Entry #40 – Dinner Party #4

Will you stay with me
また溢れ出す All my tears
Forever Love
Forever Dream
Oh Stay with me

– X Japan, 「Forever Love」
lyrics from jpopasia

Hey all,

Kohaku here. Is everyone feeling alright? I hope you’re all taking care of yourselves and each other during this time. Today’s journal entry, being the 40th, is the 4th rendition of my Dinner Party project.

Links to earlier installments:
→ Dinner Party #1 (full explanation of the project and its history)
→ Dinner Party #2
→ Dinner Party #3

Obligatory blurb:
“The basic premise is to keep a list of 10 famous people whom you admire or respect, people who inspire you in your daily life and work. Then, track how this list changes over time. There are some new people on it this time around. These new inspirations replaced some of the old ones, to keep the list at 10, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like or draw inspiration from those old people anymore. The Dinner Party project is just a snapshot of the 10 people who are most inspiring to you at this particular moment.”

Okay, here we go. New entries since last time are in bold, and all names are linked to their websites/pages on Wiki. In no particular order:

  1. Yuzuru HANYU (羽生結弦)
  2. Yoshiki (林佳樹)
  3. Hans LINDAHL
  4. GACKT (大城 ガクト)
  5. hide (松本秀人)
  6. Hayao MIYAZAKI (宮崎駿)
  7. Jonathan VAN NESS
  8. Haruki MURAKAMI (村上春樹 )
  9. Yojiro NODA (野田洋次郎)
  10. Chachamaru (藤村幸宏)

Recently, I’ve been going back to a lot of my old and steady favorites, especially in music. I think I really need that right now. So there hasn’t been that much in the way of exploring new things, and nothing significant enough to warrant an entirely new entry into my list. For sure, that’s not in itself a bad thing. Doing this public check-in every ten weeks makes me want to have at least one new entry every time, and that does encourage me to keep broadening my horizons as an artist and a person, but it probably won’t always happen, and I know I need to make sure I’m making an authentic list each time and not being unduly influenced.

This time, hide is back on my list. I’ve been starting to listen to X Japan again, since that’s emotionally where I’m at, and I find their music both very painful and very healing. Hide is an inspiration to me for his personality and his skills as a guitarist and artist, made all the more salient by the tragic circumstances of his life and death. I’ve been learning his lead guitar part on the acoustic version of X Japan’s Rose of Pain. It makes me so sad, but also helps me feel better with where I’m at.

And now, what about you? What would your dinner party list look like right now? Who would you put on it and why? Follow the original rules, follow my version of the rules, or just do away with rules entirely – whatever list you make is still going to be important and telling, and I do think it’s a good project to do once in a while.

Right now, with a lot of folks in quarantine or in the hospital, a lot of people risking their lives in essential services, a lot of people losing their jobs and salaries and trapped inside with their families, it makes sense for a lot of people to be feeling stuck. But it’s important that we all do our best to keep moving forward. Keep your eyes on the horizon, that’s what I think – and dinner party is a great project for making sure that that’s the case.

Take care of yourselves,


4 thoughts on “Entry #40 – Dinner Party #4

  1. scalesoflibra May 2, 2020 / 11:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing your project! And I’m doing alright, thanks! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kohaku818 May 2, 2020 / 11:06 pm

    That’s a great list! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Hope you’re doing well!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. scalesoflibra May 2, 2020 / 8:23 pm

    Interesting concept! Before I read your explanation, I just saw the title and list of names and thought it was going to be a fictional dinner party conversation between the ten people listed.

    I was trying to think who I would put on such a list. It’s harder than I thought. But I guess I’m thinking of it as people with a deep impact on me in a more personal way through both their art and life. Maybe it’d go something like this:

    1. Sojourner Truth
    2. Michiru YAMANE
    3. Ayami KOJIMA
    4. GACKT

    If I go down one level so to speak, to people whose work I find inspiring or particularly impressive, I’d have to add:

    5. HIGASHINO Keigo
    6. Margaret Atwood
    7. Douglas Adams
    8. Gustave Moreau
    9. Stephen Colbert
    10. The teams that put together both Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VII Remake, collectively more so than the work of any one individual person on that team

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