On the morning of July 3rd, 2009, tenkei (representing jphip.com) and Tris-chan (representing cosplaylab.com) sat down with 5 members (Takahashi Ai, Kusumi Koharu, Mitsui Aika, JunJun and LinLin) of Japanese pop group Morning Musume and unofficially interviewed them. Here is a transcript (as best as we could remember, we didn't write anything down until we left the room lol)
JunJun: (in English) Wow, your shirts are so cute! *in reference to the pink and black JPH!PxMM AX t-shirts Tenkei was wearing*
Tenkei: Really? Thank you! We have some shirts for you, too.
JunJun: (in English) Oh really? For us?
Tenkei:Yeah! We'll give you them tomorrow at the autograph signing
Tenkei and Tris introduce themselves to the girls.
Tris-chan: Do you ever get stage fright before a show?
All: Yes, yes of course!
Junjun: I get scared when they call us for standby
Linlin: Yeah, I always want to go to the bathroom then!
Aika: I don't really get scared before, but sometimes I lose my memory on stage.
Tris-chan: I'm a cosplayer, so I get really scared before I go on stage!
All: Eh, really? Are you cosplaying today?
Tris-chan: No no, tomorrow.
Aika: What are you cosplaying as?
Tris-chan: Pretty cure!
Aika: Ah, ah, I know that! Pretty cure, pretty cure~ (singing theme song)
Tris-chan: Yeah yeah! Hahaha.
Aika: Will you be cosplaying too? *motioning to Tenkei*
Tenkei: Haha no, not me
Tenkei: What does it mean to you to be an idol?
All: Eh..? *various puzzled mumbles*
Linlin: I don't really go on stage thinking I have to be an idol; I'm just myself.
Koharu: Yes, it's the same for me.
Junjun: Me too. I don't think of myself as that. What you see on stage is really just JunJun.
Ai: Eh, what should I sau? For me, being an idol means making the dreams of others come true! Yes.
Koharu: I don't really try to be an idol. I know that when I'm at home I'm switched off, and when I'm on stage I have to be "Kusumi Koharu", you know?
Aika: It's the same for me, I just go out and have fun!
Tris-chan: What kind of songs do you like to sing most? Like ballads, or rock songs, or...?
Aika: I really like american-style songs, like 3, 2, 1, breakin' out!
Junjun: I like songs that are a little bit cool and sexy.
Ai: Rock! *throws up the horns*
Koharu: *throws up the horns too* ROCK?!
Tenkei: *throws up the horns too*
Koharu: *does DAIGO's famous pose* WISH
Tenkei: Oh! WISH! *does the pose too*
All: Eh?! WISH! WISH! *all do the pose*
Tenkei: DAIGO is awesome, very funny and cool.
Ai: You know DAIGO? We worked with him once and he was very funny. Haha.
Koharu: For me, I really like singing ballads, but I also like pop songs and songs that are peaceful.
Linlin: I like R&B!
Tris-chan: Is that the kind of music you listen to at home mostly?
Tenkei: What kind of artists do you listen to? American or japanese.
Aika: Hillary Duff!
Junjun: I really like Beyonce
Ai: Linkin Park!
Koharu: Meryl Streep (editor's note: this is fucking hilarious)
Linlin: Avril Lavigne!
*Someone also mentioned Michael Jackson and their shock at his recent passing*
Tenkei: What about japanese artists?
Aika: *listed about 4 artists neither Tris nor Tenkei had ever heard of and thus it was hard to remember who she said*
Junjun: Namie Amuro!
Ai: Uh...I'm not sure who I listen to a lot...
Linlin: I like Boa! (Said in English to Tenkei while Ai was fumbling for an answer)
Ai: Oh, me too! And Tohoshinki.
Koharu: Hamasaki Ayumi
Tenkei: Are you guys tired at all? I know you had a long flight the other day and went straight to the press junket and I'm sure you've been busy since you landed.
All: Oh no, we're not tired at all!
Koharu: I've been sleeping a lot here and there haha
JunJun: I was a little jetlagged at first, but I'm fine now.
Aika: AIKA OK! *makes the large OK gesture, hands above head in a circle*
All, but Aika: OK! *make gesture too* Haha
Ai: When did you become fans of Morning Musume?
Tris-chan: I've been a fan since around 2001.
Tenkei: I became a fan beacuase a few friends were into Hello!Project and introduced me. I came into Morning Musume around the time Chokkan 2 was released.
Koharu: Oh, Chokkan 2? *does a piece of the Chokkan 2 choreography*
Tenkei: Haha yeah!
About this time the AX staff signaled that our turn with the girls was over.
All: Thank you, bye bye!