Nicola-san is my sensei (“teacher” in Japanese) from when I was at Dazed & Confused Japan and will be the one forever. He is the creativity. He always surprises me with crazy ideas that I can’t think of. We had this conversation right before his trip to Hawaii, where he was doing digital detox. Do you think he can stay away from his iPhone in the end?
I thought you quit smoking.
I quit, but today is an exception. It was quite stressful today. I smoke sometimes, but not in front of my boyfriend, Chris. He knows that I smoke, though.
But do you like smoking?
No, I don’t like it at all, haha.
What do you like to do? Acupuncture?
Yes. But it’s not good to be obsessed with one particular thing, so now I’m looking for something else. I always like something related to my body and soul. Massage, acupuncture, and something physical are good ones, not spiritual ones. I’m not 18 years old anymore, haha. Although I’m still 18 mentally.
How about jet lag?
I’m constantly jet-lagged every day—
Do you take sleeping pills?
No. If I start taking them, I have to take them every single night.
How do you control your sleep, then?
I just try to adjust myself to each country’s time. When I was a child, I often traveled between Italy and Japan, so jet lag was always a topic in my family. What I learned from my parents was simply not to sleep until night.
Is there anything that you do to take care of yourself for your body or soul?
Vitamin pills, for sure. I always try new stuff. I want to keep my brain flexible all the time, so piano works well.
You share a lot of things with people, but you don’t talk much about piano and classical music.
True. That’s because they are purely for myself and not for work at all. I have Yamaha’s Silent Piano with headphones, so I can only listen to my playing. Also I practice new piano pieces and buy music books of Chopin, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and also Ryuichi Sakamoto. Oh, I forgot about the new meditation technique that I started two months ago. I’ve been doing meditation for three or four years. In the morning, I close my eyes and simply think of nothing. That works so well for jet lag, actually. The new one is called TM (Transcendental Meditation). You simply meditate for twenty minutes every morning and night. Lots of people, including David Lynch, are now obsessed with this.
Do you sometimes feel that you are “working”?
I am not motivated if I have to do a “job.” I don’t take everything I do as a job. Otherwise, I cannot do anything. If I take them as jobs, I’ll get stressed. Luckily I’m in the situation where I can choose only projects that I enjoy. I really appreciate it.
Usually everyone believes that you can’t do what you want to do.
Really? I believe in this proverb “Everything has a reason, everything happens for a reason.” I never feel even happy when things go well, and never depressed when things don’t go well. If you follow yourself and live naturally, everything will be synchronized, I think.
You are one of the very first people who used social networks. But why don’t you shop online?
I started using social media only for communicating with people around the world, and sometimes for researching and casting. Online shopping is a totally different thing. I want to shop in real time. I know young people buy on Amazon, etc., which is great. Though I’ll be addicted once I start buying online. In fact, I buy a lot of music on iTunes just by clicking—I’m busy, but my motto is “work hard, play hard.” I always keep my personal time and like to go around cities for shopping. If I don’t have free time or live in the countryside, I might try online shopping, of course.
Well, I just bought Steven Meisel’s and Wolfgang Tillmans’ photo
T-shirts online few minutes ago.
Why didn’t you go to that store?
Because I have to be here on the set and worried if someone bought them before me…
That’s right. I haven’t bought anything yet, but I like Fancy.com very much. All the products are curated so well.
So why did you decide to do digital detox?
My boyfriend Chris found it. When the phone runs out of its battery, we go crazy. So I don’t know if I can continue doing it for two weeks. After a while, you might receive e-mails from me, haha!
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Photo: Courtesy of Junsuke Yamasaki