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Marilyn Manson vs. Hideto Matsumoto

มาริลิน แมนสัน กับ ฮิเดะ ex – X-Japan

As we know that Marilyn Manson and Hideto Matsumoto were friends. Many Japanese fans know only Marilyn Manson, and they dare to say that they are Metal fans. Although the dress and the look of Marilyn Manson and other spooky kids seems like Gothic or Black Metal stuff, but Marilyn Manson music is not that hard. It is Alternative Rock, as he put on his Myspace. In middle 2009, the Hideto Matsumoto Official Myspace was founded by other people to support X Japan re-union. Although it is so strange when it says “Official”, and Hide is not the one who run it; there are a lot of fans add it to be friend. They just show their love to Hide.

Hideto Matsumoto was in LA, during she did her album with Zilch. She was a friend of Marilyn Manson, Genitorturers, etc. Genitorturers’ music seems so close to Hide’s music. I asked her about Hide, too. Both are pretty. Hide’s music sounds like those alternative rock bands at LA, so it is her good opportunity to go there. Although we call this genes “Alternative Rock”, it sounds different from famous alternative rock bands, such Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte, Cobra Starship, etc. I cannot blame that Hide did suck work if comparing with these famous alternative rock bands, because it is a type of LA things. There are still some songs of Hideto Matsumoto, which are similar with those best alternative rock bands; such as Emotion In Motion, Tell Me, Lemoned I Scream and Honey Blade.

Generally, when we like someone, we will say that other tries to copy him. This may be true or it is just coincident. Or! it is the style of LA people. I am New Yorker anyway, so my answer is not the best of this case of Marilyn Manson and Hideto Matsumoto.

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My most favorite comparing of Marilyn Manson and Hideto Matsumoto

It is funny when people are in Refrigerator.

Hideto Matsumoto just sit on the luxurious chair

Pete Wentz did the same thing, too. Right now the monkey may play with his kid.

Both Manson and Hide played fake roach!!

See that engagement ring that Hide wore it with Tusk Zi:Kill in their movie Seth Et Holth. It was also fashion the Marilyn Manson and Inoran (Luna sea guy) had, too.

What! diamond on their faces

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson
If you can see the eye on the cross in Seth et Holth movie. Just line-up this way.

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson
Both are Bi. Hideto Matsumoto seems to be girl for me.

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson
They seems to be Indian right now. I heard that Hide went to Indian, too, and Hide and Taiji did the Indian style on XClamation in Blue Blood Album of X Japan.

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson
Hide did a song called, Oedo Cowboy.

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson
If you can remember that fake head of Marilyn Manson

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson
This is just regular dress of Visual Kei people who want to be too much Gothic. You will see a lot of this leather mask on current visual kei bands.

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson
This colorful one, people talked about that they are unreal colors, not the colors of nature; that means it is for anti-christ people. Both Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson are anti-christ. Hideto Matsumoto did well in symbolism; such as in the song, Ever Free. The name of “Eat Me Drink Me” and “If I was your Vampire” are also really great in symbolism therm, too. In case of “Ever Free”, the meaning is “Eve is Free from Garden of Eden”. The Freedom is much painful.

Hideto Matsumoto liked to play with the words as well as Marilyn Manson showed in the album, “The Golden Age Of Grotesque”.

Hideto Matsumoto tended to love Zi:Kill so much, because of their great job in Alternative Rock/ Punk style; and one of the wording reason is “Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”.

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson
Charlie Chaplin dress up of Hide
Hide always has various dressings as well as Madonna. She said that it was boring to stay the same way.

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson
You may need to watch the MV of Tourniquet and Pink Spider

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson

Hideto Matsumoto and Marilyn Manson

This one just looks like Hide and Manson stay in the same room.


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The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Gothic Architecture and drawing

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

If I look through the eyes of new visitors who come to New York City to get the sense of Western world, they will never be disappointed to visit The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. And this church is the most interesting place in New York City in the list of website for visitors, too. This shows the influence from European life and religion before those people went to this new land. The religion founds many things around people’s life; for example, music, routine, artwork, architecture and also politic in ancient time. In this case, here is Catholic Church.

Facade of Main doors The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

The huge piece of Gothic architecture which is sit on 3 blocks of changing slope from Morningside Driveway to Amsterdam Avenue, mostly was seen from east side of the town before other views. People walk from Central Park or from Subway around Central Park North and walk up this slope hill. They pass a small park, Morningside Park which has plain landscape and simply ballfeilds, but very deep from street. Surely everybody will get the feeling of how large the church is, from both attempt to walk up, and from the Morningside Park. The experience to walk down to the Morningside Park and look up to the church is more than the street walker’s sight. And this is not only about how large of the church, but also how high and powerful of the Catholic God. Before the time of Jesus Christ, the God was much cruel. He could kill the country which let a human tough an abandon box.

Synod House of St. John Church at south-west corner of Cathedral Avenue or 110 st by Sw Eden

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is already a big contrast to the way people look at New York as a modern city. On the plan of its block, there is The Avalon Morningside park apartment at the south-east corner. That corner is the first sight of most people to the church as previous paragraph said. Some complain that this apartment hides the view and hide how classic the view is. Some complain about the height of the apartment that it is sin. I visited New York first time on 2006, and I visited this church, too. The Avalon Morningside Park was built in 2007. To be an optimist, the modern materials of facade of this apartment give a big contrast in its block, as well as the church gives a big contrast to other modern buildings in the city.

Rough Sketch Saint John Church on Amsterdam Avenue around 112 st by Sw Eden

Most people like to walk on 110th street or Cathedral Avenue that make their eyes cannot contain over all part of the church so well. They are too close to the church. If they walk on 113rd street, their distance can hold all part of the main building very well. This view should be recommended for giving first impression to people who have never visited here. However the space between the feet of people in 113th street and the large wall of the church is parking areas and something under-construction. It is different from the space between 4 – 5 buildings in the middle which is calm and plentiful with trees. The plan cannot be changed, but it can be improved to give a good look from 113th street.

Facade at north side The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or view on 113 st by Sw Eden

Angel on the highest roof or roof above Altar of Saint John church view from Morningside driveway by Sw Eden

The main entrance has three prominent tympanums and large stair. Firstly, the right-side tympanum is the story of Jesus birth. Mary (Virgin) is the main person on this side. Secondly, the left-side tympanum is the crucifixion of Jesus. It includes Mary and Mary from Magdala. This shows that Virgin Mary is very important to Catholic believe. Some of them worship Virgin Mary more mainly than Jesus. Although she is the mother of Jesus, Jesus called her, “Woman” rather than, “Mother” during his last 3 years. Thirdly, the middle tympanum is Jesus in the book of Revelation. The things that can be noticed that this is revelation are seven circles around Jesus in King dress. Moreover the space between Jesus and two doors, there are 4 animals in the book of revelation, too. They are strange human, strange lion, strange eagle and strange horse. All must have 7 eyes and 6 wings, but on the tympanum which has limited space, all of them have only 2 wings and 2 eyes for each.

Left-Side Tympanum of main entrance The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or the death of Jesus. There are Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene, drawing by Sw Eden

Middle Tympanum main door of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or the image of Jesus in the book of Revelation

Tympanum of right-side main door The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or the birth of Jesus. Virgin Mary is in there drawing by Sw Eden

Around the main door, there are 12 disciples standing at people’s head level. This may be concern about a part of Act in Bible, which God is the head if the man. At this part, some of them seem to be graphic-like rather than human-like sculpture. Mainly for all art at the facade, humans have to stand close to them, because the width of the street does not allow going further. So surely, humans have to life the head up.

Window of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

After the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine renovation was finished about last year, 2008 (I visited last time before this year at Christmas of 2007), the nave was open. People can see directly to the choir, and stand in the middle and look around the cross arch roof. The scale of the roof and window is very large, and surely it is not human scale. All should be about feeling of God. In fact, Bible said that God created human as his image, so God should not have bigger body than regular people. The high roof and barbaric glass do not allow much light to come in. It should be about that feeling, too. But the church already put the spot light on the column. Catholic really concern about feeling, if compare with Buddhism country as Thailand. Thai ancient house also has high roof. The house can seem like church in this way, but in fact, it is reduce the heat at human level, because the heat always moves to the top. The paradox to Bible does not happen just for God scale, it is also about light in the space. All Catholic architects might think about the beginning of the book of genesis which is really short and small part of Bible. Most parts of Bible talk about bright and light rather than the dark over the water. God also blame people that they hide themselves from God in the darkness, because they are afraid that God will see something wrong on them. So almost all Catholic churches are strange from the reality in Bible. That is truly different from Protestant church which is more like human scale and much brighter.

View to West of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

In the day I visit this Church

I walk in to the Church. I heard a soft chorus from faraway at around the cross part. High roof, make the sound of chorus has an incredible range especially emotion of praising their God. There is no microphone around those students. It is sad to me that their number is bigger than the number of audience. They are too fantastic to have that little number of audience. There are thousands chairs in the church, but they got sat less than one-eighth. I was interested to look for other events or performances, and I found that too many performances would be in here nearly every day. A question suddenly popped up in my head. This church should be very rich. Nowadays, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine became more commercial-like church to atheists’ eye (or maybe, in Christians’ eyes, too). They can saw it in many movies about fighting of God and Satan. This church also require visitors’ donation 5 USD for each. It should get a lot of money from government and membership prizes already. But it is still worth to visit.

View to East of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (Look at Altar) by Sw Eden

I had walked into other Catholic Church and attended some Christian churches’ activity for studying Bible. All church has nice rolls of wooden chairs. Nowadays, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is strange that there are no wooden chairs for audience. Only wooden chairs are in abandon area. All chairs are steel and plastic. I do not feel strange just about modern chairs in this fantastic Gothic building, because I got a really strange experience when I open the door of restroom. Its restroom sits like a container box at north side of the cross part (Middle of the church). The true bright light from fluorescence inside the restroom came under and between the edges of the door. I got into this area and close my eye a little while. Inside the church is so dark, and the restroom is much brighter. The book of revelation said that after the punishment to the world, there is not sun anymore, but the new land will be bright. If we compare this situation to the restroom, the darkness of the church is seem to be how the world looks like during the disaster, and the restroom is new world for happiness, and for people who do not know God yet. God will give them 1,000 years to know God, but in fact, that is only 1 day for Him of waiting, as the words in letters of Peter.

The Cross and Altar the place of chorus people by Sw Eden

Sketch of Choir and Altar of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

In conclusion, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine has difference in itself. Other architecture makes the difference in its block. The scale makes difference to the city around there. And the church is also the different style to the business and hurry city as New York City. To be New York is to be as mosaic. If the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine was not exist, New York City would not be perfect itself.

Plan of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and Detail of each room by Sw Eden

behind St. Saviour room of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

Suggest to read

12 Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary

Merry Christmas X-Mas Gallery by Sw Eden

Resurrection of Jesus and Finger of Thomas

Easter Day Video – Ken Zi:Kill

Who is real Satan? answer

Anti-God Belief


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