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PHOTOS BY ROB SCHWARTZ
TV personality Sarina Suzuki says the world could benefit
from more reggae and Che Guevara.
by Chris Betros
When Sarina Suzuki was young, she wanted to be the wife of
a yakuza boss or in the Self-Defense Forces. The 27-year-old
actress and TV personality says she has always been impressed
by strong women. Strong men, too-her ideal man is Che
Guevara. "He inspired a lot of people and I like his
revolutionary spirit," she chirps. And her ideal woman?
Today, the Osaka-born Suzuki has just finished taping a cooking
variety show on TV Asahi. But her costume and hairdo will
be quickly replaced by another look. Given the nature of Japanese
show business, entertainers like Suzuki go from network to
network appearing on an endless variety of programs. Since
her debut at 17, Suzuki has appeared on hundreds of TV shows,
TV commercials, radio programs, a couple of films and made
countless appearances in magazines, sometimes in provocative
photo spreads known as gravura in Japanese.
As she chats in her dressing room, Suzuki switches into English
occasionally, the result of 18 months study at Berlitz. "I'd
like to work in English in the future, either TV or even the
theater," she says wistfully. "I don't
have much of a chance to use my English. I have foreign friends
but we speak both languages, more Japlish, which can tend
to be a bad habit." She is her own harshest critic
when it comes to her work, saying, "I still get nervous
before going on TV, if I think about it too much."
Surprisingly, Suzuki gets very little feedback from her mother
or three brothers. "I don't think they are really
very interested. Mom always told us: 'It is your life,
you do what you think is right.'"
Unlike many of her colleagues, Suzuki is more open about her
private life, although some intrusions do not go unpunished.
"Once when I was in a restaurant, a waiter was secretly
photographing me with his cell phone. My friend warned him,
but he said he didn't know what we were talking about.
So I grabbed the cell phone and busted it. I gave him some
money and we left the restaurant," she says.
Despite devoting most of her energy to entertainment, Suzuki
maintains an interest in politics. "I like any job
in which I can express myself. Maybe one day I might teach,"
she muses. A reggae fan, she says the issue closest to her
heart these days is world peace. "You have two sides
in a conflict. Both think the other is in the wrong, so there'll
never be peace. They should listen to reggae music. I always
think it has a great peace message."
Photo credit: Chris Betros