watching game center vids like hi i am here for the slow disintegration of whatever sanity GACKT has left
(Reading from left to right, then top to bottom)
1. I’m always by your side.
2. Just a little more, you can do it.
3. Your dreams are sure to come true. Do your best!
4. I love you.
5. Good morning. Do your best again today!
6. I finally met you!
7. It’s okay, I’m with you.
8. How are you?
9. Good, good, you worked hard.
10. What happened? Come here
11. It’s GACKT, hurry up and answer or I’ll hang up on you…
12. It’s time
13. You look cute again today
14. Good night, let’s see each other again in our dreams
15. Tell me what you want me to do. Hey
16. OKAERI (“Welcome back” as he says at concerts)
17. Yoroshii ka? (“Is that alright?” as said at Gakuen shows)
19. See you later.
20. You need more KiAi!
21. …What? You can do better than that, can’t you? You gotta do more. Do it more!
22.What are you crying for?.. Idiot. It’s okay, I’m always by your side!
This we learned. Gackt is into MILFs
long pause with Gackt blushing and acting bashful
Even more long pause
more long pause
Did he just seduce her with bumbling awkwardness?
More long pause
Whenever I watch this it always baffles me. Did Gackt really attempt a talk show while being way to socially awkward to hold an entire conversation? Was this just a really convincing prank? Or did Gackt contrive an incredibly elaborate plan just just to get into Seiko Matsuda pants ? I guess we will never know.
I couldn’t even watch the whole thing from second hand embarrassment squick
"I think that men and women should be granted equal rights, but I don’t think they can be equal. "
Huuuhh? Someone help me out, what does he mean by this?
The word he’s using in the first case is 公平 (impartial, fair, “to treat the same”) and the word he’s using in the second case is 平等 (impartial, even, equal, “with no bias or discrimination”).
It’s not 100% clear even in Japanese, but my interpretation is that he thinks men and women should have equal legal rights (be allowed to work, own property, etc etc) but because of (what he believes) are different physical and psychological natures, there will naturally always be a difference in the roles they take, and that is both right and desirable.
It’s hard to give examples because he didn’t and I don’t want to put words in his mouth. But it’s possible he could believe things like “If there are currently more men than women in leadership roles, then this reflects the nature of men and women and it is both unnecessary and potentially damaging to try and change that.”
(As a cultural note he is Okinawan, and in traditional Okinawan culture political authority is held by men and religious authority is held by women, with both influencing village decisions in a different way[/gross oversimplification of Okinawan culture]. So there’s that background of a sort of “separate but equal” attitude to gender.)
So the Japanese title of the new single is 暁月夜 (akatsukizukuyo) which means “the moon visible at daybreak”.
Like 雪月花 (setsugekka) it seems to be another literary word, the example sentence given here is from The Tale of Genji.
So I found a website where you can search for a name and see how many people in Japan have it. (or at least how many adults, since it’s based on the phone book)
Of course I ended up searching for Gakuto.
There are 0 people listed with the name 楽斗, presumably because The Man is not in the phone book. However, there are other ways to write Gakuto.
There are 214 岳人s, 22 of them are concentrated in Aichi. This name can also be pronounced “Taketo”, so it is unclear how many “Gakuto”s that is.
There are 28 学人s, 3 in Aichi and 3 in Hyogo
There are 14 輝時s, but it seems like this is more likely to be pronounced “Terutoki”
There is 1 楽十 in Oita prefecture
There are no 学斗, 岳斗, 学翔, 楽都, 牙琥斗, 岳飛, 鶴斗, 学斗, 楽音 or 輝斗 listed. These were suggested by a baby name site, but some of them are kinda painful, 牙琥斗 in particular reminds me of names like “Khaytelynne” in English, lol. (Yes, Japanese parents give their kids “creative” names as well).
In conclusion, there are probably about 200 adult Gakutos out of Japan’s 120 million people. However, googling comes up with things like Yahoo Answers posts like “I want to name my baby Gakuto after the singer, what kanji should I use?”, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the number of child Gakutos has, or is about to exceed the adult population.
So I was just looking at GACKT’s facebook profile and it has this section:
which is basically a list of skills/hobbies, but 日本刀 (nihontou- Japanese sword) is in there next to tae kwon do and karate. I mean, it doesn’t really surprise me, but I didn’t know he was that into swordsmanship.
[the full list is “Languages (Japanese/English/Chinese/Korean), action (Japanese sword, tae kwon do, karate, acrobatics, etc), driving, snowboarding and horse riding.”]