After one more year of waiting, yesterday I was able to attend an event known as the 密会 (Mikkai) or in English, the secret/clandestine meeting.
So what is the Clandestine Meeting exactly?
Well I must provide a little back story to this in order for one to fully understand.
In 1992 a Japanese Visual Kei rock band known as MALICE MIZER formed by the two founding members, Mana and Kozi. Throughout the 90’s, MALICE MIZER became an extremely famous and influential visual kei band with their dramatic costumes and set ups along with an assortment of music ranging from a Europop style all the way to heavy rock mixed with elements of classical music.
As of 2002 the band went on Hiatus, leaving each member to go their own separate ways. Among these band members, I took on particular interest in Mana.
Mana was known in MALICE MIZER for depicting a female persona which ultimately lead to further popularity in the ever growing Lolita fashion. He started up his own fashion label, called Moi-meme-Moitie, which still holds strong today and is known for his EGL (Elegant Gothic Lolita) and EGA (Elegant Gothic Artisocrat) styles.
Today Mana is founder and leader of his own “Music project,” otherwise known as the band Moi dix Mois. His style and fashion has evolved greatly through time from more feminen, to masculine, to ultimately a particularly elegant but androgynous fashion style which he accompanies his rock/classical music combination.
Needless to say, Mana has become a rather large icon in the visual kei music scene and still continues on today working on various musical and fashion projects. Yesterday however, was the 11th year anniversary of his fashion brand. Anyone who bought a particular amount of yen worth of clothing within a 2 week span was able to obtain a ticket and spend personal time with Mana alone. As Mana is my most favorite artist, I was able to meet him one-on-one for my very second time!
Unfortunately, pictures are not allowed with Mana, but having been to many of his concerts and events I have made friends with many of the hard core fans in the scene and was able to take quite a few pictures of and with them!
Pictured here are three of my friends, Konomi, Kanna, and Tooya. All of them are full out wearing Mana’s fashion brand Moi-meme-Moitie. Konomi and Kanna are wearing Elegant Gothic Lolita (EGL) and Tooya is wearing Elegant Gothic Aristocrat (EGA).
This is a picture of me and another one of my friends at the event, Manami.
The “rock on” hand signs we do in each picture are actually a form of symbolism used during live events during Moi dix Mois (Mana’s band) concerts. We call it “dix”, the French word for the number 10, which is incorporated into the band name and image. dix is a particularly difficult concept to explain in the context of Moi dix Mois, but to put it short, Mana takes on the number 1 to symbolize as the “start” of something and 0 to represent “infinity”. This idea is used in context for Mana’s love for creating music and his dream to never stop performing and making new songs for his fans.
Finally a few pictures of girls I don’t personally know but allowed me to take pictures of them!
The day ended up wonderful and I even received a present from Mana; a necklace along with the photo which I posted above, scanned by me.
For those who don’t speak Japanese, information may be a little difficult at times to find on Mana, so for anyone who is interested please check out my fan site completely dedicated to him!!
If you are interested in Mana’s personal website, here is the link as well: