(Translator's note: This post is a continuation of a previous entry.)
My Dearest Desire: You were born in Brazil. Since our readership is mainly foreigners, the concept of a 'foreign' Japanese AV star is very interesting. May I ask how long you lived in Brazil for and how it compares to your life now in Japan?
Kaoru Oshima: I was only in Brazil until I was 2. After that it was Japan. My parents are second-generation Brazilian Japanese so I hear a lot of talk about the country though. There are many, many newhalfs there, but the acceptance of them on a serious level is still very much lacking and I think that's a shame.
MDD: Brazil has a very vibrant shemale community. Were you influenced by this at all when deciding on cross-dressing?
KO: No, not at all. My influence for cross-dressing came from hentai anime. My parents strongly dislike newhalfs and they'd have looks of disgust anytime one is on TV.
MDD: Have you visited Brazil as Kaoru Oshima (as a cross-dresser). Any interesting interactions?
KO: I haven't yet visited Brazil. It's really far away.
MDD: Most AV stars seem to begin in AV right after high school or college. However, you started your AV career when you were in your mid-twenties. What were you doing until then?
KO: Well, I'm 26 now and I first started my AV career in the gay industry. I kinda viewed my time there as part-time work. After graduating high school, I really wanted to attend a performing arts college, but in spite of studying hard, I failed the entrance exams and called it quits. During that time I held a regular job while doing some gay videos on the side for extra money.
MDD: There was a picture of you posted on your Twitter featuring you in 'male mode'. Can you tell us about this? Was this for a previous job? (show pic!)
KO: That was me a few years ago when I was 22 or 23. I love having my picture taken so that's why I had it done.
'Male mode' Kaoru Oshima
MDD: Is Japanese your first language or do you also speak Portuguese? What about English?
KO: I don't speak much English and only know a bit of Portuguese. Japanese is what I'm best in.
MDD: You mentioned on your Twitter that you come from a religious Catholic family and they know about you cross-dressing and your AV career. Was there any ill will from them or do they accept Kaoru Oshima?
KO: When I was found out, my mother asked me if I felt deep down whether I was a man or woman. “I've never once thought I was a woman” was my reply. Fortunately, she then said that she and my father would support me either way. They are Catholic and are very strict, but I was amazed also by their kindness.
MDD: Do you have a Japanese passport or Brazilian one? If the latter, did you encounter any visa issues when performing in AV?
KO: I didn't encounter any issues. I don't have Japanese citizenship, but I do have permanent residency which has no work-related restrictions. I hear though it's tough for when Japanese people want to go abroad for work. Visa issues for them can be a real headache when there is work involved.
MDD: As you become more famous for your non-AV work, do you plan to distance yourself from it or do you consider it part of who Kaoru Oshima is?
KO: I definitely do not plan to distance myself from my AV career. Part of Kaoru Oshima is his time spent in adult video.
MDD: Do you identify as being part of the LGBT community? As a transgender?
KO: I haven't really given it much thought. I'm just who I am without really putting into exact words.
MDD: Where do you see yourself in 10 years from now? In 20?
KO: I don't know what I'll be doing that far into the future though I do plan on remaining in the spotlight indefinitely.
MDD: Do you get noticed or approached by fans often?
KO: I sure do—especially women. There also have been many Chinese men who've tried to hit on me. I'm not sure if they know who Kaoru Oshima was though.
MDD: Going by your popularity on Twitter, you certainly are busy. About how many emails do you receive and send a day?
KO: I'm not super busy with email, but I do spend a lot of time writing. I have no agent though so everything work-related is done by me and me alone which can be challenging at times.
MDD: What are your future business plans now that you have retired from AV?
KO: I just penned a photo-essay book called BOKURASHIKU (“Be myself”). Writing isn't the only thing I plan on doing. I do hope to gain screen time on TV soon enough.
MDD: Are you friend with other cross-dressers?
KO: I am.
MDD: Please tell us what a normal day now is like for you.
KO: I update my blog, my twitter, and write and write. That's my life.
MDD: What kind of music do you like?
KO: I'm a big fan of Eric Clapton.
MDD: Now that you are no longer an AV star, but only a (sometimes?) consumer of AV, what type of movies do you enjoy?
KO: I watch a lot of cross-dresser AV titles...and I don't just mean MtF, but the other way around, too.
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