On august 24th, in Joetsu, Niigata prefecture, the 89th Kenshin festival has been held with the title <May the Ghi spirit be with us, forever> and GACKT played the role of Kenshin. This is the 6th time that he appears in this festival.

The other day on his official blog, GACKT said publicly about his leg fractured during the rehearsals for his stage play MOON SAGA – Yoshitsune hiden – chapter 2. Many had doubts about his performance at the Kenshin festival but on the contrary at the event he enchanted the audience with agile movements while riding a white horse in spite of the wound and he played a very sensual and at the same time elegant Kenshin.

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– To me, Joetsu is like my second hometown, it’s a very special place for me.

When Joetsu citizens, those who take care of my beloved hometown, asked me to make Kenshin live again by playing this role, I felt incredibly grateful.

So, to answer their expectations I was preparing the best Kenshin performance you’ve ever seen. But unfortunately, during my stage play, I broke my leg.

And so this year I had to face this mission in this condition.

Sure, it would be ideal to always be in perfect conditions to face a mission. But in real life, in most cases we are force to show our skills despite the obstacles that happen in life.

This time, I don’t consider my difficult condition an obstacle, but the engine to pull up the combattive spirit and I would be very happy if I was able to transmit to as many people as possible that, if you put your will and loyalty into something, despite every disadvantage, someone can accomplish any mission”

『I wish that there will be a lot of people to visit this beautiful and peaceful country, I wish that everyone could learn the lyrical beauty of this place. And by doing this performance I hope to help passing on the Japanese soul.』

This was the thought that made me go on. I hope that, with this event, many people will fall in love with Joetsu.

I GACKT hope from my heart that the number of people passing on the wonderful “ancient Japan” will increase, it has a tradition of hundreds of years.

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Source: Barks
Translation: GACKT ITALIA team