Saturday, 14 July 2018

"Fragments of the Future" (Mirai no Hahen) Epilogue

While in Osaka, thanks to fellow Twitter Seorri and Joker, I bought Okada Masaki's photo book published in 2016. Titled "Fragments of the Future" (Mirai no Hahen), the AUD 45 photo book was rather dear, but definitely worths every penny. It's filled with so many photos of Masaki from 2010 to 2016, as well as interviews he did during those photo shoots.

With my limited Japanese, it will take me a long time to read the book. However, what I've read so far is very interesting. I was immediately taken by the Epilogue because it was short enough to read on its own, and because I want to see what Masaki wrote at the end of the book.

It was a very lovely Epilogue, hence I decided to translate it and post it here. It took me a few days to decipher the Kanji, but I'm getting better at that compared to about 12 months ago, hence I'm happy with my progress.

I hope you enjoy reading it as I do. I put the Kanji-kana, English and Romaji in this order below.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Ningen Gowasan 2018 live

Okada Masaki's Haiji in the Ningen Gowasan ads in Morinomiya Osaka

Update 15 July 2018: Since Ningen Gowasan has ended the show in Osaka this afternoon, I have now uploaded the plot at the end of this post. Enjoy!

I’m still tokidoki after watching Ningen Gowasan 「ニンゲン御破算」2018 live. I do believe I’m so blessed that I’m allowed to squeeze some money and time to fly to Osaka to watch Okada Masaki live (three times, no less!)... and I still feel that tingling sensation when I saw him for the first time in my life, 10 m ish from me, emerging with his gorgeous white hapi, the white overcoat his character Haiji worn.

How do I express the tokidoki I feel? Upon listening to his voice reverberating in the Morinomiya Piloti Hall Osaka, and also in my heart?

Here’s a guy I fell in love with in 2012, and that was through an Edo-time movie (Raiō) he played in 2010. Then I backtracked watching his portfolio until 2007 and moving forward again, and I’m in love with that kakkoi and kind boy.

But now, he is not a boy anymore. He’s a man. A gentle man, whose gaits show the pure confidence that doesn’t even go near the line of arrogance. A young man whose career is displayed in front of him through his fine choices of work and excellent work ethics.