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BOOKOFF NYC Store : Buy rare Japanese CDs and $1 Book

Relocation of Book Off / Carmen Electra, one of my most favorite women. I really like her in Spartan the movie. I always has her in my computer.

MMC Plaza visiting remind me of the new location of Book Off Store which had been at 41st street 5 Ave. Right now, it is at north side of 45th street between 5th and 6th Ave, close to MMC Plaza. Although the new one is bigger, I like the original location better because it was near my useful subway station and my favorite Japanese foodstuff. Sw Eden is Thai, but usually eat Japanese foods in New York City, because it is 2 times cheaper than Thai food. Well, Thai food is the best forever (laugh)! Another reason that I like the original location is my favorite New York Public Library is there. I am not a bookworm, but I love maps and architectures. You can get a free membership there and borrow the book and use internet. For Book-off itself, this location is much much better than the old one. It heads to the target customers which are not only Japanese. Sw saw 75% of customers are White, Black and Latino. Maybe, I am the only Thai customer (laugh). They used to tell me that they do not have a computer database, but they always help me to find the CDs I want. They are pretty nice. I held a CDs list and asked them if I could not read Japanese. If they do not have some available thing, they are not selfish to say advice me to order it from other Japanese Book stores.

The old location of BOOKOFF might become a part of Berkeley College as we can see their flags on it.

Sw Eden does not know why Fool’s Mate really love ancient Visual Kei stuff. They still have those bands on cover. I guess they might think that they have grown up with those bands.

Kenji is my friend who suggested me to be a BOOKOFF customer 2 years ago. He is a Thai food consumer, too. He is very cute, and in my last semester (now), he is a group partner. He listed all the Japanese CDs stores in NYC for me, and BOOKOFF is the only one which works for me. I usually looked for rare CDs about my only favorite Japanese band, Zi:Kill. Right now, there is no reason to find Zi:Kill things in there anymore, because I got almost stuff I need already (laugh). Like, today, I went there just after MMC Plaza, I walked directly to letter, ‘K’ and looked for ‘Ken’. I totally forgot that all Ken’s solo albums were sent to my home in Thailand already (I have extra Ken – Joke and Ken – Who Am I? because I got them before, and when I tried to order Ken – Drill, they were sold as whole set. If you need Joke and Who Am I? please comment below. Price included worldwide shipping $25 per each.). I just laughed at myself, and looked for some impossible things such ‘CryBaby’. Some albums of Craze, Buck-Tick, Der Zibet (civet is my fav animal, but I hate the actual cat.), Glay are in the $1-$3 shelf. Go take them if you like. You may meet me with short pants, soccer socks, sneakers and a rucksack (laugh).

BookOff CDs and Book Store NYC, New location at 45 street between 5 and 6 Ave / 2 blocks from Time Square BOOKOFF New York Store Set on Flickr

The room is much bigger. ^^ BOOKOFF New York Store Set on Flickr



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First Yaoi Book I bought

Sw dug out in a Japanese book store, and I got a gay manga book. I know you call it ‘Yaoi’, and I like the call it, ‘Slash’. They are all the same thing, but maybe, ego and non-ego stuff. Anyway, I did not say the non-ego are totally nice people, because some of them are also more selfish than ego people. I took this book because the characters seems like my most favorite band called, Zi:Kill. I had look through some Zi:Kill Japanese forum, its fans wrote that this band really inspired to draw. That’s right, because I have produced a ton of Zi:Kill cartoon, too.

เรื่องนี้เป็นการ์ตูนเกย์ ดู รูปภาพได้ด้านล่าง คู่เกย์เหมือน ทัสค์ และ เคน จากวง สิ:คิว เรียกอีกอย่างว่า ยาโออิ ผู้ชายรักร่วมเพศ สว ไม่ได้เกลี่ยดคู่เกย์คู่นี้ แต่ไม่ชอบ คู่ของ ฮิเดะ กับ โยชิกิ วง เอ็กซ์ เจแปน เพราะแฟนเพลงมักเขียน fic ให้คู่กัน

Why does everyone like the couple of TusKen? (Tusk and Ken)
Japanese people are not angry when other fans say that Ken is female, but the English speakers do. In my opinion, Buddhists are not much serious in this issue, but most English speakers are Christian, and if they have hard belief, they will not like gay. I cannot judge it for you that Ken is gay or not, but I can say he is the best guitarist in the world. Tusk and Ken are a famous gay couple for some people which are not my kind. For me, I will put Tusk and Hideto Matsumoto (hide), or hide with any other boys.

A Yaoi couple which annoy me so much it hide and Yoshiki, the X-Japan leader. ‘No way!’, so I asked some X-Japan fangirls why they like a Yaoi fiction with hide and Yoshiki so much. They are X-Japan fangirls, so they love Yoshiki so much for sure. They said, they did not want to give Yoshiki to someone else, so just gave Yoshiki to person in the same band. I felt I wanted to knock my head to the wall, but I will never do that. I should knock others’ heads instead, and keep my head to work for Zi:Kill.

I bought about 20 books of manga right now, which is a small number comparing with regular teenager. This is because I do not like to read anything. I like to see the drawing in the museum, or photo books.

Okay, I took these photos from the book of Ako Yutenji, Kushibirugashoshii, Copyright on 1997. Under the US law, to copy more than 10% of the book/any article is illegal, so I will have just some sample for you, and you have to order it by yourself. Give your bucks to the artists. I am the artist, too, and I really hate if someone copies my article/fiction/song/drawing without citation. And if that piece is All Rights Reserves, they can keep only 10%.

**In case, you are the author of this book, and you want me to take all these pictures out, please contact me at sw_eden@myspace.com. I will check e-mail every month. I may ask you some question to confirm that you are the real author, not a pretending fan of some other band.


ชื่อยาโออิเรื่องนี้คือคนขี้อิจฉา เป็นเกย์ที่เกิดในวงดนตรีร็อค ยุค 90’s

Avocado is also a good anti-cancer fruit. อาโวคาโด สามารถต่อต้านอนุมลอิสระได้ คือต่อต้านสารก่อมมะเร็งนั่นเอง


เวลาเกย์มีเซ็กส์ หรือเพศสัมพันธ์กัน ภาพนี้วาดแบบไม่น่าเกลียด แต่ข้าพเจ้าเคยเจอเรื่องอื่นที่วาดแบบชัดมาก และไม่มีการเซ็นเซอร์

Zi:Kill Manga


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If L’Arc~en~Ciel is really suck,…


feature on “216 Ways to Kill Cat” by Sw Eden

Sw Eden, me, knew about L’Arc~en~Ciel first time in 1999 or when I was 10 years old. I tbought they had 2 female members which were Hyde and Tetsu. I started to listen to their music intensively when I was 13. There was only a few classmates who liked the same music. Many people said that their music was too loud and they would hate to hear. The L’Arc~en~Ciel lovers still love to turn on their music so load when they brought their friends to home. I always heard about that complaint.

For this band, I bought almost all their albums. When I put it in my parent’s car, and wherever at home, everyone would ask me to turn the tuner down. They all got a headache. I was so confident that I got the albums of the best band, but right now, I am not sure if I was blind when I was young. All people all have a good taste of music, but not L’Arc~en~Ciel. One of their album that I still like is “True”. I agreed with Kwan, my friend on the bus, that L’Arc~en~Ciel’s things got worse in Smile album, and they went better again in Awake. After the album “Awake”, I have never bought any of their CD anymore. In fact, it was the time that I went to the United States, and I found out new types of music fit into me.


Yukihiro with Poster colors by Sw Eden

Tetsu will not love you if you say “L’Arc~en~Ciel suck”, although many people in my country do not like it, and I confirm that they have a good taste of music. Their favorite artists are not suck.

I found an translated interview by Natalie Arnold on http://dekiruhito.com/node/198 from BASS Magazine – December 2007
Let’s read this short part.

Q : You don’t need to get closer to them?
Tetsu : For example, if we were to take someone who thinks “L’Arc~en~Ciel totally sucks, their songs are no good”, and ask that person “So what kind of music do you like, then?” we could hear their answer. Then we might listen to that music and see if we get it or not. Then we might go “Ah, it’s actually this kind of music that sucks, not us” (laughs), so we don’t need to get close to that person. It’s like “Go ahead, say whatever you want.”

I just guess from my own perspective, if it was Hyde, Hyde might feel depressed somehow, of he might go to listen to that music, and try to improve himself. When Hyde went to the game show/TV show, you could see his character there. He always smiles and has a positive point of view. He is fun, anyway.


Tusk and Hide (as Seth et Holth)

One of my high-school friend who was called “Bowling” asked me if I liked L’Arc~en~Ciel. I said, “Yes, but all other people in the school push X-Japan into me.” They did not even know what the L’Arc~en~Ciel was. They were the genius science students, the top of whole country with 123+ IQ. Only Japanese band they knew from the news is X Japan, and they did not like it, too. They listened to Mozart/Beethoven and Orchestra things and also Thai music. I was only the J-Rock person in this fantastic school, and my grade went down pretty bad. I just hope it was not related. But from the research, Mozart’s music can develop the children’s brain, and it should be true. I love his fast and fun melody, and I could play drum along with it. His music does not work with my brain so well. I do not relax, because I naturally catch the piano note.

I will relate everything to my favorite Zi:Kill. Most of Zi:Kill and Ken’s songs always have a little lovely piano melody behind the sound of vocal. If you do not really concentrate on it, you may need to tune it very loud to hear this lovely part. Ken is so talented on song arrangement. the combination of all instruments is totally perfect. You must listen to it. You can listen to them here http://www.playlist.com/playlist/19139456523 (Notice : They are all low quality with 56-96kbps, and most of them are just half of the songs. To listen to full songs with good quality, you need to buy their releases at CDjapan.com, just $23 per CD!! Love them, support them!!)


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Thai Sluts /Whore : Why do they fuck?

Three reasons for Thai prostitutes to have sex with the guys.
1. They are so poor, and they and their families need to eat.
2. The gangsters force them to do.
3. The teenagers like to waste money so fast, so they want to make money so fast, too.

Hideto Matsumoto (Hide)
The Pink and Anywho, Drawing by Sw Eden

**Star on the drawing is Hideto Matsumoto as the pink hair girl.

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1. They are so poor, and they and their families need to eat.
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The poor women who cannot find any other jobs also need to eat, and their families need to eat, too. This problems can have everywhere in the world, not only in Thailand. A friend of my friend had to prostitute herself because her mother got cancer. She was just a college student and she had no money. Her father did not be with her anymore. (I can say that most of Thai guys are not different from other countries, they like to have second wife. Thailand does not have a law as in USA that the ex-husband has to pay for his ex-wife.) Lastly she got HIV. I am so sorry for her, a nice daughter. I did talk with my friends about her. If anyone is in this situation, he/she should as other people for help rather than just hurting oneself. The mass media always love to help everyone. If there is really no way to do other things, they said that she should have let her mother died, because her mother would be so sad to see her daughter got HIV or being slut.

One of Thai Christian pedagogues I know went down into a brothel. He asked a slut why that have to work right here, and she answered that she was poor. These women do not have opportunity to meet nice people or high-class people. Most of them actually use many rude words. Some are nice to talk with, too. My music teacher had worked on coping illegal albums in Patpong, and he has a lot of slut friends. After that he just did something so opposite, that is he became a music teacher in Catholic school, and I was his student. In fact, Patpong is just one block away from that school. The afternoon and the evening are so different. We can walk as the students or businessmen in the afternoon, and if we are good enough, we have to escape at night. 😀


Bus Window, Photo by Sw Eden
on Flickr

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2. The gangsters force them to do.
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Unbelievable, Thailand still has a lot of Gangsters (abducting) as well as Japan has a lot of Yakuza gangs. Many times, they abduct Thai girls into the vans and sell them to other countries around Thailand. This also reflect in some Thai country music. Mike Piromporn sang that The evil yakusa drunken his girlfriend and force her to prostitute for their money.

All are just like in the movie that the police cannot disturb some big gangsters. All movies were token based on the reality. That is where the idea comes from. The gangsters do not catch the girls only for being sluts, but they also kidnap the children and cut out their arms and legs, and push them to be beggar. They dropped these poor kids on the street in the morning, and took them back at night. They can make a lot of money from this hell business.

Another way to force a girl to prostitute herself is taking the video of first-time raping, and then threaten her to continue next videos. Most of the girls are shy and scared to tell the police. Or they get detained in the windowless rooms. They may make the girls to be drug addict, and those girls have to do whatever for the drug.


Frabric in a Market, Photo by Sw Eden
on Flickr

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3. The teenagers like to waste money so fast, so they want to make money so fast, too.
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The last reason is for the happy teenagers who love to be whores, because they waste money very fast. At Siam Center, Bangkok, many teenagers decorate their old shirts and trousers to sell to other teenagers on the street. When they get the money, they just walk into the stores and get the new things. Some teenagers think that this way to get the money is very slow. The prize of a shirt is just 100 bahts. If they were whores, they could earn 1,000 baht an hour.

Some parents do not care, and most parents do not know. This down-hell economy, all people get less money. The teenagers cannot live only with the food, but they want a luxurious life with brand-name goods, and some want to decorate their boyfriends’ motorcycle. If you walk on the street at night in Bangkok (some areas), you will see groups of girls waiting for their customers. Almost are pretty, as you know, almost Thai girls are so pretty. For example, comparing between New York subway and Thai subway, in the same capacity of subway car, Thailand has more beautiful girl than New York.

Many foreigners got confused between bad girls and good girls in Thailand. Some of them think that all women in Thailand are sluts. The middle class people do not teach their children to be sluts. They are all educated, and they have good places to work. Most of them work in office, and some own the business. The past government did some mistake about promoting Thailand. Thai government usually promotes the adventures in Thailand. The visitors always love to do journal into the ocean, do the hiking, float the boat in a dangerous water fall, camping and dancing around bonfire. Wow! I love that, too. One of those people in the past, did promote prostitution in Thailand, and after that Thailand is so well-known about this worst thing.


Sw Eden’s hand Drawing in Subway : Hideto Matsumoto (Hide)

Online whores still exist. The information they give online are the nick-name, height, weight, personal identity, ethnic, photo, body-shape, age, level of education, and they do not tell exactly where they study, but they say the location of their school; so people can guess very easy. Almost sweet, cute and love to dress up. I bet they are cuter than Japanese porn-star. They are much much cuter and younger than those Thai women you search via search engine. The prize is about 2,000-5,000 bahts, which is different from those on the street with the prize 500-1,000 bahts. I am not their supporter, and I do not want Thailand to be just like this. If half of teenagers did porn, how Thailand can grow up to be developed country. I love my country. I will talk about the part of bad boys later.

“Prostitution is revolution” a part of Cobra Starship’s Lyrics of Prostitution Is The World’s Oldest Profession (And I, Dear Madame, Am A Professional). This band is fun actually. 😀 Lately I could not get the ticket to get into their show. All are sold out.

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การตายของ ฮิเดะ The Death of Hideto Matsumoto

กล่าวถึงการแสดงความเศร้าหลาย ๆ วิธีตอนที่ Hideto Matsumoto แขวนคอตัวเอง
คนเขียนเขียนว่า พวกผู้ปกครองเด็ก ๆ ไม่รู้จักแกหรอก แต่ โด่งดังในกลุ่มวัยรุ่น ผมของแกมีสีแดงสว่าง กะ เหลือง ตั้งสู่อากาศ การแต่งหน้าของเขาทำให้เหมือน Dennis Rodman (อย่า search เชียวนะ) ตอนหน้าตาสะอาดสดใสหน่อย ทางแฟน ๆ ทั้งหลายที่มาเสียใจ ก็ผมสีนี้มากมาย เป็นการเพิ่มจำนวนนักเรียนทำผิดกฎโรงเรียนมากขึ้น

ลักษณะของแก ไม่เหมือนกับวัยรุ่นทั่วไป ต้องการดูแตกต่าง แต่ก็ยังไม่ออกจากกลุ่ม แม้ว่าผมของแกจะตั้ง และทำเพลง rock ขนาดไหน แกก็ยังทำกุศล จ่ายเงินทุนโครงการรักษามะเร็งกระดูก อะไรสักอย่าง (bone marrow cancer treatment ไขกระดูมั้ง เท่าที่จำได้)

สาว ๆ หลายคน คิดผิด และพยายามฆ่าตัวตายตามในสัปดาห์เดียวกัน และ 4 คนที่เหลือในวงอะไรสักวง รีบออกมาแก้ปัญหา เพื่อให้แฟน ๆ ยังเข้มแข็ง (จำได้ว่าวงแกน่าจะเหลือ 6 คนน้า) มาสาวน้อยคนหนึ่งใส่เสื้อยืดมีเชื่อของ นาย Matsumoto แล้วกระโดลงมาจากสะพาน ยังไม่รู้สึกตัว และอีก 3 คน ดับไปแล้ว ยังมีเด็กน้อยอายุ 14 ปี พยายามแขวนคอตัวเองตาม fashion และก็มาตาย เพราะพายามแขวนอีกเป็นครั้งต่อไป ผู้ปกครองของเธอบอกว่าเธอตกใจมากเมื่อรู้ว่าการตายของมือกีตาร์

คนญี่ปุ่นก็เป็นแบบนี้มานานแล้ว และมีมาเรื่อย ๆ 2-3 ปีครั้ง ที่ฆ่าตัวตายตามดารานักร้องคนโปรด คนญี่ปุ่นเกือบ 40 คนฆ่าตัวตามในปี 1986 หลังจากนักร้องวัย 18 ปีที่พวกเขาชอบกระโดดลงมาจาก Tokyo office building

Kazuko Ishiwata ผู้ปกครองของแฟนของมือกีตาร์คนนั้น ได้ยืนอยู่ที่งานศพด้วย เพราะว่ากังวน เขาต้องการมั่นใจว่าลูกสาวของเขากลับบ้าน (ไม่ไปดับที่อื่น)

แฟนเพลงผู้ชาย 5 คนนั่งในรถตู้ ขับไปชน คนอายุ 22 ปี ที่เดินไปทางงานศพ

ฝูงชนที่แออัดกันตั้งแต่ Honganji Temple ใกล้ ๆ ตลาดปลา Tsukiji จากจำนวน 25,000 เพิ่มเป็น 50,000 คน และท้าย ๆ วันพฤหัส 200 คนต้องถูกหามไปดูแล และ 50 คนต้องไปโรงพยาบาล เพราะอารมณ์ และอุณหภูมิ 28 องศาเซนติเกต

ตำรวจที่ไม่รู้จัก Hide หลายกองถูกเรียกมาให้มาอยู่ในพวกคนร้องไห้ด้วย โทรทัศน์แสดงภาพการโปรยพรมดอกไม้ของแฟน ๆ

สาวรุ่นคนหนึ่งบอก NHK News คืนนี้ว่า เมื่อเธอมีปัญหา และได้ฟังเพลงของมือกีต้าร์คนนั้น ทำให้เธอรู้สึกมีพลัง

มีอีกคนที่ยืนห่างออกไปมากกว่าไมล์ บอกว่า Hide อาจเหมือนพวกมนุษย์หัวดื้อสังคม แต่แกเป็นพี่ที่ไว้ใจได้ของเธอ

แปลจากบทความของ Mary Jordan วันที่ TOKYO, May 7, 1998
หนังสือพิมพ์ The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. หน้า F.01
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