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GACKT CONCERT IN TOKYO: JAPANESE COSPLAYERS OUTSIDE SAITAMA ARENA, J-ROCK CONCERT, VISUAL KEI BAND MERCHANDISE.


Gackt concert in Tokyo, Japan, Saitama arena. Japanese J-rock star, Visual Kei, Malice Mizer singer. Gackt Camui nose job plastic surgery, band outfits, Visual Kei feminine cross-dressing rock stars, live photos and videos.

Gackt’s July 12 concert at Saitama Arena was a 4+ hour marathon, so my report will take place in several parts. We’ll start with the story of how I got tickets literally last-minute. Count de Sang (right) called me when his friend backed out due to a fever. I had thirty minutes to get ready, fifteen of which was spent on grabbing a latte and veggie sandwich. I threw on clothes, seemingly at random, and ran the park in front of Studio Alta. Made it on time!

Flower ribbon in hair: from a New York fabric store. I painted the yellow centers black and red with nail polish.
Tank top: a Hong Kong sample, customized by moi.
Clear-striped knee highs: from a sock store on Takeshita Doori, Harajuku.

Gackt concert in Tokyo, Japan, Saitama arena. Japanese J-rock star, Visual Kei, Malice Mizer singer. Gackt Camui nose job plastic surgery, band outfits, Visual Kei feminine cross-dressing rock stars, live photos and videos, transsexual wearing hat.

On the subway to Saitama Arena, we spotted fellow concert-goers carrying Gackt bags. Whenever we lost our direction, we looked for Lolitas and followed their parasols! Gackt Camui’s fans, however, dress in every style under the rainbow. If you were there, you would have witnessed slinky prom dresses, yukatas (summer kimonos), and these three style icons dorks. Yes, Yukiro’s T-shirt reads “Flippin’ Out!”

Gackt goods, cell phone chain, red towel from concert in Tokyo, Japan, Saitama arena. Japanese J-rock star, Visual Kei, Malice Mizer singer. Gackt Camui nose job plastic surgery, band outfits, Visual Kei feminine cross-dressing rock stars, live photos and videos.

After a long line-up for band merchandise, we learned that our first choices – the cat paws and T-shirts – were sold out. Count de Sang managed to buy a towel, red wristband, and chibi-Gackt cell phone dangle (it’s remarkably well made, down to the little fang). It looks great next to his silver Lord Camelot jewelry.

Gackt fan club flag, Japanese fans and teenagers at rock music concert in Tokyo, Japan, Saitama arena. Japanese J-rock star, Visual Kei, Malice Mizer singer. Gackt Camui nose job plastic surgery, band outfits, Visual Kei feminine cross-dressing rock stars, live photos and videos.

There was a palpable buzz in the air outside Saitama Arena. Gackt’s fans waved flags, squealed, hugged, compared mementos, and of course posed for photos.

Gackt cosplayers at concert in Tokyo, Japan, Saitama arena. Red coat or jacket, J-rock hair, Miserable cd, Japanese J-rock star, Visual Kei, Malice Mizer singer. Gackt Camui nose job plastic surgery, band outfits, Visual Kei feminine cross-dressing rock stars, live photos and videos.

I was impressed at the cosplayers, who dressed as Gackt from various eras (far right).

Nazi jackets, military coats with red armband. Vintage war uniforms for girls. Gackt concert in Tokyo, Japan, Saitama arena. Japanese J-rock star, Visual Kei, Malice Mizer singer. Gackt Camui nose job plastic surgery, band outfits, Visual Kei feminine cross-dressing rock stars, live photos and videos.

Quite a few fans wore his current look: the Nazi-esque, military jacket with a red armband. Those hats are hot, aren’t they? As Count de Sang and Yukiro said, “Why aren’t we dressed like that all the time?”

Tomorrow, I’ll post pictures of Lolitas at the concert. What is your favorite Gackt era? What do you think of the latest CD?

Song of the Day #153: Hyde – Shining Over You (Ronan: “Check out the fade-out at the end. It’s great. It’s so sad.”)

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55 Comments

  1. Posted July 16, 2009 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    OMG! You have no idea how much I tried to repress a squeal when I saw the post. Lucky lucky you, although unlucky for the friend who came down with a fever…

    As for the Gackt eras… hmm favourites favourites… I don't know hahaha the current one's black, white, and red military theme looks prettiest and most wearable of them all though.

  2. Posted July 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    OMG! You have no idea how much I tried to repress a squeal when I saw the post. Lucky lucky you, although unlucky for the friend who came down with a fever…

    As for the Gackt eras… hmm favourites favourites… I don’t know hahaha the current one’s black and red military theme looks prettiest and most wearable of them all though.

    • Posted July 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      The military look is super hot… wait til you see VIDEO of the performance. Some fans got the look down to a T, including a realistic scar on the cheek!

  3. Posted July 16, 2009 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Aww, how exciting! :D

    I haven't heard any of Gackt's latest music.

  4. Posted July 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    I missed this blog!!! I sort of wondered if I could enter it from Cuba, but I never gave it a try… I guess that depends whether Japanese fashion is against the revolution or not!

  5. Posted July 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Aww, how exciting! :D

    I haven’t heard any of Gackt’s latest music.

    • Posted July 16, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

      It’s great… it beats Diabolos!

  6. Posted July 16, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I missed this blog!!! I sort of wondered if I could enter it from Cuba, but I never gave it a try… I guess that depends whether Japanese fashion is against the revolution or not!

    • Posted July 16, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

      The blog missed you! How was Cuba? What type of scrapes did you get into? ;)

      • Posted July 17, 2009 at 8:01 am | Permalink

        I had to climb a gate with spikes because somebody locked the church area while we were still inside – and I also managed to get parasites! It was all extremely glamorous. ;)

        • Posted July 20, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

          Haha sounds like a mad time! Hope the parasites didn’t travel home with you. ;)

  7. Posted July 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    btw i could of gotten you guys tshirts when i went~

    though im willing to sell my cat paw to someone if they want it.

  8. Posted July 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    i love gackt….love too mana…..gackt is unique….

  9. Posted July 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    i love gackt….love too mana…..gackt is unique….

  10. Posted July 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    oh I soooo want a chibi Gackt! I could keep him in my pocket at all times! I don't have any one favorite era, I lurves them all!

  11. Posted July 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    One of my friends has several chibi Gackts on her cell! SO cute. One of them got into a fight with my deer ring. :P
    There is also an insanely cute takoyaki Gackt that was available at the Osaka show…

  12. Posted July 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    I hope I can get tickets to Moi dix Mois… then I can see both!

  13. Posted July 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    The blog missed you! How was Cuba? What type of scrapes did you get into? ;)

  14. Posted July 16, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    The military look is super hot… wait til you see VIDEO of the performance. Some fans got the look down to a T, including a realistic scar on the cheek!

  15. Posted July 16, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    It's great… it beats Diabolos!

  16. Posted July 16, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    btw i could of gotten you guys tshirts when i went~

    though im willing to sell my cat paw to someone if they want it.

    • Posted August 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      can u sell me the cat paw please?

  17. Posted July 16, 2009 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    i love gackt….love too mana…..gackt is unique….

  18. Posted July 16, 2009 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    omg!!!!! I liked when he was in Malice Mizer the best!!!! I would love to see him live though now!!!! ^_^

    • Posted July 16, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

      I hope I can get tickets to Moi dix Mois… then I can see both!

  19. Posted July 16, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    oh I soooo want a chibi Gackt! I could keep him in my pocket at all times! I don’t have any one favorite era, I lurves them all!

    • Posted July 16, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

      One of my friends has several chibi Gackts on her cell! SO cute. One of them got into a fight with my deer ring. :P
      There is also an insanely cute takoyaki Gackt that was available at the Osaka show…

  20. Posted July 16, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I loved when Gackt was in Malice Mizer<3 I think that was truly the greatest band he was in. Klaha was cool too, but I think Gackt was better XP

  21. Posted July 16, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    It's funny because in Japan, GACKT-O is crazy popular and a lot of teen girls don't even know about Mana or Malice Mizer! Funny how outside Japan, people are only starting to go wild for Mana. However, I love Gackt-era Malice Mizer best of all too. ^^

  22. Posted July 17, 2009 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    I loved when Gackt was in Malice Mizer<3 I think that was truly the greatest band he was in. Klaha was cool too, but I think Gackt was better XP

    • Posted July 17, 2009 at 4:24 am | Permalink

      It’s funny because in Japan, GACKT-O is crazy popular and a lot of teen girls don’t even know about Mana or Malice Mizer! Funny how outside Japan, people are only starting to go wild for Mana. However, I love Gackt-era Malice Mizer best of all too. ^^

  23. Posted July 17, 2009 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    I had to climb a gate with spikes because somebody locked the church area while we were still inside – and I also managed to get parasites! It was all extremely glamorous. ;)

  24. Posted July 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I think I'm with you guys in that I love MM era Gackt. of course I like it all lol but that to me just had that showmanship thing that I love. and it trips me out to thing that Mana is more pop here than there o-0 sadly I don't have the latest cd but I will eventually. the military thing he's doing now puts me in mind of something he did a bit earlier I'm thinking..::ponders, tries to remember::
    in honor of your song of the day (cuz ˆlove me some Hyde too) I had to link to something very random and very kawaii…enjoy!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iATYaspLPio

  25. Posted July 18, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Awww kawaii! It's very odd how Mana is bigger overseas now… his Moi meme Moitie shop even closed down in Tokyo *__*

  26. Posted July 19, 2009 at 4:39 am | Permalink

    I think I’m with you guys in that I love MM era Gackt. of course I like it all lol but that to me just had that showmanship thing that I love. and it trips me out to thing that Mana is more pop here than there o-0 sadly I don’t have the latest cd but I will eventually. the military thing he’s doing now puts me in mind of something he did a bit earlier I’m thinking..::ponders, tries to remember::
    in honor of your song of the day (cuz ˆlove me some Hyde too) I had to link to something very random and very kawaii…enjoy!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iATYaspLPio

    • Posted July 19, 2009 at 4:41 am | Permalink

      Awww kawaii! It’s very odd how Mana is bigger overseas now… his Moi meme Moitie shop even closed down in Tokyo *__*

      • Posted July 20, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

        now that is surprising! and what I wouldn’t do for a Chibi Gackt
        do you know anyone who got to see Kanon this weekend?

        • Posted July 20, 2009 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

          Kanon Wakeshima or DJ Kanon at Tokyo Hardcore? If the latter, I saw her play this week at Alamode, and several of my friends went to the hardcore event.

          • Posted July 22, 2009 at 2:43 am | Permalink

            If Kanon Wakeshima, I saw her this weekend and interviewed her.

  27. Posted July 20, 2009 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    You guys look real gothically cool. You all nailed it. This is not without irony, obviously.

  28. Posted July 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    You guys look real gothically cool. You all nailed it. This is not without irony, obviously.

  29. Posted July 20, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    now that is surprising! and what I wouldn't do for a Chibi Gackt
    do you know anyone who got to see Kanon this weekend?

  30. Posted July 20, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Kanon Wakeshima or DJ Kanon at Tokyo Hardcore? If the latter, I saw her play this week at Alamode, and several of my friends went to the hardcore event.

  31. Posted July 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Haha sounds like a mad time! Hope the parasites didn't travel home with you. ;)

  32. Posted July 21, 2009 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    I'd love to see Gackt live. I'm not a pop guy…but its Gackt!

  33. Posted July 21, 2009 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    I’d love to see Gackt live. I’m not a pop guy…but its Gackt!

    • Posted July 21, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

      I’m going to post a video review – with concert footage – tomorrow! Check back!

  34. Posted July 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    I'm going to post a video review – with concert footage – tomorrow! Check back!

  35. Posted July 21, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    If Kanon Wakeshima, I saw her this weekend and interviewed her.

  36. Posted July 23, 2009 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    those hats are pretty hot

  37. Posted July 23, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    those hats are pretty hot

  38. Posted July 23, 2009 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Love the military styling :) Count De Sang is HAWT! And Yukiro as a hippy? Well, I never.

  39. Posted July 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Love the military styling :) Count De Sang is HAWT! And Yukiro as a hippy? Well, I never.

  40. Posted August 4, 2009 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    can u sell me the cat paw please?

  41. Posted August 4, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    can u sell me the cat paw please?

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