When Koichi came back, he uploaded a profile photo of him wearing the bunny head that was already seen before – at the time of The End single, Koichi made a photoshoot with it and the single’s outfit; as well he used it for the shoot of Stuppy Vol. 17 magazine about M.A.D. .
Something was already changing back to The End. There were signs, Koichi showed signs of change.
To be more precisely, maybe since the middle and middle-end of 2015.
In Paradigm Paradox, there was no bunny head, still Koichi was already evoking the bunny figure.
The bunny head must be seen as a symbol of change, and more.
A little research on “Bunny/Rabbit” can put us aware of the meanings implied here. This can be a little massive but… let’s see!
Rabbits are often used as a symbol of fertility or rebirth, and have long been associated with spring and Easter as the Easter Bunny. The species' role as a prey animal also lends itself as a symbol of innocence, another Easter connotation. They appear in folklore and modern children's stories, often but not invariably as sympathetic characters. (...) Folklore and mythology The rabbit often appears in folklore as the trickster archetype, as he uses his cunning to outwit his enemies. (…) --> In Central Africa, the common hare (Kalulu), is "inevitably described" as a trickster figure. (...) --> A rabbit's foot is carried as an amulet believed to bring good luck. This is found in many parts of the world, and with the earliest use being in Europe around 600 B.C. (...) --> In Anishinaabe traditional beliefs, held by the Ojibwe and some other Native American peoples, Nanabozho, or Great Rabbit, is an important deity related to the creation of the world. (...) --> A Vietnamese mythological story portrays the rabbit of innocence and youthfulness. The Gods of the myth are shown to be hunting and killing rabbits to show off their power.
Rabbit is interpreted in different ways in different cultures. In China, it is one of the astrological animals and linked too good fortune and the moon. People born under Rabbits sign are believed to be artistic and sensitive. The Rabbit is also linked with the goddess Hecate. In some Native American traditions Rabbit is known as the Fear Caller, due to it projecting its fear of those wishing to eat it, and thereby attracting the predators it fears. Ever heard the phrase scared as a rabbit? Well, rabbits are well known as timid, shy and afraid creatures. We can learn from the rabbit that if we are always afraid of something then we may draw/create the very experience we are afraid of in to our lives. Fear sends out a certain vibrational energy that may attract the very thing we fear. Fearful thoughts reproduce (like rabbits) and manifest what we fear. Rabbit people may be afraid of tragedy, illness, and disaster, thereby calling those very fears to them to teach them lessons (...) Rabbits are guides into the shadow world, where our personal fears lie. When the rabbit shows up it is time to examine those deep reflexive fears that hold you back from growing. (...) You must accept that it is part of human nature to feel fear at times, but also believe that our fears need not paralyze our growth and movement. Rabbit medicine is also very positive, showing us how to attract love, abundance, health, and a warm, dry burrow. We are guided to move through fear, living by our own wits, receiving hidden teachings and intuitive messages, quick thinking, strengthening intuition, and paradox. Rabbit represents humility, being quiet and soft and not self-asserting. If you see Rabbit or in any way feel attracted to him, this may be a sign for you to wait for the forces of the universe to start moving again, to stop worrying and to get rid of your fears. Rabbit always indicates a need to re-evaluate the process you are undergoing, to rid yourself of any negative feelings or barriers, and to be more humble. (...) Generally rabbits are most likely to be seen between dawn and dusk. (...) Due to the rabbit and the fairy realms being active at the same time of day, rabbit has a strong link with the magic and mystery of other worlds. To enter these worlds requires but a leap of faith. Rabbits are highly sensitive with keen observational skills, granting them strong reflexes that help them dash to safety. In the time it takes to bat an eyelid, they can be seen, disappear and reappear. Fast, agile and clever, they teach us spontaneous decisive movement, always knowing which direction to go and when. When rabbit appears, this may help us to grasp an opportunity that may only present itself for brief moments. Rabbits tend to move suddenly and unpredictably. They leap and bound their way through life. (...) We are able to realise what a good teacher Rabbit is in showing us that we are the creators of our lives with our thoughts and emotions. Rabbit feels fear and projects it, creating in the external world situations reflecting the inner world of fear. For us, this is an important lesson. Affirmations, involve focusing on what you want in life and positive outcomes. Thoughts have a certain energy frequency, creating a vibration aiding them to become reality. Just as true when you think about and focus on what you don’t want to happen, a lot of the time we don’t even do this on purpose we do it automatically and even subconsciously, gathering strength unknowingly. This makes it extremely necessary to bring our fears into consciousness – into the light, treating them with gentleness. Rabbit ability of being alert and aware of its surroundings ALL the time, can help us be aware that we ALL have the power to create with our thoughts and to be aware of them, to redirect them on a positive path and to be focused on our dreams, not allowing our focus to be distracted from our intentions with negative emotions, especially from actualising our wishes and dreams.
Symbolic Meaning of the Rabbit Symbolic rabbit meanings deal primarily with abundance, comfort, and vulnerability. Traditionally, rabbits are associated with fertility, sentiment, desire, and procreation. Rabbit meanings are also closely linked to the seasons, the changes of Mother Earth, and specifically Springtime. (...) (...) they are legendary for their ability to reproduce fast and furiously. For that same reason, the rabbit is a perfect symbol for this spring which is fertile with themes like: New life, New beginnings and the undeniable current of growth. The rabbit is also a symbol of Ostara (...), an ancient fertility goddess whose symbols are rabbits, various flowers and eggs (more life/growth/fertility themes!). A mother rabbit can have up to forty or more babies a year. That's symbolic of the cycle of life, and they way life carries on generation after generation. This could hearken to our ideals of ancestry. Indeed in many cultures (Asian, for example) the rabbit is a symbol of longevity and a long family line. Rabbits' renowned ability to have large litters of babies is also symbolic of creativity/creation. Some general symbolic rabbit meanings include: --> Love --> Luck --> Family --> Shyness --> Speed --> Growth --> Rebirth --> Harmony --> Awareness --> Abundance --> Creativity --> Perception --> Esoteric Knowledge Symbolic Rabbit Meanings via Physical/Behavioral Associations Rabbits love to chew, and their teeth never stop growing. Symbolically, chewing implies repetition, contemplation, and breaking concepts down into component parts. Their diet is light and green, which implies symbolism of health and prosperity. Rabbits are burrowers and their deep, maze-like tunnels symbolize connections with primal energy as well as Mother Earth energies. The rabbit encourages us to retreat within, get warm, and collect ourselves. They also prompt us to connect with the Mother in deeper ways. Rabbits prefer to be on the ground; they are true earth element animals. We cannot help but be reminded of groundedness in their presence. Rabbits and hares are nocturnal and share the same lunar symbolism. The moon is often depicted as a rabbit in many cultures, thus lending associations of deep intuition and emotionality. For sure, the rabbit symbolizes reflection. Symbolic Rabbit Meanings Around the World In Buddhist culture, it is said that the Buddha, disguised as a hare, threw himself in a fire as sacrifice to the god Indra. His reward was to live an eternal life as the moon. The ancient Mayans thought the moon's change of phase resembled the motion of a jumping rabbit. (...) (...) Rabbits are historically tied to the celebration of Easter and its implications of sacrifice, redemption, and resurrection. Rabbits represent the freshness of spring and the promise of wonderful things to come. The rabbit is sacred to Ostara (or Eostre), a Germanic fertility maiden Goddess. She is the epitome of celebrating new life. She is the expectant one - and her vision only sees potential. In every nuance of experience, Ostara sees indwelling life, and keeps her attention honed there. She's the reason spring unleashes its vitality - because Ostara has kept her light bright, her vigil of life strong and her focus of promise remained stoic even in the leanest months of winter. Trace your history and you will find this nurturing goddess at the prime root of the festival of Easter, and her sacred rabbit has been morphed into the Easter bunny over the centuries because she had the head of a hare, and the body of a goddess. Ostara is also connected with the vernal equinox (by the same name) which occurs March 20-21st. In Native American folklore, Manabozho is the Great Hare, a trickster god. He is a shape-shifter and by his tricks, helps to spawn creation. The rabbit is a powerful and well-respected animal totem for these cultures. (...) The rabbit is the fourth animal in the Chinese astrological chart. Those born under the sign of the rabbit are conservative, friendly, and deeply compassionate. They are creative and active and avoid conflict. (...) Rabbit Meanings as Totems/Animal Guides Rabbits are highly social animals, displaying genuine feelings of happiness and affection. Vice versa, they can display aggression, jealousy, and hostility in their social environment. These kind of behaviors are common in every family and community and as such, the rabbit is a symbol of working out social differences and getting along with our fellow society members. These animals are about body and soul. Consider the amazing perceptive abilities of the rabbit. Radar-like hearing and near 360 degree vision speak of sensitivity. The rabbit reminds us to examine and utilize the tools we have within ourselves. Although our instincts are innate, they also need nurturing and development. If you've held a rabbit, you know their hearts beat very fast and hence they are often associated with people who have highly sensitive, extremely alert, and very cautious personalities. (...) Rabbits are magical and mysterious and those relating with this animal totem are full of life and possess a deep connection with the sacred, eternal spirit of the earth. (...) Rabbits are diverse creatures, packed with symbolic potential. (...)
Source: What’s your sign
Rabbit/Hare: The year of the Rabbit, and those who have this Chinese zodiac sign are quite unique. Perhaps out of all the signs, this one has the most potential. On the one hand, we have symbolic themes of caution, regulation and meekness (but not in terms of weakness). Then on the other hand - we see themes of tremendous courage. This courage is expressed in terms of mending fences. Philanthropy, forgiveness, peace, empathy...these are all watch words for the sign and year of the Rabbit. This is the year to love and appreciate the simple things in life. You'll find this intense appreciation will be infectious. Others around you will observe your love for life. They'll also pick up on your inner calm. So powerful will your aura of peace be - that others will be compelled to follow suit. This is an incredible asset. If all Rabbit signs put their mind to it - I'm convinced they could bring about world peace....especially if they did so during the year of the Rabbit. I'm not kidding! Rabbits have powerful influence to spread intense love, calm, peace and security across the scope of humankind. Their only stumbling block is a bit of shyness. Actually...it's not even shyness...it's more like the need to be 100% positive that all signs say "go" before they make a move toward peaceful progress. Rabbits have to feel secure in their environment before hopping out in new directions. If something is the slightest bit wonky - forget it - Rabbits will burrow back in the den. The year of the Rabbit has the potential for warmth, growth and connection. This is a great time to start a family, or increase the one you've got (whether planning for an additional family member, or enlarging your social circle). Rabbits are symbolic of fertility and increase. This expanse might come in the form of wealth as well as expanded family and social circles. Rabbits are the friends of the Chinese zodiac. Generous, thoughtful and understanding are keywords for Rabbits. Some things to look out for: It's that element of caution I mentioned earlier. A Rabbit is so sensitive to her environment. Overly sensitive, in fact. So much so, that the Rabbit may invent, or imagine threats looming about that aren't even there. This will cause the Rabbit to never come out of her hole. This is quite tragic, really, because the Rabbit has so much to offer the world. To avoid this "head in the hole" mentality - Rabbits must make every effort to establish a safe-haven for themselves (physically and emotionally). Create a "happy place" - a space in which you can always feel safe - no matter what perceived dangers are out there. That way, when things get scary, you've always got a buffer of comfort and security upon which to revert if needed.
Source: What’s your sign
I know, the texts might be kind of too long, but I think all the parts I left are important in fact. And of course, in underline blue are the keywords.
Koichi since back to 2013/2014, more or less, had a huge battle with the top boss of their company. This is not a rumor, this is a fact. He used to write some complains on his Ameba blog. As well, Koichi was in some kind of an inner battle about to hide or not to hide things concerning to many aspects, mainly feelings.
Long short story, and now back to the bunny head… since The End phase (but things were been seen even since a year before), Koichi was implying messages of change in his photos and tweets. As it’s known, Tsuzuku always gives the theme to each member and each one goes interpret it by themselves and choose the outfit. I think I can affirm that Koichi decided to go literal on the song’s name and part of the chorus “The end, to be or not to be?”. Words in his nails, such as Change, Truth, Justice and To be or not to be, could be seen in photos he have posted on his Instagram around that time.
The photoshoot to SHOXX, where he firstly used the bunny head, had also an ‘entangled’ situation. Each member was entangled in threads with colors that usually represent them. One of Koichi pictures figured him pretty tight in those threads, from the feet to the head. A feeling of oppression. A feeling of being trapped.
More could be said about The End, but right now it’s just about the bunny head. Maybe in the future I can post about an analyzation on The End video and also lyrics.
Censure me if you want but in my modest opinion the message was being clear. A change was being planned. Soon or later something would come.
This hiatus is necessary.
MEJIBRAY are one of the kind. Those bands that comes to disturb, that comes to stay. Those bands that are good enough to make things happen.
There must exist many reasons to this hiatus but I can’t deny that part of the huge problem (if not the main part) is in fact their company and the path they might wanted MEJIBRAY to take.
It is a fact that Koichi was not feeling free as an artist, everyone who was pretty inside his tweets and posts and always could understand what he meant with the things he shown… can agree with this. He was not satisfied for a long time ago. Their label cut his legs an amount of times in his proposals, still we barely know about it.
When you get a bunch of shit over and over again and you are constantly being oppressed to not do or say or move or whatever, there comes a day that everything blows up. You are a human being, not a puppet neither less a machine. Since this situation comes for so long… there was about time to his middle finger being taken seriously. Not that he doesn’t care about MEJIBRAY (oh dear, each member cares so much with this band that lot of people can’t even imagine) or fans… but you can’t work and produce good things if you are feeling oppressed neither if you are seeing the path of your band going for a way that is totally the opposite of your desires.
MEJIBRAY were not designed to be a Capitalist band. And is a fact that they were being pressed to do some things that sucks a lot of money from fans. – Don’t try to contradict it because only a blind man can’t see it. As Koichi, I love the truth. Things must be said. – And so, they were being pressed as well to create and release in full speed. God damn it… look to their pace since 2015 to 2017. I lost the count of all the things they released – singles and MVs, DVDs, Special Editions of this, that and the other that, Limited editions, etcetcetc. And let’s not talk about the crazy compacted tours and so on. But… isn’t all that a good thing to a band? Isn’t that a good signal that they are growing in visibility? Depends if you want to make or not good contents instead of just make money as also still have some good physical and mental healthiness.
Imagine to being trapped in your own head. Creativity and life pulses inside your veins, you need to make things happen, they can’t be just in your head anymore. Imagine feeling pressed to do something you don’t want and something you totally disagree with. You hold it for some time, enough time. You also try to hide your feelings. You try to be like another person just to hold everything a bit more.
You kind of learn to shapeshift yourself.
As a trickster.
That outwits your enemies.
But, there is not any ‘a bit more’. The time of change came.
The time of