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Yaotome Hikaru Saturday Johnny’s
Nikkan Sports 08/08/2020
Continuing on from last year, we’ve been able to appear in “Here and There Suzu-san” again. We heard from a girl that “My aunt was a spy” and we went out on location to investigate. These days, teenaged girls are into tapioca, but during the war they were spies for their country… When we dug down deeper we were able to find all kinds of different things about that time, it’s really very interesting.
Now that I’m more of an adult, I can’t express anything about the war, and I think that’s quite sad. At a glance, I think that the war is something we think about in a formal sense, but in this show, we talk about the realities, and I think that we can gain information about what it was like to experience it happening right before your eyes. I’m not especially intelligent, but even though it’s a small introduction, I want to express these things to the viewers and listeners.
When I hear stories about all the different things that happened during the war, it makes me want to be thankful for my everyday life. Due to the impact of the novel corona virus, the current situation is also changing and it makes me think about all kinds of different things. Now, the smallest things have turned into things that bring amazing happiness. Even on NHK Radio 1’s “Rajira! Saturday”, before it was normal to do it once a week, but once isolation ended and we resumed the live broadcasts I thought “Ah, I’m so happy” when my voice was able to reach everyone again.
It’s little by little, but we are resuming our group work as well, and we were able to safely release our new song “Last Mermaid…” and the DVD and Blu-ray of last year’s tour. Maybe it feels like the speed has been slower than before, but we haven’t been stopped.
The world is in a bit of a bad way, but this pause, it’s like we’ve definitely been given something like an opportunity, and so that we don’t run away, I want to bring you entertainment in the Hey! Say! JUMP way! I imagine life as a continuous workout. At the moment it’s a top class workout (laughs). The inconvenience is convenient. I want to live in an even better way by turning things on their head and taking hold of that.
Recording for Fuji TV’s “Itadaki High Jump”. Lately, we finally had recording with all eight of us. We have clear, acrylic screens between us, so when we talk, but especially when the people on the ends are talking to each other, our voice’s really don’t travel and I can’t hear anything.
This thing that is a combination of a selfie stick and a camera tripod. When I’m having remote drinks and things, it really, really is my favourite item.
Solo camping. I’ve been into it for a number of years, but I think there are people out there who will think I’ve changed, I’ve kept it a secret for almost two years (laughs). At this time I was making garlic fish, early that morning I made pasta with flavour that came out of the seafood. Listening to the sounds of nature makes me happy.
Outside my dressing room for NHK’s “Saturday Studio Park #Here and There Suzu-san Special”. It’s been over five years now since we started “Rajira! Saturday”, but they were even kinder than I ever imagined, I used the think the NHK we’re formal and stiff but now my image of them has changed.