The X factor

Photos by Jun Sato

Rock band X Japan pianist and drummer Yoshiki performs Wednesday night at Yokohama Arena, the first concert in the band’s Japan tour. Next March, X Japan will perform at Wembley in London.

  • 7

    wontond

    I thought that was a topless woman at first.

  • -2

    shonanbb

    I have some eye issues and I thought it was Caitlin Jenner at first. They should get together.

  • 1

    Aly Rustom

    I thought that was a topless woman at first

    me too

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    USNinJapan2

    wontond

    I thought that was a topless woman at first.

    Me too. At first glance my thought was, "Wow why is Diana Krall topless and when did she get plastic surgery?"

  • -1

    Kobe White Bar Owner

    I thought that was a topless woman at first

    me too

    me too

  • 3

    smithinjapan

    I thought it was Jenner, too.

  • -4

    gogogo

    I thought he auctioned that piano ?

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    Maria

    I thought it was a man, because if a woman were walking around topless, she would be taken away by the police, because female breasts are indecent.

    He's in good shape for a regular 50-year-old guy, and looks to be enjoying himself. I bet they are good gigs.

  • -2

    the refugee

    I thought it was Vonda Shepard.

  • -5

    Meiyouwenti

    He's in good shape for a regular 50-year-old guy

    Maybe. But I would have preferred not to see a half-naked 50-year-old man.

  • 1

    smithinjapan

    And is that a neck brace?

  • 2

    nakanoguy01

    raise your hands if you immediately jumped to the comment section without reading the caption.

  • 0

    LumbyDick

    Hands Raised !

    wontond - +1

  • 4

    Nessie

    Can't fool me. That's not a drum.

  • 1

    ifd66

    Someone should be kind and tell him this is not a good look.

  • -2

    Dan Lewis

    I didn't know his last name was Kawai.

  • -3

    lostrune2

    He should hang out with Putin

  • -1

    Yuji Harada

    Is this a toilet or something? Disgusting comments are scattered here.

  • 1

    Heo Eun Hyung

    Magnific Yoshiki

  • 1

    Blue Rose

    It's clear by the way you speak that you're mostly all westerners, and also adults. How embarrassing to be associated by race and country with such ignorant, and prejudice school yard bullies. tisk tisk your mothers either taught you nothing, or they are horrible people and the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Here you go. Educate yourselves. Learn about Japan's greatest rock band of all time if you're such a fan of Japan, and not just Anime, or Manga, or Samurai swords or whatever initially sparked your interest in this culture, for you to be reading and commenting on this website. Yoshiki and X JAPAN popularized a sub-genre of Japanese Rock called Visual Kei. It means visual style. When it started (late 80's) the popular look was glam meets kabuki theater. Now it's more dark tones and a crisp look for X, but visual kei is about self expression. It's about freedom. Yoshiki is not anything like Caitlin Jenner, but I don't think he would care about you haters. She's doing what she wants. She is free. And Yoshiki does what he wants. He is true punk rock. X JAPAN has sold out the Tokyo Dome 19 times (it's more than twice the size of Madison Square Garden, which they played last year actually). That's 55,000 people, 19 times. And just at that one venue. That's not counting the rest of their world tour concerts. They've sold 30 million albums and he composes most of the music himself. He was asked to compose a song for the Emperor or Japan, and also a theme for the Golden Globe Awards. What have you done today? Stop being ignorant westerners and giving us a bad name. Stop being hateful bullies, and go do yourself a favor and listen to The Last Live. Then click on whatever is more your style (harder names for harder songs like Blue Blood, softer names for ballads like Tears). If you like Japan so much, educate yourself in their popular music. It isn't all Jpop and Babymetal.

    https://youtu.be/QdPQZqDF_Jk

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    tartersauce

    Amazingly talented musician, Yoshiki! Handsome man... he's a legend, people should look into his amazing music (Art of Life, Endless Rain, Jade, Silent Jealousy). Can't wait for the new X Japan album in March!

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    Blue Rose

    You commenters above were only looking at that photo from one angle. Here's one from the stage view. \m/•_x

    https://www.facebook.com/YoshikiOfficial/posts/1001476963224618:0

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    Sabina Peneaux

    One of the most talented musicians over serveral decades and all people can think about is ignorant jealous comments because his appearance doesn't suit their misguided taste? What a shame!

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    Atousa Mg

    It was such an amazing show X JAPAN is the best Rock band ever existed on this planet

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    Kairu Solo Artist

    X Japan is one of the legends in music! Yoshiki and hide are rock gods!

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