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Since 1898, RIMOWA has been a leader in travel, with an evolving selection of thoughtful tools that facilitate journeys near and far. Its global brand campaign, “Never Still,” embodies this ambitious mindset with impactful stories from high-profile friends of the brand who are pursuing excellence in their field. Now, a special project in Japan, titled “The New Normal”, will showcase local Japanese influencers as they share what has kept them motivated during the most difficult of circumstances.
For File 05, RIMOWA interviewed Shingo Fujimori, a multi-talented comedian who also gained a lot of fans by being an actor, musician, and via his YouTube channel. He talked about how his lifestyle has changed by going independent, ideas he found from past steps, and his future visions.
“I felt very strongly that I wanted to take on the challenge and do it myself.”
- First of all, please let us ask you what made you decide to leave your company and become independent.
Shingo Fujimori To tell you the truth, my duo partner decided to leave first, so I thought it would be natural for me to leave together. There’s a unique culture of Japanese comedian duo, but I have a strong desire to do something myself. I’m quite excited about it although it feels a bit strange at the same time.
'“The work has always been fun, and always will be. I was able to reaffirm that I like my job.”
-Are there any changes in your surroundings by taking on new challenges?
Shingo Fujimori All I did before was go to the site and do the job that was given to me as a comedian on TV shows. I thought I could have a better life if I became the CEO, but the amount of work had increased and I have less time on my own. But I still work in the entertainment world, so it’s not like I can’t do what I want to do because I quit the company. Rather, I feel that the range of fun part has expanded.
'“To me, life itself is a comedy.”
-Not only as a comedian, but you are also active in various scenes. What do you expect from “Shingo Fujimori” in the future?
Shingo Fujimori Right now, I’m doing a lot of things, such as being on comedy shows, acting for dramas and stages, singing, and doing YouTube channel etc., so I think there are people in younger generation who don’t really know that I have been doing comedies as a duo for a long time. I think that’s a good thing that I’m not stuck on one image. I’m a comedian but that doesn’t mean I have to keep doing comedy shows only. The core is to entertain someone, so if “Shingo Fujimori” is an entertainment, I believe that I’ve done my work properly.
'“I’m not exceptionally superior as a person, but I’m doing my best to remember my gratitude towards people around me, and with the support of everyone, I’m at where I am today."
-Lastly, what does “The New Normal” mean to you?
Shingo Fujimori I’d like to do more business in the future, of course, something related to entertainment. I can do that now because I have more freedom. I haven’t really decided what I will do in the future. My motto is that life doesn’t go as you want, so I enjoy thinking about tomorrow, next week, maybe next year, rather than setting a vision or goal for 10 or 20 years. That’s just how I am. My duo partner creates things from scratch and sends strong messages, but I’m completely different, so I will keep relying on people around to support me.