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2nd-May-2012 09:30 pm

Masafumi Gotoh (Asian Kung Fu Generation) & Ryuichi Sakamoto, March 27, 2012

... and another one:

... and a recent interview with German Zeit magazine:
('I will never gonna be a saint. The music of a saint is boring. Music has to be sexy and erotic.')

2nd-May-2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, great, thank you for posting!
Could you please translate it all?!
2nd-May-2012 11:31 pm (UTC)
I only have time for a quick summary. :) He says that he was so shell-shocked after 9/11 (he was pretty close when the attack happened, so close he could hear the first impact) he couldn't write music for weeks but started again when he faced a dealine and heart a young man playing 'Yesterday' at central park. He used to dislike when people said his music had healing powers (like Engery Flow) but then he understood what they meant.

He also tells how he turned his life around at the age of 40 with the help of a Yoga-guru. He used to drink, do drugs, stay up all night and when he was drinking with a good friend she wanted to read his hand and said he was going to die very soon. She introduced him to the guru and now he is living a much healther lifestyle.
3rd-May-2012 09:31 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
So interesting...
3rd-May-2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome :-)

And many thanks to trampadoo for summarizing the interview - I don't have the time nor the language proficiency to translate the whole thing, but google translator isn't so bad I would say ;-)

I liked this part: 'As a young man I had extremely ambivalent feelings about my country. Japan switched from fascism to democracy overnight. That did not come organically from within, it came from outside, from the Americans. I hated everything Japanese then. But as I got older I realized to my own surprise that I do love my country, after all. Especially since Fukushima I want to do everything I can and in my power to help the people and the country.'
3rd-May-2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
I was shocked when I read for the first time somewhere that RS hated all Japanese...
I just had forgotten how I hated everything Russian in my early years :)
Now, to my surprise (haha) I realize that... and so on :))))
Thank you, grinning_soul77, excellent English!
Ryuichi now started to think of returning back to Japan.
3rd-May-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
It's not that I'm particularly fond of everything German - on the contrary! Especially after returning from Japan I have the impression that we are so uncivilized in comparison: less clean, less polite, less aesthetic, terrible eating habits and so on... :-(
Good to hear that Ryuichi thinks of returning back to Japan! Where did you get this from?

PS: I've almost finished the inspiring 'Visions of the void' by Marguerite Yourcenar and ordered all four novels of 'The sea of fertility' today - can't wait to start reading ;-)
4th-May-2012 09:15 am (UTC)
If you come to Russia, you should prepare... hehe. But still we have here smth special :)

I really don't remember, from some Japanese source, an interview ... twitter...

I'll try to find 'Visions of the void', sounds tastefully! Is "Honba" a part of 'The sea of fertility' ?

I'm close to the end with writing translation of "A Bar of Shadow" - crying over Sargent Hara...
7th-May-2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
I am definitely planning to come to Russia, and I'm pretty sure the country has sth special (albeit quite different to Japan, probably ;-))

Thought you had recommended "Visions of the void" to me when you were in Hamburg.. If I'm wrong: it's a great book (after I got used to the author's love for multi-clause sentences ;-))

And yes, "Homba" is part of "The sea of fertility".
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