Oh! My God!! Harajuku Girl / Interview: Secchan x Kyary (Part 1)
In elementary school, we went through special training for Momusu*
―― Tell us about the time you first met each other.
Secchan: We met in kindergarten. Since we were about the same height it was decided that we would always run through the obstacle course together, and since we were pretty much the same speed when it came to running, we were like rivals. I’d say, “Oh, it’s her again.” (laughs) We didn’t become friends until our first year of elementary school. From our first year of elementary until ninth grade, we were always in the same class.
Kyary: They shuffled up the classes, but it was terrible. When we ended up in the same class, the two of us weren’t friends at first. I was standing all by myself.
Secchan:I was alone too, I was too. (laughs) And when I realized ‘that rival’ was [in my class], I thought, “I’ve got no choice but to be friends with her.”
Up until about the third grade, Kyary wore fluffy, fluttery dresses.
Kyary: My mom used to dress me. But I was so tan. Just by playing outside or going to the pool, I got really dark in the summer.
Secchan: Really dark in the summer, but white in the winter. And when summer came around, your hair used to naturally turn brown.
Kyary:Yup. I dye it now, but a long time ago it was naturally brown.
My house was close to Secchan’s, about a five minute walk. There was a river nearby.
Secchan: The river reminds me of something! When we were in elementary school, Kyary was late coming to see me on my birthday because she was on her bike. She told me the reason was because she crossed the river using the cement reinforcement bars hanging over it. They were incredibly thin, and they definitely weren’t thick enough to cross with a bicycle. Since she told me with a super normal serious face, I thought, “I wonder if it’s true?”
Kyary: It was absolutely impossible! Why did I lie like that? (laughs) Speaking of which, I explored that river with Secchan. Didn’t you fall in?
Secchan: I did, I did. (bursts into laughter) And after that, I remember Kyary making me practice a ton for Momusu. Wait, what song was it again?
Kyary: Uhh, I think it was “Mini Moni. Jankenpyon!”. I loved Momusu and thought dancing with Secchan was fun, so I taught her the choreography after memorizing it on my own.
Secchan: We put ourselves through a bunch of special training. It was pretty harsh; we were serious about Momusu. We also really loved comedy too. We’d tell each other short, funny little stories. They were totally hilarious. Since we knew a lot about comedy, they were pretty funny. I didn’t like it that much from the very beginning, but in high school Kyary introduced me to videos on YouTube and I’ve been watching them since.
Kyary: When I went to Secchan’s we could mess around on the computer as much as we wanted, so I’d be like, “Watch this and this.”
And when we were in fifth or sixth grade, we went to the children’s center a bunch.
Secchan: We went when we were in junior high, too.
Kyary: We went in junior high!? (laughs) We loved moving around our bodies, so we used to play dodgeball at the children’s center.
Secchan: But she hated P.E. Kyary has good reflexes, but she wouldn’t play. She’d participate in field day when she was an elementary student because she liked contests, but when she became a junior high schooler she was like, “It’s so dull~”. She was the type that no matter what you did, she wouldn’t play.
Kyary: But when we were in high school I was on the P.E. committee. While you were screwing around, I was doing warm-up exercises.
Secchan: Wasn’t that awful? (laughs)
Kyary: If you’re being serious, yeah, I hated it. I like exercise when it feels like play. It’s better to have some laughter.
* ‘Momusu’ is an abbreviation of ‘Morning Musume’, a popular idol group in Japan.
Any words in [brackets] are words that I added/changed for clarity, or are implied by the text but not explicitly said.
Translation by kyarychan @ http://kyarychan.tumblr.com
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