Perfume

There’s really a major difference between the past Perfume(when they made their debut at the age of 12) and the current one. If not for Yasutaka Nakata, Perfume might not be as famous as what they are now.(me thinks)

'`ィ(*´ェ`*∩イチゴも食べたいよ!

'`ィ(*´ェ`*∩イチゴも食べたいよね!

The fact that despite being 20(for A-chan, 19) they already have 8 years of experience in this industry. Not only they could sing(very well as a matter of fact), I think they are great hosts too. I do not know about you guys, but at least I like how they do their HAPPY! and Perfume no kini naru ko-chan.

I’m a fairly new fan towards Perfume as a matter of fact, since my fandom for them probably just started by mere few months ago. Probably, maybe it will also slowly died down by the same exact number of months to come. For now, they still intrigues me and there’s still alot of songs from them that I had yet to know.

anyways, here’s one essay written by Nocchi when she was a child. It totally made my day and it makes me feel once again that with sheer determination, your dreams are just within your reach.(just so you know, I’m a big Nocchi fan XD)

将来の私にこんにちは
Hello To Myself In The Future

今日は、将来の私に、こんにちはをしてみます。
Today, I’m saying hello to Future Me.

私は、将来歌手になりたくて、今、歌とダンスの勉強をしています。
I want to become a singer when I grow up and I am studying singing and dancing now.

この日本で、夢をかなえて、成功する人は、約五人に一人だと聞いたことがあります。
I have heard that, in Japan, about one out of five people realize their dreams and
become successful.

私は、その一人の中に入ろうと、日々、努力をしています。
I am working hard everyday to be in those one-fifth.

でもこのごろ、自分に自信がなくなって、「私は、五人の中の一人ではなく、残りの四人の方に
入ってしまうのではないか」と、考えてしまうことがあります。
But recently I feel uncertain and think like ‘I will not be in those one-fifth but in
the rest four-fifths.’

そんな時は、お母さんが、「心配しちゃあいけん」「大丈夫よ」と、私をはげましてくれます。
When I am in that mood, my mother cheers me up saying ‘Don’t worry’, or ‘You will
be all right.’

私には、歌の勉強をしている所のみんなに秘密で、仲良くなった友達が四人います。
I have four intimate friends about whom I make a secret from anyone at the place where
I’m practicing singing.

秘密で仲良くなったから、「ごく秘」という意味の、「トップシークレット」と、名前を
つけました。
Because I became friends with them secretly, I named them ‘toppu shiikuretto (top
secret)’, meaning ‘very secret’.

その四人は、みんな、いっしょにいて楽しいし、歌も上手で、よく気が合います。
I have fun being around those four, and they are good singers, and we get along very
well.

私は初めて、「この人達といっしょに活動していれば、今まで以上にがんばっていける。」と
思いました。
I thought for the first time ‘If I can do things with them together, I can keep going
much better.’

もし、歌手になれるなら、このメンバーで、トップシークレットという名前で活動していきたいな
と、思っています。
If I can become a singer, I want to work with these members with a group name ‘Top
Secret’.

歌の先生が、よくこう言います。「自分が楽しくて、好きで歌ったりおどったりしとるだけじゃ、
この仕事は、やっていけれんよ。」
My singing teacher often says, ‘You can’t stay in this business if you are doing it
just because you like singing and dancing’.

先生は、いつも私にとって勉強になる事を言ってくれます。
My teacher always says things that I can learn from.

だから私は、先生が話し始めたら、一生懸命聞くようにしています。
That’s why I listen to her carefully when she starts talking.

この、先生の一言一言が、私の想像する、「将来の私」へと、つながっていくんだと思います。
I think every word she says leads to Future Me that I dream of.

私は初め、歌が好きで歌手になりたいな。と、思っていました。
At first, I thought I wanted to be a singer because I liked singing.

だけど、今は違います。
But I think differently now.

今は、みんなに自分の歌を聞いてほしい。
Now I want everyone to listen to my song.

自分の歌で人をはげましたり、感動させたり、楽しい気持ちにさせたりしたくて、歌手になりたい
と、思っています。
I want to become a singer because I want to encourage people, move people’s feeling, and
make people happy by singing.

どうてすか。将来の私は、歌手になっていますか。
So, how is it? Is Future Me a singer?

-from Perfume City, translated by taka02

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