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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. (19 items)
Atsuko Yamano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Drummers from Japan
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Atsuko Yamano 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 has moved to Los Angeles. However, she still plays with Shonen Knife whenever the band holds shows in LA on their North American tours. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 54

Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, Japan

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Chisato Moritaka is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Drummers from Japan
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Chisato Moritaka is the stage name of Chisato Eguchi, a Japanese pop-music performer who also is notable as an actress and song writer. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 48

Birthplace: Ibaraki, Japan

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Gota Yashiki is both an independent acid jazz artist and drum/bass player, as a member of the band Simply Red. He was born in Kyoto, Japan, on 26 February 1962, where at a young age he learned how to play traditional Japanese drums. This interest in drumming propelled him into the music scene, and he moved to Tokyo in 1982 to join a reggae/dub band that became known as Mute Beat. Together with Mute Beat band member Kazufumi Kodama he worked on various projects and formed the duo Kodama & Gota. From 1986 on, Gota entered the European music scene. After spending some time back in Tokyo, he returned to London in 1988 and began collaborating with numerous well-known artists, including Soul II ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 56

Birthplace: Kyoto, Japan, Keihanshin

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Hajime Hana 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 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. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 63 (1930-1993)

Birthplace: Japan, Toshima

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