Famous Bassists from Japan

List of notable or famous bassists from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top bassists born in Japan and even some popular bassists who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese bassists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These bassists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known bassist from Japan is included when available.

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This historic bassists from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese bassists of note?" and "Who are the most famous bassists from Japan?" These prominent bassists of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese bassists.

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  • Atsuko Yamano (山野 敦子, Yamano Atsuko) (February 22, 1964) is a founding member of the Japanese rock trio Shonen Knife. When the band was first started, Atsuko played drums and provided backup vocals. A former fashion designer, she was also responsible for designing the band's stage outfits. After the departure of Michie Nakatani, Atsuko switched from drummer to bassist. Atsuko eventually retired from the band to marry, and moved to Los Angeles. In 2015, following a haitus from the band, she returned to an active role within Shonen Knife — playing bass guitar on studio albums and joining the band on international tours outside Japan.
    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, Japan
  • Gakuto Oshiro (大城 ガクト, Ōshiro Gakuto, born July 4, 1973), better known by his mononymous stage name Gackt, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. Born in Okinawa, Japan to a Ryukyuan family, Gackt learned the piano at a young age and was raised on classical music and enka before becoming interested in rock music while attending high school. He has been active since 1993, first as the frontman of the short-lived independent band Cains:Feel, and then for the now defunct visual kei rock band Malice Mizer, before starting his solo career in 1999. He has released nine studio albums and, with forty-eight singles released, holds the male soloist record for most top ...more
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Hiroshi Morie (森江 博, Morie Hiroshi, born January 22, 1968 in Amagasaki, Japan), known exclusively by his stage name Heath, is a Japanese musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the bass guitarist of the rock band X Japan. He joined the group in 1992, replacing Taiji Sawada on bass, and stayed with them until their dissolution in 1997 and reunited with the band from 2007 onward. After the breakup he focused on his solo career, until 2000 when he founded Dope HEADz with fellow X Japan guitarist Pata and former Spread Beaver percussionist/programmer I.N.A.. The group ceased activity after its second album in 2002. His stage name comes from his nickname "Hi-chan", which he adopted ...more
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Amagasaki, Japan
  • Jasmine You
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    Jasmine You

    Jasmine You (March 8, 1979 – August 9, 2009) was a Japanese musician, best known as original bassist of the symphonic metal band Versailles. Jasmine You, then known as Yuu, entered the visual kei music scene in 1998 after joining Jakura, who managed to become somewhat successful before disbanding in 2003. In 2006 he was invited by his long-time friend Hizaki to join his solo project. Soon after he also took part in the theatrical rock show Node of Scherzo, with Hizaki, Kamijo, Juka and Kaya. In 2007 he joined Versailles and stayed with them until his illness and death in 2009.
    • Age: Dec. at 30 (1979-2009)
    • Birthplace: Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Kisaki
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    Kisaki (妃, born March 10, 1976) is a Japanese musician who has worked with several visual kei bands, including La:Sadie's, Syndrome, Kisaki Project and Phantasmagoria. Besides playing bass and keyboards and composing music, he also works as a producer, previously for the Matina label and currently for Under Code Production. In 2008, when Phantasmagoria broke up, Kisaki once announced his retirement as a musician (although he would continue to participate in side projects, compose for other musicians, and produce the artists on his record label). However, in 2010, he announced that he was ending his retirement and debuted his new band, Lin -the End of Corruption World (凛 -the end of ...more
    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Maiko Sakae
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    Maiko Sakae (栄 舞子) is a Japanese pop singer, she was a former bassist and vocalist for the all-female pop rock band Zone. She is also a former the lead singer and one of two bassists for the pop/rock band Maria.
    • Age: 36
    • Birthplace: Japan