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26 February 2011 @ 06:13 pm
[Translator's note: I decided to keep quite vague the title (and consequently every time he says that expression in the article) on purpose. A translation like “The place I was born” would be correct and maybe better to read, but from Kame's words, I've understand he means not only the city, but the environment and the family too. To make this clear, I wrote “where” and not “place”. Keep this double meaning in mind while reading.]

What's the scenery of the bottom of the heart that Kamenashi Kazuya's lens reflects?

VOL.3 生まれた場所 - Where I was born

「I love where I was born, and I want to continue loving it. That thought is my base.」


When I received the theme “To born”, I reminded this scenery at once, the Sky Tree that can be seen from my family's neighborhood. Aiming to the time when there aren't cars I went to take the picture early in the morning, but a granny of the neighborhood interfered “What are you doing~?”!

One day, when I went back to my hometown, I realized that at the end of the road I always go for a stroll the Sky Tree is coming to life. In my familiar hometown there's Tokyo's landmark! [The image] superimposed on the memory of the Tour Eiffel I saw in Paris, and my tension rose. Even though this is Shitamachi (laughs).
When I have the possibility I find time enough, I go back to my hometown and spend time together with my family. Both my hometown and my family: I really like “where I was born”.
25 years ago, I was born as the third son of the Kamenashi family. Among the all-male brothers, excluding me everyone is good in building their bodies! My elder brother is a national competition level karate athlete, my second brother it's a former Self-Defense Forces personnel. Of course their younger brother, that is me, was a gofer?! I was punched just like a sandbag, and it was my job even to go buy every week the “Shonen Jump” (laughs). My big brothers were normally scary, but in reality they are kind. Even after I started this work, they took me to the work place with the bike, and protected me in many ways. By the way, my little brother is a guy with a huge body but a kind temper too (laughs).
If I love so much my family it’s greatly thanks to my parents. We weren’t a well-to-do family, but the love is deep and I respect them. My father is a dandy. He's the kind of husband who has the power and dresses a bit stylishly... For us, his sons, he worked on days and nights. My mother is that kind of person who's “THE Japanese mother”! In each situation, she was an out-and-out “my kids before myself”. She was very busy with house works, work, child care, [*] that would rarely dress smartly or wear make-up, so the day when parents come to see classes at school she came with a face completely white just from above the neck, it was very embarrassing! (laughs) But, when my mother smiles, all the family naturally smiles. She draws happy feelings out. To me, the ideal woman is after all probably my mother. Even though both the energy and the household expenses must have been very very much, I've never felt lonely. There were hard times, but they were filled up by the side of love. That place is even now my base.

Even during my changes, there was the presence of my family who was looking after me, without fail

But you know, there was a time when I left [/kept my distances from] “where I was born”, was it my “family” or “hometown”. I suppose it was around when I was 20. I debuted, and for the changes in work and environment, I began to lose sight of a place to call my home and I couldn't even take the distance with my family in a clever way. I became able to earn my living, and if I was happy to support my family in terms of money, the other half of me was also bewildered by a kind of change of government... The showbiz has a different side from the common sense of the society, so being tainted by that, I thought maybe I would have been happier if I had always lived as Kamenashi Kazuya the artist. But even to that me who was exerting himself that way, my family was close to me as they have always done.
In that span of time, I realized that everything was up to me. The distance between me and my family, and who I wanted to be: if there was my center, I can exist without changing. On one side there is KAT-TUN's Kamenashi, and because as a son I will respect my parents forever, I will say what I must say as an adult who has become independent. I properly grew up that sense of relationship together with my family.
Recently, we do lots of “brother meetings”. While we were discussing about “What are we going to do about the Kamenashi family from now on?”, in the end we got drunk and my second big brother cried man tears. You're too passionate! (laughs) Family is important, but since the members increase with time, and even the relationships is something that keeps changing... in those times, I think probably it isn't necessary discussing or making efforts. The hometown is the same. Doing this way without realizing a new scenery was born. Because changes are natural, I want to continue loving [both the family and the hometown] while accepting those changes too. At the end, I'm really proud of my family and my hometown that can make me think this way.

[*] Note: He actually divides "house works" and "work" talking about his mother. I don't know if this means that his mother worked too, or simply he was telling apart housework and *random other stuff*. I don't know Kame's family to confirm it XD

I won't comment this entry as I usually do just because I found myself almost crying (what a news, I always cry with Maquia entries WTH). He's so special I can't even comment him. His ability to freely expose his weakness and the times where he failed or was weak just makes me... ;____; I'll flail with you in the comments XD
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
nono96 on February 26th, 2011 06:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
kk4evamuz82 on February 26th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
TQ for this
a nice present indeed
I love how he talks about his family...so ordinary...its something that we can relate to
I love that he never forget about his family no matter how famous he had become
brother meetings - LOL they prob talking about how to get a wife for Kame
the meeting is so cute with his brother crying..LOL
This put a smile to my face..TQ
your friendly neighborhood Isi: Kame jumpiside89 on February 26th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
how to get a wife for Kame
I admit that, while translating that sentence, I imagined them planning future babies and marriages, and then looking at kame saying "And you? How do you plan to do your part of this job?" X°°°D
hinatah on February 26th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
OMG! Where did all that wisdom come from? Not to mention that they way he talked about the place where he was born (and I don't mean only about his family) made me actually shed some tears.
Thank you so much for sharing this! Great job!
marrria~thegirlgoddess on February 26th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
Kamenashi family ♥ *grabs tissue and wipes tears*

You can tell a lot about a person by the way he talks about his family and this interview proves how sweet, amazing genuinely good person Kame is. I am lost for words I can't even properly express how I feel right now. Reading this makes me love him even more than I already do. *siiigh*

And I love you too Isi for translating this.*162347384673 million chuuus* :)♥
supernaduhsupernaduh on February 26th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
"My father is a dandy. He's the kind of husband who has the power and dresses a bit stylishly"

A chip off the old block - Kame and his dressy ways. Not related, but this reminded me of that tidbit where his father just casually wore his expensive pair of pants (was that from Hanamaru or Oshareism?)

I hate him for doing this essay - he makes feel like a bad, bad kid :(((

Chris: thinking ver2kt_kitt on February 26th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
*crying silently here with you*

ne, this is just another beautifull essay, so casual talking about his family and his hometown, the place where the most important things were taught to him, respect and love. His parents sure are very proud of their sons and their Kamenashi Kazuya, cause they are there always, even when he distanced himself, cause that´s the family bonds, I´m sure his mother suffered everytime bad stuff were throwed at him without any real reason, just cause he is doing his job and he´s bringing love to those who are screaming his name in a scenary.......*trying to control the tears*

oh God just please protect him, and all the ones he loves...is just my wish....

Thank you dear!!! *hugs*
your friendly neighborhood Isi: kame piecesiside89 on February 27th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
You didn't help me not shedding tears again, you know ;A;
The image you pictured of his (beloved) mother suffering for anti-fan bashing and attacks probably media bashing, or simply when he distanced himself from them, is just... omg ;__;
He deserves so much love. Each Maquia's issue is a pearl. I would like that other fans see his intelligence too. He's more than a pretty face... and this is so rare.
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abjcabjc on February 26th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
O, Isi, I totally melted reading this. *blinking to clear my eyes*

"Even during my changes, there was the presence of my family who was looking after me, without fail"
This is important - to know that your family is there for you, always. :)

This is a wonderful present, thank you. *hug* :)

P.S. About my little project -so far didn't find anything bad *happy*, but I'll check again and keep my eyes open. XDD *me in protective mood*
your friendly neighborhood Isi: Kame B/W styleiside89 on February 27th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
*hugssssss* Oh you're so cute :3 I feel loved LOL *hugs again*
I think the fact he found his family beside him even when he was blinded, tainted, charmed by showbiz, and consequently lost, really impressed him. This is why he loves his family so much. I'm sure he's going to be a very good daddy too, if he's able to say such deep things now ♥
feje210feje210 on February 26th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
I was teary eyed while reading this essay of Kame-chan.
Because for me family is really important to a person.
He wrote it so beautiful that it touch you while reading it.
It makes me fall-in love with Kame again and again.
Thank you very much for sharing your translations. Smiley
scorch66: feelscorch66 on February 26th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
I love how is mom is his ideal woman. I have a deep respect for moms so it's really sweet how he shows his appreciation for her. And omg, he's turning into his father XDD His father is small like him, too, right? That's so adorable. *squishes*

in the end we got drunk and my second big brother cried man tears. You're too passionate! (laughs)
uh-huh, Kame, you hypocrite. The entire family seems to be really passionate ;p

The showbiz has a different side from the common sense of the society, so being tainted by that, I thought maybe I would have been happier if I had always lived as Kamenashi Kazuya the artist.
Oh, Kame ;__; he's talking about how the showbiz made him egotistical and ashamed of his hometown roots, right? But the way he grew up from that... love him. ♥

Thank you so much for translating, Isi *hugs*
your friendly neighborhood Isi: kame piecesiside89 on February 27th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
My first reaction to the sentence "my ideal woman is my mom" made me go "*facepalm* a mummy-boy OMG". But then again, I like he respects and admires her for all she's done for her sons with a smile. I guess he's inherited the talent of making people smile with his own smile by her :)
And LoL yeah he's totally turning like his father ROTFL. X°°D

he's talking about how the showbiz made him egotistical and ashamed of his hometown roots, right?
I'm quite sure he is referring about the egoistical and "cho Kamenashi" part of him, and probably about the many excesses people in showbiz experiment (that "showbiz has also a side that's different from common sense of the society" is quite a strong affirmation IMO). About feeling ashamed of his roots, maybe yes, maybe not - and I doubt he will never say something similar anyway. I think he was brave (or stupid, depending on the PoV) enough just admitting with such a casual tone that he had a period in his life where he completely lost track of what it is important in life because of the entertainment's twisted world. I really almost cried. I'd like to hug him so much ;_;

You're welcome ♥ Kame's essays are always so inspirational :)
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r1onr1on on February 27th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC)
Thank You soo much <3
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on February 27th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
Kame, you have a big heart and when you talk like this... I can't help but love you more... with each interview, I'm loving you more and more... thank you for being you!

thx for the trans hun :)))
Rin chanrinrua on February 27th, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Isn't his base really stable and great? XD

I was totally impressed reading this essay.
Someone says "Ohh, I definitely can write an essay this wonderful."
Well, of course, because you are talkiing about your own family right. But I still think he is different, he is an artist working in a commercial industry, he is an idol. Like others keep saying, idol has to save their ace because they belong to fan and people. But all the time, he turns out to be a completely ordinary person who doesn't care about his weak point at all but express all of them to everyone. And now, he can sit calm, talk about the whole family... this is soo... idk, he is so rare! XDD

I can imagine his face when he talked about his family to the journalist. Totally calm, warm, happy and joyful. Like his face in Hanamaru Cafe, the one in which he talked about family and his niece also.

About his brother's crying (lol) Kamenashi-brothers are easy to cry ne XDDD

Aww, this makes me love him more.
Eh, did I say I love you for translating this, Isi? If not, I did <3 XDDD

Rin chanrinrua on February 27th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
ohhh, how can I mistype the word FACE--> ACE lol.
Natasianatasiamarpaung on February 27th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
omg.. Kame I will never stop adore you and your way to express what's inside your head. Everytime I read his interview, he never fails to make me fall for him even deeper.
"He's so special I can't even comment him" <- oh I agree with you!
and thank you very much for always translating Kame Camera :)
watanabe_je: cute kazuwatanabe_je on February 27th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing~~~ ♥ ♥ ♥

I really love Kame's entries in his Camera Corner.... ♥

chained_akame: Kamechained_akame on February 27th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Seriously,I could sit and have Kame talk to me all day without getting bored...his way of expressing his thoughts,memories,experiences etc is unique. He is amazing <3

thank you for this^^
mayam_mj90: Akame smile and blurmayam_mj90 on February 27th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
I love it when he speaks of his family. His tone of voice changes, and he doesn't mind showing his weaknesses. Kame really is a person who treasures his family. And about his dad being a dandy man, that really suprised me!! Hahaha.

Lately, Kame has been giving me even more reasons to love him, and I thought that my love for him has reached the maximum already. :P

Thanx for sharng.
kytez: kamekanjikytez on February 27th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
Adorable :) he really grew up in a good environment :)

I love how open he is about his family's circumstances and even able to talk bits and pieces of his past. From what I could read the Kamenashi household is a warm & loving family, thus, it being the center of where they get their strength from♥

I guess, Kame took after his dad :P ahaha XD♥

thanks isi for the adorable article trans♥♥♥
Dyabi_manyu on February 27th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
thank you..

he really loves his family, ne.. <3
darkwingflitedarkwingflite on February 27th, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
thank you so so so much for translating this.. been waiting for a translation of the next Kame Camera for ages...

another beautiful piece of writing from Kame.. seriously, the beauty and flair of his penmanship never fails to baffle me everytime i read a piece from Kame Camera.. just when i was wondering what topic he was gonna write on next and hoping that he will write something about his family or roots, this piece appears...

though he's never come across as a mummy's boy ever, i love the way he expresses his love and appreciation for his mother here... and the way he's slowing taking after his father is so awwww... and his love for his brothers and their closeness...

hope he will always stay this close to his roots ne... and keep them close to his heart at all times...
亀ディfighter_of_moon on February 27th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Kameeeee ;__; now I wanna go back home and hugs my family and tell them that I love and respect them no matter how selfish or ungrateful I might be or seem sometimes ;____;

This man can really move me to tears! You can see his love and care for his family and hometown, you can even sense his 'I wanna go back' feeling... he's wonderful, really. Kame knows how to show his feelings and do it without being ashamed or anything. like I would be ._.'''

God, I have so much to learn from him! No wonder I fell so hard for him...

Thank you so much for the translation *huggles*
xxryoxx: kame_sweetxxryoxx on February 27th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
thanks a lot :)
subete wo tsutsumi kimi wo aisu yo // Lisa Nougatlisanougatcoins on February 27th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
thank you <3
aikame23aikame23 on February 27th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
I can see he would be a good husband and father someday~ seeing how he views about FAMILY <3<3 made me feel happy... I hope someday he would find someone he can protect...

thank you so much for sharing
Triskelljtriskell on February 27th, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much.
I love reading his entires.
surchisurchi on February 27th, 2011 04:03 pm (UTC)
He's so smart, he knows family are always there even when you fail. Now I want a tour of grandma's rice fields : ) Thanks for this!