Friday, February 22, 2002

Penetrating Prime Minister's Palace at 19! Let's go!

Perhaps, watching the news with me suddenly appearing and shaking the hands of Prime Minister Koizumi and President Bush seems to be shocking? "What?? What are you doing Utada Hikaru?" Actually even me (What am I doing?) got the same feeling too. (lol)

First I recieved an invitation. Then I was allowed to have a visit, Prime Minister's Palace is very near Toshiba Emi head office, arbitrarily, I have an attachment to the residence but it was foam away. When I got down from my car, "wow!, this is the entrance that I always see on the news!!" I thought, then it appears to me that I am a CG being put inside the news image?? It was as if I was plug into an area of virtual reality! At the entrance I recieved a name card, I look at it and it was my name with a simplified bio-data written on it(what is this for?), I was told that the moment that I will come face to face with President Bush, that name card will be hand over and read by the chairman(?). It was the first time I recieved a name card from someone with my own name on it. (lol) With that first at the big hall, only the expected guests assembled of course liquor drinks were served, "Pardon me, but you're cheeks has turned red, are you okey?" This kind of chatting started, surprisingly, all of a sudden it is an enthusiastic palace. So then, composedly everyone lined and start to circulate including myself for the present. Then when we turned to the corner, abruptly at the front of the guilded folding screen there was the Prime Minister and Mr.President and Mrs. Bush couple smiling gently right before my eyes!! No kidding, this is a very breathtaking surreal situation! Oh no, but I'm not fully prepared yet!, and as I thought, there it is my name card is being read and announced while I shake the hands of Prime Minister Koizumi, President Bush and the First Lady Mrs. Bush(Overexcitement is very bad for the heart). There's one more, the MC from Foreign Affairs introduce me as "Mister Hikaru Utada," Me, calling a Mister?? hahahaha........., President Bush answered smilingly in english "Even myself doesn't look at all Mister". For that I answred back "It's a great pleasure Sir, the truth is I am both Japanese and American citizen" and he said "Ohh a fellow American!" also "And you are a student of Columbia University" and so this was the topic of our conversation. After the party at the reception Hall, I was able to talk to Prime Minister Koizumi "This is a very beautiful house" I said, and he laughs. Well, this structure is a work of Frank Lloyd Wright isn't it? Before the change to a new Palace I am happy that I was able to get inside and look around. I stared at every detail of the wall, the ceiling, I stared thoroughly in a way I look like some kind of shady person. During the party KOTO (Japanese musical instrument) was played, after the party this KOTO left on the same spot, and I was allowed to look closely. Seems like a manly/feminine which I'm fully unaware bisexual kind of instrument with a touch of charm.

Ohh! Indeed however it never occurs in my mind nor in my dreams, that there will come a day that I will meet both of my countries's leaders(Japan and US). Mr. Nagashima(Japan's famous baseball player & baseball Team Manager), Miss Yawara(Olympic Judo Gold Medalist) etc...... It was a cherish experience meeting lots of various Japanese figures. For 19 years I have been carrying 2 nationlities and I'm not aware of it's significance, except carrying 2 passports, filing for both Japan and US income Tax tradition till now, after meeting US President and Japan's Prime Minister, I have realized my own position and responsibility being both American and Japanese. It becomes very important to set a clear stand in this internationalized world, I must study more about my own two countries!

But before that, I must get rid of my cold first! Today, I have been to my favorite hospital and the doctor said "Ohh! You're on the news paper headline!", finally I remember this news regarding my US contract, I almost forgot about this because my lymph glands are in pain(lol) I will write about this too!! Wait for a day -------.

credits to Yam @ HikkiCentral who originally translated this message.

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Oh my, my eyes . . .

Yesterday? No, that was the day before yesterday, right? I dropped in at the Prime Minister's official residence and attended a reception for President Bush before I went to the studio - !
Wow - that's great!
Since I started working from early in the morning today I finished it earlier than usual and now I'm ready to write the report about the PM's official residence, facing my computer . . . but . . . my eyes!! My eyes hurt so bad!!
It's because, today I did some shootings in the super-glaring direct sunlight and unbelievably-bright lights. It was so dazzling!! I could hardly manage to bear it, worrying my makeup might be smudged 'cause I couldn't help shedding tears when trying to open my eyes normally! Thanks to those lights I can hardly look at the monitor now, aaaaaaghhh I can't stand it any longer - !!! Will I be able to write tomorrow??

Hmm what an ironic coincidence it was, to have got my eyes hurt by the "light(=hikari)" . . . (lol)

Sunday, February 10, 2002

The shortest 3minutes in my whole life (at this point)

Hi, there!
Are those eyes broadly awake?
Or are they worn-out?
At the pick of it's tiredness the pupil turned big as described?(Whoever that is, who is not checking this site you may right away rest those shabby eyes??)

This is a surprise judgement of your such knowledge on World Economy!

The Annual World Economic Forum which used to take place in Switzerland was changed hurriedly in New York because of the last year's September 11 terrorists attacked. The open ceremony held on Jan. 31st was produced by Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone and attended by various musicians gathered from around the world to perform. Very tense and red alert atmosphere due to the presence of each country's political and economic leaders were forgotten for a while. Herbie Hancock, Laurin Hill, Bono of U2, Peter Gabrielle, and so forth... Among these luxurious members, there is only one small Japanese girl.
Therefore question! (chime rings!) Who is that Japanese artist!

So... have you guess? Actually last Jan. 31st in New York, was the sixth month since Utada Hikaru last made a sneak public live performance. It was a political event although for some thought that this is a sort of economic information that's why I made the title Your such Knowledge on World Economy.

4 days before the ceremony, first time I met Sir Quincy Jones(first class gentleman), the cover song which I did "Fly me to the Moon" as we talk, he, back then did it with Frank Sinatra, and so subsequently "Fly me to the Moon" was decided right away. Cramming as it was and virtually without rehearsal, it was the show proper already, I found myself on the stage, while the piano was being played Herbie Hancock passed through before me as he exit the stage, I held the mic, I started to sing 'till I'm done, I tried not to stumble as I walk out the stage, Quincy and I got a quick hug and then I got home! Waaaaaaah! It was fast! But truly a real sensation!

Even though this was a very urgent project, no person would refuse a glaring invitation such as this!! Staring at the member's list who would appear, realizing that listening to this forum's particulars is very important and the significance of taking part in it. For everyone who are living in Earth, what are the things to consider in order to have a better world and for this reason, from now on world economic top leaders will calculate, meet at the same place and confront the present problems, give solutions by seeking clues, sharing ideas and raising new issues. Every year at the place venue surroundings, demonstrators carry out rallies and it seems to end up having casualties, the new terrorists target, New York, held it this year. Preparations for possible dangers were strictly observed same thing for the members who would appear in the forum. That kind of tension were ease a little, the eve of sensitive talks loosen up as the streangth of music was used, live show was held.

Everyone who are also have complaint in the world, who doesn't have satisfaction, who have doubts? Finally (but as for me is there anything that I can do?) you can raise the question of what's next is unlikely? Maybe you lack of your own ideas? Or is it the environment vicious circle? If this is the case, something huge should be done otherwise this won't mean anything, and awakening one's self is probably the thing to do. Me, at this time from that direction a chance cornered me, that's why later on I'll just drive! Scheduled relationship was one week, Tokyo and New York was 2 laps, it was a very hard work to manage, so it's really a massive week!

"How come there's no available information before hand!", You may be asking this, but it was a very strict surveillance up to the changes of every appearances of the guests, even the people who are present wasn't able to announce it. I'm sorry. The center of New York was perfectly shut out, the secret service security system also made it hard and almost impossible for me to enter the meeting place. Next day at the airport I had this feeling that the check was so slight!(smile) Ahhhhhhh! Does the news show the image on air?? [I want to see the image too!], you may be saying this, well it's me who has got to see it! That marvelous stage, I need a confirmation that everything was not just a a dream! (lol)

Really that 3 minutes was just like a wink. I haven't been able to enjoy that happy time to the fullest.
But anyway I'll make it an inverse proportion in which made this message longer! (lol)

credits to Yam @ HikkiCentral who originally translated this message.

Friday, February 01, 2002

Captain Utada is a little like a bad hubby . . .

Well well, at first I was thinking I'd talk about my new single after I got my computer back, but I'm gonna write it now! Um, no, I'll do it next time(hey girl, how many times did you change your mind? (lol)), before that, I've got something to tell you for a long, looooooong time. Looooooong. For 53 days, to be exact . . . Let's count it, about 53 days ago, that is about December, 9th. December 9th of last year is . . . yes! That's 3rd anniversary of Utada Hikaru's debut!! Many, many thanks to those who remembered it --- !!!!!

Aaaaaahhhh I could finally say it! Whew I feel better now! I'd been thinking I needed to say it, for a loooooong time! Ah, feels like it's a long time ago face mark I know I'm late saying it! I'm so sorry!! Well . . . actually I forgot it, just a little(only just a little bit, you know)and the next day I remembered it while checking e-mail. Then I was away from my PC for a couple of days and lost the chance to talk about it. Har har har. Hmm, I feel like I got to know the feeling of a bad hubby a little at this age, who forgot his wedding anniversary! (lol)

Marking the 3rd anniversary of the debut I've got a lot of encouraging messages like talking about how he/she came across me; looking back over the past 3 years and telling me he/she will continue to keep an eye on me in the future. I read every email and mail and deeply impressed with them. You know, every time someone tells me "I love you" it makes me rrrrealllly happy, although it seems so simple!!! I wanna tell this to all the couples, or married couples, father/mother and son/daughter, friends, everyone who believe they've been sharing each other's feelings for a long time enough to think like "do I have to say that again?" ! (is this getting to sound like a big deal??) Something great will surely happen, if you tell someone you care about how much you love them. It makes everyone happy, I'm sure.

"Utada 'Hikaru(in Chinese character)'" is owned only by myself no matter how far it goes, but "Utada 'Hikaru(in Katakana)'" stands next to - let me see - the promise between you and me, doesn't it? So I think my debut anniversary - of building a bridge between us - is something like a wedding anniversary in a sense. (Don't you think so?) I've got to take more care of it. All right, I promise I'll be a "better hubby" this year --- !

(NOTE by Nuuk)
'Hikaru' in Chinese character ... real first name of Hikki.
'Hikaru' in Katakana ... stage first name of Hikki.