X Japan

Japanese rock band

X Japan is a Japanese rock band. They were formed in 1982 by Yoshiki. They have sold over 30 million albums and singles and over 2 million videos to date. X Japan stopped making music in 1997, but reunited in 2007. They performed their first world tour live in Hong Kong in 2009. They played to 20,000 people in two days.

X Japan
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X Japan in Hong Kong 2009
Background information
Also known asX, エックス
OriginChiba, Japan
GenresHeavy metal, speed metal, power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal, glam metal[1]
Years active1982–1997, 2007–present
LabelsDada, Extasy, CBS/Sony, Ki/oon, MMG, East West Japan, Atlantic, Polydor, Tofu, EMI
Associated actsS.K.I.N.
Past membersFormer members

Some visual kei bands are influenced by X Japan.


The band was first called "X" but because the letter X was already the name of another band they changed their name to "X Japan" to avoid confusion.


  • Vanishing Vision (1988)
  • Blue Blood (1989)
  • Jealousy (1991)
  • Art of Life (1993)
  • Dahlia (1996)


  1. Minnie, Chi. "X Japan Best review". Asia Pacific Arts Online Magazine. Retrieved 2007-09-10.