More Magazine (2009.05): Part 2
Talking about endeavours, I wanted to ask him about ‘love’ and ‘marriage’ at 40 years old. Perhaps he’s already sick of this question, he must have been asked about it in every interview.
F: “No, no. I guess that’s already a fixed part of ‘Fukuyama Masaharu’s entertainment career’. (laugh) If you didn’t ask me, I’d feel dejected. My passion and love of the opposite sex has not changed, it has in fact increased.(laugh) It’s true, regarding this matter, I have very clearly understood 2 things now.
First, ‘It’s alright for people to pass through periods of time without being in love.’ In reality, I’ve been through such intervals too, and I’ve gradually come to understand that to men, love is a necessity; love is happiness. It actually takes a very long time to make a man understand that, because most of us do not put love in the first place. When women’s magazines say things like ‘Sex makes you pretty’; ‘Love makes you even more beautiful’, doesn’t it mean that ‘Life cannot be without love’? Well, I believe that even women can do fine without being in love occasionally. Perhaps, it is because of these blank periods that we shall be able to love someone earnestly (when we have the chance).”
Another thing was “When it comes to love and marriage, the female view is absolutely right.”
F: “I think most women will be able to understand this. Women can instinctively tell between the ‘love type’ and ‘marriage type’ (in men) right? That is really an awesome ability. Men are stupid creatures. When they are (I was) young, once they know that a women thinks this way (thinks of love and marriage separately), they would look down on her. Men usually believe that marriage comes eventually after love. But I guess ‘love is love’; ‘marriage is marriage’ is the true answer.
And luckily at 40 years old now, I have trained myself all these years, so that I can have a relationship with ladies of any age. Just like Antonio Inoki-san6 says, “I can accept a challenge from anyone, anytime!” (laugh)
Finally, I want to ask one more question. How does he see Japan and the Japanese society now? He doesn’t use larger-than-life speeches about how the world should be, rather we can see from his songs how he honestly thinks about the issues which are close to his heart. His newest creation “Michishirube” (theme song for “News Zero”) is a song which openly addresses core values like ‘family’ and ‘the continuity of life’.
F: “In today’s Japan, the so-called value of ‘happiness’ seems to have taken on a different meaning. In the consumer-dominated society we had not so long ago, only people who could afford to spend were deemed to be a symbol of happiness. Those were the days, when we hear terms like “Winner” and “Celebrity” being used all the time. Of course, monetary flow is essential to an economy, but today, this type of talk seems to have been “expended” and no longer exists.
So, without looking at consumption, what would be the value of happiness for me? I think it should be ‘to love the people around me’, the people whom I can reach, to make them smile and feel happy. And because of the different nature of my work, the people around me whom I can reach would cover a slightly wider scope (than normal). I guess we would talking about the scale of the Yokohama Arena! (laugh) As for the readers (of More), the people around you would first include your family; lover and friends, right? To cherish the people close to us, that’s a very important matter! I’m sure you all would understand this simple truth, if everyone could make an effort to do it, we’d really have a peaceful world then.”
And it is because he has been through different types of experiences himself, that he can now compellingly talk about what he’s learnt.
F: “In a nutshell, it is very important that I can dedicate myself to this work. As I had mentioned in the beginning, I have always considered the end of “Fukuyama Masaharu” (the artist), there are no everlasting festivities (he will not remain popular forever). I have understood this from the very start. There is nothing I can do if it (my artistic life) really comes to an end. But, I have the support of my fans now and it is because of your support that I can still continue in this industry. This is a bit different from “life and death”, but it does feel like I can survive to this day, only because of you all (his fans). You are the reason I am still able to do this job today.
This feeling has grown stronger with each year, so regardless of what I am doing, as long as it is something that I need to do, I will commit to it with ‘youthful passion’. And I will endeavour to give happiness to anyone around me whom I can reach. Perhaps this has always been my ongoing mission all along.
I’m 40 this year and I’ll be holding a 400,000-audience concert tour, the biggest in Fukuyama-history. In order to touch the hearts of these 400,000 people, I need to do it with a passion stronger than all of theirs added together. As always, I intend to take up this challenge in the same way ‘as if it were my last’ “.
~ The End ~
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