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Toma Ikuta’s gardening hobby

14:21 JST August 29, 2012 2 comments

Plants help Johnny’s actor Toma Ikuta relax, the talent said in an interview with FINEBOYS, reports Johnny’s Kenkyukai on August 19.


In the September issue, the talent talked about his time working on upcoming movie 脳男 (Nou-otoko), where he plays a cold-hearted killing machine.  It has been reported Ikuta had been training hard for the movie’s action scenes for more than six months.  But the hardest part of filming has been showing the right emotion while doing nothing.

“It’s not all to do with my acting, there are other things like how the lighting makes my eye glimmer, and how the camera works to create a perception of the Nou-otoko.  I feel like the production crew are helping me the most.  I’ve always thought that it’s true, but I really think that creating a character is a team effort.   I can’t do it by myself.”


So, after a hard day’s work, one would expect Ikuta to chill out by listening to music, but the actor said there is something else that makes him relax.

“One of the best thing’s is getting home and watching over my house plant.  Feeding it water, watching the leaves gradually get greener, and then it makes me smile when I see a new leaf come out.”


The FINEBOYS interview also quizzed Ikuta on his own fashion trends.  It has been reported Ikuta has been a fan of simple styles like T-shirts, black caps, and turquoise and silver accessories.

“I’ve got a lot of rock concert T-shirts.  I’ll go to my favourite band’s concerts and buy T-shirts there.

“I buy bracelets and necklaces, but I always forget to put them on before leaving the house (laughs).  I’ve been trying to fix this by putting all of my accessories and watches beside where I keep my keys so I can put them on as I leave the house.”


It has also been reported Ikuta is a backpack fan too.

“Once you start using backpacks you can’t stop because they make things so much more easier.”

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Taisuke Fujigaya on Beginners!

11:27 JST July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Interview with Kis-My-Ft2’s Taisuke Fujigaya in Yomiuri Shimbun, published on July 30.


It must have been a long wait, but the 25-year-old Kis-My-Ft2 group member is in the middle of playing his first lead in a drama series.  He was a late bloomer for a Johnny’s talent, but that has not changed his attitude.

“I always wanted to try a lead role.  How different is it.  There’s so much I want to learn,” Fujigaya said.


Fujigaya’s character in Beginners! wants become a police officer because his father was one.  The Johnny’s talent said he brings things about his own relationship with his father into his character.

“My parents have done so much for me.  My dad’s a quiet person, but when I was going through a tough time thinking about my future, he was there for me.  I was so happy when he came to my concert.”


Q&A with questions sent in by fans:

Q: How do you remember you lines?

A: When I’m at home, usually in the bath.  I’ll imagine the scene and take my time going over lines.

Q: What kind of character would you like to try?

A: Something like 10 episodes of the love story from the first episode.  I want to try so many characters.

Q: What job would you be doing if you weren’t doing this one?

A: I love kids so I might’ve become a kindergarten teacher or a worker at Disneyland.

Q: What’s the best thing a fan has told you?

A: Things like, “you gave me support”, or, “you gave me motivation”.  Knowing that what we do makes someone happy makes me happy too.

On location with Ryo Nishikido for his first drama lead (translation)

01:10 JST March 23, 2011 2 comments


28/03/2011, No12-1582

Shooting for Ryo Nishikido’s upcoming drama has started!  “I’m bribing (the dog) with treats”!?

Q: Filming has started!  How do you feel?

N(ishikido): Well, to start with the weather’s really nice so thank god for that (laughs).  My scenes with the dog have gone quite smoothly and the director’s here giving me instructions so I feel really comfortable.  That’s why I want to work as hard as I can from now on and hopefully make this a truly amazing drama.

Q: Did you do anything in particular last night to prepare yourself for today’s first shoot?

N: Not really, but I didn’t go out for drinks last night.  I knew I had to be in early today so I made sure I wouldn’t be late (laughs).

Q: What do you think of Kokoro-chan? (Nishikido’s on-screen daughter Mako, played by Kokoro Kuge)

N: She’s cute.

Q: How does it feel playing a father character?

N: It’s…well, I hope to experience more of it from now on.

Q: What did you think when you first heard you’d be playing a father?

N: I wasn’t really…what’s the word, it’s a character unlike any other I’ve played so I saw it as another job.

Q: Did you ever talk it over with the director about what kind of man Yuji is?

N: No, we haven’t talked about anything like that.  But while we were getting the costume clothes together I got told, “Yuji’s been through this and that”, so I interpreted that myself, I read books, and I delivered my lines.  When we finished rehearsals today the director told me, “it’s just getting the eyes right now”, so I want to work harder at that.  But I hope that by the end I’ll find that not a lot has changed.

Q: What do you think of the drama’s theme “family rebuilding”?

N: Well… I’m not sure how we’re going to fall apart (as a family) yet.  I don’t even know what’s going to happen.  But I hope people can get a feel for things in the first episode.  I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters get back on their feet.

Q: The drama’s setting is around the currently-under-development Sky Tree.  Have you ever seen it?

N: No, not from right below.  Sometimes while I’m driving on the expressway I’ll look at it like when I see Mt Fuji and go, “oh, there it is”.

Q: So your shoot here today is the first time you’ve seen it from below?

N: Yes.

Q: You get along well with the dog Sky Tree (played by ダイヤ (Daiya, Diamond)).

N: We’ve worked together twice already for photoshoots and stuff.  It’s not our first time together so we’ve gotten quite used to one another.

Q: How did you become such good friends?

N: I’ve been giving bribe treats as much as possible (laughs).  I know the more time we spend together the better, but right now in the (drama) family I’m the favourite!  That and I’m just the one who’s been giving the most treats. (laughs)

Q: You’ve been giving that many treats? (laughs)

N: Well, here and there, and there and there…

Producer: You’ve been giving treats behind our backs haven’t you.

N: Yes. (laughs)

Q: Hiding them in your pockets then?

N: That’s right.  Now my suit pockets are full with bread crumbs.

Q: (laughs)  Have you ever had a dog?

N: Yes, I’ve had a pet dog.

Q: How is life different when someone has a pet dog?

N: Well…there have been times when I’ve come home from work and found poo everywhere (laughs).  But then I feel guilty because I guess the dog’s been under stress.  They’re cute when they sleep too.  I dunno…they make you feel more alive than when you’re by yourself.  They do get on your nerves sometimes though (laughs).  But then again, that’s my fault for not training my dog properly.  But what is it, I don’t mind it at all when my dog licks me when we’re sleeping together.  They make your feelings go up and down.

Q: So having a dog makes you nicer?

N: No, I wouldn’t say I’ve become that open. (laughs)

Q: Then does it make you want to do something nice for people?

N: (laughs) Ummm, well, I guess I think so.  It does make me think I have to do better.  When you’re by yourself, the only person to bear the consequences of your mistakes is yourself, but when you’ve got a dog, you feel like you need to get your act together.

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