Kahimi Karie

Kahimi Karie (カヒミ・カリィ, Kahimi Karii) is a Japanese Shibuya-kei musician.

Kahimi Karie
Born (1968-03-15) March 15, 1968[1]
Years active1990present
LabelsTrattoria Records, Victor Entertainment Japan

Kahimi sings in English, French, and Japanese (among other languages) with whisper-like vocals. A number of her early songs were written for her by Momus. She also has a strong connection to Cornelius, who collaborated on many early works, and whose trendy Trattoria label released many of her EPs in the mid-'90s. Karie currently lives in New York City, though she spent much of her career in Paris.


Kahimi was born the daughter of a major hospital doctor in Utsunomiya. She was raised by her strict father, and says she was not allowed to do things kids usually do, like watching TV, dating, etc. She was influenced by Serge Gainsbourg in her teens and by Cathy Claret's first album. After graduating high school, she moved to Tokyo and entered a vocational college to study photography. After graduating, she made a short career as a freelance photographer. In 1990, her friend established a record label and Kahimi was asked to participate. She made her debut as a vocalist, alongside Takako Minekawa as the female duo "Fancy Face Groovy Name". Later in 1994 she released her first solo album, Mike Alway's Diary, which was produced by Keigo Oyamada (aka Cornelius). At this time she was referred to as "Shibuya-kei Princess", and her personal relationship with Oyamada was highly publicized. She later moved to Paris to pursue her career. She now lives in New York, and recently toured Japan with Otomo Yoshihide and Jim O'Rourke, who has also written songs for her dog, a black French bulldog named "Gomes".

Two projects were released in 2007, the live DVD Muhlifein and the rarities collection Specialothers.



  • March 25, 1997 - Larme de crocodile (Crue-L KYTHMAK-031DA)
  • July 15, 1998 - K.K.K.K.K. (Polydor POCP-7296)
  • May 24, 2000 - Tilt (Polydor POCH-1949)
  • November 21, 2001 - My Suitor (Polydor)
  • February 21, 2003 - Trapeziste (Victor VICL-61070)
  • May 21, 2004 - Montage (Victor VICL-61374)
  • October 25, 2006 - NUNKI (Victor VICL-62135)
  • June 9, 2010 - It's here (Victor VICL-63613)

Remix Albums

  • February 21, 1998 - Kahimi Karie Remixes (Crue-L KYTHMAK-038D)
  • December 23, 1998 - a K is a K is a K (Polydor)

Compilation Albums

  • September 8, 1998 - Kahimi Karie (Minty Fresh [US])
  • September 30, 1998 - The Best Of Trattoria Years Plus More (Trattoria Menu.164/FC-023/PSCR-5708)
  • June 27, 2000 - K.K.Works 1998-2000 (Polydor)
  • July 25, 2007 - Specialothers (Victor VICL-62433)

LPs, EPs, Singles

  • December 21, 1992 - Kahimi Karie and the Crue-L Grand Orchestra / Mike Alway's Diary (Crue-L KYTHMAK-003D/CRUKAH-002D)
  • June 25, 1994 - Girly (Crue-L KYTHMAK-011D/CRUKAH-003D)
  • January 25, 1995 - I am a Kitten (Kahimi Karie sings Momus in Paris) (Crue-L KYTHMAK-015D)
  • January 25, 1995 - My First Karie (Trattoria Menu.56/PSCR-5348)
  • July 26, 1995 - Leur L'existence (Trattoria Menu.62/PSCR-9102)
  • October 16, 1995 - Good Morning World (Trattoria Menu.70/PSDR-5237)
  • June 9, 1996 - HUMMING ga kikoeru (Trattoria)
  • June 26, 1996 - Le Roi Soleil (Trattoria Menu.99/PSCR-5500)
  • February 14, 1997 - Tiny King Kong (Crue-L KYTHMAK-029D)
  • June 29, 1998 - One Thousand 20th Century Chairs (Polydor POCP-7297)
  • March 29, 2000 - Once Upon A Time (Polydor POCH-1913)
  • April 26, 2000 - Journey To The Centre Of Me (Polydor POCH-1927)
  • March 24, 2004 - NaNa (Victor VICL-35620)


  • October 4, 2006 - KOCHAB (Victor VIBL-344)
  • July 25, 2007 - Muhlifein (Victor VIBL-391)


  • May 24, 2000 - K.K. LIMITED EDITION 2000(Live Tour VHS, Live Tour CD, Remix CD, T shirts, Bag, Stickers, Badges and Photobook.Limited only for this)(UPCH-9006)

Appearances on Other Albums

See also


  1. "カヒミ・カリィ". MusicBrainz. Retrieved Dec 28, 2018.
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