Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Translation to English thanks to Ohno Discovery@tumblr

2015.01.21 AD - Well begun is half done.

Good morning. This is Arashi’s Ohno Satoshi.
Here’s today’s thought of the day; come on!

"Well begun is half done."[1]

[BGM ‘Bittersweet’]

(laughs) How was that? Wasn’t that a new one? Just rolls off the tongue.(laughs)

This is a quote by the Greek philosopher Aristotle-san. Translated into Japanese, it would mean that ‘if you start off well, that’s half of it done’. Alternatively, ‘if you start off well, half the work is done’, ‘the beginning is important’ or ‘starting is crucial’.

Ahh, starting is important, huh? I think so, too. This was something I really thought back when I was doing stage plays. It’s interesting. People naturally trip over their lines, right? And in the script there’s Act 1 and Act 2, right? If you don’t trip over your lines in Act 1, you basically won’t trip over your lines in Act 2. You’d get into the flow of things.

If you falter in Act 1, then you’ll also do so in Act 2. It was like that for me. They’d influence each other, kinda. When I trip over lines in Act 1, even though I shouldn’t really care about it, I start thinking about it. And then I start thinking that I need to say the next lines properly. Then in Act 1 I end up messing up about 2 lines.

In doing that, I become determined not to trip over any lines in Act 2. And by thinking that, I start being more aware of it. And naturally I’ll mess up.

So in order not to mess up lines in the first act, in the green room before the performance I always make sure to carefully check over the lines that I think I’ll mess up.

If I don’t stumble over lines in Act 1, it’s like, 'Ah, whatever. Since I didn't mess anything up in Act 1, it's fine even if I stumble a little in Act 2'(laughs)

During Kouhaku, too. I messed up once. Ahh, I remember. 'Please enjoy the next two songs' was what I was supposed to say. But I couldn’t say'two songs (ni kyoku)'. It became something like, 'ni koku'. I remember going like, 'ni koku… ni kyoku'(laughs)

Yeah. So that happens. Mm. Looking at the bigger picture, 2015 has already begun. So it’s the beginning right now. The beginning is important. It’s an important time right now.

Honestly though, personally… Well, I don’t do this during a drama or anything, but I’m really taking my time. It’s important, this time. Mm. You’ve really gotta take it slow. Properly do it, completely ensure that you get off to a promising start. It’ll set you up for a good direction in the latter half.

All of you, too. The beginning is important. January, February and March are crucial. That’s kinda long. (laughs) But naturally the first half, that’s the thing.

So folks, you too, January’s crucial! So let’s mutually do our best!

That’s all; this was Ohno Satoshi! 


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