Discover Kimutaku: Part 1

I recently went to Mitsuwa (the Japanese supermarket / bookstore) here in Chicago and bought a copy of this month’s “Men’s Non-No” fashion magazine per Choko-Choko’s recommendation (Choko-Choko is another great Japanese blog, there’s a link to it in my blog roll, I suggest you read it if you’re interested in Japanese). I could give a review of the magazine, but that’s not really what I’m here to write about at the moment. What am I going to write about?


Also known as Kimura Takuya for those of you who prefer real names (I’ve heard he doesn’t like the nickname “Kimutaku” anyway).

The very first article in the magazine is an interview with Kimura Takuya about his personal habits and fashion tendencies, and if you’re anything like me, then you’re super excited right now. Why is Kimura Takuya as cool as he is? What is he like outside of his dramas and variety shows? How many pairs of pants does Kimutaku own??

Get ready to find out. I’m going to interpret it here for you right now as the first part of my new series of posts called “Discover Kimutaku!”, in which I’ll also examine some of his best characters, fashion and ultimately draw some conclusions about his “cool factor”.

DISCLAIMER: This is not an official translation; it is only my unofficial and unprofessional interpretation of Japanese in English.

I will do my best to keep the interpretation close to the original intended meaning, but if I’m off, well, that’s what happens when you translate. Sometimes things get messed up. Please keep in mind that if my translation is mistaken, it does not represent Kimura Takuya’s real views.

Here we go! Enjoy:


How many pairs of shoes do you own?

As many as forty.

Are they mostly sneakers? Boots? Flats?


Do you wear Cologne?

If the situation calls for it.

How are your golf skills?

Pretty good.

What are some of your hobbies besides surfing?

Photography, things like clothes and cars. Also playing with dirt.

You mean gardening?

Naah, it’s really more like playing with dirt.

What was the first record you ever bought?

“Oyoge! Taiyaki-Kun”

What was the first clothing you ever bought for yourself?

An Adidas jersey.

What is your most treasured item?

My Levy’s 501.

What’s your favorite style?

A T-Shirt, Jeans and Flannel Shirt.

What kind of accessories do you often wear?

I guess my ring. And a bracelet.

What places do you like in Tokyo?

Yoyogi Park.

In what areas do you tend to go shopping?

Daikanyama and Omotesandou.

What is something you will absolutely never give up on?

Basically, I’m the type who never gives up on anything.

Are you the kind of person who usually shows up early for an appointment? Or do you show up late?

I go early. I am never, ever late.

What is one custom that you practice every single day no matter what?

300 situps.

What do you do when you want to change your mood?

I drink something.

What part of your body do you like the most?

Umm… the part of my left shoulder where the bone is sticking out a little.

How many pairs of Jeans do you own?

As many as 30.

Among those, which is the oldest?

Hmm. They’re not preserved so I don’t really know.

How many T-Shirts do you own?

About 200.

Among those, which is the oldest?

The oldest I’ve probably been wearing for about 17 or 18 years.

About how many T-Shirts do you buy in one year?

I really don’t buy T-Shirts.

Ok then, what fashion item do you buy the most in one year?




Hope you enjoyed the first part of this Kimutaku interview.

[Interview and Photos from “Men’s Non-No Magazine”]


8 responses

  1. Mai Y

    Wait, if he doesn’t buy T-shirts, then how does he own 200 of them?? lol

    December 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    • someone else buys them for him or he gets them for free hahha he is KimuTaku after all :p

      March 29, 2012 at 10:28 am

  2. Elliott

    haha, I wondered the same thing! Here’s what else I wanna know, where does he put all those T-Shirts?? He must have like a whole room in his house just for clothes!

    December 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm

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    January 9, 2011 at 12:23 am

  4. Elliott

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