Welcome to my blog. First of all I’m a big fan of Japanese music, hence the purpose, which is to review Japanese music and news. My favorite artist is Utada Hikaru, who sang the song “Simple And Clean” and that’s what really got me hooked on Japanese music. The blog is named after a mixture of Utada’s two songs Stay Gold and Hikari, so Gold Hikari would mean Gold Light, yea it’s corny but I can’t change that, and I don’t feel like moving the site’s posts.

About Me: Not sure if I have to say this, but I’m a guy. Not sure if my writing sounds feminine, but some people have referred to me a she, so I’d like to get that cleared up asap. As for why my name is Die, it’s short for a name that I couldn’t spell. Have you ever seen Jackie Chan Adventures? I loved it as a kid, and I loved the name Dai Gui, who was the earth demon sorcerer. I didn’t know how to spell it, so I used the phonics method, and the shortened version of that is Die. I’m half Asian (oriental), and I LOVE it. I love the culture, and I love the music. First Japanese artist I listened to was Utada Hikaru, hence why she’s my favorite artist among many reasons. I attend a 4 year university, I won’t say where, but I’m double majoring in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, and it often makes me study for hours upon end. I try to review when I can, but sometimes I just don’t have the time. Just know that when school starts (Late August to Mid December, Mid January to Mid May) reviews will most likely be scarce, although I hope to change that. Anything else about me? Lots I suppose, I just can’t really remember anything at the moment. Enjoy the site!

Also a special thanks to the owner of Japanese Princess and Music Pixels for having such a great collection of scans, that make my reviews look more appealing.

* If I provide any download links, they’ll be promos or radio rips. Please support the artists by ordering from online sites or purchasing the music on itunes etc. And if I provide the links, please delete them within 24 hours, this’ll save you and me from trouble. Here are a few of my favorite sites & affiliates that have banners/buttons.



Beyond The Sea


J-Pop Lyrics & Entertainment

And here are some banners/buttons that you can use to link my site.

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TRICK Buttons

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96 Responses to “About”
  1. JJ says:

    WOW. You’re, like, SUPER-ACTIVE. Linkage much?


  2. JJ says:

    Oh, like an exchange of links. I add you to my Blogroll and you can do the same.

  3. vinyabarion says:

    I added you to my blogroll. I write a music review site myself. Utada is also my favorite artist, tied with Namie Amuro… see you around! And good luck!

  4. Lex says:

    Oh snap. I see you’ve linked to my review bloh AND my Hitomi Shimatani fanblog. :O Thank you so much!

    I’ll be sure to link you back pronto!

  5. keystoeverything says:

    I’d love it if you could linky me 😀

  6. amaiyume says:

    Hey I would love if we could exchange links! You have a great site here!!!


  7. bibomedia says:


  8. FunkyTown says:

    May I exchange links with you?


  9. blackmager says:

    I love your blog.
    So thorough
    May we exchange links?

  10. blackmager says:

    Ah alright.
    Thank you. :3

  11. josh012595 says:

    you really have nice site so… i would like to add you…
    thanks! 🙂

  12. josh012595 says:

    uhmm…. i really like your site! 🙂
    and i was wondering, can we exchange links?
    my blog is a download site for samples of different jpop albums/singles. It’s called “Shuffle and Repeat”



  13. lostwing says:

    =OOO I added a link to your site! Hope you don’t mind ;D. Might as well link back since you so kindly linked our blog ^_^. ❤

    – Megumi

  14. josh012595 says:

    thanks for adding me 🙂
    more power to your site!

  15. boamyjewel says:

    could I add you?

  16. solarblade says:

    I added you if thats alright?

  17. ironicclown says:

    I added you! I really like your website! I’ve started up a J-pop blog too, It’s called Ironic Clown.

  18. Lex says:

    Hello! About your question, a friend made the banner for me and he uses Photoshop. But when I make my own banners (like that BoA one), I normally use Paint Shop Pro.

  19. glassmask says:

    OMG the first thing that comes to my mind after I saw your blog name is Hikki’s songs! the second thing is her name Hikaru~its a cool name!!!
    Aahahaha I really like to go to your blog because I missed many albums from Ayu/Hikki/Namie, your reviews helped me so much~
    Wahaha thousands of support from me~

  20. Die says:

    Thanks so much! I should re-review a of the albums because I have gotten better at reviewing. I plan to review First Love within a week or so, so you should like that. I’ll also be reviewing Ayumi’s debut album, along with Namie’s Style.

  21. Sayuri says:

    Thanx for adding me, Die! =)
    And for the cool banner and the support on my newly created anime blog! =D

  22. amaiyume says:

    OMG, I love love love this site!!!
    I love your reviews, they really do capture the music that you review. Soooo, I was wondering if you would like to exchange links again. I’m still working busily on Amai Wana but I’ve made another blog 🙂

    Destiny Line -Ai no Matador- or just abbreviated Destiny Line

  23. Bakamono says:

    I added you too. You have such a neat and great review.
    Would you add me too?
    it’s called 月蝕~Lunar Eclipse~
    Yoroshiku Onegai Shimasu

  24. Die says:

    Sure! Once I figure out how to add manually. I’ve forgotten how to so it might be a day or two.

  25. waterhealer says:

    Hey! 😀 I must say before, I’m a big fan of your reviews. >–<

  26. Die says:

    Aww thanks so much!

  27. waterhealer says:

    Oops, I wanted to exchange links with you, but it seems the message didn’t get through. 😥
    I’d really appreciate it. >-<
    My blog is:
    Sora to Kujira is the name. :3

  28. Die says:

    Okay, no problem!

  29. Amy says:

    can we exchange links? XD



  30. I was wondering if you would be interested in affiliating with my website? ^^ I mainly post Korean and Japanese releases, along with descriptive reviews.


    Unfortunately, I do not have a graphical representation of the site (re: banner).

  31. Selryam says:

    Um, I was just wondering, is it at all possible that we could exchange links? It says you have no space on this page, but I see new people being added, so I thought it was worth a shot.


    Thanks in advance.


  32. Die says:

    Sure, no problem.

  33. noahfurlani says:

    my sites http://www.stylejapan.wordpress.com
    still growing, step by step…

    let’s exchange links!

  34. taelin says:

    Hey, would you like to exchange links?

    My site is http://kumakorner.wordpress.com/

  35. taelin says:

    I know! I live for Sundays now because of CG.

  36. sushibabyx says:

    Wow, you have tons of requests for exchange!
    I’m just starting out, but could we please exchange links?


  37. nathan says:


    This is Nathan from HearJapan. I would like to email you but do ot have your address. Could you possibly email me? Thanks.

  38. noahfurlani says:

    where my link….? 😥

  39. Die says:

    Sorry about that. I honestly didn’t notice your post until now, sounds bad but it’s true. Must’ve seen another which is why I didn’t see it xD

    but I added you just now!

  40. ironicclown says:

    I was wondering if you wanted to exchange links.
    I love your site~!

  41. ironicclown says:

    thanks, I really appreciate it~!

  42. bucebucethecaboose says:

    Hey, I’ve been reading your reviews and they are quiet interesting. I also own a J-Pop review site, wanna exchange links?


  43. alinicole89 says:

    Hi, I know you already have a lot of links to other blogs, but I was hoping we could exchange links. I’ve already taken the liberty of added you to my blogroll.

    Music Pixels

  44. alinicole89 says:

    Thanks, I’m so glad you like it! Feel free to use as many images as you want. After all, that’s what the blog is there for.

    ~Ali Nicole

  45. bunnypukki says:

    I just opened a review site. Would you like to like to exchange links?

  46. NotebookDarling says:

    Yay! I added you to my blogroll.
    Whether you would like to add me is your choice.=)

  47. Akira100130 says:

    wah ilove hikaru utada`s song “simple and clean” this song took me into japanesemusicx`s world too. (was the end of kingdom hearts videogame)


  48. Ironic Clown says:

    Hey, I was wondering if you would like to exchnage buttons? I will put your button up on the “Linking” page on my blog. Thanks
    – Joshua

  49. josh012595 says:

    uh,, listen..
    i know ironic clown asked you the same question but, woud you care for button-exchanging?
    i have some newly-made buttons in my blog-page..

    thanks in advance! 😀

  50. radiantdawn says:

    I snagged the purple-lettered TRICK one, because it’s amayzun. ❤

  51. Arisa says:

    Hey, I was wondering if you would like to exchange links with me:


    Love your site 😀

  52. sushiseaweed says:

    Hi! I like your site! Mind if we exchange links?

  53. Arisa says:

    Thanks for the exchange! I’ve added you too =p

  54. Jin says:

    Hey Die! 😀 In behave of the WordPressers on MSN group, we would like to invite you to join us. ^-^
    We were wondering if you had an MSN though. If you don’t… you should get one *nudge, nudge, wink wink* 😉
    Please think about it ^-^

    (Btw, the group consists of me[Sora to Kujira], Brett[Kurayami Monogatari], Rad[Radiant Dawn], Megz[Lost Wing], and last(but possibly least) Selly[Vitamin Drop]. :3

  55. Jin says:

    Oh yay. 😀 I wanted your approval first though. >_< Ok, so I’m pretty sure in order to sign into MSN, you need to make a hotmail account. 😛
    If you already have an account, than download Messenger here:

    and if you dont have a hotmail account, make one here:

    its huge. xD Just register on there. 😛 Tell me how it goes. :3

  56. Kimitsu says:

    Hi, I’m the author of minnaSTAR/みんな☆.

    I thought you might like to know that Sushi of Sushi’s Obsessions has plagiarized some of her posts, and one of them has copied from yours.

    This is one of those happy generic messages because I’ve found four people she’s plagiarized from, and so in the interest of saving characters I’m going to direct you here: http://minnastar.wordpress.com/about/blogging-hall-of-shame/

    What you do with this knowledge is up to you, but while I was planning on making the page public, as this actually doesn’t directly affect me I feel you should have the first word in. (This is also why this comment is being entered while logged out.)

  57. readnshare says:

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  58. noahfurlani says:

    Would you mind relinking stylejapan from http://www.stylejapan.wordpress.com to http://www.stylejapan.unchained.nu? I’ve moved 🙂

  59. Arisa says:

    Hey there! Just want to say that I’ve changed links! 😀

  60. hyperballad says:

    hey~ its me, glass..
    i decide to open a music review blog too haha – –
    it wont be as good as ur blog for sure, but urs is so good that makes me want to do it.

    i think ur blog roll is full, but it doesnt matter. just want to tell u i’ve linked u (dont know if it will gain u any viewers for now)

    hahaha off i go!

  61. Ironic Clown says:

    Hah…. I just realised that you have ALOTTA buttons~
    Haha XD!

  62. chryst says:

    emm, can I link your page? I’ll be very happy because I’m really interested with your blog and we have same interests, I think.

  63. Eve says:

    Hey there Die! It’s me, Arisa from “the Music of Arisa Natsumaya!” I just want you to know that I moved to: http://aestheticrhapsody.wordpress.com/
    And got renamed to “Aesthetic Rhapsody. Sorry for the late notice! @.@

  64. askjeevas says:

    Hi there! I’m, like, in love with your blog and image header.
    Care to exchange links?


  65. Bozu says:

    Hello, there! I’ve been following your blog for some time now. Can we exchange links?


    There’s also a button available on the site~

    I hope we can be friends!

  66. hyperballad says:

    I love the Kuu banner haha~

  67. hyperballad says:

    hey Die!

    I moved again xD

    can you change the link plz?

    and are you off playing now? not updating much…..

  68. Ashen Twilight says:

    Hi! I just started a japanese review blogs and i was wondering if you would like to exchange links.

    mines: http://ashentwilight.wordpress.com

    thank you and i hope you get back to wirting reviews since i love reading them!

  69. Aoliwa and Kowezhi says:

    Hey there… my bf and I have a jpop/jrock review blog, and we’re wondering if you’d like to exchange links? I discovered your blog this summer and loved it… until you went on hiatus for a while xD

    Anyway, here’s our blog,
    Tsuki no Ai: http://tsukinoai.wordpress.com

    I look forward to more reviews!



  71. Ty_Sylicus says:

    2 years? That’s great news. Congrats to you! ^_^

    I added you to my blogroll.

  72. cr1st3ll3 says:

    Congrats on your two year anniversary. LOL I’m late to the party! I didn’t find this blog until a little while ago. I recently started a J-pop news/reviews/etc. blog. I added your site to my blogroll. Exchange links? 🙂

  73. Eve says:

    I think I forgot to tell you… a year ago, “The music of Arisa Natsumaya” got moved to: http://aestheticrhapsody.wordpress.com renamed to “Aesthetic Rhapsody”

    Sorry, that was one hell of a late notice 0.o Glad to see that you’re up and reviewing again!

  74. Jin says:

    Hey you! >_< Update your blogroll link with my new site! ❤

  75. Migure says:

    Care to exchange links? ^^

    And here’s a button if you’ve like one ^^

  76. meapixel says:

    Can you read japanese?

  77. KremlinChaos says:

    I’d like to exchange links with you!
    Blog: http://chaoticdusk.wordpress.com/
    Buttons: http://chaoticdusk.wordpress.com/link-exchange/

  78. bestcritic says:

    I have listed Gold Hikari in my blogroll. I was hoping to exchange links.
    My site’s URL is http://www.reviewcarnival.blogspot.com
    It is a site that reviews j-pop music (some very rare albums), anime, manga, games and j-dramas.

  79. Ester says:

    Hey there! I moved Aesthetic Rhapsody to http://skyline.tetsunosuke.com/
    Mind if you change links please? Thanks! 😀

  80. akashiya says:

    i LOVE ur WEBSITE>.<!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I AM ALSO A FAN OF ANIME AND MANGA,OH I GIVE U,2 song in japanese .1 scarlet(ayashi no ceres),2discotheque(rosario vampire)
    I love ur website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. akashiya says:

    i LOVE ur WEBSITE>.<!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I AM ALSO A FAN OF ANIME AND MANGA,OH I GIVE U,2 song in japanese .1 scarlet(ayashi no ceres),2discotheque(rosario vampire)
    I love ur website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PEACE AND LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  82. bestcritic says:

    A very nice website for jpop fans. I love jpop too.

    I hope we can exchange links. My blog is recent (only three-four months) and I review anime, manga, books, jpop and dramas. I have also got samples of jpop songs that I review. I hope you’ll find time to look at my site and add comments. You are my inspiration.


  83. It’s an amazing site you have here 🙂 I would like to add you, but will you add me too? 😉 If you feel like it, please write me a mail so that I can send you my banner, ok? Thanks 🙂

  84. ahtkachan says:

    Hey! I would like to exchange links!

    Here’s my URL: http://monochromaticfutureremix.wordpress.com/

    Thanks! Already added you!

  85. Jade says:

    Love your blog, would you like to exchange links? My blog is http://musicaddiction2.wordpress.com, I already added you =)

  86. Madison says:

    Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you. Would you please consider adding a link to my website on your page. Please email me back and we’ll talk about it.



  87. deepriver says:

    hi, i love your blog! it’s really pretty and your reviews are great!
    do you happen to do any requests? 😀

  88. Raulsky says:

    Hi there! First of all, i’d like to thank you for your reviews 🙂

    We’re the same, I got to listen to Hikaru from Kingdom Hearts and got hooked 🙂

    I’m a big fan of Utada Hikaru as well 😉

  89. 123 says:

    Hello, would you like to exchange links? I review JRock, JPop, anison stuff.

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