Q&A with Kohara Konomi (30/12/18)

Kohara Konomi does a Q&A on IG every now and then. Do check out the previous ones here! Also, she answers some questions that are written in foreign languages. For those questions and answers, I did not translate them and left them as they are. They are indicated in MAROON.



Q: What is the origin of your “Konomi” name?

A: My dad and mum both chose a character each and combined them together. Dad chose “好 (Ko)”, while mum chose “美 (Mi)”. I really like my name.

Q: If I manage to give birth to a kid, can we name her Konomi? I’ll be happy if you allow that!

A: Thank you both for always supporting me!✨ I’m delighted. What a thing! Is my name really okay!? You mentioned this in your letter to me before right? (●´人`●) That made me really happy. I talked to my mum before and she said “Sorry for that ( *´艸`) heh” lol. After he/she gets born, please tell me. Also, take care of your health! Thank you always.

Q: If you were to play a villain, are there any lines you want you want to say? Or is there any type of villain you want to act out?

A: If I were to choose, I want to try out being a villain who was supposed to be a friend!   ( *´艸`) It’s difficult to make the switch from good to bad but i think that’s what makes it cool.

Q: Do you add sugar to hot milk?

A: I like a tinge of sweetness (*∩ω∩) Hot Kahlúa is also amazing.

Q: Hirugano’s plateau milk from Gifu tastes really great, do try it out!

A: Thanks!! I’ll go look it up immediately.

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Q: Did Kohara-san have such a thing like using personal pronouns back when you were young? Did you have a period where you use “Boku (me: first person pronoun)”?

A: When I was in the lower grades of grade school, I used to refer myself as “Konomi is~”? I didn’t use “Boku” before (●´ー`●) On the opposite, I had many nicknames. “Bunmeido” and “Okonomiyaki” (Pun on her Konomi name) are some of the ones I had.

Q: When will you go to Kawagoe next?

A: I think I should go soon! Together with my sister from the show (Maekawa Ryōko-chan) (✿´ ꒳ ` )♡ After all, it’s a place that invigorates me ✨ I wanna go to Kumano Shrine and contribute an Ema again.

 

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Q: Were there any news from 2018 which left a lasting impression on you?

A: Plenty of them. The one that stood out the most was (the passing away of) Katsura Utamaru-san. Being loved by everyone, and even in his last moments, he was still thinking about rakugo and I think that is really great. Also, I talked about how I love The Drifters!* Ikariya Chōsuke is also cool. There’s something about the lifestyle of people from the older generation that makes them feel larger than life.

*A 2-part interview with Nakamoto Koji of The Drifters was published on bunshun.jp regarding some inside stories of the band.

Q: How do you feel about your growth in 2018?

A: To be honest, I don’t really know. I do plenty of self reflections daily. But, I’m beginning to like (my) expressions from day to day! I’ll work hard!

Q: I’m working part-time for this stretch of holidays as well as Christmas too! Let’s work hard together!

A: Thank you for your hard work! When I saw this comment, I replied in my mind “Do your best okay!” lol… This takes me back… When I was in Muji, I used to work 4-5 days of holidays in a stretch ^ ^ When it is time to rest, please make sure to rest well, okay?

Q: Are you happy now?

A: I’m so happy!

Q: What types of sushi do you like?

A: Fatty tuna! Salmon roe! Chawanmushi (steamed egg custard)! Lol

Q: Anything you desire now?

A: Humidifier!!!!! H U M I D I F I E R ! lol

Q: Thank you for your hard work! Do you have any plans to get lovey-dovey time with Zucchi before the end of this year?

A: Yes!!!!! We made a promise to meet and I’ll post the picture later.

Q: Have you been to Tochigi prefecture?

A: Nope! Where would you recommend? I hope to be able to visit all these different places one day.

Q: Other than Christmas and birthday, do you have any other ‘special days’?

A: Not at all. If there was one, the bloom of sakura flowers in spring 🌸 maybe? It gives a sense of “it’s starting!”. My own special day, how nice it would be if I have one (*´꒳`*) fufufu

Q: I failed my job promotion test and got depressed. What does Kohara-san do to change your mood at moments like this?

A: Before I became a seiyuu, I was working as an actor (drama, movies…etc), but before I got accepted at that company, I had to face countless rejections. I sent my CV to around 40 companies maybe… But then, I didn’t receive any responses. That made me really depressed, it lasted for around 1.5 years. But, i think that being depressed is also a good thing. Be as depressed as you want, then get up and move again! After all, life throws you 3 chances. If you don’t seize that chance and move forward properly, the chance will fly by. Go somewhere and charge up your energy. Please try your best ✨ I’m rooting for you. (Also, if there are unwanted documents or stuff lying around in your room, get rid of them because they suck up all the good fortune! Just doing that brought about big changes for me.)

Q: What is the most touching view you saw this year? For me, it is seeing the starry sky from Fuji-san’s 7th station!

A: That must be lovely!! It’s my dream to go to a place where I can see the starry sky one day. I answered this question in part 1, which was seeing the first sunrise of the day and the view I got to see at events,  but seeing how you got to visit such a wonderful place, I ended up wanting to reply to you (✿´ ꒳ ` ) I wanna see all these wonderful places for myself too!

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This Q&A was first published on 30 December 2018 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.


Q: When you mentioned about this Q&A, I was scratching my head to think of one and couldn’t come up with a decent one. Lol

A: Don’t worry about it, it’s fine. Thank you for all the letter contributions for my radio shows as well as shizucafe ✨ I’m counting on you in the future too.

Q: What’s your take away memory from your schooling days?

A: On the way back home from school, we ended up eating at a yakitori place lol. 4 high school girls in their school uniform in a yakitori place, isn’t that funny? lol

Q: What did you do when you faced difficult times in your life? How do you get over them, switch your mood around?

A: As long as you are alive, you get to experience all sorts of different things. When I was in school, I’d confide in my close friend, and toss aside stuff that I don’t wanna think about. But eventually, that didn’t make any sense, if it wasn’t by my own accord, I won’t be able to move forward. Now, when I face such issues, I will collate my thoughts around that and think of the next step. And even then, if it’s too painful for me, I will talk to my mum. She would also have things to talk to me about, and the phone calls would end up being super long… lol. When I was staying with my parents, we used to talk till 4am in the morning even though I have to be up early (for work). When hardship comes, it’s normal to feel negative about it, but only you yourself can turn that into positivity, so move on! Sleep to turn my mood around! Indulge in food! Watch your favourite shows! That’s about it. Sorry for the long reply lol.

Q: Do you like making plans?

A: I love making them. In order to allow the people I’m going out with to fully enjoy the gatherings, I would always take the initiative.

Q: Koko-chan, what’s your target for 2019?

A: Work hard on my each and every of my job as usual!

Q: Is Kohara-san a love detective?

A: I love conversations on love! I want to feel my heart thumping for Kaguya-sama radio, so keep those mails and letters coming. Everyone is only sending in funny stuff, to liven up the radio! Lol (I may be saying that, but I’m thankful to everyone. Working together with everyone is fun lol. I’m counting on you guys next year too lol) heh heh

Q: What’s your favourite type?

A: I talked about this in shizucafe* with Zucchi previously, but it turned out that our preferred types are totally different, which I don’t quite understand myself. Lol~ Let’s see. I like someone who is diligent in their work, share their laughter with me. Also, someone who I can properly exchange “Thank you” and “Sorry” with. It feels like a common thing, but it’s a very important thing.

*Shizucafe is a niconico web stream series that is hosted by Ishigami Shizuka.

Q: I guess all girls like illumination* after all?

A: I think so too! I love them myself. That’s one of the reasons why I love winter (*´꒳`*) ✨ ufufu

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*Japan has illumination shows, decorations in winter. One of the most famous one is the one pictured above in Mie, Nabana no Sato.

Q: Has Koko-chan ever gotten drunk before?

A: Nope lol. I haven’t experienced getting drunk before lol.

Q: Koko-chan’s makeup is really cute 💓✨Do you have any makeup feature you especially like?

A: I can’t say that of myself 💦 Since the past, I’ve not been putting on heavy makeup. I do my own makeup even when I appear for events. If they aren’t products that my skin is used to, it will turn red. (cries) I have a complex because of my low nose. If I were to point out a feature, I make it a point to take care of my long eyelashes at the corner of my eyes. lol

Q: Please teach me a magic spell to stay on the bright side!

A: Keep a smile on! Even if there are hard times, don’t give that up. Pick yourself up when you fall.

 

Everyone, thank you for all your questions!
I was able to answer most of them (*´꒳`*)
It was really fun!
I’m looking forward to all the responses to my replies too.

Thank you.

 

Please follow Koko-chan at her IG!

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This Q&A was first published on 30 December 2018 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.

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Q&A with Kohara Konomi (29/12/18)

Kohara Konomi does a Q&A on IG every now and then. Do check out the previous ones here! Also, she answers some questions that are written in foreign languages. For those questions and answers, I did not translate them and left them as they are. They are indicated in MAROON.


Q: Why did I buy this…a feeling like this, did this happen to you this year?

A: That happens quite often lol, I can say that for clothes haha. I started living alone this year so I think I ended up buying too much but they are important so I guess that’s okay.

Q: Merry Christmas! What’s the number one present you wish for?

A: Sorry for being late! Merry Christmas ✨ For now, I guess… Hotpot. Lol sorry for being realistic haha. I would love a Doraemon. Something like going out with him. Bringing out all these mystery tools… It will surely be fun!

Q: Based on Koko-chan’s post, I bought materials to make my own lipstick 💄What combinations do you recommend?

A: You remembered! It was quite a while back too~✨ I like gentle (moisturizing) lipsticks. I think it’s the right fit for winter now (*∩ω∩) Please share with me your report when you finished them.

Q: Something you must do before an important occasion. Do you do anything like that? For example, the day before a test…

A: Something that makes me nervous…the first episode screening of an anime for example. What do I do… I end up being unable to sleep… I would write down whatever thoughts I had at that moment in a diary maybe (●´ー`●) Also, I reflect back on the past. What do you do in your case?

Q: I intend to spend the end of the year reading a book, do you have any recommendations?

A: I like Yoshimoto Banana-san’s “Kitchen”. I also recommended “Love Generation” (Nozawa Hisashi) previously. If you have any love stories to recommend, please share them with me.

Q: Are you going to eat mochi for New Year’s day?

A: Hmm should I haha I wanna eat 10! lol

Q: Rii-chan (Nagae Rika) is a Tiktoker, how about Koko-chan? Are you gonna use it?

A: I tried it out but I’m shy so I didn’t post them lol and deleted them right away hahaha. If our play research group (Asoken) ends up wanting to do it, we will post something after that lol.

Q: Are there any characters you want to see in Santa cosplay? Lol. I want to see the 3 characters from Asoken in them.

A: They would look good in them ✨ Kasumi would be sporting a slight grin lol. As for me… Kirin-chan from Gakuen Babysitters (●´ー`●)💕 she will definitely look cute in it.

Q: Do you like Christmas? Or are you the type who can go without it to the point that everyday is just a mass of love?*

A: I like Christmas, but I’m okay with the latter too. But I still love Christmas 💗 love the atmosphere in the streets.

*The reader is evidently referencing this “Ai no Katamari (Mass of love)” by KinKi Kids but I think Koko-chan didn’t catch that.

Q: Are you going to make a Christmas cake?

A: Nope (●´ー`●) Maybe Asoken should do one! ✨They (Hina & Rii) will definitely be too noisy lol

Q: Any festive plans for the New Year?

A: For New Year, I don’t have any special plans, but I did go to my relatives’ house and had lots of fun meeting my cousins. We are close in age so we get along well.

Q: What’s your favourite episode from Tsuki ga Kirei?

A: Ehh! I can’t single out one. I love all of them. If I really had to choose one, it would be episode 10. The scene where they passed by each other amidst Koutaro’s jealousy that is typical of puberty. It was nerve wracking to see  what happens next, and that kiss from Akane at the end sums it up… Akane was so cute there. But it was embarrassing, yep. lol

Q: Merry Christmas, do your best~

A: Thank you. I’ll do my best!!

Q: What style do you like your chicken to be cooked in?

A: Seasoned with soy sauce? Maybe. But, recently I tried grilled chicken with rosemary herb and I liked it (●´人`●) I want to cooking it myself but I wonder if it will taste out alright.

Q: Every time I look at your photos, I feel that your skin is really beautiful! What kind of cosmetic products do you use?

A: No, no, that isn’t true… I use products from Albion series often ( ˘ ³˘) As for toning water, I use the toning water for sensitive skin from Muji.

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Q: What is the best add-on to rice?

A: Hmmmmm, Natto (Fermented soy beans). Eh, no, negitoro (tuna minced with Welsh onion leaves)!! lol

Q: What musical does Koko-chan likes? I like Shiki Theatre Company’s “Beauty and the Beast” and “La La Land”.

A: Ooh! I like Shiki’s “Little Mermaid”!! It’s a musical that sets my heart thumping and thinking about it while on the way back (●´ー`●) I wanna watch it again.

Q: What was your top highlight in 2018?

A: Mm~how do I choose.. Asobi Asobase perhaps. The recording sessions were great (fun), and I got to challenge myself singing songs that I never thought I could… (●´人`●) Moving forward, I want to make full use of my abilities as an actor again!

Q: When did you stop believing in Santa Claus’s existence? I believed in his existence till I reached high school.

A: Sa-Santa Claus exists!!!! Lol I’m about the same as you. When will my turn to be santa come…(cries)

Q: Please teach me a way to kill time when commuting on the trains ✨

A: Reading a book, using your phone ^^I browse through the pages on the travel app “Kinarino” quite often. Sorry that my answer turns out to be using an app lol.

Q: What food is there? (This reader submitted a question in broken Japanese, so I’m keeping that essence here)

A: Do you mean my favourite food? I like pork miso soup recently ^^I love miso.

Q: How was this year? (2018)

A: A year that I’m grateful to many different people. Maybe it sounds really normal, but I really feel that way. ^^

 

Please follow Koko-chan at her IG!

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This Q&A was first published on 29 December 2018 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.