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   KADOKAWA - 04/07 issue -

  • Notes from KADOKAWA 04/07 special issue:
  • The man who interviewed Sakurai is Hikari Ota, who is a comedian, claims to read 100 books a year, and also considered to be kind of a jerk
  • Sakurai talks about 9/11 and how Americans sense of values had collapsed (which is linked to 'Motto')
  • Sakurai also says 'Anmari oboetenai ya' was inspired by his fathers "bad condition" (his health) and a child. About the concept of the song: "A melody which makes all over the world happy can't be written, and so I thought of a family. That's when the melody came out suddenly". To which Ota replies "A good melody is a good melody even if it'll be heard 100 years later."
  • Sakurai also asks Ota for advice: "Doesn't your wife have a painful feeling when being too profitable beyond expectation, like from Ota's book?" Pretty much Sakurai says he feels bad that he's made so much money off of the music he liked (aka played) when he was in junior high school, and so even if he became a working member of society and it didn't pay much, he would still have a feeling of indebtedness. So that's why he wants to help reduce environmental problems. He feels as someone who has made so much money, he should give back. Thus the guy feels guilty as hell.
  • He and Ota also talk about happiness and sex. Pretty much they place a connection between happiness and sex.
  • They talk about marriage, women, and roses. Pretty much they get into a conversation about whether or not it's good to give a woman roses.
  • Kurumi was inspired by Ota's comments he made about Mr.Children being in anxiety with each other on his radio show
  • Ota also questions Sakurai's happiness, and says he thinks Sakurai really isn't happy, to which Sakurai says he didn't know he was suppose to be happy all the time and asks Ota if he's happy all the time.
  • Ota then talks about HOME and says how like an hour is a long time, to which Sakurai replies "Don't you talk on your radio program for almost two hours? Listeners find that to be enjoying (aka your listeners don't mind two hours of talking)"
  • When Sakurai composes, he doesn't use a guitar. He hums it.
  • Ota then starts to talk about melodies, somehow switches to the books he reads, and then proceeds to bring up Hitler, Nazi's, and music (he was trying to talk about music oppression during that time) and Sakurai was pretty confussed. It had nothing to do with anything related to Mr.Children.
  • A quote from Sakurai: "I have come to the sense to challenge the music in me and do a new thing"