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So it looks like most people want to read a translation of this article. It's a cute article, even if Jun did use a slang that none of my friends were familiar with. But that's what google is for! MWA! ENJOY!

Ginza Feb. 2009 The Beginning of the Relax Mode: Matsumoto Jun of 2009
The tumultuous year of 08 has ended, in the new year, what side of "Matsumoto Jun" will he show us?
While he wears some of the Spring/Summer designs of the top brands, the answer to the previous question might be hidden within.

One of Matsumoto's favored brand is Lanvin, and the relax mood of the ephemeral spring/summer collection. He complimented with, "It's not something that I can wear casually. But the fabrics have made me feel very satisfied. *laughs*"

"I own some small goods from this brand, but I have never worn a full outfit based solely on it. The fabrics, the silhouette, and the rough atmosphere makes it really easy to wear." (The brand, for those curious, is D-squared)

"Dior has a lot of very tight-fitting items. When I decide on something that needs to fit like a glove, I rely very heavily on Dior."

"Isn't this kind of strange!?" Even though Jun seemed uncomfortable, he still managed to pull off the androgynous look splendidly. This spring, the relaxed look like pajamas is a trend for women as well. (The brand is Ann Demeulemeester)

"This checkered [blazer,] it's cute! Every season, I always think that Junya [Watanabe]'s clothes are beautiful." This seems to be another brand that Jun is interested in. (The brands he wore are Comme des Garçons and Junya Watanabe.)

That day, Matsumoto Jun's brown jacket was torn(!); he showed up in a checkered shirt and suede pants.

"I'm wearing a lot of vintage today. Recently, I'm trying to project a softer image. If I have to chose between a black piece of clothing vs. a brown piece of clothing, I'd be more incline to go for the brown, and comfortable clothing. Today is like that too. Especially since it's a fashion spread, if I pick my clothes based on what's hip*, I would come to dislike the outfit. *laughs*"

It is not only his clothes that contribute to his gentle aura, it probably also has to do with the year that he has had. From movie premieres to concerts, it has been an extremely busy year for him with the combination of the fact that he also had to film end of the year specials for the various shows he appears in. It is only the feeling of ease that he showcases. So what type of action will we see from him in 2009?

"Until I'm 30, I think running [full speed ahead] would be better, but, it could be in the pace of walking with a carefree spirit, and then sprinting full speed ahead too. I don't know in what way I'd run yet, right now, I'm still lost. Last year was an extremely good year, from work to lifestyle, I have the impression that it was a step up. This year, I get an even stronger feeling that it is an important year. It is simply intuition at this point. But I'm the type who trusts in his instincts very strongly. Rather, it is probably though luck and intuition that I got to this point. *laughs*"

He doesn't seem like that type, right? Rather, everyone knows that he hates doing his job half heartedly. Even in a big dome, it is hard to feel any sense of closeness to the performer, on the one hand, we see what a spectacular live he puts up, but on another scale, it is also a widening of the horizon for this actor. So does he think that he was born for his current job?

"I don't think that way at all. How could I explain it? I've never done any other job but this job. Of course, I enjoy my current job, but I'm also interested in what else I could do in the future. Like, people who have always watched me, I wouldn't say to them, 'Please always support me, okay?' Of course, I'm extremely delighted that people give me encouragements and support, and the fact that we get to grow up together. But the interaction between individuals could also be fleeting, and it's okay if they only hold a mild interest in me. I'm more concern with, what can I communicate to them? What is the impact of my words to them? Of course, being obsessed is fine too... As for me, I can't return anything to them aside from my work."

Disinterested, is what I can discern from what he's saying, but consciously, even so, he does not give off that coldness. His attitude towards work and fans, is nothing but earnest.

He has depth to his thoughts, and so of course, life style wise, he would certainly give off that maturity.

"It started about half a year ago probably. I'd go home, and enjoy the time in which I drink alone. Even though there's only one chair in my kitchen, I'd sit in that chair, and drink about 1 to 2 glasses of whiskey on the rocks. I'd sit there and think about tomorrow comfortably or I wouldn't think about anything at all. During that time, I wouldn't put on music either. I like spaces that are permeated in quietness. I'm not the type to turn on the sound as soon as I get home. I also watch TV. Like news and variety shows, I'd watch shows that I go on to check them over. But I'm not the type to become completely absorbed in the shows that I go on. I'd say stuff like, 'Aiba really makes Arashi shows amusing, right?' Even though I've been watching them all along. *laughs*"

*He used the word "バッキバキ" in this sentence, and to the best of my abilities (and my friends') it is a slang mostly used by geeks/nerds to describe what's hip/in style. So if anyone knows what it really means, feel free to correct me.

Date: 2009-02-22 03:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inseiko.livejournal.com
yay! I was about to go vote yes on this XD

MatsuJun drinking whiskey alone in the kitchen. Sounds like the people at Cut have their next photoshoot idea!

Date: 2009-02-22 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
I'm sorry Riv, I closed the poll when I finished translating. It was a very short article, so it didn't take a very long time (and it was a good distraction from writing my study proposals.) XD

Sounds like it! I wonder what brand Jun drinks? I'm more of a whiskey with coke kind of girl myself.

Date: 2009-02-22 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] youkosiren.livejournal.com
I would say Johnny Walker Blue, but Jun is fussy and he probably goes for smaller brands that not everyone drinks that are really well-reviewed in whiskey magazines (do they even have whiskey magazines? Well, if anyone has them, it's the Japanese.. XD)

Date: 2009-02-22 04:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Johnny Walker Blue... umm... I've never tried that. We have a bottle of Jack Daniels in the house and I'm really tempted to go out for a Coca Cola run right now so I can enjoy some solitary drinking myself.

Date: 2009-02-22 04:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] youkosiren.livejournal.com
I've tried some of my coworker's at a work dinner XD I mean, there's a definite difference in smoothness when you go from cheap to expensive, but I don't know if I can really tell the difference between a $50 bottle and a... well, whatever Blue costs (I think close to $200). The first whiskey I ever saw came in a plastic bottle though and smelled like turpentine, so I'm pretty sure everything else is worlds better XD

Will you wear a leopard print bathrobe? Because you know Jun does!

Date: 2009-02-22 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Ah, since I'm more a tequila kind of girl, I've only tried really expensive tequila vs really cheap tequila, and there's definitely differences. Expensive ones go down smoother... and therefore I end up drinking more. But when you're making mojitos and stuff like that... it doesn't really matter? As for whiskey, I've only ever tried Jack Daniel's. I just don't like whiskey in general. XD;;;

I only have a pink bathrobe, does that work? I do have leopard print slippers though.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm reading Sho and Miike's interview in the newest Cut. It's really amusing so far... and they haven't even spoken yet!

Date: 2009-02-22 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] youkosiren.livejournal.com
You should try a different whiskey! Jack Daniels is pretty harsh, though perfectly fine for whiskey and coke because can you ever really taste the alcohol through the coke? Johnny Walker Green is pretty good, and I know friends who like Maccallan and... Glenlivet? Glenfiddich?

(My friends from college are pretentious and started me out on gin and whiskey >_>)

Jun would wear a pink bathrobe.

Date: 2009-02-22 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
El, you're so wise in the ways of the whiskey. We should hook up and you can show me how to truly appreciate that alcohol. Until then, tequila and champagne for me!

Ew gin, I could never get over the smell to like it.)

Would Jun wear a pink bathrobe while he writes study proposals? Because that's what I plan to do, DRUNK! HAHAHAHA

Date: 2009-02-22 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] youkosiren.livejournal.com
If I come visit you in Japan, I'll buy some duty-free XDDD

The smell doesn't really bother me, but I also only drink gin & tonics - I've never had it straight.

He'd wear it while doing concert proposals? XD

Date: 2009-02-22 05:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Oooo fun booze tiemz in Tokyo. I do enjoy that prospect. Let's see if they'll let me get in first, before we plan anything too rashly.

Yeah, I just... really hate the smell. So it's kind of hard for me to appreciate it.

That might be true. You are one smart lady! So... coke run for me, after that... some whiskey and coke. Oh nom nom nom?

Date: 2009-02-22 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] youkosiren.livejournal.com
Mm, all this talk about alcohol makes me want to have burgers.

Date: 2009-02-22 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] inseiko.livejournal.com
np yo!

I don't drink whiskey but I love the smell, I donno. XD;

Date: 2009-02-22 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bakemonokun.livejournal.com
Yay!! \o/ You churned that one out quickly, bb!

Oh, MatsuJun, always so lonely. I'm telling you, someone needs to send him a Tamagotchi or five. Though I'm strangely digging on what he had to say about choosing softer styles. And you're right, he does sound pretty gay in this. *cough*

Also, I'm loving the D-Squared and Comme des Garçons/Junya Watanabe outfits! *___*

Date: 2009-02-22 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
I did, didn't it? Even though I bothered you about the whole バッキバキ thing. Oh Jun, why the hell would you use Akiba-kei slang to describe how you pick clothes?

I couldn't make him sound less gay... I tried. It's just... really hard okay? But MatsuJun is the straightest man that ever did gay, I swear.

They're so pretty! Prettier in print to be honest, scans don't do them justice. I'm sure they're even better in real life. Damnit Ginza Magazine, you make me want gun metal silver Keds! And I do not need any more sparkly shoes of death!

Date: 2009-02-22 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bakemonokun.livejournal.com
Haha, no worries. I'm just sad I couldn't have been of more help (and Jun is... well, there's no explaining Jun. I don't know why we even try any more. XD)

It's okay, bb. I don't think any of us are shocked at Jun being gay for fashion. It's just the way things are. Birds fly, fish swim, and MatsuJun turns into a flaming homo when it comes to clothes and accessories.

Oh I know. *__* Those shoes are fucking amazing. And I LOVE both the jackets in those shots. Augh, why do I not have a butt ton of money to spend on things like that!? XD SOMEHOW I BLAME SHO.

Date: 2009-02-22 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] youkosiren.livejournal.com
I don't see these mythical shoes ;o; Am I just blind? ;o;

Date: 2009-02-22 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bakemonokun.livejournal.com
Ah, well Yume was talking about some silver ones elsewhere, while I was lusting after the sneakers in the D-squared shot. I am a whore for clunky sneakers. .__.

Date: 2009-02-22 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
It's okay BB, even Aki was baffled. I mean... yeah, I've never heard that slang before used anywhere on any of the shows or magazines I watch/read. Not even on 2chan? I might've seen it on 2chan, but it's not prevalent enough that I would pick up on it.

It's okay MJ, I feel your pain. I'd go gay for fashion too, but since I'm a girl, it's okay for me to squeal over Junya Watanabe and Vivienne Tam, but.... you? Not so much.

Oh the D-squared ones? They shouldn't be TOO expensive, but they featured another pair of gun metal silver Keds in the magazine, and OMG I want them so bad!!! Thankfully, I haven't found them on ShopBop yet, or I'd be in trouble. XD

Date: 2009-02-22 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bakemonokun.livejournal.com
Ah, well that makes me feel a whole hell of a lot better. XD The only place I'd seen it was in a DBZ joke song. *snort*

I'd say it's normal for me, but I tend to lust after and wear men's fashion, so does that make me gay? Or just manly? I don't know; SO CONFUSED! XD

Noooo, don't tell me that, Yume, it'll make me look into getting a pair! ;o; God I love clunky, ugly sneakers. Plus brown may be a secret love of mine. Well, okay, not so much secret love as I look good in it? Hooray olive complexion! XD

DAMN YOU GAUDY SHOES!! *shakes fist*

Date: 2009-02-22 11:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kuro-tenshii18.livejournal.com
But MatsuJun is the straightest man that ever did gay, I swear.

*enters conversation*

I strongly agree with this. :)) I fight anyone who doesn't agree with this. ROFL *shot*


thanks for translating btw!

Date: 2009-02-22 06:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Fight them with sparkly sticks? I'll fight them with sparkly sticks! It's a symbol of Jun's straight gay-ness!

Thanks for reading!

Date: 2009-02-25 10:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kuro-tenshii18.livejournal.com
lol I'll blind them with sparkly rainbow-ish costumes and emblems! :))=)) LOL Jun's just...like that. :))

I had fun reading it :)) Although the pictures were hard to...look at.. in a sense of...(I was gay-i-fied? lol wtf new word! :)) when I saw some of his pics :)))

Date: 2009-02-22 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] youkosiren.livejournal.com
Jun needs to make some babies XD He better hurry before the alcohol and smoking ruins his sperm XDDD *runs*

Date: 2009-02-22 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
LOL. The thought of him drinking alone in his kitchen in that singular chair. Oh man Jun, y so emo?

Date: 2009-02-22 07:23 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
hmmmm Jun has an old souland is, of course, very classy.
Once again he shows how professional he is but doing his best despite not liking the situation.
He's very aware of himself and knows what he wants.
Lastly, I don't think it's loneliness but solitutude because he can totally call anyone up/ knock on Shun's door XD if he wanted company.... the fact that he doesn't want any noise shows that he just wants some silence/ solitutde (I would too if I dealt with screaming fangirls and nosiy bandmates XD)

of course this is only the opinion of a rambling fangirl ^__^;;

thanks alot for translating and sharing!

Date: 2009-02-22 08:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
My friends and I like to joke that MatsuJun is like an old spinster in the making. We don't actually believe that he's lonely... just... he enjoys solitude perhaps a little too much?

Thanks for reading!

Date: 2009-02-22 12:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nunuuu.livejournal.com
I just love his outlook, and I totally agree about that bit about not being the kind of person to turn on anything when you get home. It's that moment that you can claim all for yourself, that particular space. Jun is lovely. Even lovelier in CDG, Junya Watanabe, and Lanvin! He would be the most delightful shopping partner everrr, and for me that does not take away from his manliness. I say that he's just... obsessed with aesthetics XD

(And gawsh do I love the clothes on the scans. Do you guys have any idea where I can get HQ scans of these pages?)

Thanks for the translation!

Date: 2009-02-22 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
HQ scans? Does these (http://arashi.groups.vox.com/library/post/6a0100a8019fdc000e011015e393fd860b.html) count as HQ? I don't have a scanner with me because I'm away in college, but if you want, once I get home during spring break, I can probably scan it for you.

Thanks for reading!

Date: 2009-02-22 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nunuuu.livejournal.com
Oh, I wouldn't want to trouble you. And I already got some medium-quality ones from a friend, it was that urgent a matter to me. I just love the clothes he has on here. No, maybe love doesn't do my feelings justice. Hahaha

Thank you for the reply, though. :)

Date: 2009-02-22 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cutetakato.livejournal.com
thank you for this translation~~really interesting to hear jun taling about his work and fans he's so mature for being the youngest out of arashi he seems so gentle rather than the dos he is/was shown to be...i love that checkered blazer too i want one~~

Of course, being obsessed is fine too... As for me, I can't return anything to them aside from my work.
that is so sweet!

Date: 2009-02-22 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
He's very intensely focus on his work, I like that about him. :D

Date: 2009-02-22 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-vickiiiie.livejournal.com
Thanks for translating :D
HAHAHa, surprisingly, me and Matsujun have similiar tastes in clothing brands D:

With the exception of that Ann.. brand which I've never heard of before.
But Jun and Dior? Isn't Dior a little too womanly?!

haha. I love drinking alone at home.

Date: 2009-02-22 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Well, what he's wearing is the label Dior Homme, which is part of Dior. But a lot of women wear Dior Homme too... like their very famous black skinny jeans!

And the Ann Demeulemeester brand is mostly known for their prints? I don't hear about them often, but I think there was a big story about them last yr?

Thanks for reading!

Date: 2009-02-22 02:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pettomomo.livejournal.com
thank you so much for translating...:)

Date: 2009-02-22 06:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Thank you for reading!

Date: 2009-02-22 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamfadesaway.livejournal.com
thank you for the translation^^
He really is serious about his career. It almost scares me.
And he really looked feminime on that androgynous photo. Especially with that hair. ^_~

Date: 2009-02-22 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
Arashi is still young, so it's no surprise that they'd be career oriented? Jun says so himself, until he's 30, he really just wants to give it his all when it comes to his work. I really admire that about him. ^^

Date: 2009-02-22 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xninnifulninnyx.livejournal.com
thank you so much for you translation! :) i always love jun's deeper answers and comments.

Date: 2009-02-22 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zomboid.livejournal.com
You're welcome. I usually don't translate any articles, but this one was short and interesting, so I thought I would share. :D

Date: 2009-02-23 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amyk5954.livejournal.com
Thank you for the translation

Date: 2009-02-23 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] matsuyousei.livejournal.com
woooow, thank you for this translation!!!

I really liked to know more about Jun's lifestyle. Knowing that he sits alone and drink whisky on the rocks and think quietly gives me a great impression. He's really mature for his age.

Thank you again!!

Date: 2009-02-24 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] saragnayan.livejournal.com
he sure lives in style and fashionably. thanks for sharing this. XD

Date: 2009-02-27 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wendy138.livejournal.com
Ahh, the infamous androgynous photo. Thank you for sharing!
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