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GACKT Channel Issue 39 (Preview)

I'm here.

I'm in Jakarta today.

Where's Jakarta?

Look it up for yourself!!!

Don't just sit there waiting to be spoon fed!
What do you think the internet is for.
Right, so google it immediately.

What's Jakarta?

Hey, hey, hey,
It's the name of a city...

You should at least know that...

So I'm in Jakarta today.

And until 4 days ago, I was in Bali.

That's Par-ee, stupid.

Bali, it's Bali!!! [In Japanese "Paris" is pronounced as in French, without the "s" sound on the end. When written, Paris is パリ and Bali is バリ]

Don't make me explain everything.
It's tiring, you know?

Up until the last issue I was in Bangkok, Thailand,
so why did I go to Bali?

Let me try to talk about this in chronological order.


I, GACKT, was visiting Thailand
for my fanclub trip "Yasoukai"

(Leaving Narita Airport on the 10th)

Every year, we visit a different country.
The Yasoukai, which is in its twelfth year
gets deeper every year.

I guess I'm overseas for more than half the year...

The time I spend in Japan
is getting shorter and shorter.
Because of that,
I'm noticing Japan's good and bad points more.

I'm getting more sensitive to it.

(In a weakened state, the flight was hard for me)

My physical condition hadn't got better
so the time I spent inside the plane was really tough.
It was really cold on the plane.

This is something you should remember.

Why are airplanes so cold?

It's because mold grows in them extremely easily.

So if they don't make it really cold like that,
it creates an environment where mold grows easily.

That said,
the cold will kill me before it kills the mold...

(Scenery I'm used to...)

what I thought when I got to Thailand was,

"The economy in this country isn't growing much..."

The infrastructure is still all old.

The decrepitness of the airport stood out.

(Thailand's aging airport)

This country that achieved rapid growth 20 years ago
perhaps due to the effects of global financial crisises
has barely changed in the past 10 years.

It's all still old...

(The old buildings are getting even older)

I like Thailand.
Or rather, I liked it.
Of course, it's not that I hate it now.
Rather, in terms of my feelings about it
the stagnation of the cities' development
is just, kinda... That's all I can say.

(Hmph, it's not just the infrastructure, construction has stopped too)

Of course, the people in this country are truly warmhearted.
As you'd expect of a country run by Buddhists,
they're very kind.
Wherever I go,
there's nothing that irritates me.

It's an easy country for Japanese people to live in.

(This is a vehicle known as a tuk-tuk)

You wouldn't be able to drive one of these in Japan...
Even though it's pretty convenient.

(It seems like this day was the flood in Thailand...)

And so the first day in Thailand ended like that in the blink of an eye.
I was hungry.
We headed for the place where we would eat.

In a bus that seemed ridiculously huge for the narrow alleys.
It was really out of proportion.
It's funny.

(I took this from the center so it's pretty big.)

After we passed through the alleys,
our target restaurant appeared in the middle of them.
It can't be right,
to come here in such a huge bus.

The driver drove right in in without a care in the world.

(It's a flashy restaurant)

On the way, the roof of the bus caught on a power line,
and I cringed wondering if we were going to be electrocuted,
but it seems that's normal here.

No one was surprised.

(This is really a restaurant with a nice atmosphere)

While partying with everyone, I started preparing for the next day.
As soon as I got back [to the hotel] song writing work was waiting for me.

I worked on my new song as soon as I got back.
I'm working simultaneously with [staff/bandmembers in] Japan
so that when I go back I can start recording immediately.

It's a wonderful age to live in.

I can make songs even from another country.

So I continued songwriting until the early hours of the morning...
At some point, I dropped off.


(Nothing but colorful taxis)

I woke up early in the morning,
and went out in the city to breathe some fresh air.

By the way, there was a storm of traffic jams
everywhere and anywhere.

(It's gonna fall~~)

The cars were really moving slowly.
Well, it's nothing to worry about as long as you're not working.

You wouldn't be able to go anywhere like this...

It'd be really tough no matter where you went.

It's too crowded.

(Arriving at the venue for the Yasoukai)

In the end, I arrived at the venue with little time to spare.

I took a peek inside.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 26th, 2013 06:49 am (UTC)
I dunno why, but this was rather amusing :'D

the roof of the bus caught on a power line,
and I cringed wondering if we were going to be electrocuted,
but it seems that's normal here.

it's not that is normal, it's just Physic 101 G, Faraday cage xD
Never wondered why they said that the safest place to be during a lightning storm is a car?
do google it, G :P

thanks for the translation Amaia ^w^/

Edited at 2013-09-26 06:49 am (UTC)
Sep. 26th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
Jesus, G, if you're so cold on planes all the time, why don't you bring a blanket. Or ask for one. Pretty sure your staff aren't going to let you freeze to death, little drama queen.

Thanks for the translation. ^^

Sep. 26th, 2013 08:09 am (UTC)
"The decrepitness of the airport stood out."

I have no clues to what he was talking about. This airport is only 7 years old. It may not have a pretty design but, in terms of functionality, it's an overall good airport.

Thanks a lot for the 2-piece translations.
Sep. 26th, 2013 10:13 am (UTC)
Since when does reality get in the way of G's opinions? :P
Sep. 26th, 2013 10:06 am (UTC)
Thank you.

He surely is not comfortable with coldness. Well, Okinawa is quite a southern place.^^
Sep. 26th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC)
thank you for this translation. I really hope that he will talk about Jakarta next time to see what he really think about it.
Sep. 26th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
As always, Thank you so much for your translation *O*!! I'm following on tumblr too, but there's no place where I can thank you, so I have to say thank you for all your translation! I wish you have a great day c:
Sep. 26th, 2013 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for translating! :)
Sep. 26th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the translation, Amaia!
Sep. 27th, 2013 04:14 am (UTC)
oh Gackt you grow younger the older you get. I think you have the mental age of a teenager-20s. P.S. stop calling people stupid...stupid (even if it is cute). XDDD

Thanks for translating
Sep. 27th, 2013 05:35 am (UTC)
Aaah, he makes me smile with his comments :D He sure is critical. But I love the casual "talk" that he writes. I'm still rather a new fan of G and it makes me happy to read somehting so personal from a japanese. I guess I'm more use to polite and overcencored blogs :D(does that make sense?...)

Thank you for translating and sharing!
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