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13 February 2011 @ 07:08 pm

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Translator: encoded_panties
Photoshop: telopathique 

[Vol. 69] Communication

Yamapi, who enjoyed the sense of unity with the NEWS members and the audience during the dome tour. Episodes of his foreign friends, who have a different way of speaking and grew up in a different environment, and also stories on his beloved music as a shared communication tool around the world.

Since it’s been a while since we’ve done a concert as NEWS, I figured even just being backstage would be lively and fun. When doing solo work, you’re all by yourself when you’re backstage too, but when you’re with a group there’s bound to be someone to talk to. Backstage we do nothing but tell really rubbish stories like “Shige’s really like an only child, isn’t he?” Being an only child, he hasn’t experienced having to compete with siblings, so he has a sense of freedom. See, he hasn’t had to fight over television channels or anything. Because I have a little sister, I’ve sat through Sailor Moon, even though I really didn’t want to see it. I really didn’t get what was so interesting about that…

Doing the concerts this time, I had the renewed feeling that it’s important that we ourselves enjoy it. If we didn’t feel that way, nothing would take off, right? In the MC we also play around with Massu’s funny points and so on. Being able to communicate with the audience is the real thrill of concerts. I wonder if it’s because we shared the air of enjoyment with the audience who came to see us, that we got even more enjoyment. This time around we also rode a big balloon gondola to feel closer to the guests high up in the stands. To be honest, I wasn’t told beforehand that we’d be going that high and in the middle of a song I heard a voice in my earphone saying “and now we’ll be rising further”. “Eh!!” I thought, shocked. When I think about it calmly, that height was quite scary. But during concerts I’m less afraid than usual. It must be the rush of adrenalin!!

Rather than calling or mailing my friends, I prefer to talk to them in person. But lately I’m busy with listening to music and haven’t seen them at all. You see, when I listen to music I want to listen to it properly through my headphones. When I listen to it over and over, that alone gives me the feeling that the variety of sounds within me increases. I listen to different kinds of music and the more patterns I recognize, the more I can bring them out when I compose song myself, and when the staff requests it, I can give them a more concrete image. Also, because we’re on the expressive side, we have the feeling that if we don’t know the latest music, we won’t be convincing. First of all, I listen to it until the chorus and decide whether it’s a song that I like. If I don’t like it, I skip it and move on to the next song. Because my way takes time in any case, when I get home or when I take a bath, I’m always listening. Although it’s not waterproof, I take my music player into the bathroom and stuff. One of these days it might stop working because of the humidity. (lol)

In the case of Japanese people, when we’re having a conversation you can anticipate how what the other is saying will end, right. However, when I talk to my foreign friends, they occasionally say things I wasn’t expecting and surprise me. For example, some time ago a friend of mine asked me “Where’s the fridge?”, so I thought he might be thirsty and asked him “What’d you like to drink?” Then he was like “I don’t need anything”. I wonder if he was just interested in the location of the fridge. I was like “Eh?! What’s this all about?!” and didn’t get it at all, but it seems that’s also a cultural difference. Also, when we were going to eat dinner, when I asked “Do you eat meat?”, to confirm, he expressed himself way too directly with, “It’s the best! Isn’t it obvious I eat it? Are there even people who don’t like meat?!” and so forth. Among my Japanese friends there’s no one who would express themselves so straightforwardly. I think it’s because the environment we were raised in was different, that we’re different in these things too. When I’m watching foreign news broadcasts, too, compared to countries where they show emotion fiercely, Japanese people have good manners. I mean, they’re polite. However, when I listen to the stories of Japanese people living in the West, it seems a lot of them find living over there easier. Although there’s the consideration that reading more in the other’s words is a characteristic of Japanese people, they might feel that’s confining.

What I’ve come to feel since I’ve become an adult, is that the hierarchical relations of the senior/junior system are important. When I was young and also doing stuff like karate and baseball, I was scared of all the senior students. When I look at myself from a junior’s point of view, I don’t think I’m that scary. Because I was afraid of seniors when I was in the lower position, I also felt bad for the juniors, but when I think about it now that might have been a bit of a mistake. You can’t only be gentle, sometimes you also have to be strict for the juniors’ sake. After all, children who don’t know the fundamentals of greetings or good manners are no good. That’s true whoever you are facing, but because they’re fellow human beings who grew up in a completely different environment, communication is difficult. I think what’s important is the determination to understand the other, and to open your own heart. If you do that, you’ll feel like you can behave naturally with anyone.

P. Photo: Me in Motion

It's me in motion. Isn't this inadvertantly the first? Me in motion.
abtomatabtomat on February 14th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
his examples of cultural differences are interesting...thank you!!
midorilovermidorilover on February 14th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
musicfanmrcmusicfanmrc on February 14th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
YAY! Thanks for sharing another one! :-)
hitomebore08hitomebore08 on February 14th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
thanks ...I enjoyed reading this.. ^_^
"children who don’t know the fundamentals of greetings or good manners are no good."
nara_heiwanara_heiwa on February 14th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
tks =)
릭셩 사랑: pifaricsyung on February 14th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
i love the colours of the shots.

his wordings are careful and well-thought. <3
i especially like the part where he said he likes to focus when he listens to music. i'm similar. XD

thanks a lot for this! ^^
docz85docz85 on February 14th, 2011 04:44 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for translating etc! :D

I hope those differences won't make him change (badly). I like Japanese culture just the way it is. :)
Harulil_footprints on February 14th, 2011 09:38 am (UTC)
thank you !!! :D
petite_miampetite_miam on February 14th, 2011 09:57 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing.
bellemainecbellemainec on February 14th, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
thanks for sharing, interesting to see Pi's thoughts about backstage differences in concerts...and how scary it would have been to suddenly hear that the gondolas were going *higher*!!!
tasaneedesutasaneedesu on February 14th, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
Real YamaPi!!

Thanks for translation!!
lovejgslovejgs on February 14th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
thanx for transalation ^^
curiosity_sancuriosity_san on February 14th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!!!!!
smapfansmapfan on February 15th, 2011 04:08 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for translating! ;-)
Karenkaren5535 on February 15th, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
thanks for translating :)
rustydawnrustydawn on February 15th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
thankyou for this
he's really thoughtful and polite
altho some of his frens are different from him
but he doesnt judge them but take it from another pov
miyamapi: YAMAPI SMELLS FINGER :Pmiyamapi on February 15th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much! He's a very interesting person!
yttenaidyttenaid on February 16th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
He has a point about the cultural differences, it's really interesting the way he thinks ^^
But.... He didn't like Sailor Moon!!! Oh my dear Pi that's in my top five animes!!! lol
momopiimomopii on February 16th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
I love everything he said..
interesting...he is a good guy..lol..XD

thank you,as always...^__^
izzy_isabel_ on February 16th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
thank you for the translation. interesting to see his thoughts on things. but i have to disagree on one thing though...Sailor Moon was awesome.
evondanielevondaniel on February 16th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
thank you
Triskelljtriskell on February 16th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot
snow_meowsnow_meow on February 17th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
thank you for sharing the file and transalation
pinkuberrypinkuberry on April 8th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for sharing <3
I love him!
michiyo_7michiyo_7 on September 6th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you for translating!