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Visual Kei Cosplay in Thailand

The events/meetings of Visual Kei fans in Thailand are always at MBK Center (Mahboonkrong or มาบุญครอง) every month. MBK is a famous shopping center which has a big space for meeting at the corner of the street. It is near Siam Center, just across the street. You can just imagine of Thai girls dress as Harajuku people. People around the world know that Thai girls are very pretty, so what they will look like, … the prettiest one you saw in Japanese. No lie.

Some Visual Kei bands are so famous in groups of rich teenagers in Thailand, and a lot of Japanese animas do, too. These fans pay a lot of money for their costumes which they wear only in one day. Dir en Grey, Gazette, Miyavi (ex- Dué le Quartz) and D’espairs Ray are very famous currently. Although Malice Mizer is something old, but people always love to dress like them. Mana’s lip is very attractive and unique.

Photo of area around Siam Center by Sw Eden

Nongnut is one of classmates in high school. She got asked to dress with a white-fur costumn, because it was not fit in her friend’s body. Her group liked Hyde, L’Arc~en~Ciel so much. She gave me her drawing of Hyde, and I still keep it. Hyde is considered as the best guy in L’Arc en Ciel. He is who you should talk with and have as a friend.

Right now, let’s cross the street to Siam Center. Several buildings have small rooms for rent. Most of those rooms are for rent. Many teachers rent them and their students have to pay a lot of money to take extra classes. It sounds mean that those teachers do not teach everything they know in the school, because they need more money. Visual Kei fans also rent the rooms, too. They use it for the meeting within their own group for each band. X Japan fans liked to eat some spicy things together. Some big fans of Visual Kei also buy many CD and DVD from Japan and sale them in this place. Most of the discs are second hand, because they already watched them. I walked up and looked around in the latest time I visited Siam Center. A group of teenatures with dark-eyes-make-up watched Yoshiki played his piano.

I know an event that X Japan fans usually do in May 2nd of every year. They will meet at MBK or Siam Center and have some party. They will take a bus or train to Hua Lamphong Temple, which is one of the best place to do Coffin-Offerings. They donate money for the corpses who do not have coffin. They hope all merit to go for Hideto Matsumoto (Hide or 秀人松本), their hero.

Here’s my drawing of Hideto Matsumoto.
I do not usually put something that I do not own the copyright.

I do not usually dress as Visual Kei, but I do dress for Halloween. I had got a reward for the scariest dress. Sometimes, I dressed not for the contest. My close friend and I painted ourselves and walk around our high school. Halloween is my most favorite day of the year. So now, let’s go to class!

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Visual Kei : Sw Eden’ view

From my background, I have many friends who are Visual Kei fans. I always chat with some of them via MSN. A friend put the displayed words under his or her name, “Visual Kei is not just ‘Make Up’, but it is about Spirit and Soul.” I do believe that their fans actually believe Visual Kei being that way. In my opinion, Visual Kei people is only dress-up as Gothic girls. I had felt a lot of time that those people are gay. There are not a lot of Visual Kei bands who do the make-up and still look like their own gender.

When people look at Visual Kei dressing, they said that it is visual rock. Mo0 Manzon asked me about what the Invisible Rock was like. Although it is funny question, it makes sense for me, that the music is music, and the artwork or make-up is some other things to support the music which is mainstream. Although there is no way to consider the genes of Visual Kei bands’ music with that fabulous make up. Kagrra, Dir en Grey and Unsraw almost have the same make-up, but very different style of music. Considering about economy, they spend too much money for dressing rather than showing who they are.

As my idea of Babilonia, ancient people made the dolls which had very big eyes. The eyes are the most important thing of the human’s creativity. Visual Kei is something appeal to the eyes of their fans. People become their fans very easy just by looking at their dress. They will listen to the music after like their look. This is truly opposite from the regular pop-rock or pop artist which most people became they fans by listening their music in the radio.

I saw many fans love these artists because their looking first, and then the music second. When we listen to the music, we do not need to care about the dressing. I am not sure if Visual Kei is the music mixed with modeling.

Some other kinds of band have their own unique styles of dressings, and that dressings tell the audiences, how hard of the music, what kinds of the music, etc. I love to see that kinds of bands. For Visual Kei, I do not know why the same dressings can give very different music. For example, let’s try “Kagrra” and “Dir en grey”.

This is a screenshot of index of my past website for Dir en Grey on Geocities which got deleted in October 26th, 2009
I made it when I was about 13-15 years old. When they releases Macabre album.

Dir en Grey is one of the most famous Visual Kei band in the world, because they are known by American and European during their tour with the western metal bands. First time, they got blamed about their dressing, but at the end, they got a lot of English-speaker fans. They improve their dressing to be model as the western do.


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