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Sunday, December 21st, 2014
2:52 am - A long time coming

Delayed Hello everyone!
The last update this community received from anyone was over a year and from myself or any other mods... I can't even say.
However, I still think rather fondly of the people here and am glad to have had the chance to meet with a good number of you and remain friends with a small sum of community members as well.

But where to go from here?

Livejournal itself is a dying community. It's attempts to stay relevant in the face of other merging online communities hasn't gone so well, obviously.

To be completely honest, Jrock and Japanese culture as a whole is no longer a huge thing in my life as it was years ago as a teen when I started participating in the community (nearly 8-9 years ago?!). While I do still want to see some life pumped in here, I'm not sure where to go.

Are there any users still here that would be interested in taking on a moderator role to help revitalize the community?
I'm not even sure what's going on in the Jrock world much anymore to make good suggestions on what we could do. Do bands come to Canada anymore? Are there cover bands that still play at anime conventions?
Does the community need a more steady flow of general information relating to various band activities as a whole?? If so, is there anyone here that is still keeping up on that sort of information?

I'm not too keen on the suggestion of just laying the community down for good, but I realize that is also a very possible option.

Anyway, for the few members that may still be present I would be very much interested in hearing what you have to say regarding the future of the community. I hope there's a few of you out there still.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
10:41 pm - Babymetal world tour 2015

Babymetal will be performing in Toronto on May 12th, 2015, one of the very few announced North American stops.

Information from official website

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Monday, November 11th, 2013
2:45 pm - Kaoru (Dir en grey) art // anyone want it? (especially Tdot)

Hi everyone, I have an old art piece that I did of Kaoru of Dir en grey long ago. I'm not sure where else I can post about this, anyone know where else I can post this?

Because it is so large it would be inconvenient for me to sell it online, I would rather give it to someone in Toronto. Is anyone interested or know anyone who is?

It is 3'/36"/92cm by 2'/24"/61cm

The arm and the guitar bottom are sticking out a bit, kinda like the doll in the frame painting Phoebe had in 'Friends' heh.

Here's a photo: Kaoru painting

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Saturday, November 9th, 2013
7:04 pm - Dir en Grey @ The Opera House Toronto Nov. 14th

Hey I've got a GA ticket for Diru's concert in Toronto on Novemeber 14th that I'd like to sell.

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Monday, July 22nd, 2013
4:48 pm - The Gazette World Tour ticket for Mexico for sale

The Gazette World Tour ticket for Mexico for sale - CLICK HERE

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Friday, January 25th, 2013
9:57 pm - HOSHI★FURU EP Release Show on Friday, March 15th at Izakaya Sushi House (294 College St)
crayoncat Hey, guys! Toronto's own Japanese pop and rock influenced band HOSHI★FURU (http://facebook.com/hoshifuru) will be having an EP release show on Friday, March 15th at Izakaya Sushi House (294 College St)! If you're around the area at the time, please come out and show your support for local music influenced by Japanese music! Doors are at 8pm and the cover is only $5! More details available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/485064411536053

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Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
4:26 pm - Cherche Musiciens montreal ou rive nord
scavquebec Jaimerais partir un groupe a influences multiples du genre dir en grey the gazette et du jrock je suis guitarist depuis 7 - 8 ans , je suis pas super pour le lead mais je compose en fou , jai de l'experience en programmation et enregistrement maison avec cubase abbleton  et fruity loops , si ca vous dit de quoi parlez m'ens ! 

current mood: cheerful

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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
1:55 am - jrock/jpop band

Hi! I'm a guitarist in the GTA and looking to join/create a jrock/jpop band. I've been playing guitar for 10 years, but have been on/off within those 10 years. I've also played piano for 7 years, but haven't touched the piano for the longest time. Haven't played music in a while, but would like to get into playing music again, with my interest in jpop/jrock.

Reply/Message if interested!

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Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
12:38 am - Visual Kei Fashion Show

If anyone is going to Anime North, I would really love to get more participants for the Visual Kei and Jrock Fashion show on Sunday!!
It's from 2-4pm in the main ballroom, and we really need more people ^^;
If youre interested, just shoot me a quick note via pm on here or you can email me at 382myb(at)gmail(dot)com!

Thanks very much, hope to see you all there!

-Gen Ishihara

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Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
9:12 pm - Not Sure if this is allowed...

.. but I use to run an irc channel pretty much dedicated to Jrock and Jmusic. I was also a moderator over at Tonberry Torrents. If any of you are interested. I share a LOT of music and concerts there and would like an active channel again after 8 years. If you are interested please join us at #Jrock @ irc.rizon.net

Thanks. I apologize if this isn't allowed.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
8:50 pm - Meet the 3 “gals” of visual-kei, God's Scarlett!


Yokohama, Japan — February 15th, 2012 — HearJapan is back with a new, more powerful site and an exclusive (and crazy) new release!

Long time fans know that HearJapan is committed to bringing the cutting-edge sight and sound of visual-kei to the wider world. Weather it’s baroque gloom and doom or modern-day outrageous styling, visual shock reigns supreme over the HearJapan library.

That tradition continues with the hot new “gal” trio of God's Scarlett. These girls bring a stunning style and a very creepy, eerie sound to their brand of dark rock and metal. They are making their debut exclusively on HearJapan with their full-length release Merry Gloxinia.

More vis-kei will be appearing at a rapid pace as the new site becomes fully operational. Head over now and give God's Scarlett a test run. You can hear clips from the entire album, get an up close and personal look at them in the image gallery and feast your eyes on their videos. You can buy the entire album right now for the shockingly low price of 760 Yen ($9.69)!

If you don’t know what a “gal” is, take a look at them now at HearJapan!



Merry Gloxinia album

God’s Scarlett profile

Browse all visual-kei releases


HearJapan is the largest and fastest-growing place on the web to purchase Japanese music of all genres. Featuring unique artist profiles in English, 45-second samples of every song, lyrics, images and videos. Over 100 releases are added every week to the 100% DRM free catalog. HearJapan is now the ultimate place explore the unexplored world of Japanese music.

twitter: http://twitter.com/HearJapan
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HearJapan

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
10:50 pm - Miyavi rocks Toronto + interview transcript


Miyavi played Toronto on Sunday night and it was fantastic! My concert write-up for blogTO is here. I'd really appreciate if you could comment on the blog. My editor needs to know that there is an audience for Japanese music so that we'll cover more in the future.

Also, thanks to everybody who contributed to the interview questions! I had about 15 minutes with Miyavi over Skype on Saturday, and it was a great conversation. His English is really good, and he was very sweet and humble. Highlights include him thinking Canada's too cold, his motivations, his fans. Oh, and he said he liked my English and that it's clean like Canada air! That made my day. Anyways, here it is. I cleaned up the "uhms" and such, but I tried to keep the syntax true to how he spoke.

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Saturday, October 29th, 2011
1:44 am - Got a question for MIYAVI? Tell me and I'll ask him!


Hello Miyavi fans! I'm interviewing Miyavi tomorrow afternoon about his Toronto stop for his "What's My Name?" tour, and I was wondering if any of you have any questions you want to ask him? Let me know in the comments! I don't know how much time I have, but I promise to ask as many as possible! 

Once the interview and concert review is up, I'll link to his answers :)


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Thursday, October 6th, 2011
7:54 pm - Visual Kei or Jrock band (wanting to join)

Hello (: i am a bassist for almost 2 1/2 years even though i have been playing for such a short while ive been practicing non stop, ive learned some Gazette, Killswitch, Bullet for my valentine, i was in a previous band but i cant feel the music as much as i can feel Visual Kei and Jrock that band didnt fullfill the inner most feelings that i want to bring out in music (: message me if interested my email is <a slasha29@hotmail.com :D

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Monday, October 3rd, 2011
6:48 pm - Selling Miyavi Tickets

I've got a pair of tickets for the Miyavi show in Toronto at the Phoenix Concert Theatre on Oct 30 that I have to part with :( I paid $101.50 for the pair, but I'm willing to part with them for face value of $79.50 plus shipping. Comment if interested!

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Thursday, September 8th, 2011
1:34 am - JrockHeaven


current mood: blah

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Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
12:10 am - Guitarist/Drummer Looking For Band!

  Hello there all! I am a Guitarist and Drummer in Toronto. I am looking to either join or form a J-rock/Visual Kei esque band.

I am looking to be a lead guitarist but would also become a rhythm guitarist if needed. I have been playing for about 7-8 years now. I am only a decent drummer, have only been playing since last august. I am able to play with dual-kicks and have become alright, but am no Shinya, Toshi or sujk, lol. I mostly write my own music but do occasionally play covers too. My main sources of inspiration are Deluhi, X Japan, Versailles and Avenged Sevenfold for my style.

Hopefully I made a good 1st impression, and feel free to contact me for any aditional details =]

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
2:46 am - Miyavi Meet and Greet package

Hello as some of you may know miyavi will be here in toronto on october the 30th and I was wondering since the meet and greet package is sold out, if anyone will happen to be selling it. i am looking for 4, i know chances are low since you bought it cause you want it but if for some reason you cant go message me

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
10:23 am - BLOOD is BACK! Huge week of new vis-kei at HearJapan


HearJapan News

BLOOD is BACK! Huge week of new vis-kei at HearJapan

Yokohama, Japan — June 14th, 2011 — This is looking to be one of the biggest weeks for visual-kei releases. As always, HearJapan has you covered!

First off, BLOOD is BACK! After breaking up in 2009, the band has reformed. Their new release “Bathory” features the same signature dark, pulsing electro rock and is accompanied by a host of great guests, including Ravishan (SUICIDE ALI), Masa (Dunkelheit), SEN (marlee), and GPK (GPKISM). As if it wasn’t great enough to have the band back in fighting shape, they’ve also included a new video along with the single, all for one alarmingly low price!

Also, rumor has it that BLOOD will be going on an international tour…sometime soon! Get ready and grab the new single now!

HearJapan is proud to offer up the very first release from Dunkelheit this week. “lover in the soil” combines classic vis-kei sounds with a fresh rock edge. This first effort from the band quickly became a HearJapan Hot Pick!

The darkest, gothest dance band in the world, GPKISM, is back with their second full-length album “Reliquia.” Featuring vocals sung entirely in English (due to Australian front-man GPK), this is a band like none other. Their elegant take on techno is sure to heat up the floor on any self-respecting goth club around the world.

And finally, as if all of this wasn’t enough, SUICIDE ALI have a new single, “Doner of lie,” releasing this week as well! They mix up metal, electronics and a grand feel to produce some monumental songs.

This might be a lot to take in all at once, so head on over to the site and listen to clips from each and every song from all of these new releases. Let the darkness consume you!



BLOOD – Bathory

Dunkelheit – lover in the soil

GPKISM – Reliquia

SUICIDE ALI – Donor of lie


HearJapan is the largest and fastest-growing place on the web to purchase Japanese music of all genres. Featuring over 5,000 artist profiles in English with 40-second samples of all songs. Over 100 releases are added every week to the currently-available 40,000+ songs in the 100% DRM free catalog. HearJapan is a great place to find the hard to find and to explore the unexplored in the world of Japanese music.


twitter: http://twitter.com/HearJapan
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HearJapan

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
6:45 pm - The Fool @ Fin Ikazaya


The Fool will be playing on Thursday May 26th and Friday May 27th 2011 @ 7:30pm


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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
11:34 pm - Download the Japan Nite 2011 compilation for free from HearJapan!

Download the Japan Nite 2011 compilation for free from HearJapan!
Yokohama, Japan — March 10th, 2011 — The Japan Nite tour is about to
take the US by storm once again, and HearJapan is excited to offer up
an exclusive sampler of music from the bands!

HearJapan News

This nine track album has music from eight of the bands on the tour.
This year the selection has a rough and raw feel featuring punk, hard
rock and stomping electro from the likes of White White Sisters,
Vampillia, Suck Piggy, Ydestroyde, DJ TERAOKA AND THE REVOLUTION and
Lolita 18. The smooth grooves of sonodaband and ZUZUKANASISTERS serve
as perfect counterpoint. The entire compilation will grab listeners by
the scruff of the neck and never let go. Just like you would expect at
the live show!
Fans of the crazy underground Japanese scene might be excited to know
that Vampillia is made up of a large number of big names, like
Chikada, the drummer of World's end girlfriend. There is also drummer
Tatsuya Yoshida from Ruins and Korekyojinn. Then there is Toyohito
Yoshida from exBOREDOMS. In total they have three singers, three
string players, two drummers and more!
Japan Nite is the longest running US tour to exclusively feature
Japanese bands. They always have an excellent line-up of bands both
old and new, known and unknown. You will find a lot to love, so don’t
pass up the chance to catch this exciting show!
You can get the 100% free sampler, more info, images and videos from
the bands through the link below.
HearJapan is the largest and fastest-growing place on the web to
purchase Japanese music of all genres. Featuring over 5,000 artist
profiles in English with 40-second samples of all songs. Over 100
releases are added every week to the currently-available 40,000+ songs
in the 100% DRM free catalog. HearJapan is a great place to find the
hard to find and to explore the unexplored in the world of Japanese

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Friday, March 4th, 2011
5:25 pm - Live Report:girugamesh the glory "CHIBA"

girugamesh 凱旋公演 / the glory "CHIBA" 2011/02/05 市川市文化会館大ホール / Ichikawa-shi Cultural Hall Large Hall
" Thank you to our fans, with their smiles like sunflowers "

From the very beginning, 2011 would mean a big step in the history of girugamesh, who had just released their latest album "GO" on January 26th, when they would ascend the stage of their very first hall live. And they had chosen a very fateful spot for them as well, as Ichikawa-shi Cultural Hall not only lay in their home prefecture Chiba, just outside of Tokyo, but was also the place where the band members had held their "Coming-of Age ceremony", when they turned 20-years old...but did all of them?

Fans probably didn't expect to find out the many interesting and funny facts about the band, when the lights turned out and the live began like so many before. The white curtain veiling the stage before rose and revealed a completely black stage with a simple design and Satoshi, ShuU, Nii and Яyo all wearing plain black suits as they opened the set with the beat-heavy "volcano". "お前に捧げる醜い声 / Omae ni sasageru minikui koe" and "Deceived Mad Pain" followed just as heavy among the shouts of the fans and ever changing burning lights, before Satoshi spoke to the audience for a first time that evening.

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Saturday, March 5th, 2011
1:41 am - “喜び人生” Out Now
crayoncat What’s up, Canada Jrock? The second of HOSHI★FURU’s three online singles is out now! Please check it out on our MySpace or download the whole single here: http://www.mediafire.com/?q8rws6qm7ll9m1z (copy and paste if the link doesn’t work).


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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
10:39 pm - New free single from visual kei Jrockers Misaruka


Free Visual Kei MP3

New free single from visual-kei J-rockers Misaruka

Yokohama, Japan – February 23rd, 2011 – Hot on the heels of their recent live performance, vis-kei band Misaruka are releasing their next single for free, right now, on HearJapan!

Misaruka is a hot new band from Japan’s unique visual-kei (vis-kei) rock scene. They’ve played only a couple of times but they’ve already managed to shift over 20,000 free music samplers to their rabid fans!

HearJapan is excited to make their newest single available for free to fans around the world, right now! “Merrow” is a solid yet elegant rock song that’s heavy both on the guitars and the bold vocal delivery. This one doesn’t pull any punches, rocking the listener with its epic metal riffs and more delicate pianos and strings.

You can download this new single for free right now. You’ll also get a ton of bonus content, like a video message from the band and English lyrics. You can also read an exclusive review of the band’s recent live show on the site. Make sure to catch this content-heavy free single now and look forward to more new material in April, also from HearJapan!



Free Merrow download

Live show review (with plenty of exclusive photos!)

More on Misaruka

twitter: http://twitter.com/HearJapan
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HearJapan

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Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
11:29 pm - The Fool To Perform at Anime North 2011 EDIT! HITT to perform as well!!


The Fool will be performing at Anime North 2011. Toronto, Ontario.
Currently signed under Starwave Records, this will be the 2nd band from that label to perform in Canada! (Luzmelt being the first back in November).
IMO, The Fool sound like a mix of old school Miyavi and LM.C.
The Fool consists of 3 members: Gunji (Vo.), Goo (Gui.), and Taca (Gui.).
Their english is really good and they hope to wander the convention!
Please support The Fool!

This just in! HITT from Japan will also be performing as well!

Crazy Crew!

current mood: cheerful

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Sunday, January 16th, 2011
2:12 am - "Ne" Out Now!
crayoncat Hello, everyone! How are you? HOSHI★FURU's guitarist here and I'd just like to tell you that we've recently uploaded the first of three online singles which we'll be uploading each month starting this January! You can listen to it on our MySpace or download the whole single here: http://www.mediafire.com/?vkfxx0xt4zc4tcq (please copy and paste if the link doesn't work). We hope you enjoy it! Thank you!


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Sunday, December 5th, 2010
1:36 am - looking for jrock/vk inspired band Toronto Ontario Canada

Hey there all, I was wondering if anyone was interested in being in a VK/jrock-esque inspired band.

So far all we are is a guitarist, bassist and a singer [female lead] and are looking for mainly a drummer so we can start out, but would also welcome a pianist/keyboardist

We have readily available supplies such as guitar amps and a drum kit set up [6 piece, 2 crash, splash, hi-hat and ride cymbals]

My inspiration comes mostly from bands such as D'espairsRay, Versailles, Dir En Grey, The Gazette and Deluhi, as well as other kinds of metal and neoclassical mix.

we are located in toronto and if you would like an example of anything thats been written so far just contact me and you shall recieve ^^

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Monday, November 22nd, 2010
7:18 pm - Prize: MUCC American Syndrome Official T-shirt


MUCC American Syndrome Official T-shirt
American Syndrome T-shirt makes its presence in Contest+ again!
Isn't this dark tone design charming for you?
This time we offer you size S.

prize of the week

-November Week 4 contests+-
Deadline: Novenber 28th
Announcement date: The 4th week of December.
Lineup: Nightmare , MUCC , Harajiku Kawaii

1. Nightmare Pamphlet
2. MUCC American Syndrome Official T-shirt
3. Goth Loli Glitter Punk-Set

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Thursday, November 4th, 2010
12:17 am - Dot-Con: Visual Kei Cosplay (Or Not) Contest!


Hey Jrock/Visual Kei fans, here's a contest for you to strut your stuff! It can be cosplay, home made, bought or made by someone else! A contest where you can show off your Jrock/Visual Kei Fashion whether it's made by you or not! Come, sing a few minutes of a song, dance on stage, or perform a skit! And there will be prizes for the 1st and 2nd place winner! Luzmelt will be the guest judges, so do your dress to impress!


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Thursday, October 21st, 2010
6:04 pm - [Fashion Check]D'espairsRay - Moscow, Russia 9/18/2010

The weather in the morning of September, 18 was rather rainy and dank. But the skies cleared towards the evening, even it became warm a little. Because today we were waiting for a great show: new European tour of D'espairs Ray had to open with the first concert. Here, in Moscow, we would listen to the new songs from the last album "Human-clad Monster." This show was waited for a great number of people - fans and just people, who like the music of the band. Many people arrived at the club for 3 or more hours before go into the club, and they could hear how the band was carrying out sound check. Some of them even could hear the songs they like and sang with the members of the group - the sound was really huge.

Before the concert we had a Fashion Check with the D'espairs Ray's fans.

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