Hamabe Minami’s outlook on the world
A true-to-life depiction of Minami Hamabe’s feelings and perceptions at a specific point in time (mid-2021), which matters for those who are curious about how the generation born in 2000 are viewing the world. Although individuals’ viewpoints differ, how much of what follows below differs from your overall viewpoint? Probably very little.
Minami Hamabe moved to Tokyo as soon as she entered high school, which was the biggest leap forward in her life. That was when acting work took precedence over school grades. Momentum is important at times, so that rather than taking a half-hearted step forward, one should simply believe in our intuition and take a leap instead.
The seven positive attributes technique
Minami Hamabe managed to balance her studies with her performing career. She looks back on that period as the hardest time of her life, when she had to cut down on her sleeping hours. When people feel down, it can usually become quite serious, so it is advisable to think of seven positive attributes of yourself. After raising seven nice attributes about oneself, it becomes difficult to process in your brain, and leads to slight feelings of happiness. It is recommended particularly at low points in life. Alternatively, taking a positive view of things, in terms of taking the frame of ‘I will be on that train’ instead of ‘I might miss this train’, could also change things slightly.
Acting is 90% hard work, and 10% fun, Hamabe Minami concludes
All humans are solitary and isolated beings. This human condition will never change. It is our duty to carry on our backs the burdens that we have no choice but to bear. When we must stand alone, we must be standing up right there without fail. When we have a fight to win, there’s only one person to fight it. That is what enables us to value our friends and companions.
Try to recognise ourselves
There are uncertainties and fears in life, so one is compelled to try harder to discipline oneself. Despite never frequently feeling that one’s own existence is irreplaceable (having been told during childhood that there are many replacements), it is still a fact that nobody else is exactly the same as ourselves, so we should recognise ourselves for what we are.
Recognise and maintain your positive attributes
Overcoming a lack of confidence and finding positive attributes about oneself tends to be difficult. What one is born with is difficult to change and can only be accepted. One should come to appreciate it instead and see the positives. Instead of asking for the impossible (or the moon), try to maintain what you already have, and change your perspective, making yourself feel differently. You may even be surprised by your positive attributes. It’s crucially important to recognise and maintain your positive attributes.
On very early mornings, stressful occasions, clothing that raises our spirit and gets us going are important. Try to purchase some clothing that will raise spirits, rather than your ordinary colourless clothing.
Aim for perfection
Somewhere, frustrations may have existed at not having achieved highly very often. Consequently, to aim for perfection in any area of work or study is difficult but should be every person’s aim.
Focus on the present
Why do we exist, what is our meaning? Why we are born, what we should be doing, such questions might restrain us, or become reasons we use to blame ourselves. Rather, let things take their course and focus on living in the present.
When comparing, register the differences only, instead of how much worse off one is. It is still one form of measuring achievement. Just be careful to avoid unconstructive negative thoughts.
Teams in workplaces, who face and work toward the same direction are important, but in the end it is every person for themselves. Standing on one’s own feet, in our own way, to avoid causing trouble for others or losing your balance is important. A friend of Hamabe Minami asks about work problems and other things, but doesn’t provide advice like, “Why don’t you do this?” Instead of giving advice, Hamabe Minami’s friend simply laughs it off. That makes it easier; one does not necessarily want to be given advice just because one is having a hard time. Some people feel better when people laugh it away. By supporting each other in various ways, friends can create a good sense of camaraderie. One can be easy-going with friends, change dark things to bright, change viewpoints, and soften an unconsciously hardened heart.
On how to determine who is trustworthy and reliable
There may be a lot of intuition involved. From there, try to talk to them and see if they are someone who can understand people’s pain, whether they are tight-lipped or not, etc. Even when it comes to the way they talk, there is something different about people who can be trusted from the very beginning. You can tell by gut feeling whether someone cares about the people around them.
How to build strong connections
Utilising a very open personality to your advantage, try to answer anything that is asked of you. Try to have a relaxed relationship with your friends, for instance, if it helps them to feel at ease, don’t hesitate to tell them about your own failures. Thinking too deeply about things can make people feel like we’re putting up a wall, so it’s probably easier for people to understand us if we behave casually, though not to such extremes as pretending to be an idiot. It’s also easier to bond when you see a lot of each other’s mistakes at work.
On feeling empowered and strengthened by having someone you want to protect
The most important is family. A lot of power is gained from friends who are working hard in the same generation. The people one relies upon are also the ones we want to protect. Even without having very many friends, one can decide to give friends a helping hand when they are in trouble. If it’s not hard for us to invite them to our homes and live with them, then one may decide to call someone a friend if one can take care of them in such a friendly way.
On being in your best condition
Mental stability being important for good work, employing aromas and herbs to regulate the autonomic nervous system, and preparing for work throughout each day by being careful about every action is always necessary. To always be in the best condition and feel good about work. To be aware of, and express, feelings of gratitude, despite the relationships we come to take for granted, which also helps develop relationships further.
Being flexible and reasonable about work
Hamabe Minami: a person who expresses, retains, reinterprets, translates, and continues to walk through the present time. Actors are pieces in a larger framework, cooperating with various other people to record our age. Hamabe Minami is not usually defined by a professional title (actor). She is simply a person who gets involved in various creative productions. Not trying too hard, or getting too caught up in various matters. Do what you want to do, but also consider what others expect of you, which should be reorganised within oneself and then expressed, once it is balanced in the right way. This is at least what a professional would do.
When facing a struggle, take a step back, view things objectively, and bear it with a strong heart. Think about how you could recount these events in the future, as something to laugh about. Change absolutely anything into positive effects. Look for reasons for our struggles, but don’t go deeper than that — you won’t find answers. Leave some time, maintain some distance, and something might happen, and you might find solutions. Don’t rush.
Have time to wind down
When we’re with family or friends, one becomes oneself, without decorations, without even realising it. Our speech may surprise ourselves for their differences compared to our professional personalities. Such occasions are important.
On going the extra mile
Everyone appears to be in their own flow, but actually, they are working hard. This gets other people working hard too, but always do so in moderation, for it is no use if we then get ill. Do our best. That means, going the extra mile no matter what you do — beyond what we had anticipated or planned.
Cherish your own feelings
Rethink and review your own feelings and fears. Caught up in life, one’s own feelings may be washed away. Review your life goals while you’re at it. Sometimes, we’ll feel uncertain or stressed, having shown others rather exuberant and energetic appearances. Do find your own answers to maintain your own wellbeing.
Hamabe Minami on trying and achieving
Try it, and it will usually work out. Never be put down. Always remember that what one finds difficult to achieve would be likely to cause difficulties for other people as well, whether this is in studies or work.
To avoid a cycle of regrets
We all face choices in life. We must ensure that we, independently, choose the right options now that we won’t regret later. Certainly, listen to other peoples’ opinions as a guide, but our choices must still be our own. In the end, we will walk alone along the path we chose. Whether our future selves would approve of our choices and actions we take now. Ensuring we don’t regret in the future about the present. Being the person that we want to be, a person we can like, is given the highest priority in life. And don’t forget one’s youthful heart. Even simple straightforward words are difficult to achieve in reality — take brightness or kindness for example. We take things more seriously and judge ourselves more harshly than in our youth. And we forget our past.
Also, value those who support you and look on from the sidelines.
Be aware that everyone must stand up and survive independently.
Opportunities may never come around again. If there’s something to say, don’t miss the opportunity. You may never be able to say or do it again.
Minami Hamabe recommends the following:
Try to conscientiously enrich our lives.
Try to set a goal, any goal, small or large.
Try to undertake something you cannot do, on your own, simply as leisure, whether that is singing, dancing or anything else. After all, there are many things we don’t know about or even try, during our short lives.
Try to consciously undertake activities that will bring out some genuine laughter.
Try and observe the seasons and the weather conditions, treasure the little things all the time.
Try to send gifts or express your appreciation to those who support(ed) you the most.
Try to read and gather information beyond your usual comfort zone.
Try to retain or record important things in your heart or even as objects (like photos).
Try to think of what good dreams you would like to have and look forward to a good night’s sleep.
For Minami Hamabe, less positive occurrences are forgotten on the same day that they happen. Although reasonable reflection and improvement is desirable as well, on a case-by-case basis.
A director’s letter to Minami Hamabe once said: ‘Acting is an ephemeral, heartrending profession, like tightrope walking along a piano string. It involves constant observation by others, and having to view our own self being observed by others. It is a difficult profession that involves a keen sense of balance. But still the hope is that actors will be able to reach the end of the tightrope.’
Despite forgetfulness, finding things a great bother, a more-or-less-is-good-enough disposition, and absent-mindedness, one must continue to improve one’s own human capabilities and to continue learning from previous generations.