Image of Gackt is one of the nemuri kyoshiro set of postcards and presumed copyright to nemuri x gackt project.
The photo is from the 6th Day 7th Night tourbook and is used courtesy of Dears. Many thanks to GA's pyroyale for the scan. Credit for the water effects goes to obsidian dawn and I owe huge kudos to sensei midori for teaching me how to use them!
After the battle.
As many as fireflies the men that we lost
to arrow and sword. In bamboo and grass
they bled and broke, their bodies stopping.
Their souls gather - an army of light -
as many as fireflies at ease in the night.
I can't attribute the image, I'm afraid, as I've no idea of the source but I like the complexity of Gackt's expression here; it seems to suit the peaceful paradox in the poem very well. The poem is one of the traditional Japanese death poems, this time written by a 14thC buddhist monk.
Artist: unknown photographer + PhotoShop + me
Rating: topless but safe(ish)
Subject: Gackt as stage angel
Warnings: can't think of any
Critique welcome: yes (I'll just blame my teacher - you know you who are!)
I'm sure this YFC final shot must have had this treatment before but here's my cheesy version (is meant as medicine for both the ill and the healthy):
If anyone wants to match the image with some proper words to make a Word and Image, I'll happily send along the base without the text.
The image is a screencap courtesy of Moonchild Film Partners.
This is another of the Japanese death poems, very suited to the current season here where the colder night temperatures are already having an autumnal effect on the leaves.
The image of Gackt is copyright to and courtesy of Dears (April from the 2007 desk calendar)
Image of Gackt is courtesy of and copyright to R&R Newsmaker magazine 2004 (issue 184). Thanks to LJ's morgianasama for the scan.
For excused_early who likes to think about these things and whose family (I hope I've remembered correctly) included an artist/poet in art a generation or two back.
This is another in the series of Japanese death poems which I've been working on. The image of Gackt here is copyright to and courtesy of B-Pass magazine 2004 (No 2 issue). Probably shutei's brush wasn't quite such a large size as this though!
This is actually another death poem and, I promise you, I did not add the gravestones behind Gackt: they were already there in the photoshoot. Uncanny, eh?
Image courtesy of Arena 37c Special August 2009
The image of Gackt is courtesy of R&R Newsmaker magazine 2004 issue No 184 and the beautiful scan was made by subtlepresence
Death poems? Since about 1200, you couldn't claim literary credibiity as a teacher or poet if you didn't hand down a decent death poem as your days drew to a close. Consequently, some great figures wrote their "death" poem years in advance!
Other people were pestered by their disciples for a death poem even as they battled with a last illness; a few strong and perverse characters made a point of refusing to write one, entirely to demonstrate that they were still in control, death or no!
The original poems - nearly always short (tanka, haiku) - depend heavily on understanding iconic allusions, which are really only of currency in Japan and in the Buddhist tradition (though they are perfectly explicable). One of the best collections of Japanese death poetry contains very detailed and revealing explanations (from the translator) of the significance of the images chosen, but, as explanations inevitably obstruct the poetry, I've preferred to make paraphrases of these poems which exhibit the meaning of the poem in reframed, more universal terms. I hope!
Here's the first one, using a screenshot from Episode 0:
When I saw this beautiful photo from YOU's gallery [http://www.you-robots.net/gallary.html], I thought of posting it here as Word and Image but I couldn't find the right words so I wrote my own haiku to match it. Gomen if it's pretty lame but this is what I feel when I'm looking at the photo. ^^
Image credits: Gackt and roses courtesy of Fools Mate 2009, background is rosa moyesii from my garden in the UK. It is a public holiday here today but it is also raining, so the only way to enjoy the garden is through photographs and with Gackt!
The background photo is c. 1860 by Felix Beato and shows yoshiwara with Mount Fuji behind (scan courtesy, I believe, of the Smithsonian Institute). The image of Gackt is from joetsu coverage in 2010 and the humble snail is provided by the BBC gardening webpages!