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?
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.
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. ＾＾
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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.