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How current graduate student book reviewer Awaiyuki got hooked on reading, horse racing, and idols.



What leads to reading, horse racing, and idols

Takano: How did you get into idols?

Awai: I started watching idols when an acquaintance told me about them and I decided to go to one myself. I go to a live idol group called “Live Idol” that performs at a live house, and there is a mixture of various desires for approval or self-expression on the floor. For example, there are those who want to wave penlights and get responses from the idols, and there are those who want to dance and call out in the back. Each person enjoys it in a different way, and that kind of chaos is interesting to watch.

Takano: I guess you are looking at things from a higher layer. There is a book reviewer’s point of view.

Awai: That may be so. Also, Mana Manaka, whom I introduced earlier, is an indecisive person. But I think her indecisiveness, on the other hand, makes her a very considerate person.

Celeina: Yes, I think so.

Awai: Knowing that kind of persona makes you want to support them even more, and I think that’s because idol content, like idols, is all about storytelling.

Takano: Reading books, horse racing, and idols are genres that don’t seem to be connected. But listening to Mr. Awai’s story, it makes a little more sense. I felt that the reasons why you got into them were connected.

Celeina: I see. I feel like I want to take a peek inside your brain (laughs). (Laughs) I wouldn’t go so far as to peek into your brain, but I can get a glimpse of it through your book reviews on Twitter and in your notebooks. You can also check out his discussion of the latest movie “How Do You Live?

Awai: I look forward to hearing from you.

Celeina: FIST BUMP is a circle of friends connected by the Gutai Touch, and we are asking you to introduce us to your friends.

Awai: It is a novelist named Mio Nukaga. We had a chance to talk at the university, and from there we started talking about books, so I am personally indebted to her.

Celeina: If you had to sum it up in one word, how would you describe her?

Awai: He is very knowledgeable about the behind-the-scenes of the publishing industry and is a scary person, but he is kind to everyone, and his students love him and I love him. He is a very good teacher.

Takano: Thank you very much. I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. I will connect you to novelist Mio Nukaga.

Celeina: Today’s guest was Yuki Awayi, a book reviewer who is currently a university student. Thank you very much.

Awai: Thank you very much.


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