Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK’s frontman Takahiro Moriuchi interviewed with Rockin’ On Japan in 2012, Taka had a lot of interesting things to say. For one, he was publicly going by the name Morita since 2005. Only a year after the interview did that change in 2013 as he seemingly came to terms with his birth name.
Why Morita and not Moriuchi? Morita was his mother, Masako’s maiden name. After conflict with his father, Shinichi and his parent’s divorce in 2005, Taka was left on his own, still a teenager. Rather than letting it be a negative experience, Taka made it positive. Somehow he pulled through. He joined his band ONE OK ROCK, found a job and his own place. His life changed dramatically and so did he, something he’s thankful for.
Before the divorce however, Taka had plenty of conflict with his father. During the interview, Taka said that he intentionally rebelled in the hopes that he would get an opportunity to confront his father. “I caused her a lot of trouble. Thinking back on those times, I did some truly inexcusable things.” he said. “I stopped going to school, stopped going home. A regular delinquent.”
Later in the interview, he stated that he’s content with the person he is now and that if it wasn’t for the experiences that he went through, he’d never be at the place he is now. It’s hard to comprehend the extent that phrase covers. He isn’t just referring to the good things. The hardship with his parents is included in that statement. For most, it’s hard enough to move past experiences like that, let alone be thankful for it.
Yet that’s something Taka’s done, writing the song “Nobody’s Home” for his parents, thanking them for being in his life and apologising for the trouble he gave them. He admitted that while his father wasn’t perfect, Taka didn’t make it easy on him either. He closed the song with “心から愛してるよありがとう” which translates to “I love you from the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
As someone who’s had his fair share of parental issues, I can understand how hard this would’ve been. While I’ve come to terms with them to the point that I can live under the same roof as my own father conflict-free, I can’t say I’m grateful for the hard times with him. Seeing Taka’s example, I’m inspired, especially since mother’s day was last weekend in Australia.
Acceptance is one thing, forgiveness is that one step further, but gratefulness? That’s admirable. Something worth striving towards. You can read an English translation of the interview here:
Nobody’s Home is available to listen to on Spotify below.