Why empathy? ‘Youth is dense’ Director Sendai Ikuei’s words | NHK | WEB Special

Why empathy?



High School Baseball Sendai Ikuei High School in Miyagi won its first championship in the Koshien summer. Many people said they were moved by the winning interview with manager Wataru Sue, who led the team.
“Youth is dense, one sentence really resonated.”
“I was moved to tears by the message I thought of for my students.”
Why did Principal Sue’s words sympathize? Immerse yourself in the interview while having it analyzed by an expert.
(Maruwaki News Weekly Reporter Teru Urushibara / Reporter Hiromi Okano / Director Takeshi Nakagawa)


Words from the interview with the winner

Sendai Ikuei won the championship for the first time as a Tohoku group.
The majestic figure the players showed on the pitch impressed many.

Even more impressive was the winning interview with coach Sue Wataru.

Sendai IkueiDirected by Wataru Sue
“Youth is very dense”So, but all of these things are said to be “no, no, no”, and even if I’m active, I’m going to stop somewhere, and I’m always going to stop somewhere, but I don’t give up, he did it with

Thoughts on Tohoku

Why did director Sue’s interview stick in people’s hearts?
We posed the question to Mr. Takashi Saito, a professor at Meiji University who is the author of “The Japanese You Want to Read Aloud” and is a huge baseball fan.

First, Mr. Saito paid attention to the words at the beginning of the interview.
Coach Sue, who was praised for winning the championship, responded in this way.

Supervisor Sue
“Everyone in Miyagi, everyone in Tohoku,Congratulations. I opened a door that hadn’t been opened in 100 years, and many people’s faces came to mind.”

A word of congratulations, “Congratulations”, addressed to the people of Tohoku.
From there, he points out that it is possible to see that each game is not the main role, but each game belongs to the whole region.

Takashi Saito
“I think it’s okay to say ‘thank you’ at the beginning. ‘Congratulations to everyone at Miyagi and Tohoku’ is what we do and for whom. , I felt the perspective was different from the usual. I feel that I have the right to play baseball with Tohoku on my back, and I want to give back to everyone, to all the people who support me and to the people of Tohoku. It’s a point of view that I have been able to achieve so far.”

2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
And the new coronavirus continues to spread.
Many people have had difficult times.

Moreover, winning the Koshien Summer Championship was a long-time wish of the people of Tohoku.
Over the history of more than 100 years, Tohoku teams such as Misawa High School in Aomori and Tohoku High School with a darvish pitcher have faced the finals nine times. However, none of them reached the championship.
Principal Sue’s words were based on this context.

“Youth is very dense”

The one that elicited a particularly strong response was the phrase introduced at the beginning of the article, “Youth is very dense.”
Due to the corona misfortune, we have been asked to secretly avoid various places for the past two years.
For this reason, school trips and sports festivals that were to color school life have been canceled one after another. Ms Saito thinks it reminded her that many young people are deprived of valuable opportunities to share their experiences with their peers.


Takashi Saito
“The moment I heard that the youth is dense, people all over Japan were like, ‘Oh, that’s right,’ and I thought, ‘Certainly.’ One of the reasons is that when I think back to when I was young, I’m like, ‘Oh, that was so close. I was so surprised that I cried too.

In fact, when I asked people in town, they said, “There were a lot of things I couldn’t do until I was in high school, and I remembered the secret feelings I had. at that time.” I thought,” he said.
Moreover, Mr. Saito believes that by associating the word dense with youth, even the image of the word changed, leading to greater response.

Takashi Saito
“During the corona crisis, the word ‘dense’ was used as something negative and something to be avoided, but the meaning of the word ‘dense’ suddenly changed, saying ‘youth is dense’ in a way positive. It’s a phrase with that kind of power.”

Open-mindedness and consideration

By the way, from this interview, it is said that the appearance of the director as the leader also stood out.
Here are the words.

Supervisor Sue
“Today, pitcher Saito (Ryo) pitched really well, but while he couldn’t pitch in the prefectural tournament, we were really able to pull ourselves together, pull ourselves together, and pitcher Takahashi, who pitched at the end, didn’t pitch today either.The three pitchers, and the alternate pitchers in the stands,Succession that everyone has connectedI think”

Sendai Ikuei won the relay with five pitchers, but it is said that the manager’s broad perspective, who paid attention to every player and ordered them, can be seen.

Takashi Saito
“It’s a way of thinking that the lead role isn’t just one person, and if everyone plays that role, it will lead to victory. I think it shows that ‘I’m watching you properly , Sensei.”’ ‘

Not only Sendai Ikuei players were considered, but also high school baseball players across the country. It’s the words at the end of the interview that make us feel it.

Supervisor Sue
“All high school students across the country have done very well, for example, today’s Shimonoseki Kokusai-san, Osaka Toin-san, etc. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the middle of a long period .I wish high school kids across the country would give me a round of applauseI think

We praised the play and efforts of high school baseball players around the world who chased the cue ball in a variety of environments.
Focusing on all the high school students, Mr. Saito said, “It was a splendid interview from the perspective of the lead role,” making everyone the lead role.

[Texte intégral]Sendai Ikuei coach Sue Wataru victory interview

Congratulations to everyone at Miyagi and Tohoku! A door that had not been opened for 100 years opened, and the faces of many people appeared.

When I won the semi-finals, I got a lot of messages from everyone in Tohoku and Miyagi, and I felt their passion, so I’m glad I could respond to them.

In the first half, Koga-kun (opponent of Shimonoseki International) was also throwing very well, so I was in no rush, but I felt like I was really at his mercy.

However, I think the players themselves have done a good job of revisiting what they know and have been doing since the first round of the Miyagi Tournament.

Today, Saito (Ryo) threw really well, but at the prefectural tournament, we couldn’t throw, but we really managed to pull ourselves together, pull ourselves together, and Takahashi, who threw at the end, and the three who failed. I think the pitcher pitcher and the backup pitcher in the stands are all connected pitchers.

Not to mention getting into school, I probably couldn’t do middle school graduation properly, so high school life is completely different from the high school life we ​​adults went through.

Youth is very dense, but all these things say ‘no, no, no’, and even though I’m active, I’m stuck somewhere, and I’m in a painful situation where I always stop So, but you really didn’t give up and you did.

But it wasn’t just us who let it happen, high school students across the country did a great job. Thanks to this, I was able to run even in the dark without giving up at any time, so the hard work of all high school students is just the fact that we stand here at the end. I wish I could have it.

Maruwaki News Weekly Reporter
Akira Urushibara
Came in 2011.
For five years at Morioka Station, he was in charge of coverage and commentary on high school baseball in Iwate Prefecture.

News production reporter
Hiromi Okano
Came in 2011.
Cover sports at Takamatsu and Sapporo stations.
I love high school baseball.

Director of the information production department
Takeshi Nakagawa
I was in charge of interviewing pearls at the Matsuyama station where I was previously stationed.

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