Becky revels in the glitzy world of TV variety shows
By Chris Betros
Regular viewers of TV variety shows in Japan cant miss
Becky, the 21-year-old tarento whose energetic demeanor makes
her stand out among her colleagues.
But its no act. When you meet Becky, she comes across
as bright as the colorful fashions she likes to wear. Born
in Kanagawa to a British father and Japanese mother, Becky
has spent all her life in Japan. She doesnt speak as
much English now as shed like to, but understands enough
to get by. Unlike many celebrities, she is continuing her
education at university and next year will complete a business
studies degree. That doesnt mean shes going into
business anytime soon. Becky has a full plate now with myriad
TV and stage appearances. She recently made her movie debut
in the fantasy film Makoto and is one of the voice actors
for the Japanese version of The Mask 2, which opens April
But her staple remains TV variety shows. They are so
much fun. I really love doing them, she says. Maybe
they look a bit childish to foreign viewers, but I enjoy them
because of all the people I meet and the different things
I can learn. Its something I wanted to do ever since
I was young. Although some shows use foreign or hafu
celebrities because they are cute or amusing, Becky says she
has never encountered any problems. Actually, I dont
even think about the fact that I am half-Japanese, half-British,
either in my life or profession.
Beckys website attracts an enormous number of fan letters.
They all compliment me for being genki, but I think
it is their nice messages that make me the genki person I
am, she says. I read as many as I can. There are
all sorts of comments, asking me to recommend fashions, and
so on, and some silly ones, too, like marriage proposals.
So what sort of guy would stand the best chance to become
Mr Becky? My ideal man would be a ladies first guy,
a romanticist. Johnny Depp would do, she coos.
Beckys day normally starts about 8am when she has university
classes. Work begins after that, so some days can be pretty
long. She relaxes by playing the piano and singing at home.
Amid all the fun of her life, Becky says one social issue
troubles her the growing incidence of violence toward
children. There seems to be a lack of love for children
in families today, she says. Families should spend
more time together and enjoy nature. When I was growing up,
we always took time to go out and enjoy nature.
Beckys future goals are to do more drama and maybe one
day open a used clothing store. If I hadnt been
in showbiz, thats what I would have done. Either that
or become a dolphin trainer at marine shows.
revelers of all sexes celebrate in
photos by Steve
Meyers for Style Media
pub What the Dickens hosts the annual event supporting
Tokyos womens community and promoting female
artists to mark International Womens Day
Room at the top
On July 1, the 290-room Conrad Tokyo will open on the top
10 floors of the 37-story Tokyo Shiodome Building. German
Jan Mönkedieck will be there as general manager of the
citys newest five-star luxury hotel.
How many countries have you worked in?
This is country number 10 in 18 years. I was last here from
How did you get interested in hotels?
Growing up, I traveled a lot and stayed in good hotels with
my family. I loved riding the elevators up and downmaybe
that got me interested.
What was your first hotel job?
It was a small Exhibition Center hotel in Munich. I parked
cars, cooked breakfast and carried luggage. I had a great
boss who awoke my passion for the industry. He wasnt
so happy after I parked a guests car into a wall, though.
Whats your definition of a good hotelier?
A passion for hospitality and service and the ability to keep
an overview of the big picture is important.
You must have seen some weird things over the years.
Yes, I looked after Michael Jackson and his chimpanzee and
had to encourage another pop group not to do sit-ups in the
lobby. Hows your Japanese? I speak enough to make people
How do you get away from hotel life?
I am a pilot and fly out of Chofu airport. I usually rent
a Cessna on the weekend and fly off for an hour. On the way
back, I always make sure to do a little loop around Shiodome
and the Conrad.
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