Fool's Mate: SUGIZO - 月下の神託

Sugizo - 月下の神託
Fool's Mate, Vol 348, Oct 2010
Interview & text by Sachie Tojo
Photography: Zhang Jingna

Los Angeles (Pg 1-2):
Hair & Makeup: 鈴木美子; Photo assistant: Matthew Chretien
Japan (Pg 3-8):
Coordinator: Chiaki Oshima; Hair & Makeup: Tomoko Ono; Photo assistant: Shunshin

Yay more Sugizo photos~ 

The first shot was taken while I was in L.A. this June.

Sugizo and I met up in Hollywood one day and we discussed about working together again. He knew where he wanted to shoot, so we only had to run through the ideas and outfits.

On the shoot day we drove some three hours out of L.A. for my first trip to a desert. It was so hot the soles of my shoes started coming off at some point and I had to walk around with them flapping all day. -_-

I realized that I probably like shooting in the cold better, though it's probably harder for a model to perform in extreme cold as opposed to heat. (Remember Sugizo trembling as he played the violin for me during the last shoot /sweat)

This one had been more or less smoother in terms of logistics and weather~ And Sugizo's always really nice to work and hang out with. We'll probably go through more photos later when I've a bit more time. :D

The black and white shots were photographed in Japan last December, as the most of you probably already know. Time really flies doesn't it? It really doesn't feel like there'd been much and a good deal of 2010 is already over.

Scans are from the Russian Luna Sea community, stitched together with my original photos for the centre portions that were cut off.


Sugizo, Ashinoko Lake, Japan, Dec 2009

This shoot makes one of my most beautiful memories, ever.

I first fell in love with Sugizo when I saw his movie, Soundtrack, when I was 14.  There was certain tension and intensity to the way he played the violin that was different from how he was with the guitar.

When he played for me by Ashinoko Lake in the freezing cold during the shoot, I thought I was going to cry.

It was so surreal.

So breathtaking. So heartbreakingly beautiful.

Sugizo-san, thank you.

Yoshiki/Sugizo Dahlia Solo Intro

Looked at this while video-surfing for work and had an impossible urge to share it.

When this happened that night, my heart throbbed so much in exhilaration I almost couldn't breathe.

Sugizo's violin's always so tragic, so beautiful. There's a certain haunting beauty in the despair and tension of the sounds that I really love. To experience it live was something so incredibly amazing it's indescribable in words.

Backlog photos and stuff

Man. Lugging 2 lights+stands+17"MBP+1Ds MIII around in this weather, alone, is no freaking joke.

So tired my whole body aches so bad.

Thus, instead of heading down to Harajuku on a seemingly gorgeous Saturday, I'm gonna stay at home and emo, so I can rest up enough and repeat the above routine for tomorrow's shoot.

Cuz I'd been updating more on twitter than blogging, here's a random a mix of things from the past few months I'd been meaning to blog about. The pile is ever-growing but here's a start nonetheless.

Wacom Intuos4. Brand new from this trip.

This thing's so freaking gorgeous I wanna put it on display. Like, serously.

The one I'd been using for the past years had been a 9x12 which is just waaaaay too huge to carry around for travel. This new one's medium-sized and is so much easier to bring around. Now I can bring it on shoots to do quick demos on the spot for clients and my team. Yayness. Thou I'd still prefer the 9x12 for long-period usage since it's better for my wrist.

Post-shoot snap with Kokusyoku Sumire in their beautifully decorated cafe, stolen from their blog here.

I super love the figurines in the background. They're made by another Japanese artist who doesn't sell them anymore. /emo

This shoot was for Gothic Lolita Bible Aug issue (I think)

Okay, moving on to end Apr/early May photos:

With my lovely assistant Abby in Kyoto

With Kagetsuki at the Ghibli Museum.

Also, if I may, plug her new awesome fashion blog with Dawn - Monoxious.

More from the Ghibli Museum and cafe~

My X Japan concert guest pass. Shiny stuff *_*

Goban used in The Go Master movie filming. The go-kes here weren't inside, they're just in collection of the person I visited, designed personally by Honinbo Shuei.


Ninja Jingna making okonomiyaki in awesome Junya coat. Chris looking very very skinny...

And Gullimer's (sp?) Village for Young People, with nary a soul in sight. With Rick, Chris, and Abby who's cropped off because my self-portrait skills aren't awesome enough. ;_;

Birthday dinner


From my meetup~ That huge white book is my portfolio. XD

Gorgeous new Givenchy jacket

Awesome old mag store on rue de Temple

Not forgetting the inevitable stuff that break our banks...

There're a lot of other epicness, recorded in my iPhone, and all lost along with it during the Paris trip. T_T Oh well~ at least I have this:

Awesome food on Singapore Airlines. Hahahha.

Last but not least, a polaroid with Ivory Flame after the Lilith shoot. She's really really super stunning to photograph~

Sorry for the seemingly outdated/bland stuff. I'm working on trying to finding something interesting to blog about but being so busy everything seems like they'd just be too boring for a read. I'm so sorry!! T_T

Heading to Jakarta on Monday!!

Tokyo Day21-22

Sleep, eat, read. That about summarizes most of the past 2 days. XD

Today's evening was spent with fellow photographer ND Chow.

Very fun and easy to speak to, talked random stuff and also a bit about photography, shooting, travels, lighting, and how his recent Shiseido shots used 30+ lights. He said it's nothing compared to this other guy who used 120 brons. =_=

Ordered delivery for dinner~ my first time in Tokyo. :3 I was too hungry to take a picture because I didn't eat the whole day, also had some expensive chocolates from Jean-Paul Hevin...

ND was really encouraging and reassuring, something I really need at the moment. I may seem like I'm doing a lot right now but some days I'd still feel utterly useless and lost and confused. It was wonderful company. *n0ds*

Some photos done for Smitten in the current issue.

Nothing much these 2 days. Now back to a few backlog photos from before the days of the X Japan concerts from last weekend.

The epic queue for merchandise:

It comes in from futher than where the center arrow's tail is.

The below shot is from the right corner of the above:

And the below one while standing on the left side, the line that was opposite me:

And taaaa, it leads to the merch booths finally~! It was about 2hours of queuing or so.

And oh oh, my ticket. :3

My seating on the first night. Pretty far back, had to look at the screens most of the time to see what's going on stage.

From my seating on the 2nd night, B block~ This is the right side of the stage. There was only A block in front of us. I could see the stage, I could see it~!!! *weeps*

X Japan: Night of Creation @ Tokyo Dome 30th Mar 2008

Well, the most epic yet.

I'm sure you can find the setlist online elsewhere, so I'm just going into points I noted. I think it lasted 3.5hours or more. Awesomeness.

Unlike the previous 2 nights this one opened with Tears.

The acoustic wasn't Say Anything, but Forever Love. Toshi cried. It was so... painful. I don't think it's something that'd be able to be related to and felt if it's only seen on DVD later...

Without You was still really the most beautiful to me all 3 nights. Yoshiki had a few misplayed notes... more than the previous nights, probably a little shaky...

Orgasm was... unexpected. If we went back to the old songs, I'd probably have wished to hear a few others. Then again I guess because it hypes up things a lot, only wish it didn't last -that- long.

After Violet UK + h.Naoto show followed by Yoshiki's drum solo again, this time the ballad that followed was Endless Rain.

Endless Rain, ahhh it was like The Last Live. After the song ended and band members retreated the audience continued singing the chorus until the next song began. It must have lasted for about 15min. Almost surreal.

Art of Life continued from where it left off on the first night.

Sugizo was still really really awesome, I was so entranced by his stage presence. And Sugizo by far throws water bottles the furthest.. 3 blocks~!!!! *_*

The end was wrapped up with the throwing of random stuff, and at the very end the biggest Hide plushie was brought onto stage. I saw other band members' plushies too, near the back of the stage, but I guess they decided only to bring out Hide's in the end.

A giant pick someone a few seats away from me managed to get.

The flyers from the concert. Also some random eyeliner stuff I bought during those few days, and a Samurai 7 Artbook I received as a gift in the mailbox. X Japan tumbler and handphone straps, merchandise merchandise~~ I wish I'd gotten the hoodie but I really didn't want to queue for so many hours again ;_;

Overall I'm very happy with the 2nd and 3rd night. And thank you JRock Revolution for giving us overseas fans the chance to purchase the tickets.

Moving on to shopping.

I gave in and bought the Na+H top. 450bucks. D: I don't know what I was thinking, it was totally under Kagetsuki's influence. The h.Anarchy top was nice, and, not expensive. XD

And this pendant too. The Moi-même-Moitié's finally gotten to me. Arghhh. Luckily she didn't stay longer, or I might really go broke. Wahahah. *has weak resistance to Kagetsuki's influences*

Well that's it for now. Hope everyone's having fun. :3

Tokyo Day20

Consisted only of X Japan: Night of Creation, because I was so tired I couldn't get out of bed in the morning despite my repeated ringing alarms.

Although it would still be consisting only of that even if I did get up, because I was intending to buy the hoodie. XD It was sold out on the first day by the time I got to the front of the queue. Ah well~ too bad.

But today was epic.

Toshi cried during Forever Love. ;_;

I'll really blog it about tonight's concert tomorrow, whatever I can remember of it.

The chorus of Endless Rain was repeated for at least 15min until Art of Life picked up from where it left off on the first night when Yoshiki collapsed. It was just so overwhelming hearing some 50000 people together. Ahhhh~

And I know I'd said it in the previous entry, but I can't seem to emphasize it enough, Sugizo was so awesome I want to cry.

I'm thinking perhaps I'd come back for the Hide memorial concert.

I could really just extend my stay here since my ticket's open jaw... and I've got a place to stay, but if I don't go back to Singapore I think I'd really end up not working at all, and probably be spending all my savings before I know it.

Ahh ahhhh sleep calls for me, will update tomorrow.