The message below is what she talked during her final performance of 「Koda Kumi Hall Tour 2014 -Bon Voyage-」 in Taiwan on
August 16, 2014. It’s the message as she marks her 15th anniversary.
Time flies, and I will mark the 15th anniversary in December.
I made my debut as a singer when I was 18, and now I am 31 before I know it.
So this December, I will mark the 15th anniversary, means I have been able to do this for the past entire 14 years.
I am deeply grateful for all your support. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
So, this tour is based on the album 「Bon Voyage」. Today is the 51st performance of the entire 51 performances. We started this tour in March, and from March to
August, it’s been entire 5 months and today is the final day of the tour!!!
Today, I sang numbers not only from the album 「Bon Voyage」, but also a medley of all-time favorite of yours, like 「Ai no Uta」 and 「Koi no Tsubomi」, but the title, 「Bon Voyage」 means 「departure」.?
To tell you the truth, the album was supposed to be released 2 years ago, but it’s out now in 2014, after 2 years of planning, it just happened, you know, and with this 「miracle」, or, 「chance」 or 「necessity」, I was thinking about how I spend my 14th year before I mark the 15th anniversary... and I thought it’s important to 「prepare」 so I can start the day 1 of my 15th year with smile.
Let’s say you have a field trip tomorrow, but if you don’t prepare for it, you would screw up, right??
It’s just like that, you know, I thought I must put everything I need in the bag before I mark the 15th anniversary.
But at the same time, I think that we also need to let go things you don’t need.
I thought I have to have courage to let things go, and that way you start to feel affection for it or miss it. We are all human, and there are encounters and farewells. Some of you might be striving for your dream, and some of you might struggling and dealing with things in the society you belong to, or at work, or with your boyfriend or girlfriend, or in your family. It happens because we are all human, right??
So, when you have issues or problems, sometimes you need to be patient and just wait for the right time, but sometimes it’s also important that you need to have courage to address how you really feel, let things go or stop for a while.?
What I am trying to say is, I had three-month off after releasing 「JAPONESQUE」, but during that period, it was only for 3 months, but I couldn’t wait to see all of you, and I had a plenty of time to think about lots of things, I felt like making this kind of song; I wanted to give you a supportive push with that kind of song; I wanted to make a song with those lyrics; Would my fan be surprised if I have live performance in particular way ?, etc.?
I had those thoughts because I 「stopped」.
If I hadn’t taken that 3-month off, the album Bon Voyage could not have been born, I guess.