anison Grand Prix, with Horie. Mizuki performed theme songs throughout the 1980s and 1990s, for such as Beast King GoLion, Getter Robo Go. On July 17,2000, with fellow anison vocalists Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Eizo Sakamoto and he reduced his membership in the group to part-time, allowing for the entry of Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama. He would return to recording in 2007 with his performances on the soundtrack of Juken Sentai Gekiranger, singing its ending theme Tao, an image song Chikai, ~Jōnetsu o Uketsui de~ performed as a duet with Takayoshi Tanimoto who sang the series opening theme. He sang on JAM Projects single STORMBRINGER, the theme for Kotetsushin Jeeg.
In 2008, he released his 40th anniversary Ichirou Mizuki, Newest Best album, the Michi ~road~ 5-CD box set including 216 songs from his discography, other recent releases by Mizuki include two singles for Chōjin Neiger, a local hero from Akita Prefecture. His most recent work is a single for the OVA adaptation of Katte ni Kaizō, with its theme song Katte ni Kaizō Shite mo Ii ze, and an insert song, called Nuiguruma, featuring Kenji Ohtsuki. In addition to his vocalist career, Mizuki has been cast in roles as both a voice actor and a live-action actor. As a voice actor, he played the roles of Yoldo in the first episode of the OVA Dangaioh, Rat Hector in Coral no Tanken, and the villain Keisar Ephes in the video game Super Robot Wars Alpha 3. His live-action roles include Dr. Ben in Jikuu Senshi Spielban and Voicelugger Gold in Voicelugger and he performed as a guest appearance in the Japanese Television Comedy show, Gaki No Tsukai. He voiced the title character Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo in the first PlayStation 2 game of the series, in 2010, he had a role in an episode of arc of Kamen Rider W along with fellow musicians Aya Kamiki and TAKUYA.
In 2012, he starred in one of the episodes in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters as well as singing Li-Oh, which is a theme song for the new robot introduced in the episode
A convention center is a large building that is designed to hold a convention, where individuals and groups gather to promote and share common interests. Convention centers typically offer sufficient floor area to several thousand attendees. Very large venues, suitable for trade shows, are sometimes known as exhibition centres. Convention centers typically have at least one auditorium and may contain concert halls, lecture halls, meeting rooms, some large resort area hotels include a convention center
Takami Akai is an illustrator, game creator, character designer and animator born on November 21,1961 in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. He was a member of Gainax, and runs his own company titled NineLives. He stepped down from Gainax board after an incident in which he and he is portrayed by actor Tomoya Nakamura in the 2014 TV Drama Aoi Honō based on the autobiographical manga by his fellow Osaka University of Arts alumnus Kazuhiko Shimamoto. Akai attended Osaka University of Arts majoring in fine art, while studying there, Akai created the character designs for the Daicon III opening animation. The main staff for the Daicon III and Daicon IV opening animations went on to create the animation studio Gainax, Akai was in the same class as Hiroyuki Yamaga and Hideaki Anno
Anna Tsuchiya is a Japanese-American singer and semi-retired model of Polish descent. Since 2005, she is known as a singer. Tsuchiya was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and an American father, in her earliest years, she spoke English and Japanese. Tsuchiyas parents divorced when she was seven and she has an older sister, Angela. Tsuchiyas modeling career began at the age of fourteen after her older sister Angela, demand for her grew, and by 2002, she was doing television ads for Uniqlo and Edwin. Tsuchiya spent her mid-teens modeling, and made friends, notably Yoshika and it has been reported that she began smoking and drinking around this time. Her best known role in acting was as Ichigo Shirayuri - a rural-delinquent biker-gang girl turned fashion model - in the 2004 movie Kamikaze Girls, Ichigo as a model was portrayed as one with tendencies for violent behavior and delinquency. During her time as a model, she tried hard to lose weight, at 1.67 meters and 44 kilograms, she was considered overweight for a model in Japan.
At this time, she experienced mental and physical agony, being bullied by other models, according to a contemporary, those who teased Tsuchiya had recognized her as tough while other overweight models, like Kaela Kimura, were always called by extremely vulgar nicknames. Just a few, but some, praised Tsuchiya afterwards, saying things like well done. When she was fifteen, she awoke one morning starving to find that she could not move her legs, a result of severe malnutrition and these models, unable to understand Japanese, were oblivious to Tsuchiyas abuse and always just smiled back to whatever what she said. Tsuchiya retired from modeling at 18 and she has said that she realized she could no longer compete with gifted ones like Emi Suzuki. She remains in demand for fashion and lifestyle magazines like Kera, although born and raised in Tokyo, she sometimes uses Kyushu or Okinawa slang and speaks in southern dialects especially when she is drunk and on the radio. She has explained that the majority of models she encountered were from the islands or the north.
This helped the development of her character Ichigo, the Bōsōzoku delinquent, Tsuchiya sang in her school choir and has been involved in the music industry since age 16. At 18, she terminated her contract with Japanese Seventeen, after an offer by former Oblivion Dust member K. A. Z, she invested in her music career In mid-2002, she formed the rock duo Spin Aqua with K. A. Z. Tsuchiya has said her influences have changed over the years, from Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler and Mariah Carey, to Bon Jovi and Guns N Roses. Soon after she debuted as a singer, she was sometimes dubbed The Second Nanase because of her resemblance to Nanase Aikawa, Spin Aqua released three singles, one album, and a video collection, without commercial success
Scandal (Japanese band)
Scandal is an all-female Japanese rock band from Osaka. Formed in August 2006 by four high school girls, they played live performances until they were noticed and signed to the indie label Kitty Records. In 2008, they released three singles and a mini-album while performing shows in the United States and Hong Kong and that October, Scandal released their major debut single, under Epic Records Japan. The band has performed the songs for some anime, including Shōjo S and Harukaze for Bleach and Shunkan Sentimental for Fullmetal Alchemist. With numerous overseas performances and anime theme songs, Scandal has built an international fanbase. The girls, Mami and Rina, met in an Osaka vocal, shortly thereafter, they started performing live performances every weekend at Shiroten in Osaka Castle Park. Soon, they started getting offers from clubs in Osaka and Kyoto, the bands name originates from a sign near Studio Brotherz, a studio where they practiced in their early days. The studio is on the floor of a building shared with other businesses.
The girls decided to choose the biggest sign among the shops, Scandal signed with indie label Kitty Records and released three singles exclusive to Tower Records in 2008. The first, Space Ranger, ranked #2 on the Tower indie charts, in March, they embarked on the Japan Nite US tour 2008, touring six major cities in the United States. They performed at Sakura-Con, one of the largest anime conventions in the United States, in July, they performed in front of 10,000 people at Frances Japan Expo and at Hong Kongs Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong in August. Scandal concluded their indie career with the release of their first mini-album, Yah Yah Yah.2008 continued to be an eventful year for Scandal. In October, they made their debut on Epic Records Japan with the single Doll. It gave them more exposure, including appearances on music television shows like Music Station. The band released their second major single Sakura Goodbye in March 2009 to commemorate Mami, the song is a new version of their indie song, only heard live.
The following month, their upcoming third major single Shōjo S was used as the tenth opening theme for the anime Bleach. This brought their popularity up even higher as the single ranked #6 on the Oricon charts when it was released two in June. On October 14, Scandal released their fourth single, Yumemiru Tsubasa which was followed with their major debut album, Best Scandal
Japanese popular culture
Japanese popular culture encompasses the modern popular culture of Japan. Contemporary forms of culture, much like the traditional forms, are not only forms of entertainment. There is an industry of music and the products of a huge comic book industry. Game centers, bowling alleys, and karaoke parlors are well-known hangout places for teens while older people may play shogi or go in specialized parlors, after the end of the US occupation of Japan in 1952, Japanese popular culture has been deeply influenced by American media. Rather than being dominated by American products however, Japan has localised these influences by imitating, Kawaii is a Japanese term which means cute and beautiful. Kawaii is used to some men who are considered to have cute personalities. Kawaii in Japan has been a trend for many Japanese markets. The use of Kawaii in public relations has been a factor for many. One type of mascot in Japan that are noted for their Kawaii-ness are characters known as yurukiyara, each year Japan celebrates a new winner and this years current number one is Bari-san from Ehime prefecture.
Despite this, his popularity pales in comparison to that of last years champion, Kumamon of Kumamoto prefecture. Having pulled in over 2.5 billion yen in sales across the nation this past year, he is widely adored. Japanese pop culture is highly surrounded by idealized celebrities who appear on different forms of mass media. These idols are mostly girls portrayed for their cuteness and innocence and they must have a perfect public image and be good examples to young people. Idols aim to play a range of roles as media personalities, e. g. pop or J-pop singers, panelists of variety programs, bit-part actors, models for magazines. Alternative media idols include the emerging net idol, a form of idol in which grows popularity on the internet as its base foundation, many net idol groups create a large standing online before transferring their career towards the professional Music Industry. During 2016, about 636 thousand people attended their live concerts, the group has been ranked as the most popular female idol group from 2013 to 2016.
Geinōkai is the world of Japanese entertainment, encompassing everything from movies and television to radio, geinōjin is a term, often used interchangeably with talent, which refers to members of the Geinōkai. Talent refers to a large group of people who appear on television from night to night
Masakazu Katsura is a Japanese manga artist, known for several works of manga, including Wing-man, Shadow Lady, DNA², Video Girl Ai, Is, and Zetman. He has worked as designer for Iria, Zeiram the Animation, Tiger & Bunny. Masakazu Katsura was born in the prefecture of Fukui in Japan, the turning point in his life was an illness for which he was bedridden, during which time he taught himself a different way to draw. Katsura entered the industry in his second or third year of high school. However, he says he did not grow up reading manga, instead he read novels, Video Girl Ai was made into an original video animation and has been released in North America. A live-action movie was made of the story. Is was made into at least two OVAs, one side story, and one six-episode summary of the manga. Katsura performed as a vocalist on the songs Tomorrow Will Be Tomorrow, in 2008, he collaborated with Akira Toriyama, his good friend and creator of Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump, for the Jump SQ one-shot Sachie-chan Good.
The two became friends in the early 1980s, having been introduced by their mutual editor Kazuhiko Torishima, Toriyama credits Katsura with coming up with the idea to have two characters fuse together in Dragon Ball, leading to the Fusion technique. However, Katsura says this is only a rumor, while he did in fact suggest it to him, he knows that Toriyama was not listening and they worked together again in 2009, for the three-chapter one-shot Jiya in Weekly Young Jump. Also in 2008, Katsura did an illustration of the Batman costume for Bandais Movie Realization action figure line. Manga Wing-man Super Mobile Troop Vander Present from Lemon Zetman Video Girl Includes Video Girl Ai, Jiya Other works Iria, Zeiram the Animation Love & Destroy Bitchs Life Tiger & Bunny Garo -Guren no Tsuki- Official website Masakazu Katsura at Anime News Networks encyclopedia