Takahiro Moriuchi, better known to fans of the Japanese band One Ok Rock simply as Taka, has picked up a Los Angeles outpost near the very top of the Hollywood Hills, overlooking Mulholland Drive. Records reveal the Tokyo-born lead vocalist doled out exactly $6 million for the house, which features five bedrooms and baths spread across nearly 4,000 square feet of single-level living space — all of it with sweeping views via towering walls of glass.
Don’t know who Taka is? Long a fixture on the Japanese music scene, the 33-year-old started out as a member of boy band News before joining One OK Rock in 2005. It’s also worth noting that he hails from a long line of Japanese musicians — he’s the eldest son of well-known singers Shinichi and Masako Mori, and one of his two brothers, Hiroki (Hiro), is lead singer of the rock band My First Story.
With the Netflix documentary “Flip a Coin” scheduled for release in October, Taka hopes to make a mark in the U.S., where One Ok Rock already has collaborated with the likes of singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and producer John Feldmann (Blink-182, Korn, 311), and performed on the Vans Warped Tour. Filmed during last year’s pandemic, the 90-minute show follows the band as they prepared for their Field of Wonder no-audience livestream concert, and features rehearsals, interviews and rare scenes of the members’ private lives.
Tucked away on a half-acre blufftop parcel secured by gates and cameras, Taka’s new L.A. residence was built in 1969, but has since been updated with a newly built guesthouse, among other upgrades. A spacious motorcourt and two-car garage front the white stucco structure, which has a massive wood front door that pivots into a light-filled foyer sporting a towering ceiling and skylights.
Beyond that is a narrow living room spotlighted by a linear fireplace ensconced in a striking veined-marble accent wall. A fireside family room abuts a sleek gourmet kitchen, which is equipped with stone countertops, an eat-in island, luxe Jenn-Air range and wine cooler. There’s also a formal dining room.
For relaxation, the sleeping quarters include a primary suite outfitted with a fireplace, dual closets, and a spa-inspired bath boasting dual vanities, an open rain shower and an oval soaking tub holding court beneath a large picture window. Outside, a two-level backyard has plenty of space for relaxing and entertaining up top, plus a 14-foot-deep pool down below. Flanking the pool is the aforementioned one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse.