[[caption-width-right:300: This is one of his ''less''-flashy outfits.]]

Kaya is a {{synthpop}} VisualKei singer known for his wide vocal range, flamboyant fashion style (usually involving [[{{Crossdresser}} dresses and other feminine attire]]), theatrical live shows, and being one of the few openly gay men in the Japanese music industry.

He started off as the vocalist for a few small electro-VK bands before forming Music/SchwarzStein with musician Hora in 2001. The duo released several singles and an album before breaking up due to CreativeDifferences in 2004, leading Kaya to start off his solo career in 2006. He was first signed to Midi:Nette, [[Music/MaliceMizer Mana's]] record label, before moving to Next Media Communications, a major label--then going back to being an indie artist when that label went bankrupt in 2009.

Kaya has performed around the world, touring Europe and South America with several concerts in the United States as well. He's collaborated with several other VisualKei musicians, and, in 2011, reunited with Hora for a one-time Schwarz Stein reunion concert.

Interestingly, despite performing almost exclusively {{synthpop}}, Kaya is heavily connected to the VisualKei HeavyMetal scene--for example, in 2007, he was part of the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D0y5Khmoe8 Node of Scherzo]]" project along with vocalist Kamijo, guitarist Hizaki, and bassist Jasmine You of the {{symphonic|Metal}} {{power metal}} band Music/{{Versailles}} and fellow solo singer Juka, former vocalist of the GothicMetal band Moi dix Mois. Since then, he's performed with and alongside them and other metal groups at numerous events. In 2012, he collaborated with Hizaki again for his single "Vampire Requiem", resulting in "Curse of Rose", the only song in Kaya's repertoire that can be classified on the MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness.[[note]]It's a 6, by the way.[[/note]]

* ''Glitter'' (2006, reissued in 2008 as ''Glitter (Best of Indies)'')
* ''Hyakki Yagyou'' (2007, EP)
* ''Kaya Meikyoku Series 1: Bonjour! Chanson'' (2009, EP)
* ''Queen'' (2011)

For the Music/BobMarley album, see [[Music/KayaBobMarleyAlbum here]].

!!Tropes applying to Kaya and his music:

* {{Bishonen}}: Kaya is one of the few VisualKei crossdressers who looks good [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfUB2SfhG1U in men's clothes]] as well as women's clothes. Considering he was a model before becoming a singer, this isn't all that surprising.
* CampGay: You really can't get much more camp than Kaya.
* ConceptAlbum:
** All of the songs on ''Hyakki Yagyou'' are heavily influenced by traditional Japanese music.
** ''Kaya Meikyoku Series 1: Bonjour! Chanson'' is a collection of Japanese-language covers of classic French songs.
* CostumePorn
* DarkerAndEdgier / LighterAndSofter: His music zig-zags between these two tropes. On one hand, "Rose Jail". On the other, "Chocolat". On one hand, "Masquerade". On the other, "Vampire Requiem". The list goes on.
* DarkWave: His overall sound and image are too light for him to be fully considered a DarkWave artist, but he still has quite a few songs that can be classified as this.
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* ElegantGothicLolita: Quite often.
* EpicRocking: "Silvery Dark" (6:37) and "Silvery Dark (Queen's ver.)" (7:13)
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: He was known as "Hime" in his early career.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry
* EyepatchOfPower: In the "Awilda" video.
* [[FlowerInHerHair Flowers in His Hair]]: Emphasis on the plural.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: In both his hair and his clothes.
* GratuitousEnglish: Occasionally, though mostly just in song titles.
* GratuitousFrench: "Nouvelle Mariee" and "Pourriture noble". Surprisingly, except for the song titles, ''Kaya Meikyoku Series 1: Bonjour! Chanson'' [[SubvertedTrope isn't actually an example of this]]--the album consists of Japanese covers of French songs.
* GratuitousGerman: "Walküre" ("Valkyrie").
* HarshVocals: Near the end of "Rose Jail".
* HairDecorations: Ranging from relatively tame (ribbons, [[FlowerInHerHair flowers]], [[PeacockGirl feathers]]) to "what?" (a ''birdcage'' in the "Transmigration" music video).
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit
* ImprobableHairstyle: Many of his hairstyles can fall under this, but his hair in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJw6k0yDcqE the "Transmigration" video]] has to win some kind of reward. What's most improbable: the general hugeness of it, the giant feathers, the dozen or so roses, or possibly the birdcage?
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Mostly in the 4-6 range.
* {{Mondegreen}}: The chorus of "Rose Jail" contains some GratuitousEnglish--but German fans have universally interpreted the phrase "With all my..." as "Willst du'n Ei?" ("Do you want an egg?").
* NiceHat
* NiceShoes: Platform boots. Which he dances in.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: "Rose Jail".
* OfCorsetsSexy: Several of his outfits. One example: [[http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/011/459/0001145978_500.jpg the cover]] for the "Madame Rosa no Shoukan" single.
* OnlyOneName
* PerformanceVideo: The video for "Awilda", which mostly consists of clips from one of his live performances.
* PimpedOutDress: His specialty.
* RearrangeTheSong: "Chocolat ~Sweet version~", "Kaleidoscope -glitter mix-", "Last Snow -piano ver.-", "Psycho Butterfly -Nightmare mix-", "Masquerade -fabulous night mix-", "Ouka ~Hyakki ranbu hen~", "Kasha - shining flowers -", and regular remixes for "Chocolat", "Madame Rosa", "Ryouran", and "Silvery Dark".
* RockMeAmadeus: Too many songs to count. "Paradise lost" and "Madame Rosa" are good examples.
* RuleOfGlamorous: Just about everything he does can be explained as falling under this.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: He's known for having a deep singing voice, contrasting with his appearance...but his speaking voice is high-pitched and very feminine.
* SomethingAboutARose: "Rose Jail", "Rose Kingdom", "Curse of Rose", "Sugar Rose", and the music video for "Awilda". His website (subtitled "Rose Addict") is at [[http://kaya-rose.com/ kaya-rose.com]] and he's on Website/{{Twitter}} under the username [[https://twitter.com/#!/Kaya_rose "Kaya_rose"]].
* StageName: His real name is [[spoiler:Tatsuya Kasei]].
* SurprisinglyGentleSong: "Silvery Dark" (both the original and the Queen's version), "Last Snow" (the original and the piano version), and "Chocolat ~Sweet ver.~".
* TranslatedCoverVersion: The entirety of the ''Kaya Meikyoku Series 1: Bonjour! Chanson'' EP; only the titles remain in French.
* UnpluggedVersion: The "sweet version" of "Chocolat".
* WholesomeCrossdresser