Archive for October, 2014

A quote about having an open mind


“Being proven wrong is a beautiful thing!

Open minds and hearts never resist growth or an expansion of understanding. They delight in being challenged, stretched and made uncomfortable by foreign ideas. They do not eschew books or teachers that make them think, and they certainly do not hide from correction. They run towards challenging, boundary-stretching and thought-reforming things!

Delight in being challenged.

If you ever stop growing, you’ve stopped living.”

– Jeff Turner, from his Facebook post

Keiko Kitagawa interview article in “Walker” magazines (various editions) on newsstands August/September 2014 (English translation)


It seems my image has become like a “true yankii” in this setting (laughs)

Cover of Yokohama Walker magazine September 2014 issue

Cover of Tokyo Walker magazine 2 October 2014 special issue

Cover of Kansai Walker magazine 2 September 2014 issue

Cover of Chiba Walker magazine Autumn 2014 issue

Ms. Keiko Kitagawa talks about teamwork in her latest drama “HERO” (currently broadcasting on television), where she plays the role of a secretary named Asagi Chika:

“In the front of the studio, there’s a scene that stars Mr. Takuya Kimura, and it opens with him having a pleasant, run-of-the-mill chat with about ten other people. One time when we began the cut, he shouted, “This meat cutlet you made is so delicious!” – and I just cracked up. (laughs). But as the series progresses, the cast members become more and more united – so please pay attention to watching their teamwork develop in the series. In terms of playing the role of Ms. Chika – I had to become “a true yankii” to portray the character. I don’t think I’ve got it down a 100% as the writers intended, to be honest, but still…”

Doing TV dramas, commercials, and magazine photo shoots must keep you terribly busy all the time; what do you do during your off days?

“Well, on my off-days I try to maintain my physique. First, I usually hit an exercise machine, like on a bike or just walking on a treadmill. I exercise for about 40 minutes or an hour. Then, I tone my muscles…so I usually do some weight training. Of course, I go out shopping, spend time having dinners with my friends too. And because going to the theater is my hobby, I like to go out to different shows around town too.”

By the way, in this issue we talk about the “Butler Cafe” phenomenon in Ikebukuro – do you have any interest in that…? (in Tokyo Walker)

By the way, lately it seems “Butler Cafes” have been popular with young women, do you have any interest…?” (in other featured editions)

“Personally, during “Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato De” (released 2011) I had the pleasure of working with the most amazing butler ever (portrayed by Sho Sakurai of Arashi). So I don’t think I could ever find a better one. (laughs) But I think women should have a taste of the “Ladies First” lifestyle!”

This photo appears on page 26 of Tokyo Walker

This photo appears in all featured editions

(Translated by Miss Dream under their “Hire Us!” program. Paid for by this blog to the benefit of all English-speaking and English-learning Keiko fans).