Here’s the master post for the February 2021 Hikapaper Question Dojo! I hope he answers all your questions! Updates will be added to the bottom each time
Q. Yapo Hikaru-kun! Thank-you for opening the question board for the seventh time. I imagine Hikaru-kun as someone who wakes up early, but what time did you wake up today?
A. Yapo! Today I woke up about 9am! That’s pretty much the average time I wake up!
Q. Hello Hikaru-kun! In Winter time, my throat often hurts because of the dry air, but what do you do to prevent your throat drying out, Hikaru-kun??
A. It’s fine in the living room, but I set the humidity to about 60-70 in the bedroom when I sleep!
When I do this, I rarely wake up with a sore throat!
Q. Please tell me how you recommend spending time in the bath!
A. I’m the type that listens to loud music!
And I guess those audio book things?
I listen to people reading novels etc out loud!
And my picks on smash. too
Q. Hello busy Hikaru-kun, thank-you so much for opening the Question Dojo ♪ I’m really happy ♪ You always wear typical coloured contacts, do you ever have days where you wear natural coloured contacts?? I’m a little curious so I thought I’d ask ☆
A. I’m currently looking for some natural ones, but there are usually only a lot of the typically colourful contacts!
I wear what I feel like on the day!
Q. Hello Hikaru-kun! When you’re reading a book, Hikaru-kun, do you read paper books? Or do you read e-books?
A. I buy both paper and ebooks~!
If I go to a book store, I always end up buying at least one book!
Q. Was it difficult to make the apple that you made on the Hirunandesu DIY corner? I also want to try making something out of resin so please tell me what it was like!
A. It wasn’t difficult at all, but I exposed it to a UV? to harden it, so I don’t know if you’d be able to make something without this machine~! But it was really fun!
Q. Hello Hikaru-kun! Even though you’re busy at work, you always update your Hika Paper, and you create opportunities to interact with the fans like this question board… and not just that, you enjoy hobbies like solo camping and playing bass, you must be really great at using your time effectively and I respect that. At the same time, I’m curiosu as to how you always find time to do these things while you’re working…!? I’m worried that you don’t get enough sleep ( ; ∀ ; ) (Lol) What does your time schedule look like on a typical day, Hikaru-kun?
A. Um~ As far as work goes, I enjoy having a packed schedule~.
It’s hard to find free time,
But when I have a day off, I’m kind of disappointed Lol
I’m more comfortable when I have a full day of things to do!
Q. Spring will be here before we know it, but is there anything you want to do before Winter ends, or anything you want to do before Spring comes?
A. Of course I wanted to do a Winter camp, but I couldn’t this year! Since I’m not really alone on Yaotome’s Forest Lol
I wanted to go on a relaxed, solo Winter camp!
Q. Hello Hikaru-kun! I live on my own, but lately I got a pet hedgehog! He has an anxious and easily frightened personality, but now he will let me hold him and he goes for indoors walks and we can play together, he’s really healing, I can’t stand how cute he is every single day! By the way, I named him “Hikaru”. I know you’re not great with pets, Hikaru-kun, but have you ever held a hedgehog before?
A. Woah~! Hedgy Hika seems so cute!
I’ve seen hedgehogs in pet shops before, but I don’t think I’ve ever held one? Maybe?
If I took my time to hold it I’m sure it would be fine!
It sounds nice!
Q. Hello! Are you good at tying your shoelaces, Hikaru-kun? I’m not, even though I’m older than you are (>_<)
A. Shoelaces?? Sometimes, but these days there are videos,
Videos of undoable knots and stuff,
Check them out! There are so many different ways to tie them that even just watching the videos is fun!
Q. Thank-you for opening the Question Dojo again this year Hikaru-kun! Every year I hear stories about you going on your first shrine visit of the New Year, but when you go Hikaru-kun, are you the type that takes a fortune, or buys an ema board or charms?? When I have something very important coming up, I will always draw an ema board! I’m too scared of what the result of the fortune will be so I rarely take one Lol
A. For some reason or other I take a fortune!
Because no matter what the result is I always grab onto the positives! Lol
If I get “Good Luck” then it makes me yappi!
If I get “Bad Luck” or just “Ok Luck” then I think “The only way is up!”
Q. What colour do your fans have to you, Hikaru-kun?
A. Aren’t my fans yellow too??
You’ve always had such yellow voices!
t/n: “yellow voice” in Japanese is a way to describe a high pitched, shrill voice
Q. Hikaru-kun, you always bring me happiness with your smile! Thank-you! My son will be starting middle school this Spring. He’s very spoilt and still sleeps with his father even now. Hikaru-kun is a youngest child, but were you spoilt too?
A. I was super spoilt! For me, I had four older siblings, so if there was time to be spoilt, I was spoilt! Lol So, now, I understand how it feels when I spoil my Juniors, and I think it’s great that I’m a youngest child!
Q. Thank-you for all of your hard work. I know coffee is your favourite, Yaotome-kun, but what is your next most favourite drink?
A. After coffee, this is pretty normal but, it’s Japanese green tea!
I think about the anti-bacterial effects it has as I drink it!
Q. I get hurt easily so I’ve developed a strong sense of wariness, I’m anxious about falling in love with people, and I’ve developed an attitude towards others like “I’m scared that they’ll reject me” or “They’ll get tired of spending time together…”. Truly I want to make friends not acquaintances, but I’m worried about how to connect well with others and I don’t know what to do ( ; ; ) Please tell me, from your point of view, what would your advice be, Hikaru-kun, please!
A. I’m the kind of person that overthinks things and has trouble getting along with others too, so when someone suddenly appears who I can speak to naturally without thinking about anything, then I think, “Oh! I get on really well with this person and over time we’re sure to become friends!”
I don’t think that finding friends is something you should rush into!
They’ll appear when the timing suits YOU!
Q. If you could only take one thing to a deserted island, what would you take, Hikaru-kun?
A. My camping rucksack!
Is that cheating? Lol
Q. Thank-you for opening the question board! I don’t particularly like pineapples or anything, but I love the way “pineapple baby” sounds and I use it in all kinds of situations. Is there a word that you like even though there’s no real reason why, Hikaru-kun?
A. I get you~! This is one of those “there’s no meaning to it but I just love the feel of it” words!
Um, I’ve done this ever since I was a kid, I say what’s in my head,
But in Nintama Rantaro there’s a sound effect when he clenches his fists and if you say it with your mouth it sounds something like “dotekapachikon!”, and I like it.
Dai-chan gets it, I think I remember telling him about it when we were little! Lol
Q. I’m planning to wear a suit for the first time at my upcoming high school entrance ceremony! Why did you wear a suit for the first time, Hikaru-kun?
A. Ah… Make sure you’re neat and tidy even down to your tie,
Once the day is over you’ll have memories of how stiff you were! Lol
But once you become an adult there are times when you wear a suit in comfortable situations too!
Q. Right now, I really feel like eating pasta… What kind of pasta do you like, Hikaru-kun?
A. I generally get pepperoncino or when I feel like pasta, I like napolitan!
As long as it’s spicy I like anything!
Q. Thank-you for opening the question board, Hikaru-kun! I have something I’d like to consult Hikaru-kun about. In the last year I have stopped exercising as much and now my shoulder and hips get stiff easily. My body is stiffer than it used to be so I tried doing stretches but I’m lazy and it hurt so I gave up straight away. I feel like I’d be able to do better if Hikaru-kun would give me some words of motivation! I don’t mind whether your words are harsh or kind. (If I had to choose, I’d say I’m the type of person that grows from praise Lol) Thank-you for your help, Hikaru-kun!
A. Uh, I think a lot of people have been worrying about this during the stay home period though!
Even if it’s small and poky, come up with some kind of exercise you can do at home, do it quickly, and you’ll discover something new, do it quickly, and by just doing this, for some reason or other, exercising will become fun!
That’s all for today!
Yapo-!! ( ･ิϖ ･ิ )っ🍎 Warm, fuzzy apple.
Q. What kind of sky to you like to look at, Hikaru-kun?
A. Woah~! What a Ghibli-style question!
The sky I like to look at is one with those three-dimensional clouds that look like they’re out of a picture, when I stare up at these I feel like they look like CG three-dimensional clouds! And I like the beautiful blue sky!
Q. I think you’re the kind of person that gets up early in the morning, Hikaru-kun, but what time do you usually go to sleep? Also, I’m really bad at waking up, and the other day I woke up and didn’t even realise I had slept in, and I ended up being late for school. Is there good way to wake myself up?
A. It depends what work was like the day before, but generally I get up early!
Only because when I have work in the evening, I don’t want to miss out on the free time to do all of the personal things I want to do!
But I’m the same as you, when I was at school I didn’t sleep in that much, but I was late!
For some reason or other all we do when we’re students is sleep and sleep… Lol
There is nothing good about being late,
But being late and making mistakes like this are lessons for the future!
Let’s both do our best to have early mornings!
Q. Hello Yaotome-kun. I’m a mother who is always giving my support to JUMP with her daughter! Yaotome-kun, please tell us your top five favourite “seasonal side dishes”
A. Mother! Thank-you!
My favourite seasonal side dish,
Is the mushroom seasoned rice you get in Spring!
I know you asked for side dishes, sorry for the sudden outburst Lol
But if I ignore the side dish part then my favourite is the seasoned rice you get in Spring! Not just with mushrooms, but with mixed ingredients too!
In Summer, it’s somen noodles! It’s fun to eat them with dipping sauce and lots of different toppings!
They’d often make them for me when I was a kid, and my mother would curl them up into bite sized portions for me, and they’re easy to eat, and you can choose the kind of dipping sauce and toppings that you want because there’s all kinds of different ways you can eat them,
I think about the different variations every day and I love eating them!
I don’t really know much about Autumn as a season, but there’s eggplant sliced in half and baked with ginger and soy sauce!
This is one of my mum’s specialty dishes, I love it!
For Winter, it’s stew!
By stew I mean just regular stew,
But it’s the kind of thing that you only eat in Winter, and it’s the food that gives me a sense of the Winter season, so I love it!
Also, hot dogs!
They’re best simply with a bit of salt and pepper, but when I was at school, and I got to ask my mum what I wanted in my lunch box, I’d say “If there’s hot dogs in there I’ll still eat them no matter how much rice there is!”
Please make sure to show your child the skill of their mother’s delicious cooking too!
Q. You were talking about a mistake you made in a text on your 2-minute Radio the other day, and actually I’m struggling with my phone at the moment too (Lol) I don’t text which is awkward and it’s not something I’m happy about, but I’m happy to hear that you’re the same as me, Hikaru-kun. I am absolutely useless with technology, but are any of the JUMP member’s useless with technology too?
A. It’s hard being the kind of person that makes mistakes on their smart phone!
The member that has a “useless with technology” image would be Yamada, perhaps? Even though he bought and set up his own notebook computer, and he loves games, he has this image of always being in a chaos of cords! Lol
I think that liking something and being good at something… are two different things! Lol
Q. Ya’ho! Thank-you for explaning (whoops, wrong kanji Lol) opening the Question Dojo! On the other hand! If there is a question that Hika would like to ask us, or if there’s something you’d like to talk to us about then you can ask anything! I washed my hands and gargled properly again today ^_^ !
Likewise, thank-you for asking me questions!
A reverse question!
I sleep pretty well at the moment, but I want to know what all of your best sleep routines are!
t/n: the fan wrote the kanji 解説 (kaisetsu) that means “explanation” instead of 開設(also kaisetsu) that means “open”.
Q. Is there any housework you get hung-up on, Hika?
A. The wet areas!
I hate it when things get slippery and wet (I really, super hate it!!) so I clean them every day before they can get all slippery and wet!
Q. Hikaru-kun! Congratulations on coming third in the Johnny’s Grip Strength Championship. Your grip strength was 55.7kg…! You’ve become over 10kg stronger than when you measured 45.4kg on School Kakumei last year. That’s amazing…! It seems like your grip strength has increased 10kg in about six months, I think you must have been training very hard, how cool~. Could it perhaps be a result of lifting all those heavy rocks, rolling tree trunks and carrying water like you’ve been doing to build Yaotome’s Forest!? Yaotome’s Forest is fun, I love it, it always heals my heart.
Q. Thank-you! I was surprised too! Lol
Yaotome’s Forest has probably played a big part, and I’ve been training at home for a while, so maybe it’s a temporary result?
But when I’m on location for Yaotome’s Forest, I’m holding things all day, like my axe, gripping, letting go, there’s a lot of work like that, so whenever we finish a location shoot I have the grip strength of a baby Lol
I’ll keep doing my best in Yaotome’s Forest from now on!
Q. How are you sitting right now, Hikaru-kun?
A. I’m leaning back in my desk chair, and relaxing as I write!
Q. Thank-you for your Question Dojo Hikaru-kun! I feel like Hikaru-kun is always so kind~, but do you have times that you think “I’m an evil person (smirk)”?? Lol I really love evil Hikaru-kun too. Please tell me if you can!
A. Likewise, thank-you for your questions!
An evil me~?
The best I can do, is from time to time, I don’t know exactly what jobs all of the members are currently working on,
I feel so guilty…!
Q. Hikaru-kun, you reopened the Question Dojo~! I’m so happy! Thank-you so much!!! I seem to have one of the most common last names in Japan so I really admire rare last names like Hikaru-kun’s “Yaotome” Lol. Is there anything great, or anything annoying about having a rare last name, Hikaru-kun?
A. Um, Yaotome does seem to be one of those names (I’ve never met anyone other than my family that have it)
But if there’s something annoying about it, it’s when I’m somewhere like the doctors and they call my name, it really stands out and I think it’s a little embarrassing!
So, lately I’ve been telling the reception desk to call me by my number! Lol
There’s also not many wait staff that know how to write it when they put my name down for a reservation, but I’m used to that!
If I were a waiter, I’d find it hard to write rare names too, I’d just think “No way!”.
Q. Hello Hikaru-kun! I think the word “yappi” that you use is cute, but is it a word you made by mixing “I did it” and “happy” together?
A. That’s exactly right!! YOU have good intuition!
t/n: “I did it” in Japanese is “yatta”. yatta + happy = yappi
Q. Hello Hika!! Even though I’m Hokkaidonese I hate the cold. Hika used to live in cold Tohoku, but are you strong against the cold? If you are how did you get so strong!?
A. Cold is cold! But if that’s the case then you need things that are not cold!
I know exactly what kind of clothes are not cold, and can prevent getting cold, I think this is something unique to people who grow up in Tohoku!
Q. Thank-you as always! Being Hikaru-kun’s fan is the greatest happiness. I really love Hikaru-kun’s dancing, but what genre of dancing do you like, Hikaru-kun?
The dancing I like now is kinda unique, I like dances that are a mixture of two different genres!
There’s a lot of dances these days that aren’t confined to just one genre, there’s a lot of creative mixtures like the bass of HIP HOP, and pop (my personal favourite),
It makes me glad that I am able to dance in a time like this!
Q. Thank-you for always bringing me such fun, Hikaru-kun! This is sudden, but a few months ago I got orthodontic braces. Up until now I hated smiling, no matter what photo I looked at I never smiled, and I realised I hated things that way, and made the decision. The goal is to put in the effort to get beautiful teeth and then go and see Hikaru-kun! It’s a selfish wish, but I’d like Hikaru-kun to cheer me on!!!!
A. They say that the transformation you go through with braces is harsh!
But I’m sure, that whether it’s the YOU before braces, or the YOU after braces, whichever smile I see would make me happy!
I think it will be hard, but it will be the best smile that YOU can imagine.
Show it to me one day, ok!
t/n: Idk why Hika’s talking generally like “They say…” at the start when he’s had braces too. He’s been through this first hand… Did he forget??
Q. I’m a first year nurse! Are you the type that can’t help looking at the needle when you’re having blood taken, or having an injection, Hikaru-kun?
A. Thank-you for becoming a nurse in a time like this!
I never look at injections! Lol
As a nurse please tell someone before you stab them!
I always say “Tell me when it’s out” as I’m looking the other way! Lol
It’s so scary… Lol cries
Q. If you went on a date Hikaru-kun, and you had the choice of an art gallery, an amusement park or an aquarium, which would you want to go to? I want to go to the aquarium. Please go on a date with me next time ♡
A. I’ll meet YOU at the aquarium then!
I want to see the clownfish!
Q. Do you have different preferences for your hairstyle depending on the work you’re doing, Hikaru-kun? When you’re in concert or on a music show it seems fluffed up, and when you’re on Hirunandesu it has a more casual feel to it!
A. That’s right! Rather than being dependent on the type of work, I change my hairstyle to match the mood of the song!
Q. Whenever I have a lot of things I need to do, I’m really bad at knowing which is best to start on and how to work efficiently. What should I do?
A. This is something I do too. Write a hand written To Do List on a sticky note, and stick is somewhere you can see it! Then do things one by one and you’ll feel great when the To Do List is all gone ❤
Q. Hello Hikaru-kun! The Hiruandesu Johnny’s Outfit Championship was really fun and interesting! If they choose three different people next time, who from which group would you like it to be? Please tell me if you can!
Ah! But I want to do it with the same line-up again!
It was certainly fun, Kiri-chan and Nakama-kun joined the company around the same time as I did so that was fun!
I want to get my revenge!
Q. Hikaru-kun! Please give some words of praise to all of the people who have given it their all again today! ♡
A. Everyone! I’ll give you loads more yappi apples from now on!
Well then surbaibi!
Yapo-!! ( ･ิϖ ･ิ )っ🍎 I sliced it up ready for you.