ANN (2009.09.26) & Suzuki TFM (09.27) - Extracts
Yanai-san *1 said to me on-site when we were shooting for the CM, “I guess if it’s Fukuyama-san, you probably won’t pay heed when you’re being told how good you look.” Of course I listen to it (laugh). But the reason why people will say it, is because in that environment, we have the hairstylist; the image designer; the lighting etc. These top professionals have all been assembled there to make me look good on camera. So it’d be pretty strange if they still can’t get a good shot of me.
I’d say, I’m a just a source material, like the Akashi Sea Bream (明石鯛魚, Akashi Tai)*2. When I’m praised for looking good, you’re not praising me personally. It’s the collective effort of a group of people which carries this CM through and it’s the ultimate creation which looks good. So even if they’re not praising me individually, this is what I think: it’s the completed piece of work that makes people feel attractive. The reason why they think it’s me, is because they’ve never seen how I look originally (laugh).
If I just walk out in some old pair of slacks, no make-up, messy hair, with just my guitar, using my normal tone of voice…..and so on, and if you still think I look cool, then I’ll be really convinced I’m good-looking. (laugh). And talking about good-looking, I can still remember the time I was introduced to Yuki Matsushita-san (松下由樹)*3, she had said to me “How do you do. Nice to meet you. Fukuyama-kun has good style.” I remember her words very well, because no-one has ever said that to me! And it came from an actress’ mouth! I thought “Eh? She said I had good style? How come?” I won’t ever forget what she said. I immediately felt “Tokyo is really some amazing place!” (laugh) “Even the way they commend people in Tokyo is different.” I thought I was in New York or something! (laugh). This wouldn’t have happened at home….and to come from an actress!!
You know, after the Olympics, there was a magazine interview with the women’s softball team’s Pitcher Ueno*4. She seems to have said something like “The Fukuyama-san we see on TV is better looking than the real person.” After that, we met at a year-end function last year. To celebrate their gold medal, the players were treated to yakiniku. Pitcher Ueno was also there. (laugh) So I asked her “…that was they wrote in the magazine, did you really say that?” “Yes I did” she said (laugh). What a truly good person she is! She’s so honest.
■ Letter from a listener, how long would you be wearing your old underpants before you get new pairs?
F: I hate tight underpants! The pair I’m wearing now are really very loose. Such that people will probably think “how can you still wear them?” I guess stars probably wouldn’t wear Calvin Klein, maybe D&G! And briefs rather than boxer shorts. For me, I’d expect that to be the type of underwear stars should wear, really they should! And yet, mine are… I’m a bit embarrassed to say (“sumimasen”)(laugh)
Basically my underpants are all the same style, I really can’t stand the tight ones. Don’t you feel they’re so hard to wear? Like you can’t breathe! (laugh) Maybe it’s all psychological. Well, on the stage, I’m “No Pants”. I take them off in the shower of the (backstage) dressing room before the show, when I change into my stage clothes. My long pants are made from stretchy elastic material, otherwise it’ll be hard to move around. I wear mountaineering socks, so my feet won’t get too tired.
My legs really feel worn out in the concerts! A while back, I had to have (acupunture) needles on the soles of my feet as well. Oh that was excruciating…..really painful! On the soles! The ankles often have needles inserted as well, right in between the small bones. It’s just agonizing! And on the head! And behind the neck!
■ Letter from a 42-year old housewife, her husband always ignores what she says. To make him listen, she would cover up his left ear. Of course that wouldn’t work. Lately, she’s been writing notes to him, but he just throws them away. She’s already given up, but would like to ask housewife Masako*5 why men never listen?
F (M): Allow me to be frank! There’s just too much being communicated! I think that should be it. The messages you want to pass to him, could be prioritised according to importance, like very important; important; general; fine-if-you-forget. Then you can select the information you want your partner to know or remember. Perhaps it’s because there were too many mesages, that it sounds like everything is the same. I’m afraid men are like that.
So how much should I remember of the things I’m being told, I can’t be sure myself. Maybe women may feel that everything they say are important, but men would think about the order of importance as they make a choice of what to remember. “OK I have to remember this bit.” “Oh that…in the bin.” I guess this is more or less the case.
Masaharu-san he……cannot remember what women say at all. But he recalls every single thing related to work. Like the day and month of the recording; which take it was; that he has to add this in over here….etc, everything. But his conversations with women, he forgets almost all of them. That’s why he will ask women the same question many times. “Where are you from?” “How old are you?” and so on. That’s the way Masaharu-san is, he just can’t keep it in.
I guess Masaharu-san can’t remember the name of this show’s producer Fujimura-san (藤村さん) (laugh)….they’ve known each other for 9 years and he can’t remember his name!……And Imanami-san’s (今浪さん) name is Yusuke (祐介)*6. Not because of Imanami-san himself, but because his mother kept saying to everyone backstage at Masaharu-san’s concert “Please take good care of our Yusuke!” That is why he can remember the name Yusuke. If it weren’t for that, Masaharu-san would probably think his name is Kenji! Because he looks like a Kenji (laugh).
~ Extract from ANN Tamashii no Radio (2009.09.26) and Suzuki Talking FM (2009.09.27) ~
*1 Yanai Michihiko is a well known Creative Personality in Japan. His roles include copywriter, CM planner and Creative Director. He established the magazines “Wind & Rock” (風とロック), “Tokyo FM 80.0”, “No Music No Life” etc and was the man behind a number of CMs like Masha’s FujiFilm “Photo Is”.
*2 Akashi Sea Bream is commonly considered as the king among fishes in Japan, and is a prime delicacy. More information
*3 Matsushita Yuki - More information
*4 Ueno Yukiko - More information
*5 Housewife Masako is Masha’s alter ego in the Suzuki Talking FM radio show. He pretends to be a housewife and answers letters from a woman’s perspective. Listeners actually write in to ask Masako for her advice. She’s said to be one of the funniest segments in TFM.
*6 Imanami Yusuke is Masha’s co-host in the Suzuki Talking FM radio show on Sunday afternoons.