Famous Drummers from Japan

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

With people ranging from Munetaka Higuchi to Ken, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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

Use this list of renowned Japanese drummers to discover some new drummers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
Photo:

  • 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
  • Chisato Moritaka
    Photo: user uploaded image
    Chisato Moritaka (森高千里, Moritaka Chisato) (born April 11, 1969) is the stage name of Chisato Eguchi (江口 千里), a Japanese pop-music performer who also is notable as a songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist.
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Ibaraki, Japan
  • Gota Yashiki (屋敷 豪太, Yashiki Gōta, 26 February 1962) is a Japanese musician, both an independent acid jazz artist and drum/bass player, as a member of the band Simply Red.
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan, Keihanshin
  • Hajime Hana (ハナ肇, Hana Hajime) was a Japanese actor. He was the leader of the comic jazz band The Crazy Cats, which featured such talent as Hitoshi Ueki and Kei Tani, and which starred in a series of film comedies (such as the "Irresponsible" (Musekinin) series at Toho) and in TV variety shows such as "Shabondama Holiday." He won the award for best actor at the 31st Blue Ribbon Awards for Kaisha monogatari: Memories of You.
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1930-1993)
    • Birthplace: Japan, Toshima
  • Hideo Masu

    Hideo Masu is a member of the musical group, Bump of Chicken.
    • Age: 43
    • Birthplace: Sakura, Japan
  • Ken (born November 28, 1968 in Maibara, Shiga, Japan) is a musician and singer-songwriter, best known as guitarist of the Japanese rock band L'Arc-en-Ciel. He is also the leader, vocalist and guitarist of Sons of All Pussys (also known as S.O.A.P.) and has released a solo album entitled In Physical. While in L'Arc-en-Ciel his name is stylized as ken.
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Maibara, Japan