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MIYAVI
MIYAVI from "American Airlines" at Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2019 (49013361203).jpg
Miyavi in 2019
Background information
Birth name Takamasa Ishihara (石原 崇雅 , Ishihara Takamasa)
Also known as
  • 382
  • DJ 382
  • MYV
  • MYV 382 TOKYO
  • ミヤヴィ
  • 雅—miyavi—
  • 雅—MIYAVI—
  • 雅〜みやび〜
Born September 14, 1981 (1981-09-14) (age 40)
Origin Konohana-ku, Osaka, Japan
Genres
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active 1995–present
Labels
  • PS Company
  • Universal J
  • EMI Music Japan
  • EMI Records Japan
  • Virgin Music
  • Wrasse Records
Associated acts
  • Dué le quartz
  • Skin

Takamasa Ishihara (石原 崇雅 , Ishihara Takamasa, born September 14, 1981), better known by his stage name Miyavi (stylized as MIYAVI), is a Japanese guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor known for his finger-slapping style of playing a guitar.

He has been active since 1999, first as guitarist for the now defunct visual kei rock band Dué le quartz and then as a solo artist starting in 2002. In 2007, he became a member of the rock supergroup S.K.I.N. and in 2009 founded his own company, J-glam. He toured worldwide several times, with over 250 shows in 30 countries as of 2015. As of 2016, he released ten solo albums and 27 singles.

In 2014, Miyavi appeared in the motion picture Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie and went on to undertake smaller roles in American productions such as Kong: Skull Island and Stray. Since 2013, Miyavi has been a volunteer at UNHCR, visiting refugee camps around the world. In November 2017, he was appointed an official Goodwill Ambassador.

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