Vol. 130 Broken Little Sister Interview Part. 2

Following on an interview with Mr. Horiuchi on Vol. 129 Broken Little Sister Interview Part. 1

This time, I could listen to stories focusing on his perspective as a Japanese. Even though I did interview about japan or Japanese with some artists on this blog, I, myself do not have definite opinions about those questions. However, he answered so clearly in a way that is easy to understand from experiences of himself in this interview.

Recently, they had gigs in Shanghai. There would be so many things that I would love to ask him about music scene of Shanghai as well. I thought that I have to live daily life more actively or creatively not to waste time and felt impatient a little through this interview. 







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IO) What does Japan, being Japanese mean to you? How do you think it has impacted your life and your success?

Horiuchi-San) I am under the impression that Japan is very clean and neat to the sight, and safe. As personality-wise, I feel that Japanese is an insular community just the way it is, reclusive, slave to authority and softhearted.

Music-wise, I feel that Japanese music is desired to have an eccentric sense from overseas especially western countries. This can be either good or bad.





IO) You have performed your music and become successful abroad as well. So based on your experience, if you have any idea about Japanese attitudes or behavior which we should change, please let us know what you think.

Horiuchi-san) It is difficult for me to answer the question to represent as being Japanese. But I personally feel that Japanese are running short of intention to try to communicate when language would be an obstacle to interact each other.


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堀内さん) 自分達の音楽に求められていると感じた事はありませんが、世界的に愛されている日本のアーティストにおいては、どこかしら理解不能な怪しさがあるような表現方法こそが日本的だ、と評価されているように見えます。


IO) Do you have any actual episode when your creation is desired to be eccentric? If you do, please let us know.

Horiuchi-san) I have never felt that our music has been desired to be like that from overseas but it seems to me that some of great Japanese artists who have been receiving constant attention globally are recognized as to have somehow their incomprehensible and peculiar way of expression as a typical Japanese music.





IO) As a Japanese, do you have any ambition, envy, aspirations against western (U.S. for example) or Japanese cultures? How do you feel about Western/Japanese culture, do you think it has had an impact on your work?

Horiuchi-san) I am attracted to and very respectful to some of cultures and people coming from western countries. Even though I do respect a unique aesthetic sense of Japanese culture, I personally think that it can be hard to acknowledge as a subject of my interest. Just for the record, I do not understand any recent buzz of “Cool Japan”.


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IO) What is your definition of creativity? How would you define creativity?

Horiuchi-San) The whole process of creation and act which propose something from intangible to tangible and different perspective.


IO)人生とは一言/ 一文で何ですか?



IO) How would you define life in one sentence?

Horiuchi-San) My life can be all mine but at the same time, it is not only for myself.


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IO) Something that you are currently into?What is a current hobby or interest of yours

Horiuchi-san ) I am interested in people or something that widely attentions are paid.



IO) Is there anything you would like to ask me?



Horiuchi-san)Thank for having an interests in our activities and music. I am hoping that you will introduce Japanese alternative artists or their activities to home and overseas from now on.


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