Just as the picture asks, is he obsessed? I noticed this from before and so I investigated it. I ended up with over 18 pictures, and at least 3 performances where he wears a rosary around his neck. Why does he do this? I do not know. Maybe he thinks it’s cool. But, to some people, it is just bizarre. You see, I was born and raised Roman Catholic ( before I turned agnostic) and I grew up revering the ROSARY as a Sacred Object. We do not treat it as a fashion accessory – however, this is Japan and though there is a community of Catholics there, they are mostly Zen Buddhists and do not know the significance of the rosary.
So I gave it some thought, and I investigated when he started doing this. I came up with he started doing this in 2006 and still does it up to the present. Though he does take it off in some photoshoots, Tego-nyan still wears it in most of them. It got me inspired to write this drabble and provide you with a HOLY TEGO Picspam. ENJOY!
He said in one of the recent magazine articles that he is looking for something else because he has had the rosary for a long time now (and he loves it). 🙂
PERFORMANCE #2: SUNADOKEI MU
Title: Holy Tegoshi!
Fandom: NEWS/ Tegoshi Yuya/ Shigeaki Kato
Genre: Crack/ Drabble
It was another NEWS Photoshoot, just one of the many that the boys do for magazines. Today it was Myojo and Shigeaki Kato sat across Tegoshi Yuya while they were put on stand by. Tegoshi was talking about fashion, he was telling Shige about this new look he saw in a French Fashion Magazine and that he wanted to copy it. But Shige was only half-listening, his thoughts wandered off to other things as he let his eyes wander as well. Out of the corner of his eyes, a shiny object caught light and grabbed his attention. Shige turned to his friend for a better look and saw that it was Tegoshi Yuya’s necklace – a rosary.
Shige cocked his head.Tegoshi had been wearing that for a little under a year now, and he had always wondered why. Did Tegoshi not know the meaning of the item? Did he not know that the string of beads that he wore on his neck was a holy symbol and revered by many as something sacred? Yet, he was using it as a fashion item and not for prayer.
“What are you staring at?” Tegoshi asked his friend who was just looking at him. “Is there something on my face?”
“Ne, Yuya, I have been meaning to ask you this for a long time now,” Shige started as he pointed to the prayer beads around the boy’s neck. “Why are you wearing a rosary?”
Tegoshi fingered his necklace and cocked his head. “You know, I never really thought about it,” he admitted. “I guess I thought it was cool or something.”
“Did you know that people use them for prayer and not as fashion items?”
“Well… I just thought it was something nice, I never really gave it any thought,” Tegoshi was now pouting. Trust Shige to give him insight on things. Now, he was thinking if some of the fans were offended by his wearing it. “I thought some people wear it, isn’t it the same as wearing a cross?”
“Some people do wear them, but I think they are only holy people,” Shige said thoughtfully as his knowledge of Catholicism is limited.
“So does this mean I am holy?” Tegoshi said with a sly smile.
“Hardly,” Shige laughed. “People also wear it to ward off evil, I saw them in movies using it to exorcise demons and vampires. You’re not warding off any evil or trying to ward off vampires, are you?”
“Yes, I am,” Tegoshi replied with a grin.
“Yup!” Tegoshi winked. “I’m trying to repel Massu. He bites!”
Shige closed his eyes and dropped his head on the table, trying to erase the mental image that popped into his head. “I don’t want to know,” he said repeatedly as he hit his head on the table once again.