Only Star Magazine (2009.07): Part 2
Interview with Oristar (Only Star) 2009.07.27 (No. 28-1500)
■ A letter from our readers: “When you first started your ero-talk, did your management company say anything to you?” (Aichi Prefecture 愛知縣, 14 years old female)
F: Not at all. Up to now, my management company has never exercised any restriction on what I say, not once. “That idiot is talking about the things he likes, it’s useless saying anything to him” that’s what they’re probably thinking. Like both “AllNightNippon” and FM radio, I’ve hosted for almost 20 years now.
■ Even if you wanted to change now, you probably won’t be able to do it. But to a certain extent, men who are always engaging in naughty talk, tends to earn the trust of others. The first time I felt “I could believe in this person” was when I saw you on “Hey! Hey! Hey!” talking about how you picked up a (drunken) girl from the rubbish dump and carried her home.*1 You didn’t need to talk dirty all the time, but you kept on with it.
F: It’s useless, this type of talk (laugh).
■ It has its merits, doesn’t it?
F: None at all. Why do I say it ……Ah,… doesn’t it show I’m a bit wild?
■ But dirty talk is non-aggressive. You won’t end up hurting anyone.
F: Well, some of it can hurt. Like “Oh the girl I used to date…..” that type. But I wouldn’t touch those topics. My dirty talk is used solely for self-mockery.
■ In order to bring out the laughs.
F: Yes, that’s right! So jokes on my own lower body are very important. “What! Fukuyama-san is like that too!” people would think.*2 Up to now, in the entertainment world in Japan, there is no-one who would frankly talk about such things.
■ Even though you’re an artist, it’s not too good to engage in such talk as a musician, is it?
F: Yes. The people commissioned by big companies in their CMs wouldn’t publicly discuss their own size, it’s definitely not necessary.
■ Hahahaha! Because after such a confession, they won’t get invited to any more CMs! (laugh)
F: No more CMs for them. Probably only Takasu Clinic (高須クリニッ). *3
■ And they’ll have to wear turtlenecks (laugh). You enjoy doing things that don’t seem to have any merit in them, don’t you?
F: But, I think men have this mentality sometimes. What I mean is, they’re not always looking at the their gains and losses. You can say it’s a type of aesthetics, a manifestation of humanity.
■ But, for a regular on the attractive men rankings, you should have heard this often enough: “He shouldn’t be unpopular, should he?”
F: Oh yeah! Especially in the city centre, you won’t feel I’m popular at all. This is the image that’s projected out. And the more provincial you go, the stronger the image (you can get) of my popularity. Like a while back, the owner of a district pub I went to, said Lily (Franky)-san wasn’t as popular as me there. But if we were in Nakameguro (中目黑), Lily-san would be the more favoured one for sure. He’s a man of culture. If I want to be popular in Tokyo, I’ll have to join the cultural ranks too (laugh).
■ You mentioned Lily-san, in fact Fukuyama-san’s past has quite the same flavour as the movie “Tokyo Tower” (Tokyo Tower, Me & my Mom, and sometimes my Dad).
F: Ah ah. When I read the “Tokyo Tower” book, of course I was moved to tears too. But having said that, I think that is a very common story in Kyushu.
■ Having an irresponsible father.
F: Yes. There are many factories where people are engaged primarily in hard labour. Because you have that, you will also have red light districts, gambling places, and the yakuza who control everything behind the scenes.
■ And of course, people will be boozing.
F: That’s right. I think that’s quite normal. Like the scenes of harlem you see in American movies, or the lyrics you hear in John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero”. I used to think why would he want to write about those things? Weren’t they normal daily life? It was not until I arrived at Tokyo, that I discovered “Eh? There are different classes of lifestyle in Japan too.” And I thought I was just an ordinary guy, but I turned out to be someone from the lower class. (laugh)
■ You’d think “Heh? Don’t all fathers play mahjong every day?” (laugh)
F: Yes, yes. “You mean fathers should actually go out to work?” I’d think like that. (laugh) Although it’s not like Antonio Inoki-san’s “being foolish”, something so new would never have arisen within my realm of “common sense”, but I’m glad I was so stupid then. To come all the way to Tokyo just to play music, and then to go for a “10-movie audition” instead. Isn’t that the doings of a complete idiot? (laugh) Because I knew Amuse was the management company for the Southern All Stars, all I thought about was that it would be great if I could get a chance to talk to them about music some time. But it turned out to be a correct way of thinking, this “lack of common sense” of mine.
■ “If I had gone to a regular management company for bands, I wouldn’t have got to where I am today” like that.
F: Even now, I guess I’m still just as senseless. When I say “I want to do (something) this way”, they’d all reply with “But that could never sell, can it?” thinking I’m up to my strange ways again. This happens quite a lot. Like in the Only Star interview, I’d think “My ideas will definitely get pinched, so I’ll keep mum.” If someone does try them first, I’ll lose my rights to them.
■ Hahahaha! Then you mustn’t disclose them in the interview! (laugh)
F: Nope, I won’t talk, I won’t talk. (Because of his unconventional thinking) I’m just a fine line away from those dangerous people. Like when I’m watching the late night show “Onegai! Muscat” (おねがい！マスカット, Please! Muscat)*4, I see Rio-chan (AV actress) singing my “Squall”, and I’ve also watched Rio-chan’s AV movies. So even though we haven’t really dated, it feels fine to me if anyone were to say that we had!
■ You’ll earn people’s trust with that (unconventional thinking) too. In a nutshell, we won’t be seeing much changes in your way of thinking, going forward…..
F: Can’t change, it’s stuck. Although I had thought it did for a bit…..
■ It’s not bad if you can still keep at it when you’re 50.
F: That’s true. I’ll think “She doesn’t have a boyfriend! Because of my songs, she’s still singing them!” (laugh)
~To be Continued~
*1 The related translation is here.
*2 Masha is always joking about his own small size on his radio programme. They once discussed what to do if they’re stuck in traffic but desperately need to relieve themselves. Cups and bags were mentioned, but Masha said he’d have no problems using a bottle. Here is a transcript of another conversation in ANN Tamashii no Radio 2009.04.25. The rest of the translation of this broadcast is here (just scroll down).
*3 Takasu clinic is a well-known plastic surgery clinic in Japan. Home Page
*4 “Please Muscat” or “Onegai Muscat” (おねがい マスカット) is a Japanese TV variety show with a twist. It first started airing in April 2008. In the show which follows the standard late night TV formula, instead of mainstream celebrities and talent, it features famous JAV idols and gravure idols who sing pop songs, perform comedy skits and compete in eye candy competitions against their peers.
Translated from Fukuyama Honne (Articles 6790 and 6820), with reference to the original article.
This English translation was first posted on MashaPlus [dot] Info Forums. (Registration required to enter.)