There is nothing more heartbreaking than reporting the death of a legend of the Visual-Kei music scene. Yu-Jin, popularly known as the guitarist for the band Vivid (era 1999-2003) recently passed away. His best friend, Takeshi, posted the following on his blog. We have translated it in its entirety, including the speech given at Yu-Jin’s funeral.
My best friend and comrade-in-arms,
Yu-jin (ex. Vivid) had previously been under medical care for an illness,
And passed away unexpectedly on January 14, 2013.
In accordance with his family’s wishes, a family funeral was carried out quickly.
I apologize for making the announcement to everyone so late.
To everyone who enjoyed, supported, and cheered on Yu-jin while alive,
I’d like to thank you deeply, in his place.
I meant to see him off properly, but
When I returned to Tokyo and saw a video of Vivid
Yu-jin was there, and to be honest I couldn’t handle it…
I was often called ‘gross’ by him but
Now, Yu-jin’s photos and guitar are left here in my room,
And I always say something when going to bed and getting up.
Since he won’t call me ‘gross’ anymore, I can do it as much as I like… (smile)
Even Osaka cried heavily, but
It’s pointless to write that kind of thing…
I think I want everyone
To read the message that the speaker at the funeral service poured his heart into in the end, and he gave it to me so
I’d like you to read it.
（* A bit of personal information has been omitted.)
The past, future, and the present, which flows unbroken with time…
The steps taken each day become a human map, and before long draw a magnificent design.
People feel their lifetimes time pass in the seasons that revolve around everyone
The late Yu-jin
On February 11, 1976, a baby’s cry was raised up
He walked on, an honorable journey…
Now, the photograph decorated in the middle of the alter
Is a magnificent one from his band days…
In a band since his college days,
He formed Vivid shortly after graduation.
It led to activities like country-wide tours and one-man lives,
Being surrounded by so many fans and soaking in the spotlight,
And taking the world by storm.
He was usually a quiet person, but once he took a guitar and got on stage
He played with splendid timbre and at times ran around the stage
He performed intense, passionate music with his friends
And chiseled a page of his youth…
He spoke in a magazine interview;
“I smile more than most people”
And just like those words, his constant, bright smile never faded…
And, everyone, he loved those smiles of yours…
Those days passed and he went to help with work at his father’s company,
Making things; even there, with a masterful flair and way of thinking,
He even surprised his father, and I heard he contributed to the achievements of the company…
And, last September with other ex-members of Vivid,
He participated in a live with his best friend TAKESHI-san,
And he enjoyed that stage he’d been gone from for so many years, with his full spirit…
If I open the gates of my memory, it’s packed with tears and laughter…
If I look back, I think the life he walked through never had a level road, but
He ran through that life, those days, with all his might.
Coming into contact with him or seeing his wonderful smile or hearing his kind voice won’t be possible anymore, but
The memories will forever live on in all of your hearts…
While everyone once more looks back on meeting him and parting ways,
Please take the time now to say goodbye…
Translation by Ku
Source: Takeshi’s Blog