Model Moe Oshikiri, 29, released her first book at an event at a book store in Ginza, signing copies and shaking hands with the 100 lucky women in attendance. The book, on sale for 777 yen, is titled “Moderu Shikkaku” or “No Longer a Model,” which Oshikiri explained was a play on her favorite author Osamu Dazai’s famous 1948 novel called “Ningen Shikkaku” or “No Longer Human.” Oshikiri said that while she is doing well now, it hadn’t always been this way, and that her beginnings were mired in failure.
Oshikiri said the book took her nearly half a year to finish, and that there were times when she cried as she typed her story into the computer. The book tells of how her first modeling agency went bankrupt, and she ended up working day jobs, such as putting strawberries on cakes. Oshikiri also writes of her complexes about her appearance, and how she suffered from a spinal injury in 2005 after being dumped by a wave in Hawaii, and spent the next three months out of work.
The book is subtitled “Attitude that will lead to happiness,” and Oshikiri writes of how anyone can be happy with the right attitude, and that anyone can find happiness if they try. Oshikiri said she would like to be a model for many more years yet to come.
Asked if she had given a copy of the book to her boyfriend, Yomiuri Giants pitcher Takahiko Nomaguchi, 25, Oshikiri got all shy and tried to hide her face behind the book, but did say she had given one to someone she liked.© News reports