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Sat Jan 4, 2014, 09:34 PM

I have to tell this story

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Recently, thanks to Kimi, I joined IMVU and hang out in her Ichiban Jpop Kurabu chatroom. As you know Kimi has all kinds of connections, including to recent access to a real live well known Japanese recording artist by the name of Atsushi Sakurai from the group BuckTick. Now for those of you who don't know, BUCKTICK is HUGE in Japan. They are as well known in Japan as QUEEN is to the rest of the world. They bring in thousands of people to their shows, and have to have huge venues to play in.


Atsushi Sakurai is lead singer, and pictured in the center.


This is his avatar on IMVU.

So one day Atsu san came in with his girlfriend, who is the sole reason he comes on to IMVU, since she lives in Germany and he Lives in Japan. Its their way to catch up and see each other and its better than talking over the phone for hours, or taking a long flight from Japan to Germany and coming back.

We were so happy he was there and chatting with him, about his life on the stage, on tour and such and asked a ton of questions when this guy pops into the chat room. He sat listening for a while and finally had enough.

"Bullshit! Who is this faker anyway? You gonna tell me you are someone important in Japan? I doubt that. Who is this jerk anyway?"

Me: "He is Atsushi Sakurai lead singer for Bucktick"

"Bullshit!", he typed out. "I know about Bucktick and Atsushi and there is no freaking way he would come to IMVU. He probably doesn't even speak english for god sake!!! The guy is brilliant and why would he come to IMVU for a bunch of low lifes? He would have no time for this bullshit anyway. Who ever this guy is...he is not the lead singer for Bucktick. God he doesn't even know about life on the road and is making shit up. I can't believe you guys are going to sit around and listen to this faker!!"

Then there was silence for few seconds. Atsu turned to the guy and asked.. "Do you have skype?" The guy said yes...but went on to say...there was no way he was going to use it to call this guy, just so he could be punked. He was clearly a fake, and was not going to waste his time calling someone on skype... just to be have someone on the other side stick out his tongue and call him a fool.

Again, Atsu said .. "Hey come on, I will not do any of that stuff, because if you are so sure I am not who I say I am then you need to prove it to the fine people sitting here. Don't you like a sure bet? Come on an call me, it costs you nothing, and you come out right."

SO the GUY finally says okay...and agrees to call the number Atsu provides for him.

As time goes by everyone is silent. At one point someone asks if he was really calling Atsu but there is only silence. A few people in the group start to chuckle...but there is only silence for a about 15 to 20 minutes.

Suddenly this guy bursts out: " OMG! OMG! OMG!OMG!OMG! OMG! IT really is you!! OMG! I AM SO very sorry... for saying that..I had no idea it would really be you...OMG!OMG!OMG! please forgive me for saying that...OMG!OMG! I can not believe its you..I am a huge fan of Bucktick.. and I love your music... I am sorry... please, please, please, please do me the honor of adding me as a friend...I really would love it if you added me."

Atsu is silent and than laughs. You know, I don't mind telling people my story, but I really hate it when someone calls me a liar, when they don't know what I have done. I think its kind of cute that you would want me to be your friend... but I have to tell you that you really are a jerk, and an asshole, and I only add people I call my friends. I am sorry, I can not add you as a friend. Maybe you should not be so quick to jump to conclusions about people. Maybe you should go now.. you are bothering all of us.

And the guy left. I know, at one point, I was not sure Atsu was who he said he was, but after this I know. And, I am glad to call him my friend!





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Reply I have to tell this story (Original post)
yuiyoshida Jan 2014 OP
Kaleva Jan 2014 #1
yuiyoshida Jan 2014 #4
frogmarch Jan 2014 #2
yuiyoshida Jan 2014 #3
ScreamingMeemie Jan 2014 #5
yuiyoshida Jan 2014 #6
pepperbear Jan 2014 #7
yuiyoshida Jan 2014 #8
littlemissmartypants May 2014 #9
yuiyoshida May 2014 #10
natarii139 Sep 2015 #11
yuiyoshida Sep 2015 #12
natarii139 Sep 2015 #13
yuiyoshida Sep 2015 #14

Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2014, 10:55 PM

1. Rec'd. Great story!

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 4, 2014, 11:31 PM

4. Thank you so much!

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2014, 11:27 PM

2. Thanks for sharing this great story!

I love it!

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 4, 2014, 11:30 PM

3. Most welcome ..I could

not keep it to myself. I almost feel sorry for that guy, having his hero shoot him down, but I guess he learned a valuable lesson.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2014, 11:34 PM

5. Very cool.

Thanks for sharing that, and he handled that exactly right! I'm glad you can call him friend too.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 4, 2014, 11:41 PM

6. You know I kinda feel sorry

for that guy, his Hero shot him down. I can't imagine that feeling. But, I am sure its a lesson he will never forget. Maybe next time, he won't be such a jerk with people, he doesn't know.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Sun Jan 5, 2014, 01:21 AM

7. It's like the second coming of ROXY MUSIC.

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Response to pepperbear (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 5, 2014, 03:01 AM

8. They have a lot of great music...

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Mon May 26, 2014, 01:56 AM

9. Kimi is ULTRA cool. I love her posts.

And this is a great story. I have to check out Bucktick. I am already in love with the dude on the picture on the far right.
Great post!

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #9)

Mon May 26, 2014, 02:23 AM

10. It would seem that Atsu

Has married his German wife after all.. I guess they have been busy.. with their honeymoon. Bucktick is also working on another album from what I have heard.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2015, 11:46 PM

11. Atsushi Sakurai is a big mystery

Hello, I'm a fan of Buck-Tick and I accidentaly found your post. This story is pretty interesting. But it still sounds so unbelievable Hope you won't get angry with me, (I respect Mr. Sakurai and his ideas inspired me a lot in my life) I just can't help myself and have to ask something I was curious, because recently I've read this on tumblr: "...I know his first child by his current wife is a girl. One child was born around the Memento Mori recordings, I think. Sakurai kept dropping hints in interviews. Years later Japanese fans ran into Sakurai and the child at a well known Tokyo electronics store, where he was waiting in line
with the girl to buy her a childís camera. They talked about it on 2chan or Tanuki, i donít remember sorry. It appears that the girl resembles his wife and they posted some nasty comments about this. It appears he was very angry about this. . The boy was born later..." You have mentioned that his wife is from Germany. So, is it possible that Japanese fans had those comments about his daughter's half-japanese appearance?

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Response to natarii139 (Reply #11)

Tue Sep 15, 2015, 04:21 AM

12. Technically he was not married to the woman in Germany

but on IMVU two people can be IMVU-Married. It doesn't really count as a real marriage, but a couple can inhabit a house in the the three d world of IMVU. At the time it was the only way Astsu and His IMVU Married wife could meet each other, without a long distance phone call charge, on line and do as they pleased.

Unfortunately some Haters, ran Astu and his IMVU Wife off IMVU. They both closed out their accounts and are gone for good. I am sure If you were to ever meet him in Person and mention my other account name..(which I will not reveal at this time) He would say he knows me very well, cause we spent a lot of time talking together. He once told me, that I look a lot like his Ex wife, and am a tad better tempered...what ever that means. He was a wonderful guy to meet, and I was totally blown away by him. Many top rock stars (including Ted Nugent) have huge egos, but he was totally the opposite, and I enjoyed the hours talking about what life was like for a guy to be one of the top Rock and Rollers in Japan. He is still huge there, as you probably know, and probably world known, (More so than known here in the States.) Huge in Germany as well as a few other European Countries.

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Response to yuiyoshida (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 07:38 AM

13. Now I understand :)

I'm sure it had to be awesome, talking with such a delightful and wise man. I like to read interviews with him because I find his ideas to be very interesting and inspiring. I believe it would be great to meet him in person and have a philosophical conversation, but I can only dream, haha.
Yes, I know B-T is huge, mostly in South America and Russia. I'm from Slovakia, a country in the Central Europe, there are not so many fans here but I decided to spread information about them.
Thank you a lot for your reply and have a nice day!

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Response to natarii139 (Reply #13)

Fri Sep 18, 2015, 10:48 AM

14. You should hang out in the Asian group and

post videos and info about your favorite Jrock bands. We need that energy there. I try to once in a while.
http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1250

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