October 7, 1999 — Shizuoka 2014/09/30 ~
Nonaka: When I joined the group, I got to read a message from Tsunku♂. It said: “please become the bridge between Morning Musume and the overseas.” I believe that is the reason for me now being in Morning Musume.
The Global Representative
Broadcasting to the World
— Previous members in Morning Musume’s 20-year history include Junjun and Linlin, the two exchange students from China. However, you’re the first member who is also a “returnee” to Japan, and you have been appointed the role of the group’s “global representative.”
Nonaka: Morning Musume performs concerts overseas as well, and I believe that whenever we do, that’s when I have to step in. First of all, it’s important for us to communicate with the overseas fans and accurately convey to them what it is we want to say. If I can’t do that properly, then there was no meaning behind me joining the group.
— You were very busy at the group’s 2016 events in Houston, USA.
Nonaka: It was my first time visiting America after moving back to Japan at the age of 10, so I was glad about that and I had a lot of fun. I did interpreting for the members during handshake events, and I could communicate directly with the reporters when we did press interviews. I was proud that I could make use of my ability.
[Listener: Are there different accents even in English?]
Nonaka: Yes. There are.
Nonaka: People who speak British English sound really, really smart — this is something a lot of people who speak American English will say. They just seem really intelligent. As for like Australians, when you’d normally say “Monday,” they pronounce it like “mandai.” Even their pronunciations for weekdays are different. This can sometimes make communication surprisingly difficult.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/10/23(木) 09:18:59.78 0.net They’re cute and they all have personalities. I really think they’re a good addition to the group. But for some reason, rather than oshihen‘ing to any of them, I now just feel like quitting being a Musume wota altogether. I can’t explain the feeling… it’s like it’s no longer the Musume I first came to love.
Is this something all wota must overcome?
3: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/10/23(木) 09:20:44.27 0.net
Don’t lie to yourself. Just oshihen.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/10/23(木) 09:21:04.12 0.net
Just become a group oshi.
15: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/10/23(木) 09:45:48.64 0.net >>5
I pretty much was one to begin with…
4: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/10/23(木) 09:21:02.18 0.net I think you’ve just gotten bored, plain and simple.