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Jun Nakayama: ‘Don’t think about it, just do it’

by Andrew Lee

Staff Writer

Name: Jun Nakayama
Nationality: Japanese
Occupation: TV entertainer, party icon, plus-size model, aroma/beauty therapist
Likes: Parties all over the world, aroma yoga, fighting exercise, babies, sweets, fashion
Dislikes: Rude people, drunks, stress


1. What does the kanji that comprises your first name mean? Jun means “charm,” “profit” and “moisture.” I think it matches my personality perfectly!

2. What do you miss most about Japan when you are overseas? To be honest, I didn’t really miss anything about Japan when I was abroad, as I could usually find anything I needed from a Japanese supermarket and restaurant.

3. What’s your favorite Japanese word or phrase? “Wild, daro?” (“I’m wild, right?”), the signature phrase of comedian Sugi-chan. I want to be wild all the time as well.

4. What’s your favorite phrase in any language? “Lip sync for your life,” from Ru Paul’s drag race TV show in the U.S. It was my favorite TV show when I was in New York, and also some of the queens I used to hang out with. It reminds me of lip-sync competitions for queens. It also makes me feel fierce!

5. Where are we most likely to find you at 10 o’clock on a Friday night? At a reception party.

6. Where are we most likely to find you at 10 o’clock on a Saturday morning? At the gym, doing yoga or exercise.

7. If you had to live by yourself on an Okinawan island for a year, what item would you take? Hmm, I don’t think I could go there. I could not live in such conditions.

8. Describe your most embarrassing moment. When I recorded the dance track “White Out (Superstar)” with Boy George in 2005, he asked me to shout like crazy. I was embarrassed but I did what he asked. Then the dance music kicked in to me speaking Japanese.

9. What’s the most exciting/outrageous thing you have ever done? I went to Vienna in Austria with 100 New Yorkers who were all invited by an AIDS charity organization called Life Ball. The crew included American celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Katy Perry, Pamela Anderson and Bill Clinton.

10. What’s the strangest request you’ve ever been asked in your line of work? When I show up to an event in Japan, people sometimes ask me if they can be photographed with me but they often don’t know my name or even who I am.

11. What’s your karaoke song of choice? “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas. I am in the music video with Fergie!!!

12. If you could share dinner with anyone from history, who would it be? Marie Antoinette. It would be fun to hang out with her.

13. What song best describes your work ethic? “Work Bitch” by Britney Spears. This is what I tell myself during my eight-hour diet project. I lost 35 pounds (16 kg) in five months, but I’d still like to lose more. Work bitch!

14. How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator? Take a picture of the elephant, print it out and then put it into the refrigerator.

15. What superhero would you most like to be? Hit-Girl from “Kick-Ass.” She is very cute and strong.

16. If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be? I would like to be Betty Boop, but with my blond wig. She is sexy and cute like me!

17. How would you find a needle in a haystack? I’d just leave it there. I wouldn’t waste my time.

18. Who would win a fight between a lion and tiger? A tiger sounds stronger than a lion, but I like both animals.

20. Do you have any words of advice for young people? Don’t think too much, just do it.

Jun Nakayama is promoter of “The 8-Hour Diet” in Japan. On Sunday has 10 packs of Jun’s aromatic facial masks (done in collaboration with Pure Smile) to give away. Apply online at jtimes.jp/onsunday by April 20.