September 14, 1986 — Fukui
2001/08/26 ~ 2011/09/30
Takahashi: Right around the time when people started calling it the “Idol Warring Period” and we suddenly had more rivals and less exposure, Tsunku♂ said something to us. “It’s because it’s a time like this that you need to raise the level of your performances.” It was such a relief to hear him say that. It seemed like nothing was going well for us, and yet, now it suddenly felt like I could see the road ahead. It felt like I had been shown the direction that we were supposed to take.
— The group’s Golden Era that had begun with “LOVE Machine” was showing no signs of slowing down even in 2001 when the four members of the 5th generation joined. However, there were tough times ahead.
Takahashi: It was so, so difficult. “Platinum Era” is something they started calling it only after I had graduated — we received zero acknowledgement in real time. I just barely got to experience the Golden Era, but when the 5th generation joined, things in Morning Musume began to change. We couldn’t help but always struggle with the thought that it had been our fault; that we had lacked something.
Paipai: This book is in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Hello! Project, and so first I’d just like to say: congratulations!
Takahashi: Thank you.
Paipai: Something that caught me off-guard recently was you appearing at Morning Musume ’17’s Budokan concert.
Takahashi: Ah, the surprise appearance.
Paipai: What surprised me the most about it was how you stood on stage, looking like you’d only just been up there yesterday or something! I was astonished seeing you looking like that.
Takahashi: Really?! I didn’t mean to appear that way! (laughs)
Paipai: I know you’re mainly working in fashion right now, so I was just thinking how it was even possible for you to still have an aura like that. Like, I know you still perform at fan club events and so, but I would think you’d be at least a little bit nervous when appearing on a stage in front of 8,000 people.
Takahashi: Oh, I was super nervous. It was a complete surprise appearance so I even had to do the rehearsal with no sound. So then when I got on stage it just felt so alien to me. I was freaking out.
45: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 20:32:24.13 0.net
As expected of Ai-chan.
This is the Ai-chan I know and love.
114: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 20:48:01.60 0.net
Man, Ai-chan sure never disappoints.
59: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 20:35:09.95 0.net
Ai-chan really is pretty amazing — in many senses of the word.
156: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 20:54:35.90 0.net
Why the hell are you announcing this? (laughs)
46: 名無し募集中。。。 2018/01/05(金) 20:32:36.96 0.net
Wait just a second, Ai-chan!!
This is none of your damn business!!
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/04(月) 19:11:57.90 0.net
“It’s all thanks to my husband that I’m able to enjoy a fun day-to-life life. He’s very careful about money, and it’s thanks to him that for the first time ever I’ve been able to put aside some money into savings. (laughs) In our household, it’s more like it’s the husband playing the role of the wife. (laughs) I’m incredibly thankful to him!”
5: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/04(月) 19:14:03.06 0.net
It’s well-known how Takahashi is with money. She’s been known to order every single item on the menu at family restaurants and stuff.
8: 名無し募集中。。。 2016/01/04(月) 19:15:01.78 0.net
Even Junjun once told her she spends too much money on shopping.
Note: This article contains content some readers might find objectionable. If you are one of those readers, I suggest you look into removing the stick that is lodged up your ass.
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2014/06/15(日) 23:32:22.20 0.net
The “I am a whore” T-shirt in question:
What was broadcasted on FBS Fukuoka’s “Night Shuffle” ↓
1: 名無し募集中。。。 2013/06/18(火) 00:41:10.60 0
It was fun, right?
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