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Background information
Birth name Yoshiki Hayashi
Also known as Hitomi Shiratori, Rei Shiratori, Miyukihime Igarashi, Tomoya Tachibana
Born November 20, 1965 (1965-11-20) (age 54)
Tateyama, Chiba, Japan
Genres Rock, heavy metal, classical, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, composer, record producer, businessman, entrepreneur, fashion designer, radio personality
Instruments Drums, piano, percussions, guitar
Years active 1977–present
Labels Extasy, Columbia, Avex Group
Associated acts X Japan, Violet UK, S.K.I.N., Globe, V2

Yoshiki Hayashi (林 佳樹 Hayashi Yoshiki?, born November 20, 1965) is a Japanese musician. He is a co-founder of the Japanese band rock X Japan. He also founded an independent record label Extasy Records.[1] X Japan ended in 1997. They got back together in 2007 and are currently touring worldwide.

Yoshiki's solo career includes two classical studio albums: Eternal Melody (1993), and Eternal Melody II (2005).


  1. Yang, Jeff; Can, Dina; Hong, Terry (1997). Eastern Standard Time. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. p. 264. ISBN 0-395-76341-X .