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24 January 2011 @ 02:34 pm
[Trans] Kame Camera - Vol.2 Beauty  
After the first issue, which I still consider a wonderful piece of self-analysis, I was really looking forward to the second volume of "Kame Camera", so... as soon as I've spotted the scans at I translated it >_< I did my best in order to properly convey his message! ;_;
So please, read it :)

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

VOL.2 - 美しさ - Beauty

「The beautiful people and sceneries I meet every day are kept inside my heart's drawers. One day, they will appear as expression of me.」

This is the veranda of my house from where I can see my beloved trees. Natural sceneries, people... I felt the “beauty” from many things and took pictures of them, but I couldn't put them into one picture alone. When I sit here and relax, the beauty I’ve met day after day is put in order and becomes mine. It's an important place.

I wonder what beauty is. Limiting the discussion to my job which gives importance to the surface, I think that body’s beauty and being cool are necessary and indispensable. But it’s not that you can feel the beauty if the external form is well-proportioned. For example, even if there’s an incredibly beautiful actress on the place, there are times when I feel the beauty of an AD girl [assistant director] with ruffled hair who runs around her, and my heart flutters. It’s not that I like ruffled hair. If I have to say why, I don’t even know if I’m attracted by her inner self. The fact itself of feeling the beauty, or when I feel it, it’s a “something” I can’t put into words.
Even about myself; if I said “I don’t think I’m cool” talking about myself, it would be a lie (laughs). This absolutely doesn’t mean that I’m confident! Rather, I’m not. Simply, it’s because I’m doing this kind of job and I have [developed] a sense of nature and a sense of crisis; moreover, the image and the feelings of desire of being cool are strong. It’s as if I’m always working my way to that image. But it’s amusing because I don’t reach it. The actions I tend to do to reach it are unconscious and aren’t an effort for me.
After all, I’m a man who tries to show off, right? What is more, I’m born like this (laughs). Since I grew up with even my family telling me “Kazu, you try to be cool, right?”, even during the teen baseball practices, in order to charm and render a normal play into a fine play, I did things like trying to catch the ball after starting to run a step later. I kept doing lots of those exercises like it was normal (laughs). I’m not changed, even now. At the beginning of a concert I wear sunglasses and then go on stage, and I don’t take them off so easily… Unconsciously, it comes out a performance where I try to act cool. I do this to make the audience happy too, but probably the main reason is to get myself more and more excited. I feel like every time I hear “Kyaa!”, the gear lifts clanking and I start becoming a different person. The “me” of that moment is cool! (laughs) Right, the beauty leaps into motion instantaneously, so maybe it’s something that exists just in that moment.

Being conscious of the public attention and trying to act cool. I think that has tenderness too.

I can’t define the “being cool” I aim to in just one word. I think it’s an aggregate of all the things I feel that are beautiful and I meet while I’m continuing living, and the cool things that touch my heart, day after day. When I look at the trees from my veranda, or even when I manage to cook something skillfully: I think that these things are beautiful. But at the end, since I love human beings, probably I often assimilate from my dear ones unconsciously. There are lots of people from work. If I have to tell one that everyone knows, it’s Kimura Takuya-san. He has always been very kind to me as a kouhai, but even looking at him closer he’s very cool. Of course his behavior and appearance, but his gentle attitude towards people is beautiful. He does actions like giving the necessary things by surprise. Fukuyama Masaharu-san is like that too. When I come back from his house, he takes the trouble to watch me till outside. Speaking about it, he honoured me saying one time “Some sides of you are just like mine”. It’s strange, isn’t it? Fukuyama-san told me “It’s because you’re too much kind with girls that you aren’t popular with them. That side looks like me”, but… I wonder? (laughs) I don’t understand, but maybe I’ve got some points in common with the ones I consider cool.
The people who possess the "cool side" I like are probably the ones who care about the public opinion in a good meaning. Maybe because they’re self-conscious, they can heighten their sense of beauty and become kind towards people. For this reason, you know, from now on I want to stately try to be cool (laughs) People or part of things that I thought “Oh, they’re wonderful”, before I could realize it, are returning to me. They are kept inside my heart's drawers and probably the ones I need will automatically emerge during the time of necessity. In this way, maybe, my personal beauty and "cool-ness" will acquire more depth, little by little.


Am I too biased if I say that I loved his last sentences? ;__;
Even though the title made me go "meh... it's such a Kame-like theme, OMG"... I liked this essay too. I was afraid it would have become something cheesy and "I'm cool and I know it" (well, I wasn't completely wrong anyway XD), but at the end, it turned out to be an aesthetic essay. So I pretty enjoyed it. I have to say that the more I read his essays, the worse my bias becomes, LOL.
I like how he says he thinks he's cool but at the same time he's not confident at all ^^"
EDIT: Just because maybe someone wonders why I keep calling Kame Camera "essay" and not "interview" :P Read here! ^^'

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hyphenmhariahyphenmharia on January 24th, 2011 01:52 pm (UTC)
Yay! you're fast.. and thanks really for all the hard work! ^^. saving it for later though, just taking a break from... well, real life. ^^. thanks again... ^^. kame kame kame... ♪
marrria~thegirlgoddess on January 24th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
I don't know what to say anymore *sigh* I am SO into this man it's crazy. ;_;

I love you Kame!!! ♥

Thanks Isi~!!! *flying kissu* <3
Chris: beautykt_kitt on January 24th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for this!! It´s beautifull!!

Kame, you´re so special for me, for everyone who appreciatte your work and the one you´re trying so hard to become, we can see the beauty inside you!!!, dont ever change!
Thanks again!!!
gypsyjem: kame smile!gypsyjem on January 24th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
thanks for translating, i'm always looking forward to this one.
susan_11: Kamesusan_11 on January 24th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. I love his essay too ^_^
cnidaria_jin: Kame; Why so cute? :Dcnidaria_jin on January 24th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Love you Kame ♥
Thanks for sharing dear ^^
dee_padee_pa on January 24th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
thanks ^^
grapewhine: kame!approvesgrapewhine on January 24th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
truongthuyquynhtruongthuyquynh on January 24th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the "beautiful translation".
your friendly neighborhood Isi: kame piecesiside89 on January 24th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, this made my day ♥ thank you! ^o^
You're welcome ^_^ I'm always happy to share the Kame-love :P
Adelablack_rose45000 on January 24th, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
"When I sit here and relax, the beauty I’ve met day after day is put in order and becomes mine. "

It’s as if I’m always working my way to that image. But it’s amusing because I don’t reach it.

When I come back from his house, he takes the trouble to watch me till outside.
awwww ♥

thanks a lot for sharing :) ♥
fiela on January 24th, 2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
Tx for the translation ^^,
steph by steph: Kame smiles @ Goingshiharipanda on January 24th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Woah! You're fast!!!! *_______*~~~~

I'm loving those maquia interviews *-*
It's beautiful the way that Kame's express himself!!!
I admire him more and more!! =)

Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
naricinanaricina on January 24th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you dear!! I love this essays ^^. Yeah of course he has his cool-side and he knows it. But it's like he's only confident with his cool-side in front of his fans, I mean in concerts, programs etc... Like that thingy about the glasses ^^ I love when he goes all cool and enjoys it XDDD. Although I think I can understand that "I always try to be cool in all the situations". It's in that aspect he's not confident at all, when he wants to act natural but at the same time he can help trying to act cool too XD.

ORZ I can't explain myself, in any case, I understood him and I enjoyed the translation a lot. Thank you for sharing this amazing work with us :*
your friendly neighborhood Isi: Kame bang!iside89 on January 24th, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC)
But it's like he's only confident with his cool-side in front of his fans, I mean in concerts, programs etc... Like that thingy about the glasses ^^ I love when he goes all cool and enjoys it XD
LOL! This!! XD But I liked the fact that he enjoys going cool because it's like being a "different person" ^^''
And maybe I'm reading things, but his metaphor about the "gear that lifts clanking", and the "on the contrary, I'm not confident" before, made me reflect about him a bit. Like, he is in fact confident and shows off in front of fans, but he's insinuating that in his private life he's pretty normal, if not insicure. He made me wanna cuddle him ;__; This seems to be a very common "show business illness" (appearing confident but being insicure in private) and I'm really hoping he will be able to avoid it :/ Sometimes he sounds too sensitive for the showbiz world T_T

You're welcome :D
kattunisthebest on January 24th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
well it's nice to know he likes nature. Nature is certainly beautiful. He also thinks hard workers are beautiful which is good. However, the first part was kind of... like, we already know you try to act cool. I mean the whole first paragraph seemed to be praising himself for his coolness (which is not a cool thing to do at all btw lol)
nono96 on January 24th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Like what he has to say.