With Newsletter #28’s 15th anniversary feature entitled “Maaya Sakamoto 1995→2010”, we thought we’d list up a comparison of what things have changed in what way over 15 years. Enjoy!
|15 years ago
|Name you get called by
|Maaya, Maaya-chan, Maaya-san, Sakamossan
|Black, short bob (curly)
|Black, bob (straight)
|Long conversations on the phone and reading
|Traveling and reading
|No one had anything like that yet
|I use two
|No computer, but I had a word processor
|A MacBook Pro and a MacBook Air
|The school handball team (3–4 times a week)
|Jogging, every once in a while
|Drink you often buy
|Lipton milk tea, in cartons
|Starbucks’ soy caffè misto or a double tall soy latte
|Soy milk, or sometimes nothing
|Never cooked before
|Various Japanese foods
|Your type of guy, if you chose someone famous
|Hiroshi Abe, Kuranosuke Sasaki, and lately Osamu Mukai too
|A parrot named Pii-chan
|Something I bought at a variety store
|A Louis Vuitton
|I didn’t have a TV in my room, so I listened to radio all the time.
|A 40-inch LCD TV I won playing bingo at the “Kara no Kyōkai” wrap-up party.
|“Atsushi Watanabe’s Building Quest”, “Feelin’ Real Good”
|General news shows. Also, when Summers is on I can’t not watch.
|Portable music player
|I’m pretty sure I had an MD Walkman. Wait—maybe I was still listening to cassettes?
|I was hooked on Queen
|I don’t usually listen to music all that much
|Melons, ramen, persimmons, sōmen, the pineapple in sweet and sour pork, and numerous other things.
|Same as 15 years ago. Sōmen is the only thing I’ve become able to eat.
|Peaches, sushi, eel
|Dango covered in sweetened soy sauce, Galbo
|Japanese sweets in general, ice cream
|Mostly space science and other science texts
|Photo booth pictures
|If I had to say, cameras
|Aloe yogurt, McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish
|Fish sausage, pickled daikon
|Eiken Pre-2 and a standard driver’s license (automatics only)
|On your wishlist
|Where you hang out with friends
|Karaoke, or chatting at restaurants or fast food places
|Heated stone spas, places with good food and drinks, short trips
|Don’t wear one
|Don’t wear one
|Favorite things in miso soup
|Tubers like sweet potatoes or russet potatoes
|I like anything so long as it’s not deep-fried
|Favorite sushi topping
|Fish sliced with the skin left on
|I want to try working a part-time job
|I want to go on a trip around the world
|I don’t remember anything I did in school anymore.
|Time spent chatting with friends after classes
|Time spent soaking in the tub and cooking
|I read all of “Ping-Pong Club”.
|I read the ones I played a part in. Aside from that, “Saint Young Men”.
|School, the studio
|The studio, Korea, Europe, Fukuoka, airports, rivers
|Cooking, waking up early
|Time you thought you would die
|There were several times when I laughed so hard with my friends that I seriously thought I would die of laughter.
|This year I had my wisdom teeth taken out. The surgeries were so taxing that they inflicted a lot of mental and physical damage.
|All about knee-length skirts.
|I wear black all the time.
|At home, with family.
|At the Budōkan, with 13,000 people.