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Fun Facts about Miyavi

• Stage Name: Miyavi
• Formerly known as: Miyabi
• Position: Former guitarist and back up vocalist of Due le quartz, currently a solo artist.
• Birthday: September 14th 1981
• Star sign:Virgo, though he claims to be a Pegasus
• Born in: Hyougoken, Japan
• Height: 185 CM
• Weight: 57 kg
• Favorite Color: Pink
• Cigarette brand: Formerly seven star box, but recently he's been aiming to quit.
• Shoe size: 9 (US) / 27.5 CM


• Miyavi has claimed to be his own favorite artist.

• Miyavi's former stage name, Miyabi, means "elegant".

• Miyavi's favorite brands include BA-TSU, Jean Paul Gaultier, Here-There, Beauty-Beast, and Gucci.

• Miyavi's favorite cologne is Dolce & Gabbana.

• Miyavi loves chocolate cake, chicken, and inari zushi.

• Miyavi hates broccoli and tomato juice.

• Miyavi admires Toshiya of Dir en grey, and Kazuki of Raphael.

• Kei from Baroque is said to look up to Miyavi.

• Miyavi says he has issues shouting all the time, no matter where he is.

• Miyavi says he cannot go a day without hugging someone.

• Miyavi wanted to be a doctor before he became a musician "because it's very important to help people".

• Miyavi was heavily involved in soccer when he was in highschool and still plays as a hobby. His first photo essay features him playing soccer with a young actor from his movie.

• Miyavi has updated his online journal as many at seven times in one day.

• Miyavi has three piercings in his face (right eyebrow, left nostral, right bottom lip) six in his ear, and one "secret" piercing. The interesting thing about his lip piercing is, it actually goes through his lip as opposed to under/around it like most piercings do.

• Miyavi's stage/PV clothes are made by Fötus, which has enjoyed a great deal of popularity since Miyavi went solo. He modeled fotus clothing at a fashion show in 2003. Arena 37c ran an article about it.(You can visit the fotus site though the links section).

• Miyavi has modeled clothing for the Gothic Lolita Bible on multiple occasions, since before he was a solo artist.

• Miyavi claims to use his own tour towels when he bathes.

• Miyavi hit his front teeth on the microphone during his first major live. He continued as if nothing happened, but afterwards he said hurt so much he felt like crying.

• Miyavi was so nervous during the shooting of his first movie's live scene that his knees were shaking and he couldn't eat.

• Miyavi's first magazine cover was SHOXX October issue 2003. His second was SHOXX bis, and his third was SHOXX February 2004.

• Miyavi loves his tattoos and piercings, but says he doesn't necessarily want a girl who shares those same features. However, he said as long as she's's alright.

Miyavi (雅-MIYAVI-?, born on September 14, 1981), real name Takamasa Ishihara (石原貴雅, Ishihara Takamasa?) is a Japanese recording artist and entertainer. His legacy as the guitarist for Dué le Quartz and the supergroup S.K.I.N. established him as an accomplished musical icon in the Japanese music scene.

Miyavi is still active in the current visual kei and mainstream rock scene in Japan, releasing several singles which went on to achieve commercial success.
Also known as
雅, MYV, 382, DJ 382, MYV 382 TOKYO
Born September 14, 1981 (1981-09-14) (age 28)
Origin Konohana-ku, Osaka, Japan
Genres Pop, rockOccupations Singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer, dancer, actor Instruments Guitar, electric sitar, shamisen, gigpig, piano
Years active
PS Company, EMI Music Japan
Associated acts
S.K.I.N., Dué le Quartz


Early life
Miyavi was born in Konohana-ku, Osaka, Japan, to a Japanese mother and second-generation Zainichi Korean father. While young, he moved to Kawanishi in Hyōgo Prefecture.

Miyavi says that as a child, he was a good student and enjoyed playing soccer. At 15, Miyavi bought his first guitar (though he initially planned to buy a bass guitar) and a multi-effector from money he had saved up himself and began writing music after a soccer injury left him unable to play.

Dué le Quartz and Indies Era
In 1999, at the age of 17, Miyavi joined the visual kei band Dué le Quartz where he was credited under the name, Miyabi. Upon Dué le Quartz's dissolution in 2002, he announced that his plan to initiate a solo career and changing his name to Miyavi, releasing his debut album Gagaku soon after. He later signed a contract with PS Company, and eventually with Universal Music Group, becoming a major label artist. Miyavi's significant change in music and visual styles after leaving Dué le Quartz caused much of his original audience to disperse, but attracted a new audience.

Prior to starring as himself in the 2003 film Oresama, Miyavi also starred alongside his former band mate Sakito, from Dué le Quartz, in Ryomano Tsumato Sono Ottoto Aijin.

Miyavi has been regularly featured in various Japanese rock magazines every month, such as Fools Mate, Arena 37c, and Shoxx. In the past he has also modeled in the Gothic & Lolita Bible and for various brands such as the clothing line Fotus.

In 2004 Miyavi was scheduled to perform at various conventions in the United States, but was forced to cancel at the last minute due to staff issues. One of the planned events had been a show at Pacific Media Expo, where the Japanese band Psycho le Cému acted as a substitute, while another was at Anime Central, where then-indies band Sid was booked as a replacement. He was also scheduled for Megacon, but no replacement was provided.

In 2004 the maxi-single "Ashita, Genki ni Naare" hit the number one spot on the Oricon indies chart.

Majors and pop/acoustic era
Following his signing with Universal Music Group in October 2004, Miyavi released his first major single "Rock no gyakushū -Superstar no jōken-/21 Seikigata Koushinkyoku" and began to credit himself in the song writing credits in his liner notes as MYV. His first major album, Miyavizm, was released in June 2005.

In late 2005 and for most of 2006, Miyavi shifted to an acoustic/pop sound reflected in his second and third albums, MYV Pops and Miyaviuta -Dokusou-, released in August and September 2006, respectively. Reflecting on MYV Pops, he had stated "it's like putting all the songs that I created, presenting my own attitude towards "popularity", into one album." About Miyaviuta: Dokusou Miyavi said "...for the album I wanted to fit in with the quality of the songs themselves and absorb myself into my performance, playing acoustic guitar alone."

Miyavi showcased his new acoustic stylings for the first time in his 25 Shūnen Kinen Koen Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo 5 Days -Dokuso- concert series held at Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo for five days around his 25th birthday in September 2006.

Miyavi left for America for the next six months. During a 2009 interview, he revealed that he went there to study English at a usual language school among people who had come there on their job search from all over the world. Regarding his language school schedule, he said he went to language school "from seven in the morning till after noon, after which I went to dance class. Everyday, I had about eight hours of training, dancing, running. Then, I went home to do homework. On the weekends, my friends drove me to Venice Beach, and I’d do street performances."

US debut, Neo Visualizm and S.K.I.N.
On December 30, 2006 Miyavi put out a message that he would be joining a band. On May 25, 2007 at the JRock Revolution concert organized by Yoshiki at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, it was officially announced that Miyavi would be a part of a band named S.K.I.N., which also consisted of solo artists Yoshiki, Gackt, and Sugizo.

S.K.I.N. performed their debut live at the 2007 Anime Expo convention in Long Beach, California on June 29, 2007.

On February 8, 2007, Miyavi announced via his online diary that he would be performing live in Las Vegas. The performance took place on February 17, 2007 at the Tabu Ultra Lounge in the MGM Grand.

In May 2007, Miyavi announced his fourth major album—as well as his first remix album—to be released in July. Remixed by TeddyLoid, the album, titled 7 Samurai Sessions -We're Kavki Boiz-, features re-arrangements of his past songs and features a variety of instruments such as a turntable, various drums and tap dancing. The limited edition of the album included a DVD with bonus studio recording footage. Miyavi's seventh major single (and 14th overall), a double A-side entitled "Sakihokoru Hana no you ni -Neo Visualizm- / Kabuki Danshi", was released on June 20, 2007, and debuted at number four on the Oricon charts. The supporting tour, entitled The Beginning of Neo Visualizm Tour, started on July 16, and was planned for twenty venues in Japan and a stop in Korea in six weeks.

On September 3, a new single "Subarashikikana, kono sekai - What A Wonderful World" was announced, and it was released on November 14, 2007.

Shortly after this release, Miyavi announced a new single—a collaboration with fellow S.K.I.N. guitarist, Sugizo—entitled "Hi no hikari sae todokanai kono basho de", which was released on January 16, 2008.

A new album was released in March 2008, titled This Iz the Japanese Kabuki Rock followed by two announcements at the last show of his 2007 Asia tour at Shibuya’s C.C. Lemon Hall December 25, 2007: that of the release of the Official Bootleg Live at Shinkiba Coast live DVD and of This Iz The Japanese Kabuki Rock Tour 2008, his first world tour with performances in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

The tour kicked off with a fan-club only event at the Shibuya AX in Tokyo, in May 2008. The circuit was composed of 33 cities in 14 countries over a 3 month period—a first in J-rock scene—with the distance traveled approximately 48,385 miles, equivalent to a full trip around the world. Majority of the concerts were sold out and covered extensively by more than 200 different media organizations. It wrapped up with a performance in Tokyo on August 17, 2008.

On December 24th of the same year, Miyavi released This Iz The Original Samurai Style, his world tour DVD, a remix album, Room No. 382 (remixed by TeddyLoid), and the Peace&Smile Carnival Tour 2005 DVD (re-released after it initially sold out).

In a late 2008 interview, upon being asked where he wanted to go in the next ten years (personally or on tour), Miyavi expressed his desire to visit "Russia, Italy, Macao, Dubai, Antarctica, India, Thailand, Indonesia, New Orleans, Mexico, Argentina, Croatia, Mt. Fuji."

Miyavi started 2009 with the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Performance along with all artists signed under the PS Company at the Nippon Budokan on January 3, for which the 13,000+ tickets sold out within three minutes of going on sale on November 22, 2008. On the day of the live, fans were sprawled in a line stretching from the Budokan to Kudanshita Station.

Near the end of the show, Miyavi famously revealed that a DVD of the event, Peace&Smile Carnival 2009, would be released on April 5, 2008, by accident. Two books titled PS Company 10th Anniversary Book Peace&Smile History 1998-2008 and Peace&Smile Carnival at Nippon Budokan were released on January 23 and February 9, 2009 respectively. While the PS Company 10th Anniversary Book Peace&Smile History 1998-2008 consisted of photo shoots and interviews with the participating artists (including Miyavi, Kagrra, Kra, the GazettE, Alice Nine, SuG and SCREW), the Peace&Smile Carnival at Nippon Budokan in addition included exclusive backstage images, live reports, as well as a company-wide questionnaire.

On February 16, 2009 Miyavi announced that following the April 5th live, he would be graduating from PS Company after 10 years with them. (PS Company managed him since before his solo debut, when he was still in his previous band Dué le Quartz.) This was accompanied by a message from the president, Tomomi Ozaki. Following the live on April 7, Miyavi announced on his official website that he would be launching his own company, J-Glam, Inc., the next day (April 8), naming himself President Takamasa Ishihara. On the 1st of June, Miyavi released a new song named "SuperHero" through his official Myspace.

In March, he announced a second world tour. On October 21, 2009, Miyavi announced on his official Myspace that his USA tour for Neo Tokyo Samurai Black was canceled (Seattle, New York, Atlanta, and Dallas) due to an injury.

On Jan. 1st 2010, Miyavi announced a new record deal with EMI and the release of the DVD “NEO TOKYO SAMURAI BLACK WORLD TOUR Vol.1” which is set for release on March 24th, and the changing of his artist name logo to 雅-MIYAVI-.

Recently on his 2010 Neo Tokyo Samurai Black World Tour, Miyavi announced there is a new single to be released September 15th titled TORTURE and his new upcoming "WHAT'S MY NAME" album to be released in October.

Personal Life

On March 14, 2009, Miyavi married pop singer Melody. He announced their marriage on April 5, 2009.

On July 29, 2009, Melody gave birth to a daughter Lovelie Miyavi Ishihara (石原 愛理 雅, Ishihara Airi Miyavi?). The characters used to write the name Lovelie mean "The reason of Love".

On July 5th, 2010 Miyavi announced in his Myspace blog that he and Melody are expecting another baby.


Full-Length albums Extended Plays Remix albums Compilation albums Singles DVD
  • Gekokujou (Live concert, July 23, 2003)
  • Oresama (おれさま) (Film, February 25, 2004)
  • Hitorigei (Music video compilation, August 21, 2004)
  • Indies Last Live in Nihon Budokan (Live concert, December 1, 2004)
  • Noriko no Ichi (Live documentary, January 12, 2005)
  • Peace&Smile Carnival 2005 (2005 and rereleased on December 24, 2008)
  • Hitorigei 2 (Music video compilation, December 7, 2005)
  • Hitorigei 3 (Music video compilation, December 20, 2006)
  • 25 Shunen Kinen Koen Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo 5 Days -Dokuso- (Live concert, May 2, 2007)
  • The Beginning of Neo Visualizm Tour 2007 (Live concert, May 7, 2008)
  • Official Bootleg Live at Shinkiba Coast (Live concert, May 7, 2008)
  • This Iz The Original Samurai Style (Music video compilation, December 24, 2008)
  • Peace&Smile Carnival 2009 (April 5, 2009)
  • NEO TOKYO SAMURAI BLACK WORLD TOUR vol.1 (Tour Documentary, March 24, 2010)
  • Shibuya Kokadi (Live concert)
Charitable works
  • a piece of water - Christmas is... (iTunes Store)
  • NIPPON Shiyouzi Noriko Rock Selection - FANKIMONKIBAIBURESHON ~Solo~ (January 1, 2007)
  • PS Company 10th Anniversary Book Peace&Smile History 1998-2008 (January 23, 2009)
  • Peace&Smile Carnival at Nippon Budokan (February 9, 2009)
Photo Books
  • Wagahai (September 19, 2003)
  • Gakincho (October 19, 2004)
  • Je vous souhaite un bon anniversaire. (September 7, 2006)
With Dué le Quartz Main article: Dué le Quartz
Well there it is! Hope you got your fill all Miyavi fans, and hope it informed and maybe got all of you who aren't fans into the band ^.^