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01 August 2012 @ 11:53 am
Yamashita Tomohisa: 0409 Vol. 88  

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Vol. 88 "One day when..."
We asked Yamapi, who recently spent time in Hawaii for work, how he spends his free time, as well as what he's been up to lately. Looking up at the thickly-clouded sky, his one wish is this: "Clear up already!!!"


     I recently went to Hawaii for a commercial shoot. I had the last day off, so I went surfing! I put on sunscreen, but since I was in the ocean all day, I got pretty burnt. (Laughs.) At night, I went to a sports bar with a friend who lives in the area. I sat in the corner watching everyone else drink, because I find it hard to jump in the middle when there are a lot of people I don't know. While I was listening to everyone talk, it seemed like they were all wondering, "Who is this guy?" Still, when you spend time together, the next time you meet you feel that much closer. I like that feeling.

     My English conversation skills are much better than they were a year ago. I still can't speak that well, though. I can express my feelings and thoughts, but it's at a child's level. I still can't understand difficult words. There are so many words that express deeper meanings. I've got to slowly add those to my vocabulary so I can get better. Whenever I watch a movie and I come across a word I don't know, I always look it up. Even when I look up the word, I always forget it, so I look it up again. After doing this two or three times, I suddenly realize, "I've come across this before!" And that's when I remember it for the first time. When I talk to English-speaking friends, I notice that my retention rate of new phrases goes way up. Right now, a friend of mine is doing a short-term study abroad program, and I'd like to try one for about 3 months as well. I'd like to go to LA. (T/N:Oh dear God please no.) Whenever I travel abroad, whether for work or pleasure, every one understands English. It's almost like everyone except Japan can speak English. So if I can't speak it, I feel like I'll be left behind in the future. And if I learn it, I can talk to so many more people. But, I must admit, when I was in high school I never cared to study English except to pass exams. At that time I was occupied with the things around me. Anyway, at that time, I didn't know enough about my own country, like how we communicate and how we express modesty, so even if I could speak English I wouldn't have been able to explain my culture. To all of you who think it would be nice to speak English, you should definitely start studying right now!

     Right now I'm learning English from two different teachers. One is my friend's dad. We talk for a whole hour, sometimes using a textbook, sometimes answering questions or playing games. It depends on the day. The other teacher is from a traditional conversation school, and that one is more serious. It's a 90 minute class, English only. We do things like watch a news special and write out the words that we heard. When I learn lines for a script, instead of memorizing each word, I put myself in the character's shoes and try to understand the content based on his personality. So when I learn English, I feel like I'm using a different part of my brain. When I'm done studying I feel very refreshed. Sometimes when I really concentrate on my studies, I have dreams in English, too!

     I don't think I spent any money in Hawaii; I didn't do any shopping there. All I bought was some chocolate and nuts as souvenirs, when we went to the airport. The food I have to eat every time I'm in Hawaii is spam musubi. It's really good. Then some people who lived there told me about a really great ramen place, and I ordered their recommended "richly flavored set". But what I ate can't be considered ramen! It was more like carbonara. (Laughs.) 

     Ever since my latest drama, Saiko no jinsei no owarikata, finished filming, I've had a lot more free time. During filming, my schedule was so packed, and I didn't have much time to read books or watch movies. Even on days off, I make myself wake up before noon. It's a waste of time otherwise. If I had a day off... First I would wake up and eat breakfast at home. After eating some frozen udon noodles or something that I keep in my freezer, I would go to the gym and get moving. In the afternoon I would head to my English lesson. At night I would call my friends and go out to dinner together. At work I make appointments ahead of time but with my friends I always make plans for the same day. We always go to ramen or curry restaurants. Also, I recently discovered that putting Tabasco sauce into hayashi rice tastes really good! For me, Tabasco sauce goes with pretty much anything. I even put it in my instant ramen. The spiciness blends well with the sourness of the soup. 

     This isn't something that happened recently, but I had a lot of people celebrate my birthday this year. Lately it seems like when I receive a present it's always alcohol. I guess it's because I'm an adult now. It's fun to drink with people, so I might bring some along the next time I go to a friend's house.

     The thing I need most right now is the sun. (Laughs.) I think I used up my power to make the sun come out when I was back in Hawaii. When the weather is nice on days off, it feels good to stay at home with the windows wide open. My room gets really good sun. When I chose my place, I made sure that the rooms got a lot of sun. When it's cloudy for a long time, I begin to feel depressed. That must be why I'm so attracted to places like Hawaii and LA.

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

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  Scans provided by watchful21. Please visit her blog for the originals!

  I am so sorry for the wait! I am now back in the US after finishing my year abroad in Tokyo. It was a crazy past couple of months but things have somewhat settled down so I am getting caught up on the past two months of translations. Thank you for reading, if you are still reading :) As always, I love comments!

  Happy Belated Birthday to the June babies: nicken_zhou, yuyaryopi, lanabizarre, skize101, naoki_aizawa, abii_cullen, gui_let77, nooa_chan, and irenechong87!

-Amanda

 
 
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aloha_dazealoha_daze on August 2nd, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for the translation. Being from Hawaii I like spam musubi too! He sounds very relaxed in this interview. Thanks again.
luvartieluvartie on August 2nd, 2012 01:03 pm (UTC)
It's nice to know that he always tries hard to improve his English. Thank you so much for translating!
michiyo_7michiyo_7 on August 2nd, 2012 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks! ^^ Love reading seventeen! Seems like he had a good time in hawaii!
imee0882imee0882 on August 2nd, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
yehey!!! your back i miss your trans.
thanks always love reading it.
pari0123pari0123 on August 3rd, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
thank you so much ,he is my inspiration to study English too,,He loves spicy food hahaha I understand ,becoz I am Thai ,we love spicy !!
▷honeydice on August 4th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
Don't feel sorry for the late entry! It is great to see that you're posting again :) Thank you~
watchful21watchful21 on August 5th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Good to see you back!! Thank you for this translation. I like Hawaii too.
miyamapi: pinmiyamapi on August 8th, 2012 06:12 am (UTC)
His English is so cute. Even when he stumbles over his words, it's the most adorable thing to watch him use over-excessive hand gestures to get his point across. <3

Thank you for the translation. :D
momopiimomopii on August 8th, 2012 08:00 am (UTC)
I love that he always want to be better at everything,and english skill will be useful for his future career .but yeah,please no for him to go LA to study (lol):p

Thank you for trans ^^
wanderer: I knew i loved you before I met youwanderingreen on August 8th, 2012 08:02 am (UTC)
Thank you! His 0409 columns are the best, they always get me smiling.
hana_rahana_ra on August 8th, 2012 08:02 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing..
missiemaemissiemae on August 8th, 2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
It never gets boring to read his articles. It's a really a fan's pleasure to get to learn more and more about their idol every month! What he's feeling and doing. Thank you so much for giving us English-speakers a chance to understand our idol! Thank you!!
tomapi_forevertomapi_forever on August 8th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much ^_^
Aiyamaedneichon on August 9th, 2012 06:56 am (UTC)
wonder why i didnt saw this one before ~
spicy guy explains it all~ well he better keep practicing in Japan (agree with ur coment), but im 'kinda agree with him abt japanese cant speak english', thats the impression i got from watching tv xD i know its not globaly like that, but their languaje its so rich that the base is quite solid on its own, hard to explain, basically they live in their own world xD
Thanks a lot x sharing :)
yuyaryopiyuyaryopi on August 10th, 2012 02:47 am (UTC)

Glad to see you back dear
Thank you so much for translating this nice article ..
It seems like he enjoyed himself in Hawaii .wish I can visit Hawaii someday

Thank you so much for mentioning my birthday
lalitasilalitasi on August 15th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for your sharing. Your translation is my precious gift.: )