What kind of music do you listen to in the build-up to games? @macho0711
I listen to Japanese pop music to relax and stay calm. Depending on my mood, I’ll listen to either high-tempo or slow music. Exile are my favourite group. Though they are big in Japan, they aren’t very well known elsewhere in the world, but I like them and they keep me in good spirits. Music is important to me.
Have you become a better player since joining United? @tomorroworld
Yes, you can’t help but improve here. There are lots of experienced players in this team; they have taught me a lot and every day I pick up new skills from them. Not many Japanese or even Asian players have benefitted from playing at such a big club, so I think I’m very fortunate to be in this position. It makes me happy and proud.
Who is your best friend at the club? @pradipmufc
Alex Büttner lives quite close to me and we joined the club at the same time; I’ve been pretty close to him ever since. Alex played with Japanese players at his last club [Vitesse Arnhem], so he knows and understands the language reasonably well. That allowed me to be even more comfortable with him.
If you weren’t a footballer, what would you be? @DarylG7
It’d have to be another sport, I think. I’ve played various sports since an early age and always enjoyed them, so maybe I could have been a professional in another discipline, though I’m not sure which one!