, better known by his stage name Toshi
(currently stylized as ToshI
and previously in all capital letters), is a Japanese singer and musician. He is best known as vocalist and co-founder of the heavy metal group X Japan
. The band elevated to legendary status in Japan, until its disbanding in 1997. Toshi then went on to have an extensive solo career. In 2007 X Japan
reunited, they are currently on their ongoing world tour.
Toshi started his solo career in 1992. On February 17, 1997 he married actress, model, and singer, Kaori Moritani, also known as Wanku. In June he first saw a concert of Toru "Masaya" Kurabuchi, a musician and the leader of an organization called Home of Heart. Toshi was emotionally touched by Masaya's "healing music", and in August the two met and became friends. On September 22, it was announced that Toshi decided to leave X Japan
. They performed their farewell show at the Tokyo Dome
on December 31. Much has been made of Toshi's departure, including allegations of Home of Heart being a cult and that he was being influenced by it. Toshi refuted such claims, stating that his decision to leave X Japan dated back as far as April 1996, more than a year before he met Masaya, and that the glamorous, success-oriented life of a rock star failed to satisfy him emotionally, as opposed to a simpler life and career.
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