Jan 13, 2020

(PHOTOBOOK) Airi Suzuki - Airi-sT Translation (Long Interview)

Translation from Suzuki Airi - "Airi-sT", released on November 27, 2014
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The reason why she became cautious about beauty

The first time I became cautious about my appearance was during highschool, a bit after we started our activities with °C-ute. During primary school my face was round, at this time I didn't think I would become somebody people take as an example or even that I should become someone admired, so I didn't really care.
However, from 14 to 15 years old, I got more muscles and was in a better shape. I started to hear people tell me "You've grown a really feminine body!" and I thought "Okay, I'm at an age being chubby isn't forgiven anymore". There are many °C-ute outfits where we have to show our belly (laughs), but at this time there was an outfit for Buono!'s "Lady Panther" which showed my belly so much I thought "Isn't that a bikini?!". That made me realize, if my body is going to be shown that much, it would be a shame not to get in shape.
To stand on a stage, it's not only about your body. Your hairstyle and face expressions are also important. But if you don't stand on stage without any conviction, if you don't have confidence, you cannot look straight. I tried to motivate myself for lives by thinking "I want to have confidence in myself!", "I hate the me of now!", "I want to change!". I wanted to become somebody who isn't afraid to show herself to others, and I thought that if I continued to not to anything like I was, it wouldn't be good. At first I just had this "I ate too much yesterday so let's not eat too much today" type of consciousness. Also, my mom was preparing my meals.

(TRANSLATION) pivotdoor x Suzuki Airi - 17 questions to Suzuki Airi

1. Your 'my boom' item this winter ?
I'm 25 now so I've started to really want boa or fur coat, things with volume that I've stopped trying to wear until now.
Sunglasses and fur coats. Things that adults would wear. Last year I've finally tried sunglasses so this year I'd like to try more fur coats...

2. Things you'd like to try this winter ?
I've never skied ! So I'd like to try that. And I want to do glamping ! Those are all things I've seen on TV and thought they'd be great, but as winter is my favorite season, I really want to enjoy winter activities.

3. Things you love to eat during winter ?
Nabe (t/n hot pot) ! Every single year during winter I want to eat a warm nabe.

4. Which type of nabe ?
You're really asking that question ? (laughs) I've always preferred motsu nabe but lately, I wonder if it's because of my taste or my age, but I can't eat motsu nabe if it's not with a special event anymore. I love the healthy ones lately ! Steamed pork, vegetables ones... Also hinabe !

5. Where would you like to go on a Winter date ?
More than the place, the situation's important. I love shoujo manga, like when the boy is putting his hand in your jacket... I wanna do that !(Airi claps)

6. Your cooking specialities ?
Hamburger steaks, shougayakisimmered hijiki... I eat a lot of okara  (t/n : soy pulp) when I'm dieting, the reason is that when I was making hijiki I mixed some with it and it was good. All of those feels like my mother. My mother taught me all these recipes.

7. Are you indoor type ? Outdoor type ?
Not speaking generally... But there are days where I'll have a day off that wasn't planned and will sleep until the time I want to wake up, but there are days off that I want to optimize so I plan every single thing from morning to the evening and I don't come back home until the evening. So I don't really know which type I am exactly. But I love my house ! (laughs)

8. What would you wear during a winter date ?
I want to say "cute things", but I wonder... I want to be stylish but if we end up walking a lot that'd be a trouble with my heels, so I'll wear shoes I'm comfortable in, and a turtle neck knit. A casual but cute style !

9. Which male fashion do you like ?
Usually, as long as it fits them that's great to me, but I love simple styles. For example if I would ask them "Where did you buy this ?" and they'd reply "This one's so cheap !". I like people who use their items wisely.

10. Which boys' habits do you like ?
That's something that never changed, but, as usual with my shoujo manga way of thinking, when they pat your head without looking ? (laughs) Do you know what I mean ? Well that can only be done by the person you like but... You know, the one the experienced salaryman does to the newcomer office lady ? That thing (laughs) Should be amazing if that's done in a great way. Only with the person you like though (laughs) 

11. What kind of girls do you think is cute ?
I love girls who are glowing because they made the effort of researching themselves. People who embraces their complexes. Girls who walk with confidence without hiding anything. I tend to really admire those people who have this kind of cuteness, glowing aura. I'd like to be like that, too.

12. Your favorite girls fashion ?
I love girls who can use second-hand or vintage pieces wisely. I always had long hair, but I love girls with a pixie haircut, or beautifully drawn eyebrows, wearing edgy fashion... I think they're cute.

13. What is something you like to care of during winter ?
The air is so dry lately ! This year, it feels so dry ! Until now, I believed it'd just get better without doing nothing. But that's not the case at all ! So I moisturize my skin a lot.

14. Something you're addicted to lately ?
Every single year it's café latte... So if I want to add something I'd say... Making my room smell good before sleeping ? (laughs) It makes me wake up in a great mood so I try to do that often lately.

15. What bonus could you expect of a date with Suzuki Airi ?
Bonus ?! Bonus ? Is there anything ?! Hmm... I think there won't be any silent moment ? The Suzuki family loves humming and getting excited together for pretty much anything, and as I was raised in such environment, so if you spend the day with me I think you'd get pretty positive ? (laughs) Being able to talk and have fun ! I think that's the only bonus.

16. Your feeling after wearing PIVOTDOOR's clothes ?
The things that stands out the most is that the clothes are pretty casual style, so men and women can wear anything ! But the corduroy large pants I wore for the last shooting was so cute. I don't get to wear this type of clothes often so... Also, I love the size of the pullovers ! They're oversized and with long sleeves... I'm glad I got to wear them.

17. Would you like to do a matching outfit with somebody with them ?
I think thayt's really cute and I'd really like to try that too. So people who never tried this... let's do it ! As I'm wearing some, it's like you're doing a matching outfit with me, right ?

Jan 12, 2020

(TRANSLATION) ℃-ute - Live interview for Kazumi Namba no Aidoru Sanjuu Rokubou (04.11.2016)

After °C-ute's event at Shibuya's TOWER RECORDS to promote their new single, Saki and Airi were invited in NAMBA Kazumi's show for a special interview, along with TOWER RECORDS' CEO, MINEWAKI Ikuo. 

Namba : Well, let's welcome °C-ute's NAKAJIMA Saki and SUZUKI Airi !
Saki : Wah, there's a lot of a people ! Thank you so much. Hi everyone, we're NAKAJIMA Saki...
Airi : and SUZUKI Airi from °C-ute !
S/A : Please treat us well today !
Saki : There's no seats today ? Are you going to be okay everyone ?
Airi : Ah, it's not like usual.
Saki : Don't forget to... warm-up your ankles.
(the audience laughs)
Airi : Even more because it's the evening...
(a fan shouts "Airi !") 
Namba : We hear them from the back ! There's so many peope today !
Saki : Yes, because we just finished a mini-live in that same shop, so I guess a lot of them stayed after.
Namba : Well, take a sit.
S/A : Thank you !

Dec 31, 2019

2019-12-31 12:00:17 ♡2019

Everyone. It's finally New Year's Eve!!
There have been many things happening in 2019,
I don't know where to start from.

I think it's good to look back on the years from details
but somehow, this year, more than the details,
I want to focus on the various mental states I went through.

Anyway, this year, I've tried out many new things ! For real !!!

So first of all
I'm going to quickly look back on all the things I've done☺︎

*Had many lives in schools, starting by Mirai souzou-ten 🎶
*Thanks to this, I had year project with the technical college HAL.
*Starting by Utacon, I appeared on many TV programs 📺
*Appeared in the drama "I Turn"
*My first opening ceremony🤭⚾️
*First experience has a VTuber (Suzuki Ai). (t/n : during Sotsu! Ome 2019)
*Singing start again a cappella as an image character for Chiba bank.
*Participated in the brand Samantha's 25th anniversary song & produced collaboration items👛
*Chose the clothes to collaborate with the brand MiiA👗
*Guest during Hello! Project's tour 😌
*Talk events!🗣
*Runway walks & live during fashion shows💃
*Became a radio personality 📻
*The Escape tour 🎩
*MC for AbemaTV🙋‍♀️
*Regular on Tokyo Good!!
*Appeared in Curel's web CM 🧴
*Appeared in many festivals 🌈
*Fanclub events & fanclub lives
*The No Live,No Life? tour
、、、And as for private events
I think I can include
*My first travel alone!!!

I guess I forgot many things, but this year was full of new experiences and encounters. Thank you very much.

I don't know when chance turns or when a challenge will come.

In these everflowing days,
there were times it was necessary to switch on and suddenly enter in fight mode,
To be honest, there were days I almost lost myself.

Even though it's really bad to react like this.

What I really thought about this year, and what I want to tell you, is that I'm really grateful to all of my fans. I always feel grateful. Really ! Every single year ! But, this year in particular, I really want to thank you. I wish there was a word bigger than "thank you", but I'm full of that feeling.

Thank you so much( ; ; )

"I want to make it a year full of smiles"
I started 2019 with such motto

I got to realize there's always something before that smile. Kind of like you need shadows to make light. You can't be positive if you ignore your negative feelings and your doubts.

Last year, I made my solo debut.
I finally realized I was standing alone and thought "Okay, let's do this".

However in this second year
I think I might have felt more pressure, noticed the difficulty of it, and on the contrary, the fun of doing it.

I thought it might be wrong
to always talk about what's happening to me or my realizations,
that it'd be annoying, wrong
to put my troubles and hardships inside my lyrics.

I may be totally wrong but now
What I'm feeling is that
it's okay to rely more on the fans supporting me.

That's what I noticed when I did my live the other day.

If I try my best and overcome my limits, then you'll return even more of it to me. I'm definitely the one getting more power and support from you, but just thinking you may feel the same makes me happy, which is why I want to give you a lot of power as well.

I try to look at each and every single one of you during my lives.
It's not faking it, I'm really watching you.
All of your gazes and facial expressions are different, yet I'm moved by all of them. I really want you to keep that face when you see me. That's what I thought.

I'm sorry, as it's my first time expressing such thoughts I have some difficulties finding the right words... lol

I thought I really wanted to make lives
which makes you think "I'll do my best and live, tomorrow".

The ultimate reason I started to sing
was to become somebody else's support.
I really wanted to give people enough courage to welcome tomorrow, and there were many tools I could've used for that purpose, but I love singing and this is why I choose that path.

It's an important motive that I tend to forget.
Because it was a feeling I started to have when I was young,
It may have been a small thing at that time, but it's truly what motivates me the most right now.

It was very difficult to immerse myself into songs.
I still can't do it properly now.

But thanks to my encounter with
such a wonderful song as "Betsu no hito no kanojo ni natta yo",
I started to understand how to do it this year.

Even if I worked hard on my facial expressions and performances,
something would always be missing.
And I wanted to try more of that missing piece.

Which is why I got rid of the dances
during my No Live, No Live lives in December.
I wanted to sing like the true me.

It made me realize and feel new things.

Being in an environment where I can try out things like this
And being in an environment where there are people supporting the immature woman I am
Of course I'd feel grateful. My only wish is to give it back to you someday.

Anyway, my head and my eyes felt hot a lot of times (lol)
(t/n : like when you feel hot because you're about to cry)

I've had many experiences besides singing, and with the staff members who always gets my back, my managers supporting me, the love from fans, I cried many times. I really released a lot of water this year ! (lol)

Whenever we're going to eat out,
the Airi team staff who never gets upset when we're having discussion.
The managers who always encourages me "You just have to go forward ! Don't worry !".

I'm feeling so grateful.

The other day.
When we were talking about the future,
I was surrounded by so much live I started to burst into tears in the restaurant.

At this same time, "Meguru Koi no Kisetsu" broadcasted.
I wonder if that was on purpose ?

The lyrics are
"Donna toki mo asa ga kuru yo
No matter what, morning will always come
Mada shiranai asa ga kuru yo
A morning you're not aware of yet will come
Donna toki mo shoujiki nara
As long as you're always honest
Mune wo hatte sono saki he "All Right susundeke!"
Puff out your chest and move on "All right, let's move forward!""

I felt as if Tsunku♂-san and
my past self were united to push my back.

To the point I sent a mail to
Tsunku♂-san, to express
my gratitude.

That's right.
The only thing I can do is puff out my chest and live honestly.
I'm also myself when I get lost. I have to accept everything I am and move forward. That's what the songs I used to sing were all about.

For someone who has lived for only 25 years
This may sound a bit exaggerated
But this past year has definitely been full of crying and doubting, facing my weaknesses.

But that's exactly why I can't forget the year 2019, and will become even stronger in 2020!!!!!

I don't know what's going to happen, and that's the fun part. Of course, there is my Yokohama Arena live in April, but not only for this
Every single day, I want to move forward and puff out my chest proudly,
Trusting myself and the people around me
That's what I want 2020 to be.

Thank you so much for this year?
Let's make a lot of exciting times next year too!!

I love you and you're so important to me!!!!

From Airi


Dec 28, 2019

Suzuki Airi for BACKSTAGE PASS February 2020 issue

She has completed her second album "i" ! It contains 12 varied tracks, including her first single, her first collaboration song with Official HIGE DANdism, a cover of wacci's famous ballad, but also the studio recordings of many tracks she performed during her tour. We talked a lot about this album, filled up with herself.