kunihiko makita

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 May, 1998, 12:00am

kunihiko makita Appointed Japanese Consul General to Hong Kong about six weeks ago. He is still exploring and becoming accustomed to Hong Kong.

Favourite book: I'm a fan of Japanese writer Ryotaro Shiba. My favourite is There Goes Ryoma. It's about a real person, Ryoma Ga Yuku, who lived during the late 19th century, while Japan was under feudal rule. Ryoma played an important role in pushing through the restoration. It provides an insight into the way the Japanese think.

Magazine: I read The Economist. It's a quality magazine and I learn a lot. I also read Time and Newsweek.

Film: Farewell To My Concubine by Chen Kaige. The story is set before, during and after the Chinese Cultural Revolution and shows the delicate mental interactions between the characters. I would never have expected such an historic film to come out of China.

CD: I like musicals like Phantom Of The Opera and Les Miserables. I'm looking forward to seeing Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat.

Car: I don't care what type of car it is so long as it runs.

Place to take a guest: To my home on the Peak. We have a good view. I also like to take guests to the China Club.; they are usually very impressed by it.

Way To Keep Fit: I walk around the Peak every day if I can. Unlike so many Japanese, I don't play golf.

Way to spend a Sunday: I play with my 11-year-old daughter and our two dogs. We have a five-year-old golden retriever and an 18-month-old miniature dachshund we brought from Tokyo. I've only been in Hong Kong a short time so I have much to explore.

Holiday: I love to visit beaches in Malaysia and Hawaii. Tioman Island off Malaysia's east coast is particularly beautiful.

Scent: My wife sprays herself with perfume - Chanel, I think - and that's enough for me.

Beauty product: I don't use any.

Accessory: I've been collecting commemorative wristwatches for 15 years. A watch is made every time there is a big official occasion like a G7 Meeting, or the Hong Kong Handover, and this is what I collect. I have three or four dozen.

Hairdresser: My wife. She is a very good at cutting hair.

Meal: Cantonese food like shark's fin soup, and seafood.

Restaurant: An Italian restaurant in Tokyo called Trattoria Patata. I go there for the traditional beef dish, osso bucco.

Alcoholic drink: I'm not a big drinker, but I do like Kir Royale.

Shop: I'm not a shopper, and I'm still finding my way around Hong Kong.

Artist: Van Gogh. He struck me as a very forceful artist. I've liked his work since I was a teenager.

Designer: I don't have a favourite. I've known Issey Miyake and his family in Hiroshima for years - we used to be neighbours. I like his designs, but they are too advanced for me.

Person: I have always admired Japan's former prime minister, Shigeru Yoshida. He was a one-time diplomat who turned to politics. I also have a lot of respect for Sir Winston Churchill; a fascinating character.