1. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  2. Social Media: TikTok
  3. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
  4. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  5. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  6. Empress Wu
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  10. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  11. Interview: LOVEBITES
  12. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  13. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  14. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  15. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  16. Drama: Meteor Garden
  17. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  18. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  19. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  20. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  21. Moon festival
  22. Band: LOVEBITES
  23. Chinese Traditional clothing
  24. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  25. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  26. Review: Wish
  27. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  28. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  29. Book: The White Book
  30. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  31. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  32. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  33. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  34. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  35. Artist: Hanggai
  36. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  37. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  38. Produce 101 China
  39. Crossfaith (interview)
  40. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  41. Food: Ramen
  42. Artist: Jackson Wang
  43. Special: BTSXARMY
  44. SPECIAL: BTS
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  46. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  47. 10 years of SHINee
  48. Drama review: Erased
  49. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  50. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  51. Artist: Miyavi
  52. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  53. 10 Korean Proverbs
  54. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  55. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  56. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  57. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  58. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  59. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  60. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  61. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  62. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  63. Religion in Japan
  64. C-Pop
  65. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  66. CinemAsia Amsterdam
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  69. Artist: BABYMETAL
  70. Online shopping in China
  71. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  72. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  73. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  74. Boygroup: Day6
  75. Drama Review: Last Friend
  76. Valentine’s day in China
  77. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  78. Valentine’s day in Korea
  79. Valentine’s day in Japan
  80. Terracotta Army
  81. Beauty in Korea
  82. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  83. Chinese New Year
  84. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  85. Review: Snackfever subscription
  86. Cat Cafe
  87. Religion in China
  88. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  89. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  90. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  91. Review: Kaomoji
  92. Chopsticks
  93. Drama Review: Save Me
  94. LGBT in Japan
  95. Artist: Zhao Lei
  96. The power of BB Cream
  97. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  98. LGBT in China
  99. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  100. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  101. Rental bikes
  102. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  103. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  104. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  105. The Three Sovereigns
  106. LGTB in South Korea
  107. Japanese street food
  108. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  109. Mumun Pottery
  110. Boygroup: SF9
  111. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  112. Izanagi & Izanami
  113. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  114. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  115. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  116. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  117. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  118. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  119. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  120. Halloween in Japan
  121. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  122. Halloween in China
  123. Halloween in Korea
  124. Social Media in China? No!
  125. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  126. Camera Japan Festival
  127. Movie Review: Noise
  128. Heungbu and Nolbu
  129. Konpeitō
  130. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  131. Chinese Street Food
  132. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  133. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  134. Jeulmun Pottery
  135. Boyband: NEWS
  136. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  137. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  138. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  139. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  140. Review: Hite
  141. The Rising Sun Flag
  142. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  143. Drama review: Hwarang
  144. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
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  1. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  2. Social Media: TikTok
  3. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
  4. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  5. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  6. Empress Wu
  7. Game review: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
  8. Review: Hallyucon
  9. Concert review: Crossfaith at Patronaat
  10. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  11. Interview: LOVEBITES
  12. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  13. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  14. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  15. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  16. Drama: Meteor Garden
  17. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  18. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  19. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  20. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  21. Moon festival
  22. Band: LOVEBITES
  23. Chinese Traditional clothing
  24. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  25. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  26. Review: Wish
  27. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  28. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  29. Book: The White Book
  30. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  31. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  32. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  33. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  34. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  35. Artist: Hanggai
  36. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  37. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  38. Produce 101 China
  39. Crossfaith (interview)
  40. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  41. Food: Ramen
  42. Artist: Jackson Wang
  43. Special: BTSXARMY
  44. SPECIAL: BTS
  45. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  46. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  47. 10 years of SHINee
  48. Drama review: Erased
  49. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  50. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  51. Artist: Miyavi
  52. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  53. 10 Korean Proverbs
  54. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  55. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  56. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  57. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  58. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  59. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  60. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  61. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  62. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  63. Religion in Japan
  64. C-Pop
  65. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  66. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  67. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  68. Boygroup: GOT7
  69. Artist: BABYMETAL
  70. Online shopping in China
  71. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  72. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  73. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  74. Boygroup: Day6
  75. Drama Review: Last Friend
  76. Valentine’s day in China
  77. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  78. Valentine’s day in Korea
  79. Valentine’s day in Japan
  80. Terracotta Army
  81. Beauty in Korea
  82. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  83. Chinese New Year
  84. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  85. Review: Snackfever subscription
  86. Cat Cafe
  87. Religion in China
  88. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  89. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  90. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  91. Review: Kaomoji
  92. Chopsticks
  93. Drama Review: Save Me
  94. LGBT in Japan
  95. Artist: Zhao Lei
  96. The power of BB Cream
  97. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  98. LGBT in China
  99. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  100. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  101. Rental bikes
  102. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  103. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  104. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  105. The Three Sovereigns
  106. LGTB in South Korea
  107. Japanese street food
  108. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  109. Mumun Pottery
  110. Boygroup: SF9
  111. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  112. Izanagi & Izanami
  113. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  114. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  115. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  116. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  117. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  118. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  119. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  120. Halloween in Japan
  121. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  122. Halloween in China
  123. Halloween in Korea
  124. Social Media in China? No!
  125. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  126. Camera Japan Festival
  127. Movie Review: Noise
  128. Heungbu and Nolbu
  129. Konpeitō
  130. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  131. Chinese Street Food
  132. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  133. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  134. Jeulmun Pottery
  135. Boyband: NEWS
  136. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  137. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  138. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  139. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  140. Review: Hite
  141. The Rising Sun Flag
  142. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  143. Drama review: Hwarang
  144. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
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Some might have noticed him in Angelina Jolie’s movie Unbroken or seen his picture as Byakuya Kuchiki for the upcoming Bleach movie but Miyavi has been around the music scene since 1997 when he first started playing with a band. He’s touring to Europe, America and Asia in April and May of 2018.

 

Known as a Samurai (slap) guitarist,   Miyavi has made his jump over to being an actor. Staring in Angelina Jolie’s war movie Unbroken about a track runner becoming a military pilot and getting caught by the Japanese in WWII  Miyavi played a big role as a horrible officer. Since unbroken he went on to undertake smaller roles in American productions such as Kong: Skull Island and Stray. For the Bleach live action he took up a part too but we fans know Miyavi from songs as Jibun Kakumei, Are you Ready to rock, Kavki Boiz and The Others. Starting out as a more visual kei/Rock artist He has changed his style over the years so much that even I have no idea where to place him. Miyavi’s genre is just “Miyavi”.

In 2013 Miyavi became an UNHCR volunteer and takes his time between movies, music and his private life to visit refugees in camps around the world. In november he became an official Goodwill Ambassador. Us fans, we are proud of whatever endevour he goes on, We will support him no matter what but for now let’s get to know Miyavi..

The Beginnings
Born out as Takamasa Lee Ishihara on 12th of September 1981 in Osaka. His mother Japanese and his father half Korean. Takamasa played football/soccer until he got injured at a young age and at age 15 he bought his first guitar and started practicing and performing Ray Charles songs while at the same time being a fan of Japanese Visual Kei artists Luna Sea and X Japan but also western bands as Metallica, Nine Inch Nails and genres as Motown and Blues. Takamasa moved to Tokyo when he turned 17 in 1999 and joined his first band called Dué Le Quartz taking up stage name ‘Miyabi’. In the group he played guitar, wrote lyrics, composed and arranged.  The band signed with Miyavi’s later music record company ‘PS Company’ and they spiraled fast and big. Within a year they had opened their own fanclub and had recorded a few albums until in 2002 the band broke up. Two of the members formed a new band after and Miyabi changed his name to Miyavi (, Miyabi) and became solo.

Even if Miyavi has always said he wasn’t a vocalist and relied mostly on his guitar playing skills, Miyavi grew.. and kept growing over the years.

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Starting with signing for his solo contract with PS Company and releasing his first album Gagaku in October of 2002 and followed by three more singles by the end of the year. In the beginning of 2003 he gave his first solo concert and  three more singles “Jibun Kakumei”, “Tariraritarara”, and “Coo quack cluck -Ku. Ku. Ru-”  and in december his 2nd album “Galyuu”. His own production movie “Oresama” in 2004. In February of that year he embarked on his first solo tour in Japan, Taiwan and Korea. Releasing another single and playing Nippon Budokan arena before signing with record label Universal Music Japan. Releasing two more albums and two more singles before changing up his music style to a more acoustic sound until by the end of 2006 he took a 6 month break from his music to go to America to learn english and take dance classes.

Comeback
In February of 2007 Miyavi came back in a one time show in America in the band S.K.I.N. together with Visual Kei legends Yoshiki, Gackt and Sugizo. In June of that year Miyavi came back with his 7th album and a remixed album followed. This set him on another Nationwide tour, a show in Germany and one in Seoul, Korea.

In 2008 he released another album and this album spiralled forward so fast that by the end of the year he was playing an international tour. In May, it was followed by his very first worldwide tour, This Iz The Japanese Kabuki Rock Tour 2008, with 33 concerts in the United States, Chile, Brazil, Germany, England, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Finland, France, Taiwan, South Korea, China and Japan.

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2009 – another new era
There’s a lot to say about Miyavi, he’s been a kameleon in his music but also in his looks. He has had a variety of hair colours and clothing choices but most of this ended when he left PS Company at the end of his ten year contract but also when he got married to Japanese Idol Melody and their first daughter was born on July 29th, 2009.

Miyavi founded his own record label “J-Glams Inc” and his looks have been rather pure, little to no make up, dark or grey/silver hair in various length and mostly black and white attire. But this looks really good on him.. so who is really complaining?

He embarked on another world wide tour and signed with major label EMI, He had to cancel his US tour however because he had gotten sick and fallen off the stage causing an injury. Releasing another album in 2010 and welcoming another daughter into their life by the end of the year.

In 2011 he released another album and another tour followed soon after, Miyavi performed in South America at the Maquinaria festival in Chile, and visited Venezuela, Peru and Colombia for the first time. On June 19th of 2013, his seventh studio album, Miyavi, was released in Japan. It is his best-selling album so far, reaching number eight on the Oricon charts. On October 12, 2013, it was announced that Miyavi would venture into professional acting with his international debut in the film Unbroken. He played the role of Imperial Japanese Army sergeant Mutsuhiro Watanabe, nicknamed “The Bird”, in what was Angelina Jolie’s second feature film as director. It was released in December 2014. Miyavi commented that as the movie was somewhat sensitive to the Japanese people, he had hesitated as to whether he should take this role. However, after meeting with Jolie, and given that the underlying theme of this story is forgiveness, he wholeheartedly decided to accept it. Miyavi was featured in the same month’s edition of Vogue Italia.

In 2014, Miyavi went on his fourth world tour, “Slap the World”, which started on February 22 in Malaysia. He continued throughout Europe, followed by the European release of his latest studio album, and visited Mexico City and Los Angeles, with United States release of the album, before returning to Japan for his longest nationwide tour so far. Miyavi composed the music for the single “Top Of The World” by SMAP, which topped the Oricon singles charts. On August 25, he performed for the first time at Fuji Rock Festival. On September 9, his new single “Real?” was released, on which Miyavi collaborated with Jam and Lewis and Jeff Blue, and also the live video recording from the world tour.

His next album The Others was released on 15 April 2015, his title song, The Others was later released in a different version to support UNHCR. The album ranked 10th on Oricon and was followed by a two-part nationwide tour, a Europe tour (his fifth on the continent) and a concert in South Korea.

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On April 29, Miyavi released a digital single, Afraid To Be Cool / Raise Me Up. His next album, Fire Bird came out on 31 August 2016, and ranked 11th on Oricon The artist followed it up with a nationwide tour MIYAVI Japan Tour 2016 “NEW BEAT, NEW FUTURE”, which included 10 stops. The last performance was held at Makuhari Messe, and was broadcast live on Abema TV, with more than 100,000 viewers watching.

In 2017, he played a cameo role in the movie Kong: Skull Island. In February, the singer revealed a North American and European tour. As a part of Live Nation’s Asia On Tour, Miyavi performed in 14 cities, including Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto. He embarked on a solo international tour entitled Fire Bird World Tour. The tour began in Seoul on February 29 and ended in Berlin on May 10, with shows in countries including Austria, Hungary, Germany, Italy, France and the United Kingdom. In March, Miyavi performed at South by Southwest for the first time in his career. On March 29, he released a digital single titled “Live to Die Another Day”, which is the theme song of the live action movie Blade of the Immortal. To commemorate his 15th year as a solo artist, Miyavi embarked on a Japanese tour—MIYAVI 15th Anniversary Live “NEO TOKYO 15” started on May 21, with Miyavi releasing an anniversary compilation album, All Time Best: Day 2, on April 5.

In 2018, Miyavi was cast as Byakuya Kuchiki for an upcoming film, Bleach.

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Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2013 MTV Europe Music Award Best Japanese Act Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Collaboration Day 1 (with Yuksek) Won
2014 Best Male Video Horizon Nominated

How to follow Miyavi
Miyavi has several social media you can follow him on;
http://myv382tokyo.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MIYAVI.OFFlCIAL/
https://twitter.com/miyavi_official
https://www.youtube.com/user/myv382tokyo
https://www.instagram.com/miyavi_ishihara/

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