Twitter user’s fun experiment in style grabs the attention of the actual celebrity photoshopped into the image above.

A few days ago, we brought you photos taken by our Japanese language reporter Masanuki Sunakoma during his annual visit to one of Japan’s most colorful Coming of Age Day ceremonies in the southern port-town of Kitakyushu.

It’s always a treat to see these creative young folks making the most of this once in a lifetime event in celebration of their 20th birthdays, but one Twitter user by the handle of Reeeeeason (@reeeeeason) got a sudden burst of inspiration while looking through them.

“The theory that you can put Yoshiki into a Coming of Age Day ceremony without anyone noticing.”

Sure enough, with a casual look at this image, you probably wouldn’t notice the face of one of Japan’s biggest rock stars of all time staring right back at you. In fact, some of you might still not be able to pick him out. So for comparison here’s our original, unaltered photo.

The image of what appears to be Yoshiki of the band X-Japan, back in his visual kei prime, has seamlessly melded with the aesthetics of Kitakyushu’s Coming of Age Day revelers.

Reeeeeason may be onto something, but for the sake of science let’s see how well the musician blends in with some of our other photos from this event. See if you can spot the Yoshiki in the following, increasingly difficult, images.

・Here’s an easy one to start

・A little harder…

・Where did that rocker get to now?

・Now for a real challenge: Try to find all FIVE Yoshikis hiding in this photo.

Others were impressed with Reeeeeason’s theory, save a few super-hardcore fans who could even pick out Yoshiki in a Rorschach test.

“Seriously! I didn’t even notice at first.”
“Theory: a fan would see him right away.”
“Stop! That’s too funny!”
“That’s fantastic.”
“You could probably do the same with members from Exile.”
“It probably would have worked better if he didn’t say ‘Yoshiki’ right away.”

However, the most impressive response came from Yoshiki himself. The star’s official Twitter account had noticed Reeeeeason’s experiment and expressed his approval with a retweet.

It’s powerful evidence that this theory might be on to something, and that visual kei and Kitakyushu’s new adults may have more in common than previously thought. But more importantly, it also shows us that Yoshiki is out there… watching.

Now might be a good time to point out that I need a good musical act for my birthday party coming up in a few months. Anyone with a completely transparent piano would be ideal, and plenty of cheese crackers will be served.

Source: Twitter/@reeeeeason, Hachima Kiko
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