Visual Kei Sub-Genres

Visual kei is very diverse, both in terms of style and sound. One visual kei band could be gothic and play heavy metal, another could be extremely colourful and play pop. A number of sub-genres have appeared over the years to try and define different types of visual kei bands. However, many bands are difficult to put … More Visual Kei Sub-Genres

ギャロ (THE GALLO) Store Plate & Spoon Set and Monthly Cheki 2017/1

A while ago I ordered from Gallo’s online store, Torikoshi Hyakkaten, for the first time. The store is on Japanese online marketplace Base, which unfortunately doesn’t accept credit cards issued outside Japan. However, Torikoshi Hyakkaten accepts Paypal when you place an order by email instead of using the shopping cart, and there’s a helpful guide … More ギャロ (THE GALLO) Store Plate & Spoon Set and Monthly Cheki 2017/1

Scarlet Valse & Misaruka 2017 Fukubukuro/Lucky Bags

Since the 2016 Scarlet Valse fukubukuro was really good, I decided to buy one again this year. I was also able to buy a Misaruka fukubukuro this year before they sold out! Both fukubukuro were ¥4000, and this year they were only listed on the Japanese site, which only accepts cash on delivery as payment, … More Scarlet Valse & Misaruka 2017 Fukubukuro/Lucky Bags

Lycaon: ジプシー (gypsy) and the Origins of Flamenco

Lycaon is a band well known for mixing other styles into their music, including electronic, jazz, and even dubstep. For me, this really made them stand out from a lot of other visual kei bands. They further diversified with their 2015 single ジプシー (gypsy) which included elements of flamenco. You may be wondering if the … More Lycaon: ジプシー (gypsy) and the Origins of Flamenco

Lycaon LAST DANCE and LAST LIVE Goods

Lycaon LAST DANCE – regular & limited versions, comment DVD, photo, and booklet. Several visual kei stores offered this booklet if you purchased both the regular and limited edition of the single. This was described as “W購入” (W konyu) and means “double purchase”, because of the pronunciation of “W”. I purchased from Jishuban Club. The limited edition came … More Lycaon LAST DANCE and LAST LIVE Goods