Japan’s First Lady to be speaks of flying on UFOs and eating the sun for breakfast.
As Japan’s new Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, agonises over the formation of his government, he is unlikely to be losing much sleep dreaming up a role for his First Lady. While Michelle Obama, Carla Bruni and Sarah Brown have all had to strike an awkward balance between supportive wife and public figure, Miyuki Hatoyama has cultivated a third role — that of pedlar of new age bunkum.
With the dust barely settled on last Sunday’s election, Miyuki — whose husband will officially become Japan’s leader on September 16 — is already emerging as a gloriously eccentric foil to her humdrum hubby. While he reassures the U.S. that his country is committed to the bilateral alliance, she regales the media with tales of interplanetary travel and, er, solar breakfasts.
“I eat the sun,” Miyuki says, raising her arms as if to tear pieces off an imaginary sun. “Like this: yum, yum, yum. It gives me enormous energy. My husband has recently started doing that too.”
When she is not tucking into the centrepiece of our solar system, the 66-year-old former dancer pens cookbooks with humble titles such as Hatoyama Miyuki’s Hawaiian Spiritual Food. She makes her own clothes (including a skirt made from hemp coffee bags) and, as she demonstrated during the election campaign, can also do a very passable Moonwalk.
But it is her extraterrestrial experiences that have triggered an avalanche of media coverage her husband could never hope to match. In a book entitled Very Strange Things I’ve Encountered, his wife has claimed that she was abducted by aliens as she slept one night 20 years ago, then whisked off to the final frontier. “While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus,” she wrote, adding: “It was a very beautiful place, and it was very green.”
By happy coincidence, Miyuki is married to a man whom his parliamentary colleagues once nicknamed “the Alien”, a comment on his sometimes otherworldly manner and an unkind reference to his prominent eyes. — © Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2009