Nami-nana Amuro (Akina Nakamori), an impersonator who “copies perfectly” every move of former singer and dancer Namie Amuro and Akina Nakamori, who still has a devoted fan base for her outstanding singing ability, has been caring for her mother Eiko, who suffered a severe brain trauma in November 2014. However, on July 25, it was revealed that Eiko had passed away. After completing the memorial service for her mother, Namiikei has now given an interview in which she stated, “I would like to share my mother’s last moments with me on social media. Why?
Nami said, “Since my mother suddenly fell ill, I didn’t want to cause her unnecessary worry about me, so at least I didn’t cry in front of her. As you can imagine, I did cry at the end of the day. ……
The reason I have refrained from publicizing it until now is because I still had a part of me that did not want to acknowledge my mother’s death. The more time passes, the more painful and sad I feel. Even now, when I open the door of my house, I can’t get rid of the illusion that my mother is there.
Nami made her debut at the age of 15 as a member of the Sakurako Club, an idol unit that started as a TV station’s program. The club’s alumni included actresses Miki Nakatani, Miho Kanno, and Harumi Inoue, among others.
At the age of 20, while still active on stage and in gravure, she made her breakthrough as a “look-alike” of Namie Amuro, who was taking the world by storm at the time, by appearing on major TV programs, starting with the “All Japan Look-alike Award” and continuing with the “Mono Imitation Championship. However, in late November 2014, when she was extremely busy, she received a shocking news while she was at work.
She was on her way home from closing her restaurant on the basement floor when she fell headlong down about 20 flights of stairs and was rushed to the emergency room. The doctor said, ‘We can’t operate on her without your daughter’s permission, and her life is in danger if she continues. They said, ‘We need you to come back right now,’ but I can’t make a hole in the stage. So I asked, ‘I will rush over as soon as I finish, so please operate on her.'”
When I finished the stage and headed to the hospital, I arrived just in time to be in the middle of the surgery. However, when my mother came out of the operating room, she did not even twitch. The diagnosis was a brain contusion and left clavicle fracture. She never regained consciousness. “Due to the brain damage, she will suffer from locked-in syndrome, in which she can only blink and move her eyes. There is no hope for recovery.” He was also told that he would “never regain consciousness 99% of the time.
However, about two weeks after the grim diagnosis, a glimmer of hope appeared. Eiko’s eyes opened for a moment when a song by Mitsuo, Nami’s late father, was played, saying, “My mother might respond if she hears my father’s song, which she loved so much. She quickly closed them, but did not miss the moment when her eyes focused on Namiikei.
‘I can hear my father singing! My brain is responding. I’m going to get him back to being a healthy mother!”
After the surgery, she visited the rehabilitation facility to which she had been transferred, and even though she was unresponsive, she said, “Mom, it’s going to be okay. I’ll definitely recover. The key word that encouraged her while also inspiring herself was “It’s going to be okay.
Thanks to her hard work, two months after her surgery, Eiko had recovered to the point where she would desperately try to make a “goo” or “choki” when she played rock-paper-scissors. Eiko collapsed in 2014.
In 2020, when the new coronavirus spread globally, Eiko’s lifestyle to avoid infecting Eiko became a top priority, and Namiikei’s work focus changed to TikTok live at home. There were times when Eiko felt that ‘her existence was becoming a burden’ and became blocked up watching her daughter like that. Therefore, when Eiko was feeling well, she would appear on Nami-like’s TikTok live streaming, which brought back Eiko’s cheerfulness and provided encouragement to viewers and their families who were battling the same illness as Eiko.
Eiko’s illness began in July of this year, when the number of people infected with corona increased sharply. She did not have a fever, but she could not expectorate and her oxygen level dropped, so she called an ambulance and Eiko was hospitalized for the first time in a long time.
On July 25, when her high fever did not go down, the hospital called her and she rushed to the hospital, but Eiko was already limp.
I rushed to the hospital in a panic, thinking that I might not make it (to the hospital in her final moments), but I managed to make it in time. Looking back now, I think my mother was trying her best to see me at the end. But I also think that she was relieved to see me. After I was able to see her, her heart rate and oxygen level gradually decreased, but she still managed to move her body to express her will.
This may really be her last moment. Ms. Amuro felt this way and spoke to her mother in a loud, almost screaming voice until the moment Eiko quietly drew her last breath. Eiko opened her eyes and looked at Ms. Amuro.
I have you all with me! I’m going to be okay!”
Despite the restrictions on hospital visits due to the COVID-19 crisis, I was able to witness the final moments of my beloved mother’s life. Some days she would stay up all night nursing her mother before leaving for a local show. He has been able to spend enough time with his mother, sleeping only when he is on the road, but even so, he is still asking himself, “How can I spend my last moments with my mother?
I wonder if it would have been better for her to spend her final moments in the hospital or at home,” he says. Hospitals are better equipped with various facilities, so there is a sense of security in case something unexpected happens, but when I think about it calmly, for someone with a serious illness like my mother’s, a hospital was probably just a place to prolong her limited life a little. If that is the case, I wonder if she would have been more comfortable at home, surrounded by her whole family, even though her “last moment” might have come a little earlier. ……
In the midst of all this, there is one thing she has decided she wants to do.
I have been taking footage of various scenes from the time my mother fell ill until she miraculously regained consciousness, editing it, and releasing it on TikTok and YouTube. I have been editing the videos and releasing them on TikTok and YouTube with the hope that they will be of use to others who are in the same situation. This time, I also filmed the last moments of my mother’s life, and I would like to share that with the public as well.
The moment when a family member or loved one draws their last breath is a very sensitive moment for anyone. Many people probably want to keep it close to their hearts. Why did Nami decided to make it public for the general public to see?
I hope that if it is possible, everyone will be able to witness the final moments of my life, and I hope that it will give people who see it an opportunity to think about it.
People who are about to die have worries, big and small. For example, “Will my children be okay when I’m gone?” or “Who will take care of my dog? I realized that taking care of a loved one is a process of releasing these worries.
I lost my father to cancer in 2008. I was still in my mid-30s at the time, and due to my busy work schedule, I was unable to see my father frequently. I was also afraid of seeing my father weakened by cancer.
When I went to see him a week or two before he passed away, he told me, “If I pass away, I want my mother (Eiko) to do this,” but since I could not be there for his final moments, I could not relieve him of his worries while he was still conscious. That regret has always been in my heart, so I wanted to make sure that I could take care of my mother when she passed away.
The regret he felt at the time of his father’s death taught him a lesson in the face of his mother’s death. Even so, there is a feeling that she cannot shake off.
I’ve done enough to make my mother’s death seem like a good thing, but I still have to ask myself, “When will my mother’s death occur? In other words, no matter how hard I try, I may never feel that I have done enough. That is how heavy and significant the loss of someone close to you is.
Death comes to everyone sooner or later, so I hope that caregivers in particular will enjoy caring for their loved ones so that they can minimize any lingering regrets they may have. I also hope that the person whose death is imminent will be sent to the other side with the feeling that everything is going to be all right. I intend to release videos of my mother that can be helpful and cheer up those who watch them, and I am also thinking of starting a social networking service that can be of some help to society in the future.
Still in the midst of her grief, out of sight and out of mind, Nami is in the process of renovating the walls, electricity, and kitchen of the room where her mother, Eiko, used to spend her days before her death. She has put her deep sadness deep in her heart and is starting a new social contribution project that she was able to make only because she was faced with her mother’s death.
She has made a start.
◆Akinai Nakamori (like Nami Amuro)
Image and video courtesy of： Nami Amuro lookalike