September 23, 1985 — Tokyo
1999/08/22 ~ 2002/09/23
Goto: The amount of time I spent as a member was a mere three years, but there’s no question that it was the most intense three years of my entire life.
— It really was a surprisingly short amount of time. One thing is for sure though: when that blond-haired junior high school student made her first appearance on TV, something had instantly changed all over Japan.
Goto: I’d only dyed my hair because I was on my summer vacation. That was back when that whole gyaru boom was happening and I just got swept up in it…
— But you were taking part in an idol audition. Were you not worried about the hair hurting your chances?
Goto: I liked the way I looked. And besides, while I did hope to become a singer, I also wasn’t the type of girl to hold back from doing something I wanted to do just because of that.
— You have also said that you were able to proceed in the auditions only because you didn’t go on your school’s field trip.
Goto: Going on the field trip, we would’ve had a certain dress code. I absolutely did not want that. I intended to go in full makeup, wearing a paleo skirt and everything, but the teacher said no. So I withdrew from the field trip and went to the audition instead. (laughs)
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/02(日) 10:32:01.16 0.net
Oh, the drama! Apparently they got into an argument one time when it was just the two of them in the dressing room. Turns out they really were on bad terms.
2: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/02(日) 10:33:46.74 0.net
They’re both such strong-willed people.
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/02(日) 10:35:10.62 0.net
A one-on-one fight actually leading to them becoming friends…?
They couldn’t make their delinquent nature any more obvious if they tried. (laughs)
6: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/09/02(日) 10:35:33.47 0.net
When did this happen?
Around the Gomattou days?
10: 稲場愛香 2018/09/02(日) 10:37:17.55 0.net
That’s women for you.
Countryside calm or metropolitan bustle?
I think quite a lot of girls who don’t live in the very busiest suburban cities — even if they’re not from a complete countryside area, but just somewhere where people lead even slightly more laidback lifestyles — might’ve been surprised upon first seeing Goto Maki, one of the additions to Morning Musume.
Goto is someone who entered the world of show business quite literally out of nowhere. Yet, from the very beginning, she’s had the freshness and the looks of someone you could line up with other celebrities and she wouldn’t look out-of-place at all. Sure, some of it is thanks to her naturally lovely facial features and her nice figure. But frankly, I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that she’s a Tokyo girl. In addition, she has older sisters who are quite a bit older than her, making her seem mature for her age — but not in a bad sense of the word, mind you: she’s just your average Tokyo girl who became fashionable thanks to the influence of her big sisters.
Someone like Goto might go, “well, summer vacation’s started and all — I guess I’ll try dying my hair blonde!” But if it was a girl from the countryside, dying your hair blonde would be a momentous decision. People all around town would be rumoring about you. “Did you see what the girl from that house did?” Her parents would be crying, begging her not to go through with it. This is something that would be a non-issue for Tokyo girls.
Assuming your parents weren’t the abnormally bossy type, they’d think nothing of it if you showed up one day, going “I decided to change my hairstyle!” To a girl like that, it might be similar to something like the countryside girl simply getting her nails done. This might sound unthinkable to anyone from the more rural areas. I can see it being an issue even for someone living in a larger suburban city like Osaka. I really think it’s something you can only get away with if you’re one of the big city, Tokyo girls.
Goto Yuki, younger brother of Goto Maki, was in 2008 found guilty of a 2007 theft of electrical cable and convicted to imprisonment with hard labor for a term of five years and six months. He was released on parole in October 2012 and then in January 2013 — for the first time since his group EE Jump went on an indefinite hiatus in 2002 — he gave a public interview.
The interview was done for a Japanese tattoo website and it’s a pretty interesting (if short) read, so I do recommend checking it out and reading more about not only his tattoos, but about what drove him to a life of crime, what he thought about his time in jail and also an answer to a certain persistent rumor about him and Maki.
Translated in January 2013.
Original interview, text & photography: tattoo navi
English translation: Henkka
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Source: Ayaya Maniac Live
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I want to see that.