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So, I've been thinking this post over for a while, and I'd like to do it for people who are considering attending GACKT's Visualive in summer 2015. I'll be adding things as I think of them, and I'm not sure how much I will be able to cover, we'll see.

TICKETS
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CONCERT VENUES

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ACCOMODATION

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TRANSPORTATION

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MONEY, CARDS AND DOCUMENTS
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JAPANESE LANGUAGE
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OTHER

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PREPARING FOR THE SHOW

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GACKT Glossary

List of commonly used words on GACKT's Twitter, blog and other sources that are specific to Japanese culture or made up by GACKT.


Adi-OS! アディ押忍! (adiosu)
Portmanteau of the Spanish "Adios" and "OSU!", a Japanese cheer.

Apowogies すみまそん (sumimason)
Cutesy/goofy way of apologizing.  I used to spell it "aporogies" till I realized an r/l swap might be seen as mocking Japanese people.  Oops.  I'm now more likely to use "Sorreh" for both this and the other "Sorreh" below.

DoM ドM/努M (doemu)
Having an extremely M-type personality.  See S and M.

DoS ドS/努S (doesu)
Having an extremely S-type personality.  See S and M.

KiAi 気愛 (kiai)
"Kiai" is a martial arts concept meaning roughly "fighting spirit", but GACKT writes it with different kanji meaning "Spirit (energy) and love".

Motherf**er(s) バカヤロウ(bakayarou), Used liberally in the YFCblog.  It literally means "stupid bastard" but I translate it as "motherf**cker" since he's usually just using it as a rude way to address people like a badass rockstar and not really calling people stupid.  Ironically, I think "stupid bastard" would sound harsher if I translated it literally.  Also, there's precedent for him using that kind of language (signed wall poster in the DIABOLOS tour photobook reading "Get the f**k up motherf**ckers- Gackt" for one), so I think it could be argued that that's what he'd say if he was writing this in English.

Over 叔母 (oba)
A mistyping of the word "over" as "oba" which means "aunt"

S and M
Taken from the English "Sadism and Masochism", but also used in a non-sexual way as a description of personality. An S person is one who enjoys teasing, bullying or pushing people around, and an M one is someone who likes or tolerates such treatment.

Sorreh ごめんみ (gomen mi)
Cutesy/goofy way of apologizing, "Sorry".

SSSSSSS
GACKT's level of S-ness

Urch ウニ (uni)
A groaning sound made in confusion.  The Japanese word used, uni is also the word for sea urchin.  According to GACKT, it's the sound you make when your brain goes squishy like a sea urchin.

Well then それ蛇 (sore ja)
A mistyping of "sore ja" ("well then").  "Ja" is written with the kanji for "snake".  Probably done unintentionally at first, but is now a standard farewell from GACKT.  

anyone got $35,000?

So a few weeks ago I got a phone call from Vartix about the “make a custom piece of jewelry with Gackt” thing. (spoiler: I will not be doing that). The way it works is, they were calling a lot (hundreds?) of entrants to come to the store in person, and from those people they would select the 10 who actually get to do the thing. I figured that it was probably a way to get lots of people to visit the store and buy stuff, but I decided to give it a shot. Free postcard and all.

The store I went to is in Omotesando and it’s a nice little place, probably nicer if you actually care about jewelry. They had the standard model of Gackt’s watch that he was wearing on Geinoujin Kakuzuke Check for something like $80,000… his is a custom one that apparently cost more like $600,000. It has diamonds on every available surface and you can see all the gears inside which is kinda neat and steampunk but unfortunately the hands don’t stand out very well against all the other spinning stuff. They also have the recent Gackt/Vartix collaboration jewelry on display, the black stuff with the rubies that’s “only” $200-$300.

Anyway, the sales guy was cute and friendly and he sat me down and talked about Gackt and Japan for a while and thankfully didn’t pressure me too hard to buy anything, but also wasn’t in a hurry to get to the point either. He did eventually start explaining the rules, one day in February that is only disclosed to the winners, you go (on your own money) to Kyoto and meet Gackt there. Ok, cool so far. Then he explains that what you “win” is the chance to design jewelry with Gackt and you have to buy the finished piece when you’re done. Not so okay, but go on. “Gackt is very particular about these kind of things and the exact price will vary, but a baseline figure is $35,000″. LOL NOPE

He then explained to me that there is a five year payment plan, so I could pay $890 a month for the next five years. LOL NOPE

Anyway, I was like "um… that’s almost twice my rent” and I think he got the point and he brought out a few more Gackt-designed jewelry pieces for me to try on. So I took a selfie with the diamond cross necklace. There was also an interesting ring with a Star of David on either side of the center stone and also etched into the stone… wonder if there’s a reason for picking that design or if it’s just the usual Japanese “Judeo-Christian stuff looks cool!” thing.

I then left the store without actually buying anything, but even $200 is a bit too expensive for just-buying-something-so-you-don’t-waste-the-salesperson’s-time purposes. To be fair, they invited me…

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GACKTTweets December 31 2016

How are you doing? It’s already the end of 2016. Well… for a little while, to end 2016 with you guys, let’s answer some tweets!!

[Is there anything you want to do next year?]@___iR10 The world tour will start next year. Well, it’s taking a long time just to prepare. I’m spending time on making an English version of the album too.

[Did you get a 10yen sized bald spot again this year or were you OK?]@.__yukitarooo The truth is… I was thinking I could do it without stressing this year. And when the filming for the show finished, I was glad I hadn’t gone bald on the inside as well. But when I went to the salon, they said, “Bro, it’s happened again!” This time it’s on the back of my head. I, GACKT, still require spiritual training.

[I want to play Othello with GACKT]@.G_A7483 Why Othello? Let’s play poker!

[Give me abs!!!]@.hatimitu160kg Abs are something you cultivate with your own hard work. No one can give them to you. Put Kiai into it!

[If it’s for Gakkun, I’ll get a Brazillian wax]@.aiai20xx0407 Don’t do it for me, do it for the sake of all human men! Neither men nor women need hair down there!

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-The curtain has opened on the long awaited “LAST VISUALIVE -Saigo no Tsuki- LAST MOON”. Firstly, I’d like to ask about the story this time, is it a continuation of “MOON SAGA -Secrets of Yoshitsune-” Part I and II?
G: No, it isn’t. There is a “MOON SAGA -Secrets of Yoshitsune- Part III”, but this “LAST VISUALIVE -Saigo no Tsuki- LAST MOON” isn’t simply, “Well, here are bits and pieces of "MOON SAGA -Secrets of Yoshitsune- Part III”. It’s a bigger world than that.
Originally, the story “MOON SAGA”, which this VISUALIVE is based upon had the core of “The moon is always watching the tragedies that humans repeat” at its center. And regarding the moon, from things like “People’s souls are led by the moon” and “People are emotionally drawn to the moon”, many stories diverge. The story itself suddenly begins from a vampire story set in the near future. That’s what was depicted in “MOON CHILD” (2003 movie). If we go back in time to the origin of those vampires, it’s around “DIABOLOS”. At the time, there were those known as “Darkside Inhabitants” who lived in the darkness in a chaotic era in Europe and each used their country to engage in a proxy war. And in order to drive out the “Darkside Inhabitants”, those known as “Apostles” were then artificially created. That ended in failure, but the surviving Apostles, as vampires, started a new story from there. So where was the origin of those vampires? Their origin was in Japan. In the Heian era, there were those known as “Mononoke”, and those called “Mononofu” born from encounters between humans and Mononoke, who dominated both the humans and the Mononoke with their special powers, and began to fight among themselves. “MOON SAGA –Secrets of Yoshitsune-” is one of the key points of this story. Yoshitsune’s story spreads out when someone who inherited his “demon” blood crosses over to Europe. That’s the origin of vampires. That’s the summary.
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Last Visualive rough plot guide

I will attempt to roughly summarize the story-relevant sections of the LAST VISUALIVE, as a guide for non-Japanese speakers seeing it tomorrow or on Sunday. OBVIOUS SPOILERS.
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Kamakura, Yoritomo’s mansion.

It was a pleasant night with a spring breeze.

Next to Yoritomo, who was asleep in the bedroom, Masako sat, looking down on his sleeping face. But there was not the slightest trace of wifely affection in her gaze.

A lukewarm breeze blew from nowhere in particular, and the oil lamp flickered.

“...En?” Masako said without raising her head.

CORRECT. SHALL I TAKE WHAT I WAS PROMISED?

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Sitting on the bow of the vast sailing ship, Noritsune gazed at the ocean spreading out in front of him. The gentle spring breeze brushed his cheek, along with the smell of salt water. Noritsune closed his eyes as if he were savoring it.

“How nice the ocean is. It brings the winds from all directions. The breeze today is quite refreshing… Is it not, Yoshitsune?”

Noritsune spoke with his eyes closed. Behind him, Yoshitsune stood.

“Those words don’t suit you. All you smell of now is blood…”

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-The curtain has opened on the long awaited "LAST VISUALIVE -Saigo no Tsuki- LAST MOON". Firstly, I'd like to ask about the story this time, is it a continuation of "MOON SAGA -Secrets of Yoshitsune-" Part I and II?
G: No, it isn't. There is a "MOON SAGA -Secrets of Yoshitsune- Part III", but this "LAST VISUALIVE -Saigo no Tsuki- LAST MOON" isn't simply, "Well, here are bits and pieces of "MOON SAGA -Secrets of Yoshitsune- Part III". It's a bigger world than that.
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