Miyavi Half Japanese and Korean.
This is the translation from Japanese magaznie, [ROCK and READ] (I tried, but it isn't very good).This is not a full translated interview, cause the whole interview is freaking long! So I am just putting the parts about his heritage backgroud, since that's what most people are interested about. My friend asked me to translate, so that's what I am doing.
Here he shares his personal history. Starting with a surprsing word: 3rd generation zainichi (Korean-Japanese), death of his senpai, and his suicidal thoughts when the band got dismembered.
Interviewer: You were born in Hyogo (兵庫)?
Miyavi: Today I want to talk about my past before I was born.
I: Then about your parents?
M: Yes, this is the first time I am mentioning, I am 3rd generation zainichi (Korean-Japanese). Looking at the bloodline, I am mixed. My father's side, grandfather and grandmother are from Jejo island, which is famous for tourist site. They were living their until they came to Japan.
I: Did you know this truth when you were little?
M: No, at first the questions brought up, but I forgot. But you know when relatives get married. My father had 8 siblings. And he is the first son, so he always had to attend wedding ceremonies. I remember when I went with him to the wedding, at the front door the last names were written in big letters. When I saw it, one side was written "Lee"(李家) and the other side had "Kim"(金家). So even though I was little, (laughs) I knew those last names weren't much seen in Japan. And when I was little, I used to eat jijime(Korean food? I don't know) and see jogori (Korean tranditional dress). Although I didn't know much when I was little, I knew I was alittle different.
I: So even though you were born and raised in Japan, you felt your surrounding wasn't quite Japan you are saying?
M: Yes, I felt it. I recently found out that my family's last name is Lee (李). There is Bruce Lee (different chinese/kangi character), so I thought it was okay to have Lee as last name (laughs). My grandfather and grandmother lived in Jurubashi(鶴橋). I was born in Nisikujo (西九条).
I: So after you were born, did you move straight to Hyogo?
M: No, until first grade in elementary school I lived in Nisikujo. I was very popular at stores. My mother's side grandfather and grandmother lived near, so I went to play there and they always gave me 100yens. (laughs). Also, when I went to public bath, they always bought me fruit juice and small toys (laughs).
I: So the neighbors all thought you were cute?
M: Of course(laughs), blah blah The interview is quite long, so I will stop here... www
Oh & Miyavi says he was a good student when he was in school!! OHhh perfect boy! good at soccer and studying!! :)
I found out that Miyavi also mentioned of his heritage (3rd generation Korean-Japanese) to Korean magazine GMV (2004). He said, "I am mixed, but I don't think that's important. What's the point of thinking about it? When I am writing music, I think about what's important to me. I know history/background is important, but there are more important things. I want to show/express good sides from both Japan and Korea.
I am very surprised, when I first found out that he is half Korean, but then I know there are so many Korean-Japanese in Japan. My boyfriend is also Korean-Japanese, and definetly love Korean guys! Also quite surprsing (from newspaper) that most Japanese entertainers are indeed Koreans or Korean-Japanese, but hide their heritage due to discrimination. (sad)
I think although Miyavi is half Korean, he was still born and raised in Japan. And he has Japanese citizenship, so he's practically full Japanese!