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 Kohara-san’s favourite word and word that holds the greatest importance?
A: My favourite word would be “Natural”, while the word that I hold dear to me is “Thank you”.
Q: Why is “Thank You” the word you treasure the most? Is there any specific reason behind this?
A: When I was 12, my beloved grandpa passed away and I cried a bucket of tears. Back then, my grandma told me “Do you know? For a short period after someone passes away, they would be still be able to hear. Isn’t it a waste to be crying away? Wouldn’t saying [Thank you] to that person and sending him off with a smile make them feel much happier?” At that time, those thoughts didn’t register in my mind, but when my grandma passed away, once again those words came back to me. I understood the importance of those words. Your feelings of happiness and positivity will reach the person you want to convey to. That is why [Thank you] that my grandma taught me is such an important word to me.
Q: Is Kohara Konomi your real name? I love your name 💕
A: Thank, thank you… (blushes) I’m elated lol. It’s my real name. My dad & mum contributed one character each to my name. “好” from my dad, and “美” from my mum. Hehhehheh. It’s difficult to read, but I appreciate your support moving forward. lol
Q: Did Koko-chan take part in club activities in school?
A: I was in the basketball club in grade school and the badminton club in middle school. I really wanted to join the track and field club but there wasn’t any lol.
Q: When did you feel that “I’ve found my calling” while being a seiyuu?
A: When I felt the joy of everyone enjoying the shows!! That makes me the happiest.
Q: Who are the seiyuu you respect, want to work together with?
A: Too many! As for co-acting, it will be Ishigami Shizuka-san 💕 I hope that we get on the same production again.
Q: Please host a radio show!!
A: I also wish to!!!! Does everyone want something like Dotto Ai*? What segments would you be pleased with?
*Dotto Ai is her first and only solo radio show to date.
Q: When you are feeling uneasy and worried, what do you do to lift up your own spirits?
A: I always struggle “What should I do? What should I do!? 💦” until the last moment. But once time is up, I just got to do it! I will flip on my serious switch and work hard! There is no way I can run away from all these worries and uneasiness…as long as I’m alive. I also wish to become tough enough to withstand all of these (●´ー｀●) fufufu.
Q: What colours do you like?
A: Green, red! As for clothes, beige, navy, black and raw beige. I also like colourful stuff. lol
Q: I hope to see your acting as Mizuno Akane again!
A: Many people are asking for this. It makes me really happy. It’s been 2 years since Tsuki ga Kirei now. I’m also hoping to get the chance to act as her again (*´꒳`*) Please let that day come.
Q: Please leave a message for those who aspiring to become a seiyuu!
A: Do you struggle with understanding what acting is? I’m the same, I do not know what is right or wrong when it comes to acting. But, I think that’s fine. If you let your thoughts and feelings of moving forward stop, then nothing will change. If you surrender yourself to time, the chance will slip away from you!
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Making accessories! Although I’ve not made anything recently (´••) collecting ear piercings, I also love cute stationery! When I was in high school, I made an album for my friends birthday present, I like making collages and layouts 💕 I’ve also liked taking photos since middle school. I hope that I can do something related to that in the future.
Q: What are the things you wish to take on in the future?
A: Plentiful. There’s acting, narration for example. I’m also glad to see your comments of support saying “I’ve watched that CM! (which Kohara voiced over)”. The others would be stage plays, and the above-mentioned photography related jobs… Previously, I also did a little bit of modeling.. Someday, I dream about doing such jobs.
Q: What are the apparel and cosmetics shops you like?
A: Tons of questions like this came in (*´꒳`*) For clothes, I go to bulle de savon, KBF, Muji and UNIQLO. I’ve been wearing this beige skirt from UNIQLO for events ✨ As for cosmetics, I go to to/one, KORRES for my lip butter. I like their rose series, but it has been discontinued… I still have 3 sticks left in my stock so I’ll use them sparingly lol.
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This Q&A was first published on 21 March 2019 on Instagram. All images and videos you see here belong to their respective owners.