3.3.15

The January Wardrobe Post

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And now, for a very special illustrated guest post from Kame!  As the title of this post indicates, it was scheduled to be published over a month ago, but was delayed due to Kame's development of an unexpected mysterious illness. Like every good Californian, Kame sought ultra spiritual treatment first and foremost, but received nothing but the confounding diagnosis that she had been "possessed by evil." Clearly, she needs a guru. However, she has since recovered. Thank you for your support.

And now, we are overjoyed to bring you The Post in Question, in comic form.






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[Note from Cayce: for those of you who found Japan on the map five minutes ago, Furukawa Tomo is the vocalist and leader of Guniw Tools, the weirdest rock band in Japan. If you are unfamiliar with Guniw Tools, go on YouTube and watch multiple videos immediately. One is not enough.]


Leave a comment below. Lolitas welcome!

20.2.15

Mai Lucky Day

Around the 10th of November, a festival called Tori no Ichi is celebrated throughout Japan. The festival originated in the Asakusa district of Tokyo, during the Edo period (when Tokyo was still called Edo), and has evolved since then into a national phenomenon dedicated toward summoning luck before the new year. Temples and shrines set up massive marketplaces full of festival foods and booths selling all kinds of charms and trinkets, particularly engi kumade, or "lucky rakes." These lucky rakes vary greatly in size and complexity, but the basic design includes a bamboo rake and sheaves of rice. The purpose of the rake is to "rake in the luck," as symbolized by the sheaves of rice - which actually, in turn, symbolize cold, hard cash.

(Tori no Ichi celebrations in Asakusa)

Why cold hard cash? Because Tori no Ichi is a festival dedicated to praying for commercial success more than anything else. Take a close look around any shop, restaurant, or other business in Japan, and you're likely to see an engi kumade hanging somewhere on the wall. Merchants purchase the engi kumade during Tori no Ichi and display it on the wall throughout the year, in hopes of attracting good business. When the year is up, the merchant must bring the engi kumade back to the shrine where it was purchased and offer a prayer before purchasing a new one for the next year. If the business grew over the course of the year, a larger, more imposing engi kumade is in order for next year. These engi kumade can be a meter wide or more, and can include all kinds of wild decorations, all with symbolic meaning. Common elements include daruma dolls, mini-lanterns, cranes, pine branches, bamboo leaves and plum blossoms (a New Year's good-luck symbol called sho-chiku-bai...fun fact, the "chiku" in sho-chiku-bai means "bamboo," but the same kanji is also used to spell the word "bakuchiku," which I think you all know), lucky fish, lucky cats, and images of the faces of the Seven Gods of Luck (Shichi Fukujin), especially Benzaiten, goddess of wisdom, wealth, music, art, and female beauty.

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Here's Benzaiten...

(this famous statue of Benzaiten is located
in her shrine on Enoshima Island, Kanagawa prefecture)

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And here are some typical engi kumade...




...which brings me to my main point, which is the extra special original handmade engi kumade pictured below. Come the New Year, it appeared mysteriously on the bathroom of a certain bar we're rather fond of..but something tells me that's not Benzaiten on there.


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Props for the hanging bat and the toll-tally lucky drumsticks...but however appealing a handmade plushie of Imai Hisashi's head may be, I still have a feeling that Acchan-chan would say that this engi kumade needs more lucky cats.


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Live and learn! And no, I'm not telling you where the bar is. Go out and find it for yourself.

13.2.15

Fish Tanker's Only 2014 Report

It's past midnight and officially Friday the 13th in Japan, and Cayce's photo-annotated mini-report of the Fish Tanker's Only Tour 2014 is now up over at This is NOT Greatest Site.

Are you jonesing for box wine?

Are you a card-carrying card collector?

Do you like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, but only when used as smutty euphemisms?



If the graphic above represents how you feel about the items above the graphic above, then boy is this the live report for you! And if you enjoyed reading, please leave a comment below. As always, thank you for your support.

5.2.15

Metaform Nights Live Report

A live report of Tour 2014 Metaform Nights (or Anarchy!) is now up over at This is NOT Greatest Site. It takes me a lot of time and effort to write articles like this, so if you enjoyed reading, please leave a comment here. I will be also be posting a short report of the Fish Tanker's Only Tour 2014 sometime soon, so stay tuned!


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"Hell yes!"


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"Squee~~~ yes!"


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"Fuck yes!"


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Come and get it.


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4.2.15

Fifty Flowers of Evil

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The following advertisement just appeared in this week's issue of The Hisashi Inquirer.

The media may currently be excited about the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey movie sex toy tie-ins, but it appears that Victor Entertainment would like to announce here and now that they will be releasing a tie-in of their own.


(Not that kind of tie-in. Sorry, fans.)
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In honor of the all-new DVD/Blu-Ray release of Aku no Hana: The Video Album...

Victor Entertainment Presents!

'50 Shades of B-T'




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From the makers of "National Media Boys"...





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"Maboroshi no Miyako"...


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..."Pleasure Land"...




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..."Misty Blue"...





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..."Kiss Me Good-Bye"...





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...and "Love Me"...






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comes an all-new collection...

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'Ladyflowers of Evil'


Remaster her pleasure space...


Feel, have an OX boozy style.


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(Advertisement brought to you by Vxxtor Entertainment in cooperation with Sxxxing Hands, Inc. and the Hisashi Inquirer. Cayce had nothing to do with it. If you don't quite catch the drift here, reread the lyrics to "Dizzy Moon." As for OX, it's Russian for the big O. I mean Oh. I mean, please me, OX yes.)

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30.1.15

Shopping Service - New Items!

With the first shopping service post of the year, we bring you a number of gorgeous, glossy, rare photobooks, and a few other items besides. Scroll down for details.

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Memento Mori Pix Photobook

This huge, hardcover coffee table photobook contains reams of full-color photos from the Memento Mori Tour 2009, as well as black-and-white backstage shots and in-depth interviews with each band member. The photobook comes with a glossy slipcover, underneath which is a faux-leather binding embossed with intricate Memento Mori-themed patterns outlined in gold. Fans of Imai with long hair: relish Imai's braided Rapunzel look!  Fans of bearded Mr. Sakurai: this is the book for you! This is the one and only photobook featuring Mr. Sakurai with a beard, so if beards are you cup of tea, this is a must-not-miss. Perfect condition, rare and out of print. 6000 yen. Special shipping rates apply (this thing is heavy!)

Front Cover (slipcover)


Front Cover (inside slipcover)



Acchan-chan macks on Dokuro-chan




Yutaka plays the woody bass



Intimate backstage paparazzi shots!


Band member interviews


Photo series showing the beginning of the show


The band lines up at the front of the stage for "Makka na Yoru"



Beard clock o'clock.


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'SACRIFICE' RESERVED
Sakurai Atsushi Solo Photobook

This gorgeous, giant hardcover photobook was released as part of Sakurai Atsushi's solo project. Contains 158 pages of sexy, arty photographs of dear Mr. Sakurai. Most of the photos are black and white, but a few are in color, including that one that all the fangirls love to make into livejournal icons. This is a must have for any fangirl, though you'll have to take care not to stain the lovely glossy pages with your fangirl juices. Rare and out of print. This is a pristine, perfect condition copy, and includes the original promotional flyer as well. 9000 yen. Special shipping rates apply (this thing is so heavy you could use it as a weapon.)

Front Cover



Come on baby light my fire!


We saw what you did there, photographer.


ARMPRONZ (is that how you say it in fangirl speak?)


Please me, oh yes. It's like a porunograph. Get off get off just!


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Rock and Read #42

Volume 42 of Rock & Read magazine, with a 32-page cover feature on Sakurai Atsushi, including a long interview and 13 pages of full-color photos. Also includes a bonus postcard. Other artists featured include Inoran of Luna Sea, Gara of Merry, Asagi of D, Akihide of Breakerz, Bansaku of Baroque, and others. This was one of the best selling issues of Rock & Read magazine and is very difficult to find for sale compared to the other issues. Perfect condition, out of print. 1700 yen.

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Back cover


Bonus postcard.




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13th Floor With Moonshine Tour Pamphlet A RESERVED

This matte hardcover tour pamphlet is the size of a standard DVD case, and contains 64 full-color pages of studio photography of the band members waltzing around gothically, showing off their sexy tophats, and, in the case of Hoshino Hidehiko, leering up the ballerina's tutu. Widely regarded as Buck-Tick's Best Tour Pamphlet Evar. Extremely rare and out of print. Perfect condition. 6000 yen.







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Buck-Tick's Metamorphosis Book SOLD

This huge, hardcover book, published by the magazine Rockin' on Japan, contains collected interviews and photoshoots published in the magazine covering Buck-Tick's history between Taboo and Climax Together, including Schaft and This is NOT Greatest Tour. The interviews are very interesting, but for those of you who can't read Japanese, the book will still be enjoyable - there are lots and lots of pages of full-color photos of the young band members in their post-blond youth (they have flowing black locks now because they are So Goth. Wow Such Goth. Wow.) Great condition, rare and out of print. Special shipping charges apply because this thing is very heavy.  4000 yen.



Imai with hide of X Japan!


Sakurai with Yoshiki of X Japan!







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Sakurai Atsushi - Ai no Wakusei

Sakurai Atsushi's one and only solo album! This album contains tracks written by a diverse group of gothic musicians both Japanese and Western, including Western artists Wayne Hussey (Sisters of Mercy/The Mission), Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), Bryan Black (haloblack), Raymond Watts (PIG/Schwein/KMFDM), Ronnie Moorings & Anke Wolbert (Clan of Xymox), Jim Thirwell (Foetus), and Japanese artists Tsuchiya Masami (Ippu-do/Japan), Jake Cloudchair (Guniw Tools), Satou Taiji (Theater Brook), Cube Juice, my way my love, and others. All the lyrics were written by Mr. Sakurai, who also performed the vocals and the final production work. An eerie, diverse, gorgeous album, and a must-have for any Acchan-chan-chan fangirl. The album comes in a special long cardboard case, and includes a postcard of Mr. Sakurai's right hand, because hands are smexy, amirite? Great condition, out of print. 3800 yen.


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Taiji/Smell Single

This was one of the singles released as a part of Sakurai's solo project, and contains what is arguably the dirtiest set of lyrics Mr. Sakurai has ever penned (I am, of course, referring to the "smell" that smell refers to.)  The single includes four tracks - "Smell," "Taiji - embryo's theater version-," "Fantasy -cubic orange mix-" and the studio recording of Sakurai's cover of "Amaoto wa Chopin no Shirabe." Perfect condition, very rare and out of print. 3000 yen.


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If you're interested in buying or reserving anything, send me an email at themadaristocrat at gmail.  If there's an item you're sure you want but you need a few more days/weeks to scrape together the cash, I suggest you email me and request that I hold the item for you, otherwise, there is a possibility someone else will buy it first. I sell all items on a first-come, first-serve basis.  I'm willing to put items on reserve for up to a month.

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