I look around on here from time to time but I very rarely if ever see mention of Japanese bassists. I was wondering if any of you have listened to any Japanese bassists or have taken inspiration from them? I know in my case I ventured into Visual Kei because I enjoy insane aesthetic and the more out there things a lot of them are doing and one of the many things that keeps me coming back is the bass, the musicianship of some of the bands is incredible but specifically VK bassists made me realise how interesting metal bass lines could be as it seems except for rare cases and extreme metal bands western metal bass lines are getting quite stale and simple. People specifically like Masashi Miwa (and previously Jasmine You, RIP) of Versailles (and others such as Reita of the Gazette, Toshiya of Dir En Grey, Koichi from Mejibray and Tsunehito of D) are people I heavily look up to, they don't play anything too insane but they still play complex but fitting bass lines that don't detract from or just follow the guitars. In fact I feel I learned a lot of my bass playing and general idea of writing music from listening to Versailles and Jupiter. So do any of you listen to any Japanese (possibly metal/Visual Kei) bassists? Any guilty pleasures as it once was for me? Or any reason that you don't listen to them, maybe the whole VK look puts you off.