Freelance Announcer Aika Kanda: “Do You Like? Auntie’s Miniskirt” – “Do You Like It? | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Freelance Announcer Aika Kanda: “Do You Like? Auntie’s Miniskirt” – “Do You Like It?

No.18] Me, Pink, and Sometimes New York

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Illustration by Kanda-san

Miniskirt season has arrived ♡ When will you wear it if you don’t wear it now? The best season has started again this year! There are several advantages to mini-skirts this time of year.

First of all, you can stay as cool as possible. In order to get through the hot and humid summer, you don’t want your legs to be covered with fabric as much as possible, just as you do with your arms. It feels good to be able to feel the wind directly on the legs!

Secondly, the footwork is easy to handle. I have a rather large stride. Miniskirts have less fabric in the way, so my legs move forward without resistance. This is important for me, as I travel mostly by public transportation and on foot.

And it means less laundry. Living with a man whose clothing size is XL, I run the washing machine every day in the summer. This is a lot for two people living together! If my skirts have less fabric (less laundry, less housework!) ), it would be a comfort to me.

Still, there is a powerful enemy that makes me think, “I should stop wearing ……. It is “aging.

Last year, I bought a mini-skirt from the ultra-luxury brand CHANEL. It was my favorite Barbie pink and made of CHANEL’s typical tweed material. The price was just under 400,000 yen. It was not a price I would buy just because I love the color pink. However, at the time, I was wondering whether I should graduate from mini-skirts for the rest of my life.

In my early 30s, I was inspired by the sight of an old lady wearing a mini-skirt on a trip to the U.S. (fashion is freedom!). (Fashion is freedom!) ), I began to value freedom more than how I was seen, and started wearing them again. However, in her late 30s, her knees aged and she no longer felt clean. (Wouldn’t it make me look like a woman who has aged gracefully if I hid my knees?) ) So, I took a break from mini-skirts again.

Last year, at the age of 42, I wondered if I would ever wear mini-skirts again (I have almost 40 years until I die. I was wondering if it was really okay to wear mini-skirts in the future), I came across a pair at CHANEL. It was cute. It looked radiant. If I had been younger, I would have bought it without hesitation, but at this price, it was out of my reach. Does that mean it was a mini-skirt for older people? No, but I have never heard that “CHANEL handles mini-skirts for old ladies. Then who in the world would sell mini-skirts at this price for wearing? I was so angry at the gap between the design and the price (Damn it, I’ll try it on!)! I’ll try it on!) I’m going to try it on!

And he (he) will find me: ……

I had already made up my mind. It’s made of a high quality tweed material. I tried it on carefully to make sure it wouldn’t catch on the zipper, and …… it looked good on me. It looked good on me. Or rather, even if they didn’t actually look good on me, they looked good on me because I wanted them so much. But it would be a waste if I bought them and never wore them. I desperately searched for a reason to show my aging knees in the fitting room. And the answer I arrived at was: (Last ditch effort!). I found the perfect color.

Never before or since has there been a mini-skirt in the exact color and material that I like. I was so proud that the last thing I would ever wear was a CHANEL. (My life is going up.) Yay! Yay! Yes!) ), and I cut the card.

Last year, I was able to wear them all summer. How about this year? I put them on this morning with trepidation. (I don’t know.) I couldn’t tell. I was actually worried about my knees, but I couldn’t put them on if I admitted that, so I closed my eyes. I went to “Pokapoka” for the time being. I changed into my costume right away, so I was not exposed to the public, but I passed one female staff member and said, “Wow, it’s already summer! It’s already summer! I wondered what she meant. I wonder what she meant.

On my way home, I met Yuuki Iwai of Haliichi in the elevator hall. He is a person who always feels something and thinks something. He is the last person I should meet in this situation. We exchanged a few words, but I could feel his eyes on my back. I feel his eyes on my back. I catch a glimpse of his eyes on the side of my head. But he doesn’t say anything. Elevator, come on, come on. I wondered what he was thinking and feeling. I was too scared to turn my head any further and got into the elevator.

© Kazuki Shimomura

Born in 1980 in Kanagawa Prefecture. After graduating from Gakushuin University with a degree in mathematics, she joined NHK as an announcer in 2003, and left in 2012 to become a freelance announcer. Since then, she has been active mainly in variety shows, and currently makes regular appearances as the main MC of the daytime TV program “Poka Poka” (Fuji Television Network).

From the July 28, 2023 issue of FRIDAY

  • Text and illustrations by Aika Kanda

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