ANN Tamashii no Radio (2009.05.30) - Budokan
Did you come to the Live at the Budokan? Oh …..it was really fun! I could see you were extraordinary, and you were all in such high spirit.
Did you see it? The spotlights on me, I was all wet. How did that happen…..at first I thought it was because I was getting old. You know how some people cannot take the heat once they grow older? I was thinking: was I getting old?
So after the concert, I went to the stage director: “The stage was really hot today, was it just me?”
He answered, “Yeah, it’s probably just Fukuyama-san (who felt that way).”
I asked him why? Apparently the stage spotlights were too near. Because it’s a centre stage, the lights had to be very very close to the stage. Oh that heat is no small matter! And with the people standing, that’s 15,000! The cheering from above was incredible….I have a crick in the neck now. (laugh)
After the concert, my acupuncturist had to put in a lot of needles! That’s why I didn’t get to leave until very late. Without acupuncture after a concert, I wouldn’t be able to do the next day. My thighs and lower legs were all swollen. To be honest, because I had to stay in the centre (stage), there was no rest for me this time. So, the stylist had to come out and fix me up (on stage) during the videos. And I saw myself in the different TV clips and media reports thereafter….that “Ramen hair”….
Oh, my Ramen hair on the first day…..I sweat too much and there was salt all over me. I couldn’t stand it! That’s why I tied it up on the second day. So on Day 1, my hair looked like noodles. On Day 2, tied up, I looked just like Kimimaro-san*, really I did!
Because I couldn’t stand the heat on Day 1, I suggested to the stage director: “It’s too hot, can you turn those spotlights away so they don’t shine on me directly?”
He said, “No no!, You look more kakkoi that way!”
So…..on the next day…….under those lights, I started thinking I was grilled meat. (laugh). It’s really hot, next time you go stand there and try it yourself! (talking to Souguchi-san). But it couldn’t be helped. I’m sure the audience felt hot too!
I also want to say, the towel is not just for “Keshin”, you can use it for any song anytime. The people who come to my concerts usually take it very seriously, they dress for the occassion and put on sexy underpants. They might think the towel is only used for “Keshin”, so they would wait - is it time for “Keshin” yet? When is he going to sing it? When it’s time, they would start to do the moves and when it ends, they would immediately hang it back on their necks or pack it up ever so nicely. That’s amazing ! How should I say it…..
It’s a bit like when we H and she’d fold her panties up neatly first. It’s very touching! Aww……she’s folding up her panties (laugh) (Izumi:…….) Did you all wear sexy underpants (to the concert)? We had a deal, remember? (previous ANN broadcasts)
Basically, the chorus is where you start swinging the towel. You have to do it together. And at the last “Keshin-n” on the “n”, you should throw it in the air. You don’t have to! If you think you can catch it back, then give it a try! If you’re not very good at it, the towels might get mixed up. I was thinking you should customize them, like write your name on it? (laugh) You could even embroider something on it. That’s a good way too! Say, on the circle around the “Fuku” word, or on the 元祖 (ganso, original) word so on. Or maybe we can even hold a “Personalized Towel Competition”!
On living with family:
Oh I envy that a lot! They have Mom to cook for them. It’s ….so different for me! My life at home……sometimes I fall asleep on the table…….feeling drowsy after dinner, I just nod off there. (laugh) That was what happened last night….then I felt so cold, and woke up.
When I got home last night (after the concert)……that pile of dirty clothes (laugh)……such a big pile(laugh). Some can be put in the dryer and some can’t, right? They’d shrink……..No, it’s not the dryer, it’s what you need to do after the washing (that’s a nuisance). The washing machine takes about an hour. I thought I could wait for another hour before I go to bed. But after dinner and a bit of wine, I just fell asleep at the table…..until “So cold!” then I woke up. I just slept on the table like that! Then I remembered the washing, “Oh no! Has it finished yet?!!”……
So I checked it out as I went to brush my teeth, separated those that needed to be hung up and those that could go in the dryer, and started it. After that, I finally went to bed……..
And all that time I was thinking, “Give me back my Budokan~~~”. It’s such a pain that I have to do these things. Yes, just a while earlier, I was saying “See you next time!” to the people at the Budokan, but back at home, I get so cold I’d be trembling (laugh)……and need to do the laundry (laugh)…..at that moment I felt I’d rather be dead! (laugh)….(Sou-chan: Don’t you even think about it!!)
Although there are floor cleaning i-robots, there aren’t any laundry robots who could separate the wash clothes into dryer and non-dryer!
After the volunteers from the Nagasaki Young Generation Association came up last week, many listeners wrote in to say that they have started to cherish their hometown more and want to do something for it.
All these good intentions! Of course there’s nothing bad in performing good deeds. You should do it without delay as well, that’s the same in whatever you do. It doesn’t matter if people call you a hypocrite, your good intentions wouldn’t ever change. Contributing to your hometown is always a good thing. So it’s great that you have this intention. And to be able to tell people about it, is an exhibition of your maturity. Adults enjoying what they do, and by letting others see that, their actions can influence the younger generation. I feel it’s very important (for young people) to have a belief that “I want to be an adult like him/her(a role model).”
It’s probably not very nice that I should say this, but when I was in Nagasaki, I never had that feeling. Perhaps my viewpoint and perspectives were too narrow at that time. Now of course, my way of thinking has totally changed.
* Ayanokoji Kimimaro (綾小路きみまろ) is a well known comedian in Japan.
The Budokan was really very hot and stuffy those first 2 nights. I sweat a lot and felt a bit like I couldn’t breathe. I can imagine how much harder it must have been for Masha under all those stage lights. He was fanning himself non-stop when the videos were being shown.