January Blues_Eiji Fukui (@insta_eiji)

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This is the coldest winter ever! All we want to do is hibernate and watch movies... However, when Japanese photographer Sora Kusaka (@sorrrr_k) invited us out to hang withEiji Fukui (@insta_eiji) we couldn't pass that up. Turns out that Eiji is also a cinephile too! In this interview, the 22-year-old model reveals his favorite theatre popcorn and his method on how to beat the January blues.

Interview Gissella Ramirez-Valle, Photos via @insta_eiji & Sora Kusaka

EIJI FUKUI ( @insta_eiji )

EIJI FUKUI (@insta_eiji)

Please introduce yourself!

EIJI: Hello! My name is Eiji Fukui. I am 22 years old and I’m from Kyoto, Japan.

Can you tell us more about you? WhY DID You Come to Korea?

EIJI: My hobbies are watching movies and drawing. When I was in Japan, I was watching one or two movies a day. My fashion is often inspired by movies. The reason I came to Korea is because of my brother. My older brother asked me, ”Will you go to Korea with me?" And it started from there. I came to Seoul in May 2017. Because I like the UK I thought about going there instead but I chose Korea since my brother invited me.

How is life in Korea?

EIJI: It's surprisingly different. I do not know exactly how it's different but it's definitely different than Japan. If I stayed in Japan or didn't model I think probably that I just would have gone to university and watched movies all the time at home. Since I did not have an active personality until I came to Korea, I may not have done anything else.

You recently worked with Korean photographer Cho Giseok. We are big fans of his work! How was the experience like?

EIJI: I have never dyed my hair before but I dyed my eyebrows for the shoot so it was fun! It was good because I was able to do something different from usual. I was able to think about the possibility to change myself.

Has your fashion style changed after coming to Korea?

EIJI: It became a little simpler. I think that the color was more flashy when I was in Japan.

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Where do you usually shop?

EIJI: Although there is no fixed shop, I often go to vintage clothing stores.

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How long does it take to get DRESSED every morning?

EIJI:  About 30 minutes. It may take more time, as it is often hard to decide!

How’s your Korean ability these days?
What’s your favorite Korean word?

EIJI: I go to a university language school. I'm on Level 3 so I don't know much yet. My favorite word is 그렇구나 kureotguna, which means, "Oh, I see," because it is a useful word when talking!

Do you have a special way of studying Korean? Watching Korean dramas or drinking with Korean friends?

EIJI: I also want to know of a way! But I think that the best way is to talk with friends. I think that it is good to learn words and grammar by yourself and try it in conversation.

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You said you like Itaewon. What do you like best about Itaewon? Dining? nightlife?

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EIJI: Going to play in the daytime is fun! It feels slightly different from usual Korea. I think that the reason is that people from many different countries are there and make a unique atmosphere.

What makes you excited?

EIJI: I feel excited when I watch movies or music videos. When I watch a movie, there are times when I am overcome by the atmosphere of the movie, so if the movie really appeals to me, my feelings may not come back to reality for a while.

What make you nervous?

EIJI: I am not good at simply deciding what to do on the spot or taking tests. Therefore, I am not good at talking with people. It is because I think about what will happen to their feelings.

Finally how do you relax?

EIJI: I watch movies!

 
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EIJI FUKUI (22)

Favorite food: Chicken, Sweets
Favorite song: Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
Favorite season: Autumn
Most recent book read: Jojo, manga by Hirohiko Araki
Place you want to go before you die: England
Recommended spot for those visiting Korea: Megabox! The popcorn at this movie theatre is delicious!
Recommended spot for those visiting Japan: Kyoto

 

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