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27 September 2014 @ 02:50 pm
[Trans] Kame camera - Vol.42 Minimum  
Here the volume 42 of Kame Camera! We're close to the 4° anniversary (december). The special is on its way too, but in the meanwhile enjoy this very emotional issue too! ^_^

-There is a huge premise in how Kame spends money. Try to guess what.
-What he does when that premises isn't there anymore.
-What he answered when he was asked "what would you choose, love or work?" xD
-Talking about his childhood again and how his parents raised them.
-Talking a bit about Come Here tour too!

Thanks to scorch66 as always!


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

Vol.42 ミニマム Minimum

「I like the condition of not possessing anything. Because when you're at the minimum, you can be hungry.」


This is the boat we got on for “KAT-TUN no sekai ichi tame ni naru tabi!” Aomori episode. In this program we can't use money and the instructions are hard... It's always problematic. Every time we come in contact with the warmth of the people who are kind to us, we practically feel how much we are blessed every day.

The precious place where twelve years ago we held our first independent live – this tour, which comes after two years, started from Tokyo International Forum. It has just started but I think that it's a live where the KAT-TUN-ness is prominent. We can produce a stage that can't be obtained in venues for many thousands of people, and each member is expressing himself more and more freely. Exactly because in that venue we are at the minimum condition of 'four people' [T/N: = without special effects], we challenged at our present maximum, and for this reason we have the sensation that we found a new variety of hidden skills.
I like to be at the minimum condition as Kamenashi Kazuya, the individual, too. I don't hate being limited either. For example, even if I were ordered to live in a 6-mat 1 room flat [T/N: a bit less than 10 m2] with 100,000 yen per month, I think I could enjoy that too. For the clothes, I'd carefully choose at least 3 items for both top and bottom from my favorites and I'd enjoy how to rotate and wear them. Even if the room is small, I want to place a bed! That's a sacred ground, so during the day I'd never let anyone sit on it. I'd probably create a small dining room next to the kitchen. It's already fun just to imagine it! (laughs)

I think the reason I can truly enjoy living at its minimum is because when I was a kid, we weren't that wealthy. I've lived in a small house with a big family, and we weren't in the condition of obtaining what we wanted at any time. But you know, back then, the awareness that we were poor was quite thin. We ate only special discount cheap meat, but my mother's cooking was delicious. During family trips we couldn't stop at hotels so we camped out, but it was extremely fun. Building the tent, cooking food, playing in the river, everything was an adventure. Even now, if I could choose at my own free will, I'm probably more for camping than hotels (laughs) My father naturally taught me the skill of enjoying a minimum environment. Since he's a person who in any circumstance uses money for others instead of himself, we brothers never perceived a state of hunger either. Even while holding a big house as an aspiration, I've always felt happiness for the present.

Without work, I couldn't be “Kamenashi Kazuya”

This is why I think I'm not stingy. I don't have attachment to money. Actually, I don't even know how much I possess in total (laughs). Rather, I'm the type that doesn't want to place so much money in the bank account I use most often. Because I can do my best even more if it's always hollow. I'm sure that you can become hungry with the fact of being at the minimum. Of course, I'm happy that I’m able to stop at a beautiful hotel when I travel or to live in a big house. But you know, regarding being able to enjoy using money, the great premise is that I tenaciously make efforts to correspond to that. During the periods I become slack, I can't enter the mood of living in a good house or stopping at a good hotel. In those moments, I look at myself in the mirror and I talk to myself. “What are you doing?! If you don't get a grip on yourself, you don't have any right to stop in such a place!”, I scold my reflection in the mirror like this (laughs) I suppose that, in some way, I'm treating myself like a stranger. I think I'm “Kamenashi Kazuya” only after I give my best at work. For this reason, probably the minimum necessary thing that I need in order to be myself, more than money or romantic love, more than my beloved family, it's “work”. This is different from that idea saying “work is more important than anything”. Speaking of this, in the past, I was asked by an important person of my agency as a hypothetical chat, “which would you choose, work or love?”, my immediate reply was “both” and he got angry at me (laughs) Not limiting to love, I can't compare precious human relationships and work. Everything is connected and supports me. Because in all of this, work is a sort of main pillar keeping the balance. Exactly because there are people important to me, even if it wasn't this kind of job, I want to be myself who always works with all his might.

If I taste “the joy of using money”, the great premise is being someone who gives his best. With just wasting money I don't feel satisfied.

Kame’s fixed point of observation
All Maquia staff attended the tour first day. During the MC Kamenashi-kun said, “The fact that KAT-TUN fans are all very beautiful is my pride”. When we touched that topic, he answered “It's my real thought. Holding a live after such a long time, the first thing I thought was “there are so many girls!”, I was moved by it (laughs) I was also happy that there are many girls dressing up smartly and with nice make-up. I feel like they are looking at us as men more than idols. I wonder if this is also the KAT-TUN-ness!?”
By Maquia


Kame scolding himself in the mirror is something between the "...he's crazy" and the "...I want to cuddle him" XD But I see his big premise and totally agree with him. Just that I'm not as rich as him so well....
And LOL. Kame's comment about fan seeing them as men instead of idols thus trying to look pretty for them at concerts. I guess he's kinda right. I feel like we have been somewhat exposed XD;
heramarieheramarie on September 27th, 2014 01:00 pm (UTC)
thank you for sharing...:)
Ngọc Sâm Quy LêNgọc Sâm Quy Lê on September 27th, 2014 01:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your translate xDDDD Kame-chan always so cuteeee xDDDD <3 I love him so much >w<
laksmianinditalaksmianindita on September 27th, 2014 01:46 pm (UTC)
thanks for the trans :)
meriambeltranmeriam on September 27th, 2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU SO MUCH for translating

Kazuya Kamenashi ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
KT-Foreverkame23021986 on September 27th, 2014 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you
abyssinian13abyssinian13 on September 27th, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
i wonder who the "important person" in the agency who asked him about love and work is..

a lot of his thoughts here, particularly his views on money and work, i find very interesting..and of course he's not stingy, just ask his kouhais who ask kame to eat with them..

thanks for sharing!!!
josie_annjosie_ann on September 27th, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the translation.
loveturtle2302: pic#122275959loveturtle2302 on September 27th, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
thank you for always sharing the translated ^^
Seelenlichtseelenlicht on September 27th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)


Oh Kamenashi.

You know generally I found it quite a bit hard to comprehend this...because after every two lines I had to think 'but but...omg dude you spend so much'...and 'omg but but you probably stayed at the 7000$/night suite in hawaii' 'if you could be happy with just 3 shirts...why do you buy so many...?'
So. I mean. I can understand this. And I think this makes him an amazing human being (haaaahaaaaaa brand new information) but it was kinda hard to relate to that XD
But I totally understand how growing up in a quite poor family gave him another attitude when it comes to money and I also think that his past is the reason for the fact that even tho he is a 'star' he still kinda stayed...a normal guy? (well as normal as you can be, being a Kamenashi of course ;-))

Thank you <333333333
your friendly neighborhood Isi: Kame B/W styleiside89 on September 27th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
Well I had a moment of "...." too reading this interview XD; I even commented on Twitter how I facepalmed at the "Idk how much money I have lol" because... Kame wtf?? xD

But I think the answer to your specific doubts (all of us thought the same I bet) is actually in the second half of the interview. It's not a matter of "I'd be happy with only 3 t-shirts, but I buy more and they are even expensive because I can", I think he places it as a challenge to himself: "I'll buy these expensive clothes as memento to be a hardworking person suitable to wear such expensive stuff. The moment I lose this right due to my slackening, then I wouldn't even enjoy the fact I'm rich and can buy them, I would feel bad instead because I don't deserve it". It's a psycho twisted way of thinking and you'd say "lol yeah you can say it because you're actually rich", but I guess that exactly because he wasn't rich his words sound more real than people who's been rich for their whole life. That's why him failing in proving to himself (not society) that he's suitable to the lifestyle he can conduct results in him scolding himself.
It's like he's saying "If the day I won't be rich anymore comes, that'll probably be my fault. But I won't suffer because I've learnt thanks to my parents how to live with few money too".
To this, yeah, as you say, add the fact he probably developed a more generous attitude toward money thanks to his past (I know people like that), but I think the biggest part is that his mind takes all of this as something he has to prove and prove again day after day. I think he said the same thing about the house/car too (aiming to a bigger house/fashionable car and also become a man suitable to that house/car), etc.

Of course this is only my reading of the piece and there may be many more :)

To which I'd add a second reflection: being a person of "a certain level" you're always under the population's and media's eyes; on the contrary, not wearing brand or expensive stuff would make those wonder "why isn't he/she using the money? is smth going on in the background?" and all the fuss as consequence. I was actually said this by a doctor (so totally different world XD) so I believe it's even more real for TV personalities :) They might do it more or less consciously, that depends on the person I guess. As another example, it's also what the boss in First Class explains and orders to do to Sawajiri Erika's character. XD

(btw I think the Hawaii hotel was paid by the agency :))

Edited at 2014-09-27 05:18 pm (UTC)
farsjufarsju on September 27th, 2014 04:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!~~~
moveslikekamemoveslikekame on September 27th, 2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
Aww his childhood seemed so fun. Despite not being so well off, learning to enjoy little things in life and the time spent with the family is much more precious imo ♥

It's amazing he isn't capable of completely enjoying himself when he felt he was not his 100%. It's much more fulfilling when you know you did your best and that you deserve every pleasure you're getting. And aww the talking to his reflection on the mirror ♥ Weirdly cute Kamenashi! Weirdly cute! And I totally agree with you on the "...he's crazy-I want to cuddle him" XD

"If I taste “the joy of using money”, the great premise is being someone who gives his best. With just wasting money I don't feel satisfied."

"For this reason, probably the minimum necessary thing that I need in order to be myself, more than money or romantic love, more than my beloved family, it's “work”" - My mind went completely "this man is totally married to his work" at this line but then I read the next lines and *sigh of relief* there's hope

“The fact that KAT-TUN fans are all very beautiful is my pride” - Fuu~ XD

Thank you so much for translating Isi~ Otsukame~ ♥
your friendly neighborhood Isiiside89 on September 27th, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
It does! And his parents sound like they did parenting just right.
Indeed my fav part of this issue is the part regarding the family and the work attitude instead of the money one XD (but I know most people will be attracted to that topic instead xD)

My mind went completely "this man is totally married to his work" at this line
I did too XD; luckily he corrected xD; (as small spoiler from the Special, the staff joked about how Kame talks about KAT-TUN like a husband about his wife so uhm well, maybe he is married to his work after all *cries* XD)

Thank you~
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bellak1982bellak1982 on September 27th, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
He is sooooooo cute

Thank you for translating
Kamemama KamenashiKamemama Kamenashi on September 27th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much.
yuijbjyuijbj on September 27th, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the trans. Love him. <3
I'm relieved that he seems to be able to deal with the ups and downs of his career. I mean he can stay at minimum when money doesn't come easy like before. :D

Edited at 2014-09-27 06:58 pm (UTC)
spirit_diamond: kame rayspirit_diamond on September 27th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
thank you! :D