Wednesday, January 30, 2008

here, i searched Visual Kei on wikipedia.


Visual kei (ヴィジュアル系 vijuaru kei, lit. "visual style") refers to a movement among Japanese musicians, that is characterized by the use of eccentric, sometimes flamboyant looks. This usually involves striking make-up, unusual hair styles and elaborate costumes, often, but not always, coupled with androgynous aesthetics. Some sources state that Visual Kei refers to a music genre, or to a sub-genre of J-rock (a term referring to Japanese rock in general ), with its own particular sound, related to glam-rock, punk and metal, and with strong emphasis on its unique style of dress; and some sources state that Visual Kei's unique clothing and make-up fashions, and participation in the related sub-culture, is equally as important as the sound of the music itself in the use of the term. Popularity

Visual kei has enjoyed popularity among independent underground projects, as well as artists achieving mainstream success, with influences from Western phenomena, such as glam, goth and cyberpunk. The music performed encompasses a large variety of genres, i.e. pop, heavy metal and electronica. Magazines published regularly in Japan with visual kei coverage are Arena 37°C, Fool's Mate and Shoxx. Noted bands who at least at some point sported a visual kei theme include Dir en grey, Luna Sea and Malice Mizer.

Popularity and awareness of such groups outside of Japan is sparse, but has seen an increase in recent years. While the successful X Japan launched an attempt to enter the international market as early as 1992, it would still take another decade until live concerts and regular domestic releases by visual kei themed bands in Europe and North America came to pass.

History

Visual Kei emerged in the late 1980s, pioneered by the band X Japan. , along with others such as D'erlanger and Color, who are regarded as influencing the fashion and music associated with Visual Kei bands. X Japan's drummer Yoshiki Hayashi used the term to describe the band's slogan "Psychedelic Violence Crime of Visual Shock".

Color vocalist "Dynamite Tommy" formed his record company Free-Will in 1986, which has been a major contributor in spreading modern Visual Kei outside Japan.

In 1992, X Japan launched an attempt to enter the European and American markets, but it would take another 8 years until popularity and awareness of Visual Kei bands would extend worldwide.

In the mid 1990s, Visual Kei received an increase in popularity throughout Japan, when album sales from Visual Kei bands started to reach record numbers. The most notable bands to achieve success during this period included, X Japan, Glay, Luna Sea, and L'Arc-en-Ciel, however a drastic change in their appearance accompanied their success.

During the same period, bands such as Kuroyume, Malice Mizer, and Penicillin, gained mainstream awareness, although they were not as commercially successful.

By 1999, mainstream popularity in Visual Kei was declining, X Japan had disbanded, and the death of lead guitarist Hideto Matsumoto in 1998 had denied fans a possible reunion. It wasn't long before Luna Sea decided to disband in the year 2000, and L'Arc-en-Ciel went on a hiatus the same year.

In 2007 the genre has been revitalized, as Luna sea announced they would perform a one-off performance, and X Japan announced they would reunite. With these developments, Visual kei bands enjoyed a boost in public awareness, described by the media as "Neo-Visual Kei".

Harajuku, cosplay and gothic lolita subcultures

Visual kei is associated with Harajuku, especially those who gather on "Jingu Bashi (“Jingu Bridge”), a pedestrian bridge connecting the bustling Harajuku district with Meiji Shrine." In attendance one will find Visual kei cosplayers (those dressed as their favorite bands) and those in the subculture known as Gothic Lolita based on Lolita fashion.

Often fans of such bands also will dress up for concerts, meet ups, and other events where they'll see other people who enjoy Visual Kei.


and i image googled Visual Kei, Gothic, Lolita and Jrock.

visual kei.

gothic lolita

and i accidentaly went to this person's website. ill repost whatever he/she posted.


Subject case #1:

"Bou"

Okay, when I first saw this picture on a friend of my friend's desktop (by the way, you all need to stop dragging me over to your other friend's houses. I don't like being around people I don't know, and it just gets tedious after the ninety - eighth time.), I was all like "Aww, what an adorable little girl! Is this a model from a clothing line or something?"

And so the girl got offended and told me it was the guitarist from some band called An Cafe, and that the girl was actually a boy. (shitty grammar, I may tell you.)

I don't know about the rest of you (or if this man's homosexual or not), but I like my men to actually look masculine...

... and not like a ten year old girl.

Subject #2:

"Mana"

WOAH. WOAH. WOAH.

DO YOU SEE WHAT I MEAN?!

I bet that took six hours to get all of that makeup on.


Subject(s) #3:

"All of them"

WHAT THE SHVACK.
(And why does the guy in the top right corner have a bandana on his nose? How does it stay on his nose?)


the last picture is also a picture of jrock. they all look similar to me btw =/. see annonymous? its not only malaysians think that they overdress. this person posted that on www.quizilla.com
people, cny come my house on either the 10th feb, sunday, the 4th day of cny or 14th feb, thursday night, the 8th day of cny. all come and play chor tai ti, blackjack and stuffs kay. the sunday one is just for you all to come and lepak but the thursday one is a open house but its on a school day. so i guess most people wont come =/. so all come yeah collect ang pau's =3

and about my last post, the two guys i met on the way to sg wang, their style is called Visual Kei. thanks annonymous. i will google it or search it on wikipedia and post more info about Visual Kei.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

27th January.

to times sq with jen yen.

the 50 cents bus.

after times sq, went to sg wang. on the way we saw..

jRock , LaLa, whatever you call this Gothic ker apa omg.


well im sorry if i offend anyone but i really think they overdressed la. i mean they dress as if theres a halloween party there in sungei wang.

golden boobies!

went to threepointsix. jenyen bought a shoe.


before discount.

after discount wtf o.o

i went and get the exact same one for myself too. lucky me i got the last pair, but the display one.


the plastic bag

went to times sq and meet up with tk, bought tickets for rambo 4.

the free muffin we got for GSC 3rd anniversary in times sq.

i rate this movie 4/5. not bad.

before the movie, had our dinner.





"hou lan char err.."

lemon coke.

currently forming a band with khong and faris. were lack of people. need maybe one more guitarist and vocalist. so anyone wana join us? =3.

more practice, not more stickers =(

list of movies that i want to watch.



Monday, January 28, 2008

random.

a picture gary sent to me when he was in kl.


semasa memonteng kelas ramai ramai.



masterpiece in alfa.


street righter.

my superpower - pikachu attack, khongs superpower - tag team with shaun o.o


more gay scene.




random videos
video
the people's elbow by The Rock.

video
high jump recorded by jenyen using my phone o.O?

video
shaun lol.

26th January, Wei Ann's.

morning, went to class and had lunch at this classic chicken rice shop.


syed anwar.

then back to leisure mall and watched Meet The Spartans.

a must watch movie.

Hard Rock Cafe.




really big bikes o.O





buttfucks.

doggystyle =x

slow dancing =3

WOoosh

this picture is filled with boobies -.-

GAME TIME.

How to play? - spin around 10 - 15 times and walk straight, march, shuffle etc.




happy faris =3

blow candle cut cake =)

wei mae

kristy

ann

rachel

group photo.

HAPPY SWEET 16 WEI ANN.