【VG】Tsukasa Mogamigawa “Golden☆Best Mogamigawa Tsukasa” Release E-mail Interview

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Tsukasa Mogamigawa “Golden☆Best Mogamigawa Tsukasa” Release E-mail Interview

最上川司「ゴールデン☆ベスト最上川司」リリース メールインタビュー



VG: Vkei-Guide is a web magazine that introduces Japan through Visual-kei. What is the Japanese culture that you are proud of?

Tsukasa: Japanese etiquette. Something like, showing courtesy from start to end, sitting straight and greetings etc. I think it is an one-and-only Japanese culture, a way to interact in a respectful manner towards people.


VG: It has been 2 years since your major debut, and we assume you have experienced many things as an Enka singer. What is the most memorable experience you had over the past 2 years?

Tsukasa: My most memorable experience would be, the “Yamagata Cherry Festival” and, “Kahokuhokuhoku Festival” of my home town Kahoku-city which I have experienced during my Yamagata triumphal return live right after I made my debut. I still remember the cheers from the audience at the “Yamagata Cherry Festival” it was so amazing it still lingers in my ears. Even the “Kahokuhokuhoku Festival” when I had bronchitis and couldn’t sing well, I was supported by the audience and I felt happy and very thankful.


VG: Can you let us know the concept of your new costume?

Tuskasa: The costume attired in the CD jacket is the costume for the single “ Kimi no mune no nakani”, and since it is a song for my homeland, I designed it simple with a hint of traditional taste so I can reminisce my homeland.


VG: The recent release, “Golden☆Best Mogamigawa Tsukasa”, includes your original songs as well as cover songs of Enka veteran singers. What was your first thought when this talk of the release came up?

Tsukasa: I felt it was like something “festive”, because the record label had other simultaneous artist releases on that day. I am thankful to have people listen to my original songs, and this release is a significant opportunity to have people know I also do covers.


VG: How were the songs selected? Did you select them yourself?

Tsukasa: I selected the songs consulting with the people from the record label.


VG: Can you share with us the song you are most emotionally involved in this release?

Tsukasa: My debut song, “Matsupoiyo” and “Ima wa hana”. I’ve written the lyrics and music for both songs, and especially “Matsupoiyo” brings back the memories of when I first came to Tokyo. “Ima wa hana” is a song of all the good and bad things in my youth and this is the base of who I am now. This song recalls the feeling of “appreciation of the past”.


VG: We got the impression that you deeply value the words as you sing every song. Has the way you sing or feeling changed comparing before and after your debut?

Tsukasa: In my case, unlike other Enka singers, my debut was dramatic. This I mean,

I didn’t have any particular pre-preparation nor did I had a long training to be able to sing in front of the audience.

Though compared to now and then, I believe my feelings and the way I sing have changed in good terms. It is all thanks to everybody supporting me. Thank you very much.


VG: So, you write the lyrics and music for your songs, when do you make them?

Tsukasa: In living my daily life, I always record lyrics and melody on my cell phone when they come down in my mind. Sometimes, I sit at my desk and prepare myself to work on the songs!


VG: You covered “Michinoku hitoritabi” (original by Jyoji Yamamoto), have you ever traveled alone?

Tsukasa: No, but I would like to!! Like traveling worldwide.


VG: What made you start playing the Yokobue (cross brown flute). Also, do you have any other instrument you want to challenge?

Tsukasa: I remember that I had fun playing the Yokobue at a local festival when I was in Junior high. I would like to challenge the Shamisen.


VG: You have multi-talent and you also have talent in drawing pictures. Do you have any particular drawing you want to challenge?

Tsukasa: Oil painting on a large canvas.


VG: You have made your major debut, and actively participate in variation of media and events. What is your future goal as Mogamigawa Tsukasa?

Tsukasa: Participate in Kohaku Utagassen (an annual singing contest between male and female popular singers on New Year’s Eve) along with THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S which raised me.


VG: Lastly, could you give a message to the overseas fans?

Tsukasa: Enka and Visual-kei are totally different music genre but, both are music that Japan takes pride in. I would like to have overseas fans to see and listen to the new visual and music Mogamigawa Tsukasa creates. I would appreciate everyone’s support. Thank you.


Translated by Maya Kawaguchi


Release Information:

“GoldenBest Mogamigawa Tsukasa” (ゴールデンベスト最上川司)

November 22, 2017 on sale!

Song contents:

  1. Matsupoiyo (まつぽいよ)
  2. Kitaguni no Haru (北国の春)
  3. Michinoku Hitoritabi (みちのくひとり旅)
  4. Misoshiru no Uta (みそ汁の詩)
  5. Sakurambo Koiuta (さくらんぼ恋唄)
  6. Digital Bojou (デジタル慕情)
  7. Kitasakaba (北酒場)
  8. Koi no Kasumijou (恋の霞城)
  9. Hitohira no Sakura (ひとひらの桜)
  10. Mogamigawa Bojou (最上川慕情)
  11. Ima wa Hana (今は花)
  12. Aitaiyo (あいたいよ)
  13. Kimi no Mune no nakani (君の胸の中に)



VG: Vkei-Guideはヴィジュアル系を通して海外に日本をガイドするというコンセプトのウェブマガジンです。司さんが思う、外国人に誇れる日本の文化は何でしょうか。





































司:僕を生んでくれたTHE MICRO HEAD 4N’Sとともに紅白歌合戦に出場する事と、世界の舞台に出演する事です。



司:日本の文化、演歌はヴィジュアル系の音楽とは違うジャンルですが、どちらも日本が誇る音楽です。ぜひ世界の皆さんに最上川 司の作り上げる新しい音楽とヴィジュアルを見て聞いて欲しいです。いろんな国の方に見て頂きたいので、ぜひ応援のほどよろしくお願いいたします。