1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/15(水) 07:52:26.88 0
Tsunku♂ Able To Speak Again Without Writing! Celebrates 10th Wedding Anniversary With Devoted Wife
Josei Jishin, last updated June 15 (Tue) 6:01
June 8th, a little past 1 o’clock in the afternoon. A car pulls over outside a fancy restaurant in the Minato Ward of Tokyo under perfectly clear skies — a peaceful lull between the constant showers of the rainy season. Stepping outside the car is Tsunku♂ (47) and his wife Kanako (35). Tsunku♂ is wearing a scarf around his neck along with a black T-shirt and vest, and his wife a black short-sleeve shirt — quite the stylish-looking couple indeed.
Having gotten married in 2006, these two now have twins who are nearly 8 years old, as well as a 5-year-old daughter. However, their three children weren’t there with them on that day. Why? Because this day marked the 10th wedding anniversary for the couple. Moreover, this day was special for the two in other ways, too.
As you might know, Tsunku♂ had his vocal cords removed in October 2014. He lost his voice — often called the “life” of a singer. His biggest supporter during the year and eight months that followed has been none other than his wife, Kanako.
“While she was always good at cooking to begin with, Kanako became intensely focused on cooking only the healthiest recipes for her husband after he was diagnosed with cancer. Tsunku♂, too, in consideration for her wife’s expectations, changed his eating habits. While he used to be a fan of meat-heavy foods, he stopped eating out entirely, concentrating instead on improving his health and eating only healthy foods prepared by his wife.” (Source: anonymous sports magazine reporter)
This important wedding anniversary for the husband and wife united in their struggle must have also been a very emotional one. On this day, they were led to an outdoor terrace table on the street. After they’d toasted with champagne, some steaks were brought to their table. Upon savoring his first mouthful, there was an involuntary smile that appeared on Tsunku♂’s face.
In the next moment, Tsunku♂ leaned over to his wife and whispered something into her ear! Although he had been known to use LINE and other written methods to communicate after the removal of his vocal cords, he had now become able to communicate with his wife without any need for these tools.
“Tsunku♂ has been training heavily to speak using a portion of his esophagus — a method called “esophageal speech.” It took him considerable effort to learn this new way of vocalizing, but from what I’ve been told, he never complained even once — he just kept on trying his best. As a result of his hard work, he apparently now communicates with his wife entirely without the help of any writing. Tsunku♂ was happy to reclaim the “voice” he had previously lost.” (Source: anonymous music industry insider)
Afterwards, Tsunku♂ and his wife continued their friendly conversation over glasses of wine. As they did, their matching wedding rings could be seen sparkling. After some final desserts, their two-hour “wedding date” had finished. They got into their company car that drove them back to their house where their children awaited them. Those “whispers of love” Tsunku♂ delivered on that terrace — they were without a shadow of a doubt words of gratitude to his beloved wife.
9: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/06/15(水) 07:57:22.72 0
That’s great news.
As expected of our Tsunku.
1: 名無しさん＠黒豹 2016/05/14(土) 14:04:29
Tsunku (47) previously stepped down from his position as the producer of H!P. Morning Musume’s new song, “Utakata~” was composed by Tsuno Maisa (24), guitarist of 4-piece girls’ band Akai Kouen. The song has received much praise from people in the music industry for its bright disco sound. As a source in the record industry told us: “People were worried when Tsunku♂ stepped down as the producer, but it actually looks like things are now going very well indeed.“
“Tsuno has a lot of respect for Tsunku♂, and she understands all the “Tsunku♂-isms” very well. It now feels like other creators are taking the seeds planted by Tsunku♂ and watering them with their talent, and the flowers are now starting to bloom. By stepping down as the producer, Tsunku♂ himself has become free to collaborate with other artists. With Tsunku♂ now able to contribute music to artists outside of H!P as well, it’s something that motivates both parties. When that motivation circles back to H!P, too, it’ll create an even more virtuous circle between all parties.”
It would appear that Momusu has entered yet another new era for the group.
2: 名無しさん＠黒豹 2016/05/14(土) 14:05:19
It kinda feels lonely when they state it that plainly…
— You’ve just announced the second volume of your 4-disc compilation album Tsunku♂ Best Sakuhinshuu “Sharan Q ~ Morning Musume” commemorating your 15 years in the entertainment industry. How was it looking back on your work of the past 15 years?
Tsunku♂: Well, there were over 1000 songs I had to choose from — even I found myself thinking “wow, I really wrote a lot.” But I have to say, having had the good luck of scoring many hits as well, compiling the hits among them made me feel the power of those songs rather than any nostalgia. At the end of the day, the hit songs are often the ones that sound the most complete.
— How has your songwriting style changed over the years?
Tsunku♂: Taking that image I have in my head and turning it into a song is something I was much slower at doing when I was younger. I’d have trouble writing the chorus or I’d struggle with coming up with the right riffs or phrases. But as the years went by with me working as a professional, I got better and more efficient at it. Now there are times I’ll start by writing the chorus. That’s one concrete thing that’s changed about the way I work.
— So could you walk us through your average songwriting process? How do you do it?
Tsunku♂: Well, first I pick up a guitar and my portable recorder and record the idea I have so as to not forget it. Then I do a simple demo recording of the song by myself. Once I’ve nailed it down to my satisfaction, I give it to the staff and we do a basic arrangement of it. Then, once the song has taken shape, that’s when I hand it to the arranger.
— I’ve heard so much about you from Lily Franky, who helped organize Sharan Q’s concerts.
Tsunku♂: Lily is the first celebrity I met after moving to Tokyo. Well, I don’t know if celebrity is the right word to describe him, but he was the only person I could depend upon. He was like my life coach. Lily Franky was the one person who would listen to whatever was on my mind.
— Lily’s told me you’d force him to watch Minami-Aoyama Shoujo Kagekidan‘s videos with you.
Tsunku♂: That’s right. (laughs) He liked idols, too, but mostly just the older ones. So I’d show him those videos and be all, “you have to get to know some of these newer idols, too!“
— Later on, you had Canary Club and Tokito Ami cover their song “SWEET & TOUGHNESS.” What made you get into that group in the first place?
Tsunku♂: Not to sound like the lyrics of “Single Bed,” but at the time I was really actively trying to resist being exposed to society’s trends. Before we made it big, I never watched TV, never listened to the radio, and whenever I happened to hear a song that was popular those days, it made me so annoyed. Like, “why is crap like this popular?!” Anyway, our record label, BMG Victor, ended up merging with Fun House, Nanshou’s (Minami-Aoyama Shoujo Kagekidan) record label. They had a bunch of samplers laying around so I just grabbed one, not thinking about it. I checked it out without knowing what I was even looking at, and I just got so hooked. It was something even Nanshou themselves were saying back then: “we have cute girls, but we also have ugly girls!” There was something so funny to me about that balance of the group. I thought that was pretty groundbreaking for an idol group. The group had members that made you think they’d be much better off without them!
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2015/09/10(木) 18:29:18.02 0.net
I want to hear what all you longtime followers of H!P and Terada thought of it.
0: Henkka 2016/03/06(日) 00:00:00.00 0.net
You can read a full English translation of “Dakara, Ikiru” here.
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2015/09/10(木) 18:36:42.59 0.net
The writing is so childlike, it’s obvious it really was written by him and not some ghostwriter.
7: 名無し募集中。。。 2015/09/10(木) 18:41:01.28 0.net
Just got it today and finished reading it in one sitting. While I already felt it listening to his songs, reading it reminded me that he really is a positive thinker. Also: what an amazing wife he has.
10: 名無し募集中。。。 2015/09/10(木) 19:01:17.24 0.net
He really did give his all when producing H!P.
8: 名無し募集中。。。 2015/09/10(木) 18:50:34.64 0.net
What a Terada-like book. Good stuff.
What Only I Can Do
April 4th, 2015. The opening ceremony of Kinki University had ended.
As my congratulatory address was being displayed on the screen, I found myself thinking about the long, winding road I’d taken to get where I stood.
I thought about my beginnings as that ordinary young man from Osaka. I had my professional debut as the vocalist of a band called Sharan Q. I became an idol group producer. I became the president of an entertainment business company. I met my wife. I got married. I became the father of three irreplaceable children. At times I was so busy, I didn’t even have time to sleep. I was a carefree user of cigarettes and alcohol. I was diagnosed with cancer and I had to have my vocal cords removed.
I’d be lying if I said I had no regrets regarding the path I’ve taken in life. But as I was standing up there on the podium, I felt happy from the bottom of my heart. Physically I was standing there on the stage by myself, but I felt like my family was up there with me, all of us holding hands together.
I’m not alone. For as long as one is alive, they will be presented with countless of new doors they have the choice of opening. “Don’t think of this as having been a mistake. Don’t think about how you should’ve done something differently. Don’t regret the past. All of us make mistakes, but at the end of the day, you should feel glad that this is the path you’ve taken. It’s thanks to all of us walking on those paths that we’re all right here, right now. That’s why you’re experiencing what you’re experiencing right now. That’s why you’ve had the chance encounters of your life. Let us all live our lives in a manner that allows us to feel this way!” That’s what was running through my mind. I was, of course, saying those words to myself as well.
My Final Message
On October 6th, the day after Morning Musume’s New York performance, our family boarded a plane headed back to Narita.
Just like on the flight over there, I couldn’t stop producing whinging noises from my throat as I breathed. I don’t think my throat was any more swollen than it had been on the way there, but simply knowing that this pressure I felt in my airways was cancer made breathing considerably more difficult.
“Are you okay? Do you want some water?“, my wife asked me worriedly. Nothing seemed to make my breathing any easier. I already knew perfectly well that I would have to undergo surgery to get rid of this newly metastasized cancer — and surgery meant removing a part of my larynx along with the cancer. “Can they do it by cutting off just a part of it, or will they have to take it all…?“
Even thinking about it as optimistically as I could, I knew they’d probably have to remove at least the left vocal cord. “How much of a voice does one have left when you take away half their vocal cords? Will I still be able to sing if I do lots of rehabilitation? Maybe I could still do something with my voice, even if only at karaoke. But if the cancer has spread further than that… Oh, gods of song, will I not be able to sing any more? I wanted to keep singing forever. If you’re going to take singing from me, then please, please, at least let me have half a voice.” I was praying in my heart the entire way home.
A Ban On Chemicals
We finally held our wedding ceremony in August 2006 at the Nishi Hongan-ji Temple in Kyoto. It was an extremely hot day with perfectly clear skies — we felt like we were melting in our kimonos, but we were both very happy. We were grateful to have lots of relatives and people from work watching over us, making it feel like a proper ceremony.
But the fact of the matter is, my physical health was at its all-time worst.