São Tomé and Príncipe, and Buck-Tick

This, my friends, is the biggest WTF item of Buck-Tick arcana I have ever discovered.

A 2009 commemorative stamp sheet from the small equatorial island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe, featuring some of the "greatest stars of Japanese music and cinema."  São Tomé and Príncipe is a Portuguese-speaking island country located in the Gulf of Guinea, the second-smallest country in Africa after Seychelles, and the smallest Portuguese-speaking nation in the world.  It gained its independence from Portugal in 1975.  Like Japan, the São Tomé and Príncipe islands are volcanic.

Anyhow, according to São Tomé and Príncipe, in 2009, Japan's greatest music and film stars were Mifune Toshiro, famous for his roles in Kurosawa Akira's masterpiece films Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, The Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo; Hamasaki "Ayu" Ayumi, called "Japan's pop princess" for her incredible lasting popularity throughout Asia; Kitano "Beat" Takeshi, famous for his hard-boiled, deadpan, blackly humorous yakuza films, and Sakurai "Acchan-chan" Atsushi, famous for his love of felines and for being the third sexiest man in Japan after Hoshino Hidehiko and Yagami Toll.

Perhaps this answers the question about whether there are African Buck-Tick fans.  If you are an African Buck-Tick fan, please comment on this post!

Found on an online collectors' stamp shop.  Please, Sun Goddess Amaterasu, please tell me this is real.



  1. Omg! Is this for real?! I'm asian but was born in ghana, africa and I love BT does it count?

    1. I think that counts for at least partial credit, though I was particularly keen to hear from Buck-Tick fans living in Africa because I have no idea whether Japanese music is known on the ground there to any extent. I assume this stamp thing is real though, and I have to assume whoever designed it was a B-T fan.

  2. Me me me !!!! :) it's Rannoucha from Tunisia (north Africa) maybe the biggest fan of buck tick and Sakurai-san in Africa ;) million kisses from Tunisia <3 <3 <3

    1. It had been so long I'd almost given up...I'm so happy to hear from you! Now it's official, I know Buck-Tick fans from every continent but Antarctica.


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