let me introduce you
to my favorite band of 35+ year old
Translated by me from Japanese in both English and Russian.
Please do not post it elsewhere without crediting.
What is between brakets () are my occasional comments.
And as a whole, while rereading it didn’t even feel that much : (
Than again I’m sorry for my awry and repetitive English. :/
- When and where were you born?
A: I was born in the forty first year of Showa era, March, seventh in Gunma prefecture, Fujioka.
- What is the oldest memory or scenery you can redeem?
A: I’ve been asked this before, but anyway… I remember being carried by my mother on her back and how her hair felt tingling and how I hated it. I guess I was two years old by then.
- Is it a happy memory for you?
A: It is now. What I remember is the tinglingness I felt, but now certainly it grew to be a precious memory.
- Have you ever told your mother about it?
A: I didn’t have the occasion to.
Translated from Japanese by me. Please do not post it elsewhere without crediting.
Warning: since it’s an interview for a book, there is A LOT of text. I doubt many people will read it, but you have been warned.
The text itself has three chapters. If you’re not really interested in Hoshino himself, but are interested in the band, you can skip to the second chapter, since the last two are almost entirely dedicated to the band. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.
The comments in the brackets () are mine, the ones with ‘annotation’ are annotations from the book.
1. Chapter one. Early life
- Now we will proceed to take a look back on Hoshino-san’s half a lifetime!
H: Looking forward to it.
- Is it your real name?
H: Hoshino Hidehiko, real name. If it wasn’t, I’d most probably hate it.
- Were you ever told why were you given this very name?
H: I guess it’s because my mother’s name is Hideko(英子. I honestly have no idea. This name has, like, ten transcriptions, so if it’s based off the kanji only… You can choose the one you like the most I guess?), but I wasn’t ever told about it.
- By the way, what is your brother’s name?
H: Masumi. Like the great man Kuwata Masumi.
- I guess your parents had a hard time choosing it.
H: And just gave up when they had the second child *laughs*.