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16 July 2013 @ 10:16 pm
[Trans] Kame Camera - Vol.29 Journey  
So here the last Maquia! This time around is very nice, totally a must-read to all of you who travel a lot or love travels :)
-What "journey" means for him
-A quick excursus regarding his last travels overseas
-Paris, Paris and Paris. Why Paris?
-What he seeks from a journey is... fear?

Thanks to scorch66 as always, for both the English check and for bearing with me~ ♥


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

Vol.29 旅 Journey

「When I travel as my heart dictates, my sense of smell becomes keener and I encounter unforeseen incidents」


While I was filming in the streets of Paris, I happened to look here and there were girls sitting down talking in front of a pure white house. I thought it was such a cute scene, and when I got ready with the camera, even a cat came into the scene (laughs). Cameras can take this kind of casual moment, it makes me happy.

The first half of the year, I’ve traveled overseas a lot. Paris, Italy, from L.A. to N.Y.… In L.A. I visited a winery and drank wine, in N.Y. I also watched a stage play. Being able to take part in the movie festival in Italy is also an unforgettable memory. Each place has its original atmosphere and I like it, but as expected, I guess the place special for me is Paris. Oddly enough, when I’m in Paris, I relax my grip. Despite being in a big city and receiving great stimuli by the beautiful streets and culture, I feel comfortable. I feel as if I naturally become active. I want to go to museums, read a book while sipping a tea at a café, go to Marché by bike to do some shopping.

Recently, I climbed up to the Eiffel tower summit. Using the elevator it takes just some seconds, but when I climbed up with my own legs, I was able to feel as if “I took all of this!” when looking at the streets of Paris you see from the summit (laughs). Yes, I want to make Paris another “place to go back home” of mine.

When I was a kid, the fact that I joined Johnny’s meant that me, who was from Edogawa district, started to get on a train alone and go to Shibuya alone with my heart beating fast. Shibuya, which until that moment had been far away, became the place I was living in. Like that time, I want to walk and know about Paris more and more. I want to go there when I want to go and spend time as if I was living there. I want to make Paris my reality.

The fact that Paris is the first overseas place I traveled to through only my own efforts plays a huge part in me being so charmed by Paris to this point. It was the period when I was 20, just moments after our debut, when KAT-TUN were in their enthusiasm of being “popular guys” (laughs). In that period, I was feeling suffocated by the extremely hectic situation and the environmental changes, and I went to Paris to attend the wedding of a stylist friend of mine. As it was a miracle, I could stay there a whole week and for around 2 days I also moved alone. I took the metro and walked around the city while being nervous: I feel a deep connection with Paris because I could experience such a first adventure.

For me, the innermost secrets of a journey are the casual twists of fate. It’s because there’s a fate that I probably visit that place to begin with. ‘Where do I go, what will I encounter?’: it’s because I want to keep dear this fortuity that I move as my heart says without planning as much as I can. If I wake up in the morning and I want to stay at the Louvre museum the whole day, I want to do so. While it might be true it’s a travel, I end up feeling that packing lots of plans is rather a waste. I can’t absorb anything but what my heart is requesting in that particular time. I make my luggage as small as possible so to be able to move on a whim, and I read maps and guide books in order to make my curiosity grow bigger, but I’m not captured by them. I take pictures of sceneries that don’t change such as buildings, but I want to catch with my very eyes sceneries that keep changing moment after moment, such as dusk. If I travel like this, my sense of smell as a human improves, and I can encounter unforeseen happenings.

Traveling to foreign countries is something that is necessary to the human being Kamenashi Kazuya.

What I seek from a journey is probably a class of “fear”, I guess. It’s not that I want to be involved in a big incident! (laughs) I want to taste the normal excitement of everyday life. If you do this profession, normal everyday life in Japan tends to become impractical. Even just having the agency perfectly managing my schedule isn’t normal already, is it? In the foreign country I visit, even just getting on a train freely or walking the streets carefree is a total and complete release of adrenaline for me. I feel that the “ordinary sense” that I normally don’t use is being polished. Probably, journeys are something necessary for the human being Kamenashi Kazuya.

I want to carry out successfully both KAT-TUN’s Kamenashi Kazuya and the human Kamenashi Kazuya. There are many complications and I think it’s extremely difficult, but… It’s because I think that in order for KAT-TUN’s Kamenashi to grow up while shining, it’s also necessary and indispensable that I live at the fullest as the human Kamenashi too. From now on I want to grow up while traveling, while going back and forth between ordinary and extraordinary.

Since it’s the first trip I carried out on my own, walking around Paris which encloses my intense feelings, travelling as I’m living there… I want to make this city my reality.

Kame’s fixed point of observation
Kamenashi-kun chose Paris as the location place for “Another Sky” too. Buying tableware, cooking in an apartment: he says fondly, “it was fun!In that TV program the real human Kamenashi Kazuya appeared at 99% (laughs). As KAT-TUN’s Kamenashi Kazuya there’s the complication that I don’t want to show my private face, but if I decide to do it even if I think of hiding again halfway, it can’t be helped. I want to enjoy and I want the staff and the audience to enjoy. Well, this magazine serial is the same, but when the moment comes, I resolve myself no matter the outcome (laughs).”
By Maquia


I am still amazed by his will to take pictures of unchanged scenes but not take pictures of fleeting moments. Unusual but I understand the feeling.
I can sympathize with many things he said here so this Maquia, despite its simplicity, has become one of my favorites <3
anthonny on July 16th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
kame is very sweet
xnymxxnymx on July 16th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your translation ! This entry is simple, nothing extravagant. I love that he feels free when he's overseas and that he wants to make Paris a place to go back home to. I really think he will buy a flat or something there sooner or later. lol

Chris: mirrorkt_kitt on July 16th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thank u *O*
Natasianatasiamarpaung on July 17th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC)
thank you <3
abyssinian13abyssinian13 on July 17th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
thanks for sharing..
moveslikekame: .broken recordsmoveslikekame on July 17th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
The way he talks about traveling and wanting to make Paris a place he can call his home ♥ I can totally see him buying an apartment/house there soon (if he hasn't done that already XD).

So much love for this line → the innermost secrets of a journey are the casual twists of fate. It seems to me that his spontaniety sprouted from the fact that as he mentioned the agency manages his schedule and sort of limits his movements. So when he travels to a different place now he doesn't want to plan anything and just go with the flow. Also him seeking fear when he travels from my understanding is in the sense that he doesn't know what's going to happen co'z he's got nothing planned and he's sort of looking forward to the new experiences. Gah Kame lemme love you! I totally wanna go on a trip w/ him!

I loved this one ~ ♥
Thank you so much for translating Isi! ♥

Edited at 2013-07-17 03:33 am (UTC)
pikapika2: act.mini kamepikapika2 on July 17th, 2013 02:25 am (UTC)
Thank you for the translation. ^^
kissmegreen (Lyan)kissmegreen on July 17th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
Vol.29 旅 Journey
... If I travel like this, my sense of smell as a human improves

Totally so. One of the most amazing experiences ever ^^
I'm sure someday in the future he can afford a home of some kind in Paris XD

Many thanks for sharing.
kurakura_chankurakura_chan on July 17th, 2013 02:50 am (UTC)
thanks isi :)
kk4evamuz82 on July 17th, 2013 03:45 am (UTC)
TQ isi
Another great article
ah i so feel what he's saying, travelling changes your view of things, the world seems so big, interesting and wonderful...i miss travelling :(
This makes me want to go to paris again, this time i want to do what he did, just relax and go with the flow
travel show or magazine can be added to one of Kame's must-to-do-list :D
kalake82: KameHeartkalake82 on July 17th, 2013 04:05 am (UTC)
I enjoyed reading his thoughts about travel. Some, I can even relate to them like for example the taking pictures part for still objects and just wanting to watch with my bare eyes to capture the changing moments like dusk. I am afraid that I would miss out a lot by just taking off my eyes even for a fleeting second and I want to etched that particular moment into my brain and get the "feel" at that time.

I share your "travel fear" Kame, it's a good fear though and I absolutely agree on the "casual twist of fate" part too... Kaaame ♥♥

And trust Kame to instil this need and/or want to travel to Paris now in me too! (Paris has suddenly bumped up into my places to travel list) XD

Love this interview / topic ♥
Thank you Isi ♥
xlempickaxxlempickax on July 17th, 2013 06:47 am (UTC)
thank you so much for translating ! As a Parisian, I'm extremely happy that he enjoys Paris so much <333
manounishka on July 17th, 2013 07:58 am (UTC)
Thanks for translation.

Love this interview, even more because i'm french =p

Is this the maquia with the amazing nude photo ?
your friendly neighborhood Isi: Daikiiside89 on July 17th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC)
You're welcome ^^

No, this issue has the picture of him sitting on a café looking at a (Paris?) map :)

The nude pic was in the special Maquia issue, the previous number :) here--> http://iside89.livejournal.com/96382.html

Edited at 2013-07-17 10:29 am (UTC)
Muffy Paradisemuffy_paradise on July 17th, 2013 10:03 am (UTC)
Thank you isi! <3 These are no fluff pieces that Maquia publishes... I feel like Kame really bares his soul in them. I think this may be the first one with which I've really identified - totally understanding the wanderlust that invades the soul and, once present, never ever gives one a moment's peace. :-) It's the reason I have traveled all over the world alone, and the reason I now live in Tokyo. Of course, I loved Another Sky - I really felt that he was at his idol-best in it, posing in beautiful places in gorgeous designer clothes, but also, as he said, revealing his private self, especially when cooking. I know that, being Kame, he will make his dream of having a home in Paris a reality.
KKblahblah on July 17th, 2013 10:54 am (UTC)
Thank you!!! :)