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Real Reason Why Kumamoto’s “10 Siblings TikToker” Video is Buzzworthy

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20 years old, 20 years in the arts! The youngest of 10 siblings

There is a TikToker who has been performing for 20 years.

He is one of the subjects of the documentary film “Life Drive,” which is currently in theaters. He is the youngest of a family of seven children, including Eiji and Nobuko Kishi, plus seven boys and three girls, whom Kumamoto Prefectural Television (KKT) has been following for 21 years. Currently, while studying web design at a vocational school, he and his brothers, the fourth and fifth sons, post videos titled “Kishi Yaro (10 siblings),” a “big family” story, and have over 150,000 followers.

The story of the Kishi family is warm and wonderful, but it must have been difficult for the parties involved, who have been followed by TV cameras from the moment of their birth. On the occasion of the film’s release, we asked Kishi Fudo for his candid thoughts.

In the beginning, I didn’t mind being interviewed because I felt it was like having a relative’s uncle come to visit. I was interviewed several times at school during sports festivals and other events, so when I was in elementary school, I felt a little popular and didn’t feel bad about it. But I did feel a little embarrassed when I was in junior high school.

When asked if there were times, such as during puberty, when she wanted to refuse to be photographed, she replied, “No, there were times when I wished they wouldn’t film me.

I was always naked in the summer, so when I woke up in the morning and went downstairs, I was surprised to see a camera and thought, ‘What? I don’t mind it too much, but I don’t think it’s a big deal. It doesn’t bother me too much.

However, all of my male siblings, including myself, were embarrassed and stubbornly asked not to have their rooms filmed. Besides, when I look back at the footage from when I was just born, I naturally don’t remember it, but my oldest and second sons were around 16 or 17 years old and in the adolescent stage, so I sometimes think, ‘Wow, big brother, he doesn’t like it’ (laughs).

Group photo taken at the wedding of the third daughter. Today, Nobuko and Eiji and their 10 children, including their five spouses and 13 nieces and nephews, make up the Kishi family of 30! The photo was taken at a park where the siblings had picnics and an early morning water gun tournament with all the siblings (Mr. Fudo is fourth from the left)

I recorded the OA and secretly watched it later by myself…

When a program is broadcast, he says, “I don’t watch it in real time because I’m embarrassed. I record it and watch it later in secret by myself.

However, before watching the show himself, he laughs, “My friends teased me a lot, saying that I had a full cock because I was naked when I was a baby. When I commented that I thought it was very mature ……, he made this comment.

When I was in elementary school, I was often told by my teachers that I was mature. And I can’t say it myself, but I was the kind of kid who never failed. I went down the same paths where my older brothers had succeeded and tried not to go where they had failed, so I think I was well-trained in social skills and good at getting around in the world. People often say that the younger children are more to the point because they grow up watching the older ones fail, but I’ve had the experience of the older nine up close.”

So, what were the good things and the hard things about having a large family?

I don’t think we should compare our experiences now, but I used to compare them with those of other families. What was good was that we were lively. When I was an adolescent and rebellious, I was very cynical and thought that since there were ten children for every mother, I would get only one-tenth of the love.

But my parents did not let me feel that way. They gave love to each of us individually, and all my siblings loved each other, so I was able to spend time in a loving home.

On the other hand, what I didn’t like was that we were poor (laughs). My parents tried not to make me feel poor, but my school bag was in shreds from the time I was in the first grade of elementary school. Influenced by my siblings, I also thought battered school bags were cool at the time (laughs). (Laughs.) Besides, when I was in the first grade, I had two older brothers in the same elementary school, and I guess it was good that they were cool older brothers.”

The video, which has been viewed more than 7 million times, is one in which “I tried to walk out the door wearing my full-body brother’s outfit and he gave me a tsk tsk like, ‘No, that’s not right. The photo shows him at age 8, with Fudo on the far left.

In sibling rivalries, the one who has more allies wins.

There was a time, of course, when he had to run errands for his siblings, as is common among younger siblings.

When my sister would say, ‘I’m thirsty,’ I would rush to pour water for her. I was very obedient. I didn’t buy my own video game consoles, clothes, or comic books, and I got hand-me-downs of everything, which was a great advantage.

With 10 children, it seems as if someone is always fighting with the other children, but did the siblings fight?

I was very good at getting around, so I didn’t fight too much, but the seventh and eighth siblings fought a lot. But the seventh and eighth siblings fought a lot. Because there were ten siblings, the one who had more allies would win the sibling rivalry. I was almost taken by each of them (laughs). (Laughs.) If you were good to one of them, you would make an enemy of the other, so that was a difficult part.

When asked if there was a period of rebellion, he replied, “When my mother gave birth to me, she was very rebellious.

My mother was 46 years old when she gave birth to me. When I was in junior high school and high school, my mother would come to class visits and I would feel embarrassed because all the mothers around me were in their 30s and 40s, but my mother was just like a grandmother. At that time, I had no knowledge at all, and I didn’t even know about the dangers of older childbearing. But now, as I grow older, I realize how much love she gave to each of the 10 of us, so now I feel like I need to repay my mother from now on.”

One of the most common comments on TikTok posts is that they are “good friends. When people write that he is “good-looking,” he says, “My brothers brag to each other like, ‘They told me I’m good-looking,'” he says (laughs). The one on the far right is Mr. Fudo, at age 19.
I get a lot of comments like, ‘That’s something you can do because you have a big family,’ or, ‘I have a lot of siblings, so I wear my sister’s clothes with her,’ or, ‘I’m envious because I’m an only child. This is a photo of Ms. Fudo when she was 20 years old, third from the left.

My father is “someone I want to emulate and respect

He also said of his father, Eiji, “I want to learn from him, and I respect him.

I was able to see the Kishi family from an objective point of view, and it made me want to thank my parents and siblings, and I thought that I should refer to them in the way I think about the family.

What makes me proud of the Kishi family is that they never look down, even when they are going through hard times or stumbling blocks. When they lost something, as they did when their house burned down, instead of thinking, “This is not enough,” they think positively, “There are still some things left,” “The most important thing is still here, so let’s take care of it,” or “Looking back, maybe the things we lost were not that important. I think that’s what my parents did for me.

I am proud of the fact that all of my siblings are able to live their lives with this way of thinking because of my parents’ influence.

Currently, he lives with his parents and his fourth and fifth siblings at home. Is there a sense of loneliness?

“It’s much quieter now. …… With fewer people around, I think the amount of laundry and dishes I have to do and the amount of dinner I have to cook at night has decreased a lot. Since I was a small child, we had our share of household chores, so it is much easier to have less work to do, but there is a sense of loneliness when I see how few plates we have finished eating (laughs).

(Laughs.) And when my friends and I talked about how many children we would like to have in the future, I said, “I don’t need a big family. I said, ‘I don’t want a big family,’ and he asked me, ‘How many? Apparently, five or six is a lot of people in general (laughs).

(laughs) But the funny thing is, I don’t know how to spend time alone. I am always in the same room with my siblings, and I am reading manga while the other one is on his phone, not doing anything in particular, but I don’t know what to do when I am alone.

Incidentally, there is also a group line of 12 people named “Kishi” consisting of the parents plus 10 children.

I have three sisters in Fukuoka, and they upload photos and videos of my nieces and nephews when I’m not in Corona. So I turn off the notifications now (laughs). I’ve received more than 100 notifications just for leaving it up for half a day.”

Click here for Kishi Fudo’s TikTok “Kishi Yaro (10 siblings )

  • Interview and text by Wakako Tako

    Born in 1973. After working for a publishing company and an advertising production company, became a freelance writer. She interviews actors for weekly and monthly magazines and writes drama columns for various media. His main publications include "All Important Things Are Taught by Morning Drama" (Ota Publishing), "KinKiKids: Owarinaki Michi" and "Hey!Say!JUMP: When 9 Tobira Open" (both from Earls Publishing).

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