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Translations take me forever to do, so comments are nice.  Please do not repost or retranslate without permission.  I’m also light years away from an expert translator, so I apologize for any mistakes.  For those of you who with Japanese skills, feedback is greatly appreciated.

Many, many thanks to

[personal profile] caithion, [profile] wao_wao, and [profile] sumirepanther for their help!  Not to mention the teachers at Satte West Junior High School ^^;;

Please tell us about the place you were born.

I was born in Aomori.  When I was two years old, we moved to Gifu and later we moved to Kanagawa and so on.  The place where I lived the longest was probably Chiba.  Because Tokyo was close by, whenever school was over I would pay fifty yen and ride the Yagiri river ferry and go to the Buddhist temple, eat kusa dango, and come back home.  I loved doing that (laugh)

What was your family like?

My father was a stern instructor for the Japan Self Defense Force.  To that extent, my mother was extremely kind.  I was a kid who always hid behind her mother.  My brother, who was six years older, doted on me.  My brother is now also in the Japan Self Defense Force.

Simply putting it, what sort of character would you say that you have?

I’m a romantic optimist.  I go at my own pace.  Basically, a type B blooded person.

What kind of child were you?

Because I was weak, I was a child who didn’t play outside a lot.  Inside the house, I would do things like play with leftover clothes at my mother’s side while she made wedding dresses.

 What kinds of things were you obsessed with when you were a student?

Probably playing trombone in the brass band club.  Because I wanted to get good at drawing I joined the art club, but I was hopeless (laugh).  When I was told to pass around something I had made, in the sink in the center of the school building in a wicker single flower vase, I put in many things I had gotten a “good try” on. [Editor's note: That last one was the Most. Confusing. Sentence. to. Translate. Ever and doesn't make much sense now.  Hopefully I'll be able to fix it before putting a final draft on the wiki] 

Please tell us about a subject that you were really enthusiastic about and a subject that was your weak point.

I was good at fine arts and drawing.  My weak subject was history.

What job did you yearn to have?

This is probably because it was like the rest of my family, but I wanted to be a female member of the Japan Self Defense Force.  I think I wondered if that was really where I’d end up and thought of my own convenience.

When was the first time you saw Takarazuka?

I had passed the first stage of the examination and my mother said to me, “They might ask you about Takarazuka at the interview.”  We then went to see the Tokyo run of Star Troupe’s “Swords, Love, and Rainbows.”  I wasn’t really conscious that this was what I was took an entrance exam for when I saw it (laugh)

What was your reason for deciding “I want to join Takarazuka!”

When I was deciding which way to go in life, high school was after a fashion what I was going to ask for a recommendation for, but my female homeroom teacher said to me, “Because you’re tall, you could also do Takarazuka.”  It wasn’t just because my teacher was also a fan.  There was the feeling that I was taking the exam with the intention of going on a social studies field trip (laugh).

What are your memories of the Takarazuka Music School entrance exam?

On the day of the second stage of the examination it was raining.  Osaka’s climate wasn’t agreeing with me, I had a cold, and was in bad condition.  The whole time I was in the waiting room I wholeheartedly just wanted to go home quickly.  (laugh) At that time because of my regretful hair and clothes, I think I was probably unique.  I also remember that I didn’t know that my hair was supposed to be in a bun, so Ayano Kanami-san and Suigetsu Mai, who were honkasei, arranged my hair for me.

What are your memories of your time at Takarazuka Music School?

It was stricter than the Japan Self Defense Force (laugh).  But because the pecking order was the same everywhere in the world, even for my father and brother, and because they said you had to start off low before you could succeed, I didn’t think much of Takarazuka Music School in comparison to that.  Nevertheless, I couldn’t take them to classes and that was the hardest part.

What was your reason for choosing your stage name?

I recruited the Maritime Self-Defense Force for my stage name.  My father and my older brother are pilots, but I decided on “In the majestic ocean, devotedly facing the axis of the land to the north.” I was told things like that it sounded like a sumo wrestler’s name, and I thought that as well, but maybe in the Takarazuka lot of many names it’s good.  (laugh)

What was your reason for deciding to become an otokoyaku?

I had long hair, but because I was tall, the upperclassmen said, ”[Since you’re tall] do you, have the feeling of a musumeyaku?” and I cut my hair.

How was your hatsubutai?

We had our first performance with the new Cosmos Troupe members.  Everything felt new and it was deeply moving.  The silver bridge for the rocket dance was scary and before making our debut in front of the audience we would do things like face forward (laugh) Still, it was fun.  I was nervous as expected when doing the koujou, but all of a sudden when I saw my father and he looked into my eyes, I thought “Oh, it’s Father.”    Even though it was the koujou, incidentally I was calm at that time. (laugh)

What was your first line?

When we were being sorted into troupes as ken-1s, in the shinjinkouen for “Citrus Breeze” in the scene where they go to the city, I think I sang a line to Tatsuki You’s character. It was over before I knew it…..

Which role and show have been the most striking for you so far?

Probably the recent “L.R.”  For the fourth scene where all of the otokoyaku come out as bad men, I watched Takenaka Naoto in “Shall We Dance” and thought that his wig was really interesting.  The truth is that the moustache was the same one that I used for Nathan [in the Guys and Dolls shinjinkouen].  Also, for the Tokyo shinjinkouen of “Senior Don Juan”, in the afternoon performance I was standing in [for Kiriya Hiromu] and in the evening I was doing the shinjinkouen.  I had a lot of lines for both parts and there were a lot of moments in the show where the two characters talked to each other.  I became confused about whose lines were whose.  At that time when I was in a state of panic, Rika-san (Shibuki Jun), who played that role in the regular performance, considerately told me “It’s okay, you know” and stayed with me throughout in the wings of the theater.  I was able to do it because of the help of Rika-san and the people around me.  That one day resounds in my memories.

Of everything you’ve seen up until this point, which Takarazuka performance has moved you the most?

“How to Succeed.”  From the beginning I have always loved comedies, so that comedy was unspeakably funny.

In your life so far as a Takarasienne, what has made you the happiest?

This overlaps with my previous answer, but when I was panicked about filling in for someone, top star Rika-san took care of me at the shinjinkouen performance in the wings of the theater.  I was moved by Rika-san’s gentility.  I think that is what has made me the happiest.

Note 1: Hokushou Kairi filled in for Kiriya Hiromu when the latter unexpectedly became ill halfway through the Grand Theater run of “Senor Don Juan.”  The role that Hokushou Kairi played in the shinjinkouen was played in the regular performance by Shibuki Jun.

Note 2: Three members of the premiering class speak during the introduction of the hatsubutai.  This is what Micchan is referring to by koujou.
Becca’s commentary: Aww, two of my favorite siennes like each other.  I can totally imagine them hanging out together backstage and exchanging tips on being girly otokoyaku.  I vaguely remember hearing a rumor once that Rika came to see Valencia no Atsui Hana/Sora Fantasista.  *loves siennes who are friends* 

I’m still not exactly sure how Micchan fell into Takarazuka, but the world of dreams would certainly be less shiny if she hadn’t *grin*



Date: 2008-01-23 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, she is so cute! And right now, I'm having a really good time picturing Rika as the nice big sister-type person =D
Those candid backstage moments are so precious, aren't they?

Date: 2008-01-25 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love backstage stories :D

As I mentioned to someone else, I'd like Rika as my big sister, except for then I would always be thinking incestuous thoughts -_-;;;

Date: 2008-01-23 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lol, I think Micchan is the only one who would answer the "what show moved you the most" question with a comedy. xDDDD

And yes,Rika came to see Valencia! ^^ Of ocurse on a day where I was not watching the show but I heared about it later from the other cultists. ^^

Date: 2008-01-25 03:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol, that's Micchan for you ^^

Date: 2008-01-23 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, thanks for posting this! That's amazing that Micchan's first encounter with Takarazuka took place AFTER she had passed the preliminary exam.

it sounded like a sumo wrestler's name, and I thought that as well
**cracks up** Surely 北翔 looks more like a name from the sumo ranking list than a stage name printed in Otome.

Date: 2008-01-25 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I get the impression that some more know about Takarazuka than others. I think Rika went in not knowing much, although I would imagine that she had at least seen a performance.

Date: 2008-01-23 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
When we were being sorted into troupes as ken-1s, in the shinjinkouen for “Citrus Breeze” in the scene where they go to the city, I think I sang a line to Tatsuki You’s character. It was over before I knew it…..

Confused Julie is confused! Not only was "Citrus Breeze" a revue - the shinko was for "Excalibur" - but Tatsuki You was neeeeever in Soragumi. So, uhh...?

(The rest of it is good though!! <3 <3)

Date: 2008-01-23 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Um, this is what happens when the Takawiki is down and I can't get to Micchan's page -_-;;;; I'll fix that one later.

Date: 2008-01-24 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh, well, would either Cherry Blossoms or my encyclopedic Soragumi knowledge help at all? ^^;; <3

Date: 2008-01-24 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*checks interview* I... I think it's "Asaji ga Yado", and not "Citrus Breeze"? When they're ken-1s, before they get assigned, they sometimes do the 組回り.

Date: 2008-01-23 08:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Eh? I thought she said she was hopeless at fine arts and drawing. o_O

And what? Lol, I didn't expect Micchan to accidentally kind of just fall into Takarazuka, like you said. XD

Date: 2008-01-23 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm really unhappy with that last sentence right now...uh...expect for it to make more sense later -_-;;;;;

And yeah, given that some girls will go to cram school to get into Takarazuka, the way that Micchan fell into it is well, somehow typical of Micchan :D

Date: 2008-01-23 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So much love!! <3 <3

I'm guessing that she's able to enjoy it all a little bit more than some of those who (were) trained for it since they could stand on their own two feet.

And how awesome that her father was there. :D

Hmmm, and my slashy mind just took off at the mention of Rika gently taking care of Micchan in the wings... XD
Edited Date: 2008-01-23 11:26 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-01-25 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought about that for a moment XD

Date: 2008-01-24 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
<3s for Kairi, who continues to be so very lovable. And for Rika, who will always be my ideal big sister, and this interview just completely confirms it. <3<3

Date: 2008-01-25 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would also want Rika to be my big sister, except for then I would be thinking incestuous thoughts all the time -_-;;;

Date: 2008-01-25 04:12 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-01-24 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
aw, Micchan ! <33

Date: 2008-01-25 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
<3 <3 <3 <3

Hokushou and "Second Life"

Date: 2008-02-18 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi Becca,
I'm new to LJ, but I remember you from the Yahoo ML. Did you say that you are in love with "The Second Life"? Me too!!! I love it so much. One of my favorite Takarazuka shows ever and I was really surprised. It was my first live Bow Hall performance. I have "Second Life" songs in my computer too and I am always singing along to them...haha...I'm glad Hokushou got to perform in such a beautiful comedy since she likes comedies. I laughed out loud many times during "The Second Life" and enjoyed every second of it!

Thank you for the interview translation!! I enjoyed learning about Hokushou. I'm touched by the Rika stories. Me too. I love seito who are friends. I think it is so cute and heartwarming.

Are there ways to send you private messages on LJ besides "eating muffins"? (^_^)haha...I tried to figure it out but I get confused sometimes since I just started on LJ...


Re: Hokushou and "Second Life"

Date: 2008-02-18 09:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*waves* Hi! Yup, I have a slight obsession with The Second Life, as well as Hokushou Kairi. I'm glad you got to see it!

I really want to find a copy of the "Senor Don Juan" shinko so I can hopefully see a teary-eyed Micchan thank Rika. (Okay, I don't know if she does, but I wouldn't be surprised if she did :D)

Uh, I get a bit confused about how LJ works as well. If you really want to send a private message to me, there's my regular e-mail at Kitsune32 AT gmail DOT com. Hmm...I guess I could put it up on my profile page, but I'm always afraid of getting spam -_-;;; But yeah, you can always e-mail me there ^^ The thing about muffins is just me being silly since I'm obsessed with Ernest in Love.


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