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03 May 2012 @ 10:09 am
Yamashita Tomohisa: 0409 Vol. 87  

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Vol. 87 "Worldview"
How does Yamapi, who has been working in the unique environment of the entertainment industry since he was a kid, see the world? He told us of his experiences in America that changed his way of thinking and revamped his worldview.


     I'm aware of how unique my job is, but as a child I didn't know any different. For one thing, there is no set schedule. I don't think it's very good for the human body, but I don't think about it much. It's become normal for me. As I've grown up, I've slowly realized the importance of watching what I say, and taking responsibility for it. Whenever you gain something, you must give up something as well. Just like to get better grades, you have to cut back on your free time. It's possible to learn things while you're having fun, but it's not very efficient to try to learn something when you're laughing with your friends. People who live in the middle of nature have to learn how to ride a horse and farmers have to learn how to raise crops. It's always necessary to make an effort, even within a job you like. Recently, I've made an effort to read more books. I pick up a lot more genres than before, such as suspense novels. 

     Every time I had previously been to America, I went to the most popular, cutting-edge cities like New York and LA, but when I traveled the small towns along Route 66, the acquaintances I made were such regular people. It's a lot like Japan, you know. People usually focus only on Tokyo, but there is a country lifestyle as well. Even in such a small country like Japan, there are differences in speech, food, and other things between Tokyo and other areas. I thought America would be different, but it's actually pretty much the same. The basic necessities for human life are eating, sleep, gathering food, and leaving descendants. The key to growing as a human being could be hidden within these basics. 

     During my trip, I spent time alone thinking seriously about what I should do at this point in my life. I think, 'I want to this and that, I have to do that!' but when I want to do too much, it becomes a source of stress, and it's impossible to achieve everything. For example, the cowboys I met on my trip wake up every morning, feed the horses and take care of the cows, and after that they spend important time with their families. They don't have a driving need to gain success in the workplace, or anything extra. It occurred to me that living simply could be really nice. If someday I were to quit my job, maybe I would become a farmer!? Being a cowboy looked fun too. (Laughs.) I also thought it was nice how a young son learns about work and life from his father. After meeting people who lived simply and happily, I decided I don't want to be a person who only values success. I still want to keep on fighting, but I think that it would be tough to continue fighting forever.

     I still remember the talk I had with a cameraman on my trip. He told me that the way today's Japanese people value one day is different from the way people in other countries see it. What I thought was, back in the day people would live for around 50 years, right? But today people plan on living to at least 70. People living 150 years ago must have seen each day as a precious and meaningful span of time. The cameraman also told me that while it takes about a year for Japanese people to become good friends, there are countries where it only takes one day. I don't know which countries he meant, but he told me his experience. It's like, you go drinking with someone and talk about things, explain what kind of person you are, and if you get along, well, then you're friends! I guess there are countries where the people open their hearts to each other on a regular basis, something we as Japanese couldn't imagine. Even in our daily lives, we are often acting. Maybe some countries who aren't as advanced in medicine and hygienics, and have a shorter life span than Japan, are more apt to value friendship. It's really a waste to go on living without knowing that kind of world. I would like to become more open with my feelings. I don't know if it's right for Japan to suddenly be more open, but I don't want to let go of the idea just yet. If I meet someone I truly like, I'd like to be able to tell them how I feel. Life is completely different for someone who lives each day as if they might die the next, as compared to the person who expects to live until they're 70. Men my age living in the Edo Period [T/N: 17-19c] were much more grown up than I am, and they must have been ready to die at any time. That's why when you watch period dramas and they say things like "I'm prepared to die for you," there is real meaning to those words.

     I want to see different facets of the world, and talk with many different people. Because of that, I don't want to get married for a while. There are things I want to know before I reach that point in my life. It wouldn't be fair to leave my wife at home. But it would be too dangerous to take her with me to wild places around the world. Yeah, I want to become a more adventurous person. (Laughs.)

[Seventeen, June 2012 / translation by amapi - Please credit if using/quoting]

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  Scans provided by watchful21. Please visit her blog for the originals. Thank you for reading, and thank you for commenting.

  Yamapi's worldview. Personally, I think it would be fun to go to different countries all over the world with your husband, especially if he were Yamapi! 

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  See you next month!

-Amanda

 
 
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chocolaierchocolaier on May 3rd, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
He said he will as if people can die suddenly but he don't want to get married yet!!! He wants to die single XDDDD

I like that he want Japan to become more open to the world.
Thank you dear for the trans.
Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you for commenting! Haha, I think he said somewhere that he wants to get married around 30 (?)
yttenaidyttenaid on May 3rd, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
The turning point to be his fan... was the moment when i started reading his interviews.
I love the way he sees the world and the way he makes me see it!!!
Thank you so much for translating I really enjoyed reading this one ^^
Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
I'm really happy to hear that! Thank you!
miyamapi: wild tiger thoughtfulmiyamapi on May 3rd, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!

That would be awesome if he could travel around the world and have it be documented like the Route 66 show! I'm sure Yamapi, and us as well, would enjoy that!
cheekmunk: Cowboy Tomocheekmunk0409 on May 3rd, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC)
IKR! I love travel shows so it'd be awesome if Pi did something similar.
Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm with you guys 100%! He did say he wants to try new looks... He could go to Africa and Europe and try cultural things there :)
watchful21watchful21 on May 3rd, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
re: "I thought America would be different, but it's actually pretty much the same."

I'm happy he was able to see how we are all more similar than different from one another.

I loved the feel of this interview. You can see how much his Rt. 66 trip affected him in such a positive way. And I couldn't help but chuckle at the thought of "Farmer Pi".
Thank you for your hard work. Every month, reading your translation is a highlight for me!!
cheekmunk: Adorablecheekmunk0409 on May 3rd, 2012 01:26 pm (UTC)
I also chuckled at his "farmer" job if he were to quit. Reminds me of when he said he would grow rice if he retired. Lol, I just can't imagine it!
Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you for commenting :) When did he say he would grow rice? He cracks me up!
Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you watchful!! Thank you for coordinating all of this for me :) You're the one who does all the hard work of collecting Yamapi's interviews and information!

Aiyamaedneichon on May 3rd, 2012 05:44 am (UTC)
really japanese people build a shell around friendship and occidentals are weir for calling other friends so quickly, is just a matter of culture but he cant compare himself with normal people, he is famous ~ so thats one of the things famous people tend to lose, plus he is shy so the virtuosity of being actively social and the need of having lots of friends doesnt look like his motto~
he only would be a farmer as a role in a drama xD
thanks a lot x sharing this translation darling ^^
Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for commenting :)

You're right, he is not the average guy! Well, he kind of is, but he is in a special position. Luckily in his job he gets to have a wide array of experiences :)
momopiimomopii on May 3rd, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
thanks a lot for the trans ^__^
I love how he want to be more open to people now..
Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you for commenting. I like the way he thinks too :)
hana_rahana_ra on May 3rd, 2012 06:06 am (UTC)
if he really want to be a farmer ,he can go to my country.LOL.
thank you ^^
Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Haha. Yes! Thank you for commenting :)
yuna_chayuna_cha on May 3rd, 2012 06:38 am (UTC)
thank you very much!
Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for commenting :) You're right, he can't go on getting hurt or getting himself in trouble!
pikumapikuma on May 3rd, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
it wouldn't be fair to leave my wife at home. But it would be too dangerous to take her with me to wild places around the world >>hmm..whoever his future wife is very lucky girl ..
thank you.
Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for commenting :) I guess she is lucky, but I think he may be underestimating her a bit!
cheekmunk: Route 66 tooncheekmunk0409 on May 3rd, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I liked this interview a lot as well. And you're right, he can totally take his wife w/ him to travel. Unless he's going to the Amazon or wild jungle or something, how dangerous can it be? Girls are not as feeble as you think, Yamapi!
Amandaamapi on May 3rd, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) In the original, I think he was hinting at going to wild places like the jungle or desert or something, so it may be dangerous. But women go to places like that all the time!! :)
Senkosenko_fuji on May 3rd, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharingheart1
So~~ He wants to travel *w* then he should visit my country!!! (?) xD
Thank you for your tranlations ^^ I really do love them heart1
Amandaamapi on May 11th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Thanks for commenting :) Where are you from?
Senkosenko_fuji on May 12th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
I'm from Mexico wink
michiyo_7michiyo_7 on May 5th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
As always, I love his seventeen essays! I love his words and how he sees the world! The things he says are always very simple, and yet everything he says makes so much sense.
Thank you so much for translating! Really enjoyed reading this one!^^
Amandaamapi on May 11th, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
Thank you michiyo!
Seluki_86serenere_chan on May 5th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
First of all, thank you for the translation, it's always interesting to know what's inside Tomo's head. I want to make some comments as I find them interesting/amusing~

'Whenever you gain something, you must give up something as well.' I agree 100% with this statement. A lot of people want things for free and then they don't give them their true value.

'when I traveled the small towns along Route 66, the acquaintances I made were such regular people. It's a lot like Japan, you know (...)The basic necessities for human life are eating, sleep, gathering food, and leaving descendants. The key to growing as a human being could be hidden within these basics.' I'm glad he realizes that, no matter where you go, people are different yet the same. A smile can get you further than any speech, after all :D

'If someday I were to quit my job, maybe I would become a farmer!? Being a cowboy looked fun too. (Laughs.) I also thought it was nice how a young son learns about work and life from his father.' I've always lived in a big city, but my family come from little villages. When I was a kid, my grandmother would take me with her wherever she had to work in the middle of the nature. I will always remember all the things she showed me back then. That kind of experience would have been awesome for Pi, I think.


'It's like, you go drinking with someone and talk about things, explain what kind of person you are, and if you get along, well, then you're friends! I guess there are countries where the people open their hearts to each other on a regular basis, something we as Japanese couldn't imagine.' I think that happens a lot in my country (Spain), but it depends on the person, right? I may not call somebody 'friend' after a drinking night, but it certainly doesn't take me a year~. People like me who have grown up in different places and have left home early tend to search for a substitute family no matter where they go. And we have no problem in hygienics, thank you XDD.

'It's really a waste to go on living without knowing that kind of world. I would like to become more open with my feelings.' That's the key baby, not hygienics.

'I want to see different facets of the world, and talk with many different people. Because of that, I don't want to get married for a while. There are things I want to know before I reach that point in my life.' What can I say? I agree completely.


'It wouldn't be fair to leave my wife at home. But it would be too dangerous to take her with me to wild places around the world. Yeah, I want to become a more adventurous person. (Laughs.)' My dear, maybe your wife can help you out if you find crockroaches or a praying mantis. It's ok if you want to be more adventurous, but you have to go step by step. And a piece of advice- never underestimate women!!
Amandaamapi on May 11th, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed the translation! Thank you for commenting. I agree with you, never underestimate women!!! :D
sayasasupi on May 9th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
thank you so so much for the translate its so lovely what he talk about here
Amandaamapi on May 11th, 2012 10:24 am (UTC)
Thank you sasupi!
▷honeydice on May 11th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
This article is pretty interesting with him talking about how he views the world. I'm like him too, which is wanting to become a more adventurous person.. however I'd like to do it alone, and not with my husband, (well if my husband is yamapi then... :D) Thanks for the translation :)
Amandaamapi on May 11th, 2012 10:24 am (UTC)
You and Yamapi would be a good match! ;) Thanks for commenting!
riyaanriyaan on May 17th, 2012 11:34 am (UTC)
Thank you for translating! you don't understand how much I love you for that! his words always calm me down when I feel a little upset so thank you!!
abtomatabtomat on June 2nd, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
thank you so much! im really glad his travels made him broaden his mind a lot and i hope he continues travelling!
news11news11 on June 12th, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
Thank you