The English JaME Team

Kay (The Netherlands)
Executive editor and team manager. PR, News, Artist files, Articles
Translations: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish and a little Japanese

Since 2004, I have been part of the JaME team and have been managing the English version for quite some years now as well.
Although I got into Japanese music through visual kei, I'm listening to more kinds of Japanese music now, in particular Japanese reggae. My favorite artists are the following: Jinkaku Radio, Remioromen, Hirakawachi Icchome, MUNEHIRO, Lecca, PUSHIM, Ketsumeishi, Soroban, Aurora, Fumiya Fujii, Nakajima Miyuki and 9GOATS BLACK OUT.

Find out more about me on my livejournal.
See what I listen to on my last.fm profile.



Cage (United Kingdom)
Artist Files, Tracklists
Translations: English, German and a limited amount of Japanese.

Greetings! I first stumbled across Japanese music around 4-5 years ago with the help of a dear friend. Initially I only listened to J-Rock and this is still my main love of all Japanese music although I have branched out into R'n'B, Pop, Techno etc. As and when I have the resources, I travel to Europe to attend gigs but I will be unable to do that as frequently once I start University in September studying Japanese.

Some of my favourite bands include... Dir en grey, FEEL SO BAD, MUCC, SID, gazette.

A link to my LastFM profile.
A link to my Livejournal.


Sarah J. (United Kingdom/Japan)
Artist files, Reviews

My interest in Japanese music began about six years ago when L'Arc en Ciel, Ayumi Hamasaki and X Japan waltzed into my life. Since then it is a passion that has grown into many areas of Japanese music (including enka!!) although my main love will always be Visual Kei. Some of my favourite artists are Merry, MUCC, Kagerou, NewS, SMAP, Southern All Stars, AKFG, SID, KuRt, Olivia Lufkin and X Japan.

Last.fm: psychoballerina
Livejournal: gothicmaidchii


Lacy (United States)
News, Artist files, Reviews

I've been listening to Japanese music for going on five years. My interest started out with bands and artists like Gackt, Dir en grey, Pierrot, L'Arc~en~Ciel, Takui, hide, Plastic Tree, La'Cryma Christi, Ken Hirai and Buck-Tick.

It just snowballed from there. I like just about all genres and my three favorites bands/artists are: Hyde, Merry and deadman. Other favorites include: D'espairsRay, Dir en grey, Alice Nine, L'Arc~en~Ciel, AnCafe, camino, D, Nightmare, Gazette, Doremidan, and Panic Channel.

Poke me on livejournal: idoitforlove
Or at my evil twin's and my shared last.fm: shou-kun


Chantel (United States)
Artist files, Reviews

I started listening to Japanese music about 5 years ago when I stumbled upon a drawing of Gackt and thought to myself, "Who is this person?" Once I did some research, listened to some songs, and started sampling other bands and artists, I was hooked.

I listen to a pretty good variety of music and love hard rock as much as I love oshare. My favorite bands/artists include Dir en grey, Alice Nine, Kozi, AnCafe, and Blood. However, I also love Kagrra, Lareine, D'espairsRay, Scissor, Vinett, Plastic Tree, goatbed, and way too many others to name.

Livejournal: faerionette
LastFM [also used by my twin]: shou-kun


myv382 (Claire) (United Kingdom)
Beta-reading, Articles
Translations: French

As the name probably suggests, I'm a Miyavi fan. I got into Japanese music a couple of years ago, firstly through anime songs and themes, but then I got into Gackt and Miyavi. Ever since then I've become obsessed with J-Rock, mainly Visual Kei. My favourites (other than Gackt and Miyavi) are Alice Nine, The GazettE, An Cafe, Doremidan, SID, Buck-Tick, Hyde... There are a lot. Though I do also listen to other genres like more general J-Rock, J-Pop, metal and even some more punk/reggae stuff.

I speak Japanese to a certain extent, though I'm not good enough for proper translations yet. Japan has been an interest (or obsession) of mine for a few years now and I joined JaME because I wanted to get involved with something which was so interesting to me. I'm studying Creative Writing and Drama at University at the moment, so the writing side of it is quite useful for me, especially because I actually really enjoy beta-reading and editing stuff. I'm such a geek!


Ruka (United States)
Artist files, Reviews, Articles
Translations: French and limited Japanese

My introduction to Japanese music was through L'arc en Ciel via anime, and later Hamasaki Ayumi thanks to a friend who gave me some of her music. I'm interested in all genres of Japanese music, though I've become partial to rock and visual kei.

Some favorite artists are Gackt, MUCC, Dir en grey, Sadie, SCREW, Sugar, CELLT, ClearVeil, -OZ-, lynch., Asian Kung Fu Generation, MarBell, Maximum the Hormone and Versailles.


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