Be One’s Natural Self
Describe the Nakamaru household in one kanji
The “ka” of “kajitsu” (fruit). We really eat fruit a lot. When there’s some kind of fruit on the table, everyone always eats what’s been put out without being particular. Even when I return to my parents' home now, they have some kind of fruit or other. The fruit I love best are strawberries. I really eat them a lot. They’re rich in vitamin C and good for your health!
Within the Nakamaru household you are the XX-child
My position is quite weak. You know, although my own family is like that too, there are a lot of women among my relatives. Even though my father speaks up as well, maybe I should say I’m soothed by my surroundings, or maybe I’m embarrassed… When women get together, they’re really strong, right. Because I have no say in things whatsoever and even when I return home my position is weak… I suppose I’m the “child that feels small”.
Among the members who is the most like the “head of the family”?
Hmmm… Well, it might be me. (laughs) Maybe it’s a matter of age after all? Since I’m the oldest. Everyone is quite reckless, you know, compared to me. So maybe I should say I take a lot of pride in doing stuff like stopping the members from being reckless, when we’re talking or something, and seeking for points of compromise and so on… I often take a neutral position. Well, because I’m like that, maybe I can see things objectively. For better or worse, there’s also that point. However, unlike when I’m with my family, I definitely… have got a say in things.
If you made an appearance in a family drama, which part would you like to play?
Definitely the eldest son! If I wouldn’t be an only child, either a younger brother or a younger sister would be fine. On the contrary, acting that I have an older brother or sister might be difficult. Because I don’t have any older siblings myself, I’m not used to it. Although I’m really used to being surrounded by women. (laughs) So I can’t remember playing boys’ games, but I can remember baking cookies. Thinking like that, a part that’s close to life is of course easy and fun to do. Otherwise, maybe the part of a youth that gets taken away during the war? The mother and sister sending that youth off… I’d also like to try doing something like that.
Thanks to the Wink Up message board, I managed to exchange addresses with director Kojima (Hideo). I met director Kojima, who I really wanted to see, the other day. When I met him for real, he was a really openhearted person and exactly like I imagined him. Isn’t it a long time ago I was this excited about meeting someone? Because I was so energized when I thought “Oh my god! It’s really him!” But, because I was too nervous I couldn’t properly convey my enthusiasm, so after this I’ll have to let him know by e-mail.
translations credit to encoded_panties