November 2013 VA feat. Ruki's Favorite Music

Ruki, once again, reveals his very...unique and eclectic tastes in his monthly VA column!

REDMAN October 21 Live Report

Continuing in our Satoshi vein, we bring you a live report of REDMAN's Tokyo live in the small indies house, Takadanobaba Club Phase!

RR049 feat. Satoshi (Girugamesh)

Satoshi lays it all out in the open, revealing all the obstacles that Girugamesh faced and overcame to stay together as the band they were and the long journey to becoming the band they wanted to be.

RR049 Preview feat. Ruki (the GazettE)

Just when you think you've got him figured out, Ruki becomes the most dangerous and alluring looking rabbit ever.

One Ok Rock Frolicking in the Sun

Summer is starting, and that means a visit to the beach. Tomoya is just your man, reporting live from the beaches of Miyakojima!


Product Review: Ichikami Series

I'm pretty sure many of you have heard the phrase, “A girl's hair is her most prized possession.”

This is also the basic premise for Ichikami, whose name originates from the popular Japanese proverb, "いち髪二姿" (Hair first, looks second). This emphasizes the idea that if your hair isn't beautiful, then it's impossible to be entirely beautiful no matter how pretty your face may be, therefore, hair care should come before facial care.

My mother also, since I can remember, constantly reminded me the importance of taking good care of my hair and scalp. So naturally, it's important to choose a good shampoo and conditioner. Not only do you want your hair clean of all that icky build up, but you want it conditioned, manageable and healthy.

Healthy hair is important, especially for those of you who love to model yourself after your favorite celebrities and their hairstyles. Over the years I've put my hair through a lot, I've chemically straightened it a couple of times, constantly coloured it, and heat styling has also left its mark. Due to all of this, my hair has become fairly damaged to the point that my hair had its fair share of split ends, tangles, and it was definitely lacking in lustre.

And then came Ichikami.

A while back my friend gave me the Ichikami shampoo, conditioner and hair mask set when she came back from Japan. I had seen it at my local Asian grocer but had never bothered to try it.

The Ichikami series is from Kracie which was formerly known as Kanebo.

Designed for damaged hair, the product contains black rice essence which helps to boost the hair's moisture and lustre. It also contains 6 other pure Japanese herbal essences (Camelia also know as Tsubaki, Walnut, Belamcanda and Soapberry, Sasanqua and Sakura) all of which serves to repair and also strengthen the hair.

Another selling point of the shampoo is that it does not contain silicon—a chemical used in many shampoos to give the result of smooth silky hair after rinsing. Even though your hair will feel silky, silicone can also cause hair loss with prolonged usage.

The packaging is very feminine. The shampoo bottle is white, and the conditioner is black and pink which is helpful because I've used products where both shampoo and conditioner look similar and sometimes I accidentally pump out conditioner first.

The scent is also very feminine. The scent of wild sakura has a slight fruity tint to it but not to the point that it's overpowering or artificial. The consistency of the shampoo is not too watery or too thick and lathers up quite well. After rinsing, the shampoo leaves my hair feeling clean and not icky like some other shampoos do. However, it does leave my hair feeling a little like straw, so conditioning is absolutely essential.

The conditioner also smells pleasant, but the consistency is a little watery. Once I apply the conditioner to my hair, the straw-like feeling disappears and the hair feels fully conditioned. Within a couple days of usage, my hair has become shiny, tangle free and the ends less dry. On top of that the faint scent of the sakura is a plus for me.

Pros: Silicon free; pleasant smell; nourishing
Cons: Must use conditioner because shampoo dries out hair

The hair mask was highly recommended by my friend. It was ranked as one of the best products of 2009 on a well known Japanese cosmetic site called @Cosme

Prior to this, I was already using a hair mask from Kao's Essential line, so I was relatively familiar with Kao's products.

Ichikami's hair treatment contains black rice extract, soy bean/ black bean extract, and helps to repair and protect damaged hair. The extracts penetrate deep into the core of each hair strand and leaves hair feeling silky and shiny.

My first impression of the product again was how feminine it was with the black and pink colour scheme. However, I don't like the lid because it tends to break easily. A twist-to-open cap works better for me. Given it's 180g content I find the packaging is a little bulky compared to Essential's 200g packaging. Therefore the packaging of the product wasn't as satisfactory as other Kao products.

The scent of the hair mask is similar to the shampoo and conditioner with a consistency that's slightly thicker than the conditioner. I apply an appropriate amount to the ends of my hair, let it absorb the treatment for about 5-10minutes and rinse thoroughly. While rinsing I tend to comb my fingers through my hair to see if it has been conditioned enough to smoothly comb my fingers through.

The hair mask does leave my hair soft and smooth without a greasy feel to it but I personally feel it isn't comparable to Essential's hair treatment. The Essential product I had used left my hair feeling very hydrated, but Ichikami's hair treatment left results that were similar to regular conditioner.

My final verdict for the hair mask is “average”. The results I got were mediocre compared to the description's promises. Honestly, the packaging design really sold me at first, but considering its performance I probably would not make a repurchase. Price wise it's on the moderate side, but most worth your money if you purchased it on sale (at around $9 a bottle).

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Radio: G-Men X feat. the GazettE, Special 2009

The highly anticipated third segment of G-MEN X is here! Is everyone excited?

This time the band members reveal everything about Reita that is embarrassing and annoying! They pick on everything, including how he seems to be lacking in fashion and kinda phails at a lot of other things in life.

We won't hold you up though, so off you go~♪

Takuya's From the Milky Way : Space G-MEN X, the GazettE Special

GUEST: the GazettE
BROADCAST TIME:October 8th 2009 (24:00-25:00)

Takuya: And we return to the individual investigation files!

Reita: Noo, it's fine~it's fine! It's fineeee

Takuya: Reita, it's time for you to leave. So please get out of your se~at!

Reita: You punks better not spill anything!

Kai: Ahahaha

Reita: Ahhh, this is gonna be scarrryyy~

The Gazette Investigation files: REITA

Takuya: Now for the next person, Mr. Bassist~Reita.

Ruki: Yup

Takuya: Ahaha, he looks a little nervous--is he going to be alright out there? Since we got everyone answer a couple of questions, everyone wrote down some interesting stuff.

Aoi: Ah~

Takuya: Here's a rough description. Reita is usually the mood maker?

Aoi: Hmmm! Well, I wonder if that's really it (laugh)

Takuya: Was that written properly?

Aoi: Ahhh, well see, isn't he the one that tried the hardest today?

Takuya: Ah, you're right.

Aoi: The important thing is, he says interesting things.

Takuya: Yes!

Aoi: Well...and that's all.

The Gazette: Ahahaha!

Takuya: Kai says, Reita's good point is that he has flexible fingers.

The Gazette: Ahahahaha!

Kai: Ummmm....(laughs) He has super flexible fingers and he proudly shows it off (laughs) He goes around saying, “Hey! Look look look!” (laughs) and, “Can you do this?” aahh...he's really showing everyone. (laughs) (Referring to Reita standing outside of the studio)

Takuya: Somehow Reita's image, especially from the talk about the other members about buying things...makes him seem immature?

Ruki: YUP!

The Gazette: Aaah~

Uruha: He's a brat.

Takuya: And he says his good point is that he likes pets.

The Gazette: WwwwhhhAaaattt?! Ahahahaha!

Takuya: Reita, maybe you've increased the good impression of yourself! With liking pets that is...

Uruha: Not really!

Takuya: Ah, not really?

Aoi: He's always says things like that, like “Pets are good!”

Uruha: He took care of Ruki's dog for a bit and then he jumps on the bandwagon.

Ruki: Yeah, yeah, like he really wanted to have a dog.
Aoi: But there's nothing you can do about it, right.

Takuya: Reita's never had a pet before?

Kai: He had a parakeet.

Ruki: He's had a parakeet in the past too.

Takuya: Oh, so he likes birds?

Uruha: So does that mean he likes...pets?

The Gazette: Reita likes pets?

Aoi: Well, he's a nice guy though--really (monotone voice)

Takuya: Next, he says he loves Japan.

Uruha: Huuuuuuh? (laughs) No, no, no, that's not true.

Kai: I wonder about this one...

Ruki: This is his bad point (laughs)

Uruha: Reita's bullshitting.

Takuya: So he doesn't like Japan?

Uruha: He says he likes America.

The Gazette: Ahahahahaha

Takuya: Oh, really now?!

Uruha: But, there are times when he says he doesn't like America.

Takuya: So it depends on when?

Uruha: He's influenced by the media? I guess? Something like that (laughs)

Takuya: That's pretty interesting, and according to Kai, Reita is bad at presentations.

Kai: Ahahahahaha

Ruki: Aaaahhhh---

Takuya: So he's interesting, but bad at presenting?

Kai: Ummm~yeah maybe Ruki can explain this one better...

Ruki: Why are you pushing it on to me? Don't mess around! (laughs)

Kai: No, he explains about movies and stuff like that, but its really hard to understand. (laughs)

Uruha: Ahh, hard to understand...

Kai: Ah, ah? No? He exaggerates it a little more, huh?

Ruki: What, no! Don't tell lies!

The GazettE: Ahahahahaha

Takuya: Kai, lies are not good, not good at all!

Ruki: He twists the ending...

Uruha: Like the ending was interesting but the movie was boring....but it's really the complete opposite (laughs)

Ruki: He tells us that this will happen and we'll definitely be surprised~but after watching it, what he described didn't happen at all (laughs)

Uruha: Yeah! It's completely different!

Takuya: (laughs) Are we going to get over this hurdle I wonder? But that's nice, isn't it? That he's interesting.

Kai: He's a really nice guy!

Takuya: Next, everyone says he wears his pants low.

Aoi: About the low pants thing, it's like, even if you say he's already a good grown up...

Ruki: He's always been like that but, well it's not that I want him to change it or anything. It's just, it's embarrassing just being with him, and the way he walks is so gangster like!

Takuya: AHAHAHA! The way he walks!
Uruha: and his pants are tacky!

Ruki: On top of that, he wears these satin varsity jackets!

the Gazette: AHAHAHAHA

Takuya: As in he just drapes it over his shoulders? But not actually wearing it?

Ruki: Yeah and then he walks like a gangster!

Takuya: Ah! Reita, are you okay? (referring to Reita standing outside) You're drinking a lot of water! (laughs) He's making a, “This is not good at all” face.

Uruha: and he has horrible fashion sense

Aoi: Yeah really horrible.

Takuya: Ah, I see.

Ruki: He's going to beat you guys up.

the Gazette: Ahahahahaha

Takuya: Well...that's a form of having good relationship, right? In conclusion, Reita is pretty interesting!

Uruha: Uwwaaa, that's unfair!! (laughs)

Aoi: Yeah! Unfair!

Everyone: Ahahahahaha

Reita's Personal report

Takuya: He says he wants to be liked by the other members.

Ruki: Aaaah

Takuya: Is that so?

Ruki: Yup

Aoi: Well...I guess you can say that.

Uruha: Yeah, it can't be helped (laughs)

Takuya: I see! Well, Reita, you can come back now!

Mail #1

“While everyone was talking about Uruha as a sprite my mom was listening, and with a serious face she said “Just like me!”

Uruha: Ehh!?

Reita: That sucks (laughs)

Mail #2

“Through today's broadcast it was the first time I got to know that my Mom can see sprites! Thank you, Uruha!”

Aoi: Aaah~

Takuya: She even said thank you (laughs)

the Gazette: Ahahahahaha

Mail #3

“Reita! We love you!”

(Everyone is laughing so hard their stomach hurts)

We're saying it this way because there is love.

Reita: This is Reita with the stomach ache.

Takuya: Huh??

Reita: Aah, sorry (laughs)

the Gazette: Ahahahahaha

Takuya: Alright, next up after the commercial break is Ruki!

The Gazette: OoooOooOO!

Takuya: Ruki, can we please get you to step outside!

Ruki: Bye~I'm going home~♪!

Takuya: No, no please don't go home!
Everyone: Ahahahahahaha

Commercial Break

“We love you Reita!”

Did everyone enjoy this super hilarious segment with gangster Reita? We sure had a lot of fun with this one! (laughs)

Now, for the question of the day!
What are your likes and dislikes about Mr. Joker, Reita?
Don't hold back, we want to know every single one of them! Since the next victim is Ruki, we want you guys take a guess at what the members are going to say about him. Some of you might even know some of the answers to this one already coughfacebookcough

That's all for this segment, and as usual leave us your answers and comments in the comment box below.

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Till the next segment, or take a refresher with Aoi's and Uruha's previous segments!


Live Event: 雅 - "What's My Name?" Tour - Slim's, San Francisco 2011

“We’ve been here since 11 yesterday.”

My first thought? “Holy shit.”

This was only the beginning of Miyavi’s 2011 North and South America Circuit of the What’s My Name World Tour and people were camping out before he even officially started.

Dedicated fans lined 11th Street's pavement where the venue was located, and (perhaps as an extra treat), those who were lucky enough also got a chance to get a glimpse of Miyavi offstage as he went in and out of his trailer parked in front of Slim’s.

Following my intuition (and advice from friends), I decided to scope out the venue to figure out the situation before maybe wandering off to explore close by.

After seeing the lines that stretched out past Slim’s though, I decided I should probably stick around to make sure I would get a decent view of the stage. This was at around 17:45. The doors didn’t open until 20:00.

As I went around chatting with fans and other people who were there for the show, I also caught a glimpse of some people who had gone above and beyond to dress up and really make this a party.

The sky started to darken and the wind picked up, which wasn’t so bad for me in my three layers, but definitely bad for those who were preparing for an extremely hot live and had worn sleeveless tanktops and tshirts.

The box office opened at around 19:30, so will call (me included) got to pick up our tickets and hustle to the other line for actually getting into the venue.

The doors opened at around 20:00, and Co-Miyavi members were allowed in first with VIP following shortly after. The rest of the attendees was a long line against the building.

The actual live didn’t start until around 21:30, and there were a few false alarms when people would randomly cheer as if they were trying to lure Miyavi out of the stairwell.

When he did come out with Bobo, the crowd went wild. Extremely calm and down-to-earth people I had just been having a normal conversation with were suddenly screaming enthusiastically while waving their arms as Miyavi strutted onto the stage.

“What’s my name?! WHAT’S MY FUCKING NAME?!”

This wouldn’t be the first time Miyavi would ask this question, and yet no matter how many times he asked, the crowd never tired of it.

“MIYAVI!” everyone would scream back.



He also thought it would be a great idea (and it was) if he pulled up his shirt, “You guys wanna see my new tat?” The happy screams around me were deafening.

The focus of the music was--of course--on his newest album in October 2010, but he played older fan requests which was a nostalgic taste in between all the new tracks.

He started with his electric guitar, and opened with “What’s My Name?” When he finished the song, he spoke to the audience when a girl who had been hanging on to his monitors screamed, “IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!”

Miyavi gave her an amused look before saying, “Happy birthday,” to the cheers of the audience. A bouquet that had been prepared for him by a fan also got passed up to the front, which he accepted graciously and spoke to the audience. One of his big phrases that night was, “San Francisco, I fucking love you.”

Later that night, the topic of him loving his fans would also come up when someone screamed, “I love you!” Miyavi replied calmly as if it was the most obvious thing in the world, “I know. Because I give you my love.”

Awesome, clever and frank much?

Although he started with his electric guitar, after a few songs, he switched to his acoustic. Before he started playing though, he spoke with the crowd, and the topic of how long people had been waiting for his live came up.

“Two days?!” his eyebrows went up in surprise. “That’s fucking crazy. You’re fucking crazy.”

When the fans cheered, someone wanted her hand shaken, to which Miyavi shook his head slightly, “No, I can’t. If I shake your hand, then I have to shake everyone else’s.”

“YEAAAAHHHH!” fans cheered.

“Ok,” Miyavi grinned at the audience. “We can do that, but we’ll have to stop the show now or we won’t have enough time.”

At some point, he also spoke in Japanese, “私は雅です(Watashi wa Miyavi desu)。あなたは・・・最高 (Anata wa...saikou)。Not ‘psycho’,” he stressed in English. “最高 is Japanese for ‘awesome.’ You guys are awesome.”
Following this brief compliment, Miyavi also talked about learning English.

“You know, I went to study English in LA five years ago,” he held out five fingers to the audience. “It was hard, and blah blah blah.” Everybody laughed as he looked bored already with his own story. “You guys understand me, right?” The fans chorused, “Yes!” before Miyavi gestured to the back of the venue.

“Good, because sometimes people don’t even fucking know when I’m speaking in English or Japanese. Like those guys in the back, they think I’m fucking speaking in Japanese or something.”

He pointed at Bobo, “Bobo speaks a little bit of English too. The only word he knows is, ‘Hola.’” In continuation of the joke, he also called Bobo a “Brazilian Mexican" later on to which Bobo gave a resigned smile and the crowd laughed again.

At some point, one of the fans presented a banner than many other fans had signed that wished Jewelie happy birthday.

"Oh whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa," Miyavi looked happily surprised when he saw the banner and a wide smile spread on his face. "In Japan time, yeah, my second daughter made fucking one year," he held up a finger insistently. "Yeah, thanks for your celebration my sweet and precious," he gestured as if he was reciting poetry, "shining," he looked up at the ceiling as if he was surveying something far away, "and crazy...daughter, Jewelie." He took the banner with a happy grin and held it up for the fans to see.

“Yeah, I got a present for her,” when the crowd laughed, he continued with a deadpan face, "Yeah, we went to Gap Kids,” he jerked this thumb back. When the audience, "Awwed," he chuckled. "No, seriously, I got something for her. So, I'll see her tomorrow in LA," he nodded as the audience cheered.

"I'm sure my daughters are gonna be banging their heads during my show," he did a minor "headbang" (that actually resembled bobble head figurines).

He also talked about Lovelie and Jewelie and how they rock out with him at home.

“Always, always, you know, Lovelie, my other one is alllways, y'know, shaking her," he shook his hips in imitation of his elder daughter. "And playing the mini guitar like me, 'BUUU, BUUU,'" he imitated the distortion of his daughter's "mini guitar". "'Daddi,'" he imitated Lovelie's pointing at her father. Clearly, they had another rockstar in the making at home.

Miyavi held his hands up, as if to say, "Well, what can you do?" before smiling and saying, "Crazy, right? And Jewelie, the second daughter's, always like, 'What the fuck are you doing?'" he imitated Jewelie's blank confused face.

"But once the music starts," he continued, "she starts, 'Fuuum fuuum,'" and he showed the audience Jewelie's uniquely drunken head bang/roll. He grinned again.

"Crazy. Thank you."

I think the audience came to love the kids as much as they loved the father that night.

He chatted on a bit and did a few more songs before asking, “Alright, what songs do you want to hear--” Before finishing his question though, the fans started shouting titles that weren’t from What’s My Name?

“Ok, wait, wait,” he held the mic stand, and there was a slight grin on his face. “Let them speak. Let the crazy people who waited here for a fucking two days tell me what they want to hear.”

The audience laughed, and while there were fewer people shouting, someone shouted a name of an older song that had been played on his electric guitar.

He gave the audience a highly skeptical look, “You want me to play that on my acoustic guitar?”

The audience laughed and he tried to convince everyone to pick a song from “the new tracks”--which no one did.

Eventually Señor, Señora, Señorita won out, and Miyavi turned to Bobo, saying in Japanese, “Just some of it,” before turning back to the audience and saying, “Whoa whoa whoa whoa. Sorry, I don’t remember all the lyrics to the old tracks, so can you sing it with me?”

In actuality, he jammed out the song very well for someone who didn’t “remember" it, and the audience loved it.

Immediately after Señor, Señora, Señorita, an audience member (from right behind me) yelled on behalf of one of the fans, "MIYAVIIIII!!! THIS IS FOR YOU!"

Miyavi turned to see one of the fans in the front row holding out a miniature hand-made plush of him, complete with one of his outfits and a hat sewed on. He strode over and picked it up, "Thanks!" before returning to the center of the stage. "It's mini me," he declared before changing his voice and holding up the doll.

"I'm from San Francisco! I'm mini Miyavi!" the doll rasped.

"No, really," Miyavi insisted, "Where're you from?"

"I'm from fucking Tokyo!" Miyavi gazed at it for another second before pulling hard on the "mini Miyavi's" hat, "I can't take off my hat!" mini Miyavi growled. "I can't take off my hat!! I'm can't take off my hat!!!"

Miyavi looked over at the girl who had given him the gift before giving her a warm, "Thank you," and placing mini Miyavi on the stand behind him where the bouquet also rested.

In between all the sets, Miyavi made the live intimate and I’m sure everyone felt pretty warm and fuzzy inside--if they weren’t already warm from being surrounded on all sides by very excited people and weren’t fuzzy from the bar that was at the back of the live house.

Eventually the first set ended, but soon enough, after chanting, “MIYAVI. MIYAVI. MIYAVI,” a few times, both Miyavi and Bobo emerged from the stairwell, this time wearing the tour tshirts.

Part way through a song, Miyavi also grabbed a water bottle, and took what seemed to be a sip, but in reality was just a mouthful of water. He strode over to the left side of the stage (right above me), and what seemed to be a giant water/spit bubble landed on a few people in the front (me) while others got a spray of saliva.

When he finished the song and finished spraying the center section as well, he only offered a few words of apology (which weren’t very apologetic at all), “Sorry I got you guys wet. I--I’m also wet."

After a song, Miyavi spoke again, “I’m actually not sure why the fuck we’re T-shirt.”

Everybody laughed and clapped.

The encore lasted about half an hour, before Miyavi and Bobo finished the concert for real. People swarmed over to the merchandise table, which had tour T-shirts (black and white) available along with hoodies, sweaters, posters and wristbands.

The next great thing about this live was the fans. Everyone was very friendly and outgoing, so even though I didn’t know anyone going in to the concert, I definitely left Slim’s with some new friends. It doesn’t mean much coming from me, but Miyavi fans, thanks for being such a nice group of people. You were the other factor that made this live so fun.

All in all, this was a great live. Although the audience did have to wait another half hour before the show actually started, I think that and the money everyone paid was extremely worth it since Miyavi really made the live a very intimate personal experience.

For those who attended the live and (for some reason) are reading this--it was awesome seeing/meeting/knowing you!

For those who will be attending the rest of the lives in the leg--have fun! I’m sure you will because Miyavi was/is seriously just that awesome.

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Misc. Text: Ameba News - A Loving Park Date

Doesn't everybody dream about how they can make their favorite idol fall absolutely and completely in love with them? Ever wonder how?

Well, wonder no more! We bring you a column from Ameba News that tells you how you can easily seduce attract and charm your celebrity of choice if you ever find yourself strolling in a park with him.

After you finishing reading this, tell us which of these habits you already have and which of these habits you would want to have in order to charm your lucky lucky date! (´、ゝ`)ニヤリ

The 9 things a woman does to make a man's heart skip a beat during a park date
Original Article

Relaxing with him as you stroll though the park. Don't many women want a date like that? After a long-awaited date, you want the man to think of you as「So cute」when the date ends. So this time, we asked the male readers at『Sugoren』to tell us the things that「make their heart skip a beat on a park date」.

【1】Bringing a handmade bento.
Since you brought a handmade bento, it'll allow the man to get the sense of a family-oriented woman. He'll think,「I'm happy that she set aside her morning to do this for me」(a male in his 20s), 「She tried her hardest for my sake」with this combination of feelings, doing this will make a man's heart beat a little faster.

【2】While taking a walk, the girl will play with the dogs that pass by.
Men think,「A person who likes animals can't be all that bad, and her expression while she's playing with the dog is cute」(a male in his 30s). A girl who is playing together with the dog will make the man's heart skip a beat. But if a man isn't good with animals, it's probably better to avoid that sort of situation.

【3】Spreading a towel as she gets ready to sit on the bench.
「She seems to be clean if she doesn't just sit down on the seat, and well, I think that's what's expected of a girl,」(a male in his teens) says, when she spreads a towel on the bench, a man will get the impression that「She likes being neat」and「She's very hygienic.」If you carry around a towel or handkerchief, it's a very simple habit to develop, right?

【4】Lending a handkerchief to the man after washing his hands.
There's the opinion of,「She lent me something personal, so it must be because we have an intimate relationship.」(a male in his 20s). It seems that men think that the girl who lent them the handkerchief is letting her guard down with him. Handkerchiefs with things like flower patterns on them make you seem feminine and may also be appealing to men.

【5】Naturally pick up dropped litter and toss it in the garbage bin.
There's the opinion that「Picking up litter makes it seem like she usually cares about her surroundings」(a male in his 20s). So if a girl picks up litter even in public places, there are also many men will feel their hearts skip a beat for this girl who has strong morals. When there isn't a trash can, it's also fine to carry the trash in a plastic bag.

【6】Saying things like,「Isn't nature so calming?」and having a conversation about nature and plants.
Men think,「People who like nature have peace of mind」(a male in his 20s), so men will be affected by the honesty and purity of a girl who likes to be surrounded by plant life. It is also effective when a girl sees a flowerbed and says, 「Isn't it pretty!」

【7】When she sees a lost child, she'll look after him warmly and search for the parents together.
Men think,「She has a motherly kindness by helping the child out」 (a male in his 20s). Many men are moved when they see that a girl will look after a child's problems, and will think, 「She'll be a good mother.」If there is a lost child, how about asking,「What's wrong?」

【8】Say「Hello」 and naturally greet the different people who are also in the park.
「She'll greet everyone, and it'd be nice if she wasn't too made up,」(a male in his 30s), many men will want to embrace a girl with such a bright personality and social skills.

【9】Murmuring,「I'd like to be like that too」while watching an elderly strolling couple.
Even if a girl says things like this casually, 「When she talks about her ideal future during a date, he'll get this sense of『What about me?』」(a male in his 20s), many men will also build up their expectations. It's fine to talk to yourself a little when you're in front of the man you love.

On the other hand, What kind of「the things that men do that make a woman's heart skip a beat」? We'll be waiting for everyone's replies. (Aritake Ryousuke/verb)

So what did you think?? I personally thought the towel and handkerchief one was kind of odd and was a bit surprised to see them on the list. I would totally be in for the first one about the bento lunch--but it'd be even better if my date made it for me instead! ♪(゚▽^*)ノ⌒☆

Anyways, don't forget to let us know which of these habits you already have and which of these habits you would want to have

Oh, and I forgot to ask the most important question--WHO do you want to go on a park date with?

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Videos: HollyHock Radio 08.22.2009

Hi everyone!! Guess what we've got!

Yes...that's right...a....


When was the last time we had one of these??

January 31, 2011, to be exact.

Yeah, it's been a long time....

But this time, the ones to take the spotlight will be the GazettE's Aoi & Ruki.

It's pretty interesting because Aoi talks about when he practically got caught with his pants down by his MOM. And to make things better, his little partner was apparently also excited due to a certain porn magazine he had laying around....and we also find out about Ruki being a deviant since childhood.

These men really knew how to rock (and as a special aside, did you know that 'rock and roll' was a euphemistic phrase for having sex in the southern United States back in the day?) then and now....

Anyways, on to the video! I'm sure you all can't wait! We couldn't wait to share it either ((o(´∀`)o))ワクワク Don't forget to leave us a comment! Maybe even venture an imagined scenario about when the other band members got caught with their pants down??? hehehe!

Don't forget to watch in HD!

Cannot believe Ruki was already curious about his SM play even as a CHILD. No wonder he was so popular with the girls. People must be really attracted to that dangerous sadistic flair of his...

Well, if you like Ruki with his SM streak (which clearly had a lot of time to mature over the years...) then don't forget to subscribe to the MICHIDO blog via Email or Friend Connect.

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Blogs: RR038 - The Secret Behind the Scenes

I'll admit it. The only reason why we're covering this is because we're freaked out fascinated by Aoi's Halloween theme that's going on on the cover of Rock & Read 038. Luckily for us, Rock and Read's ameblo has a nice "behind the scenes" going on for those of us who can't always just bust into a photoshoot to ogle our favorite celebrities.

Tell us what you think of Aoi and Hiroto's new look! As we mentioned on our Twitter, Aoi looks like a posing yeti (against a bloody wall??) and Hiroto just reminds me of an X-men (not sure which one). Guess it goes to show you that Halloween's really around the corner...

And of course, all this belongs to the Rock and Read blog, and you can access the original posts by clicking on the dates above the blog title, and you can get to the larger version of their pictures by clicking on the photo.

2011-09-30 12:20:56
RR38 Inside story season2 Part1(葵/the GazettE)


「ROCK AND READ 038」 got a huge reaction the day before yesterday
when Amazon uploaded the front cover.

In the previous interview spot report everyone was able to have a look but,
since the front cover is a little bit of a spoiler, this time around you should be ready for anything! Be ready!



Isn't this awesome?

You can only see Aoi like this in「ROCK AND READ」!!!

Please look forward to 10.14 when it goes on sale!!!!!

Now, for the interview...
I expected nothing less of TOXIC!!
Full of sadistic words!!!!
Actually, that isn't what I meant, ahhhhhh!!!! So please look forward to it!!!!!


ROCK AND READ / Shinko Music Entertainment

2011-10-01 12:00:47
RR38 Inside story season2 Part 2(ヒロト/Alice Nine)

The「ROCK AND READ 038」 that will be on sale on 10.14 is known as "RockRead Three Eight" for short (jk).

Alice Nine's Hiroto-san will be decorating the back cover!

Season 1's secret photoshoot story was displayed to the public, but
the other day, the back cover was also revealed to the public, so there was also a spoiler then (well, the spoiler was only for one part though! lol)
I'll give you a small peek at this time's season 2!

Wonder which picture I'll show you...

First off, I'll give you a panoramic view of the picture from last time of the feet!


By the way, for the sake of this hair style, they had to start the day before and stay up all night to style the hair,
so Hiroto-san went into this photoshoot without a wink of sleep.
With that said, Hiroto-san, you're so intense!

Get pumped up!


So cool!!!


The photoshoot doesn't end here!!!

Hiroto-san, won't you try out this and that?

Well, moving on from that......that scene is this way!


Oops, it's too stimulating to be shown here.

It's pretty shocking, so please check out this nosebleed-worthy picture
by getting your hands on the actual magazine!!!

By the way, Hiroto-san, please don't catch a cold!

ROCK AND READ 038/Author Unknown
ROCK AND READ / Shinko Music Entertainment

2011-10-02 12:00:30
RR38 Inside Story seasin2 Part 3 (aoi with bon:cra-z)

Happy Sundaaaayyyy!

buen domingo!

It's Sunday, and we've put up a special inside story


「ROCK AND READ 038」, which goes on sale on 10.14, has on the front and back covers

the 2 people's conversation!

The 2 people, this summer,

were aoi with bon:cra-z , who stood at Shibuya's CC Lemon stage.

Even though these 2 people were so busy, we imposed on them for this talk.

This magazine unexpectedly this time, the two people also

With the theme of,「My own version of visual kei」,

they expressed their own roots

and took on this challenging photoshoot with their intense super visualism.

They talked to us about that kind of stuff.

This was pretty interesting!

With that said, I snapped this on the spot ☆

By the way, Hiroto-san's sunglasses--

he received them from Aoi-san!

The next「ROCK AND READ 038」

It ended up being a really deep volume!

Please look forward to it!

ROCK AND READ 038/Author Unknown
ROCK AND READ / Shinko Music Entertainment

Hiroto's hair seriously took all night to style?! Well, it would explain why he looks really good, even from a blurry cellphone photo...

At any rate, leave us a comment, and if you want to see more yeti Aoi or superhero Hiroto (haha, get it? hero Hiro--ok, I'll stop with the lame jokes now), then make sure you find them on the MICHIDO Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr. We also left some hints about an upcoming YouTube project that's coming up....

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