Friday, June 18, 2010

Meeting A Japanese Actress

UPDATED! The group picture we took together with Aoyama Hanako is added! Credit to Andrew's camera.

Short note: It has been a fortnight since I last updated this blog, that someone commented that everyday have to see the same piggy pictures lol! I would put all the blame on the mid-term exams, which will only be over by next week. Perhaps, that is just a lame excuse. I don't know whether it is just me or what, because the level in kosen and university are just like a million light years away! I just wish the exams will end as soon as possible, so that I can watch the FIFA World Cup in peace. Speaking about the World Cup, it was a slow start in the opening matches, but we can see the excitement is beginning to pick up. So, which team are your supporting?

On a different note, it was the Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival (端午節) a couple of days ago, and I had bak zhang for the first time in Japan. My last time having bak zhang was two years ago! Back then, it was my grandma's home-made bak zhang. Now, I feel like going home, because I think I am food-sick >.<


The bak zhang in Japan is relatively smaller than those found back home. 


The ingredients was nothing special; it was just roasted char siew. No mushroom or nuts at all =.=

Almost a week ago, my senior, James invited me to his place, as they planned a simple get-together party to bid farewell to another senior of ours, Andrew. Andrew, who currently works in Tokyo, has been living in Chiba for more than six years and he has finally decided to move to Tokyo. Initially, there were six of us there, including Loke Eng, Kit How, Teck Soon and myself.

Before the real deal arrived, we just sat down and chit chatted for some time, while munching to our snacks and drinks. Finally, the delivery guy from Pizza Hut came, and we were treated to several hot delicious pizzas by Andrew. He later told us that there would be another two persons who would be there as well; one of them was Kae Lin, while the other one...

Well, he just said it was his friend at first. So, we didn't really put much attention to it.

That was until he decided to drop the bomb by telling us that that friend of his is an actress. Not a random actress who acts in commercials or dramas, but an actress who has acted in a movie -  アディクトの優劣感 (Superiority of Addicts). At first, we thought Andrew was just trying to pull our legs. We wanted to confirm what Andrew had told us about that friend of his, so we went to search for this girl in the Internet. Try key in 青山華子 (Aoyama Hanako) in any search engine and you should see this fierce-looking girl.


Not only we saw an online article in Yomiuri Online page about this girl, there was even a Wikipedia page for her. That was the moment we believed Andrew's words; at the same time, felt excited and couldn't wait for her come. James and Teck Soon then said that in the future, they could proudly tell everyone that a Japanese actress had visited their place haha! Suddenly, all the attention was turned to this girl and everyone forgot about Andrew.

Since I was the youngest junior there, I was given the task to pick her up at Midoridai station, much to the envy to the rest of them haha! Who wouldn't feel invidious, for missing the chance to personally pick up an actress at a train station. Doesn't that sound very much like a Japanese drama storyline? It's no longer a novelty, but a reality that I was given such a golden chance lol! Perhaps Andrew is already well-aware of my goldfish-ism; that is why he showed me a photo of her, which was taken in the train, before I leave, so that I do not bring back a wrong person haha!

Yea-lah, who knows, later I bring back a wrong type of girl (pun intended), sure gonna bring big problem one.


No idea why everyone looked so tensed in this photo lol!

On my ten-minute walk to the train station, I keep recalling her face I saw on Andrew's phone, to make sure that I didn't pick up the wrong person. I was about fifty meters away from the station, when I noticed a girl, in white jacket, leaning on a bicycle. Is that her, the girl who I was supposed to pick-up  at the station? The nearer I walked towards the station, my uncertainty on whether or not she was the girl grew more and more. I dared not looked too much at her, worried that if she wasn't the correct girl, she could report me for sexual harassment haha!

I tried to take some glances on her; she did the same to me, and both of us almost smile for doing that haha! Somehow, I felt she was the girl, but I still wasn't totally sure. I just didn't have the courage to approach her. Moreover, this is Japan, and how often do you get to see two strangers greet each other? So, I took my phone out and called Andrew, to ask him if his friend came with a bicycle. Once I got the confirmation, that was the time I had the guts to approach that girl on the bicycle and ask her if she is Andrew's friend.

And my early intuition was right. She was Aoyama Hanako.


The two of us walked back to James's place. I took less than ten minutes to walk to the station earlier, but the walk back with her felt like ten years lol! We talked about what are we currently up to, brief introduction about ourselves, but I later realised that we talked so much until we forgot to introduce our names to each other haha! So, who is this girl, Aoyama Hanako? And how did Andrew managed to get to know her?

She was a first year student when Andrew enrolled into Chiba University as a third year student several years back, and both of them got to know each other through an international cultural exchange society in the Engineering faculty. So, technically, she is Andrew's junior.

Second question you might ask - how an Engineering student like her, could end up becoming an actress in the entertainment industry? It was down to one word - "by chance". The whole story can be found in this Yomiuri Online article, but for those of you who doesn't read Japanese, I shall briefly explain it here. Prior to this acting project, she has totally zero experience in this industry. She is just like another girl from the next door, who has never thought about being an actress in her wildest dreams.

Her friends in Mixi (a Japanese popular social-networking site), refer her as an actress (女優) in her profile page, just for the sake of fun. However, the staff of the producer came across her profile page by chance, while searching for the keyword 女優. They had an instant interested on her after viewing her pictures and sent her an e-mail, asking her if she is indeed an actress and to invite her to a movie audition.


Since her high-school days, a girl who has the x-factor as an actress, has been approached by scouts from the entertainment industry for countless of times whenever she goes to Harajuku or Shibuya in downtown Tokyo. However, she never really put much attention on those dubious invitations, and the thoughts of venturing into the entertainment industry was put away just like that. Upon graduating from her high school, she enrolled herself into Chiba University in the Engineering faculty.

Back to the e-mail she received, she quickly brush off the fact that she was an actress. However, more e-mails were sent in repeatedly, and feeling that she had nothing to lose, she decided to give it a try. Just like a movie script, she passed her audition, beating the rest of the candidates that came close to a hundred persons. She was make the lead actress, taking the role of ヒノコ (Hinoko).

She took a temporary break from her studies to put her whole attention on her movie project. The movie - アディクとの優劣感 revolves around women, sex, and drugs. So, I guess you can barely imagine the storyline, right? It was partly filmed in Taiwan, which was one of the reason she decided to take another break for a short-term study in National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She can't speak fluent Chinese, but understands a little bit of it. So, when some of us spoke in Chinese on that night, she just smiled and told us that she managed to catch some bits of the conversation.


New picture added: This is the group picture we took together before we made a move that night. Hanako-chan is in a white striped t-shirt, standing in the middle.

At the end of the night, we took a group picture together, but it was in Andrew's camera. I will have to wait for a while, until he gets his Internet set up in his new place.

So, from this experience, do you know what's the moral of the story? If you ever feel like becoming an actor or an actress, ask you friends to write on your Facebook wall everyday by referring you as an actor/actress, and who knows, you might be the lucky one to be picked up by a producer haha!


Kae Vin said...

u sounded so excited.

why didn't u fork out your camera and start snapping pictures of her? XD

Calyn Ong said...

Tipu ka?

Shamanti said...

Porn star ka?!

fufu said...

wish i had bak zhang here in germany >< wow av girl??

Baguette Queen said...

Photos! Photos!
See, I also started getting excited:D

~Live Life~ said...

Hi! Back at your blog after seems like ages...=)

Fuyoh...come back terus read your post about your encounter with actresses huh!

calvin said...

@ kae vin:
getting a rare chance to meet an actress. who wouldn't get excited, right? some more, it'sa japanese chick lol!

my camera wasn't with me that time >.<

calvin said...

calyn ojc:
where got bluff you? there you go - picture has been added to prove you wrong xD

calvin said...

@ shamanti:
haha! so bad-lah you. say people like that.
she's not that kind of actor-ler xD

calvin said...

@ fufu:
i bet it's hard to find bak zhang in germany, isn't it? how about making it yourself?

why everyone is saying she is a porn star lol!

calvin said...

@ baguette queen:
sorry for keeping you guys waiting. i just gotten the pictures from my senior and i have added them already ;)

calvin said...

@ ~live life~:
haha! yeah, it has been some time, isn't it? how are you doing lately?

yeah, what a time to make a comeback, right? xD

Ken Wooi said...

wow.. what an opportunity.. haha.. yeah, some people are lucky.. =)

calvin said...

@ ken:
yes, all of us didn't expect that as well. i guess we can consider ourselves lucky ^.^

Unknown said...

Do not show on time; be at least 15 minutes earlier. You may already know how Japanese are punctual and being on time. It does not matter for work or not. We are usually so punctual even just meeting with friends on weekends. I do not take my American friends who are five minutes late as a really “late” but most of my Japanese friends usually shows up at the place 10 to 15 minutes earlier than the time we actually decided to meet.

- See more at: To Do and Not To Do on Your First Date with a Japanese woman.