Short and personal story about how I realized what the hell Nakata san mentioned in a second in an interview.
A couple of months ago someone in my company brought a box of Bikkuriman. I didn’t know what it was so my boss enlighted me explaining me all about it. You can read about this is in Wikipedia.
I got the sticker and stuck it on my phone as I am an activist against phone covers but still like my iPhone to look cool (?) (yeah maybe when I was 9 this would have been cool…). Soon after that many people made some comments about my sticker like “why the fuck you have that” or “I didn’t know gaijin girls were into Bikkuriman” or just “ah! kawaii” (Looks like the cashier of Air found my ugly sticker super cute). A friend pointed out that those stickers are not meant to be used, boys just collect them. Everytime someone said something, I was happy to have this
bizarre decoration on my phone.
The days passed and I ran across this interview of Nakata san. I was working so couldn’t watch it but I was listening, actually I had heard it before since it was in my “like it” playlist in Youtube with many others interviews and songs. He explains briefly the process of design and printing the albums, because the interviewer mentions that he takes care of that too. As a graphic designer, this interested me, so I raised an eyebrow. When I heard the word “Bikkuriman” I raised my other eyebrow and thought WTF. Yep, looks like Flash Best (or at least what can be briefly seen in a fraction of the video) reminds him of his primary school, probably collecting these stickers.
It is a very tiny thing but the coincidence made me laugh. It has to do with a post I have been writing for long time ago about food and sweets.
I am posting some screenshots of the interview and a Bikkuriman that (again) was given to me today and inspired me to write this :)