Hirano Aya-only TV is getting deeper and deeper into reality-TV territory. The last two episodes have exposed Aya's athletic deficiencies and medical problems. (click photos to enlarge)
In episode five, the 21-year-old Aya took a standardized series of sports tests -- running, jumping, sit-ups, etc. -- that showed she met the athletic standard of a normal...50-year-old.
In episode six, she underwent a series of tests at an anti-aging centre, and we discovered that she often runs a slight temperature and that her temperature also frequently drops to 35°C (95°F), that her blood pressure is quite low, and that she should gain some weight. Aya also feels she catches cold easily.
The centre's director said her results were what could be expected from a forty-year-old. Maybe we now have our suspicions confirmed as to why she collapsed back in the fall of 2006: her determination is greater than her physical strength.
Most interesting was the daily schedule she showed the medical personnel at the anti-aging centre:
7am -- get up
8am -- breakfast
9am -- leave for work
10am - 2pm -- work
2pm -- lunch
3pm-10pm -- work
10pm -- dinner
11pm-2am -- "homework" (read scripts, watch videos to critique her own performance, etc.)
2am-7am -- sleep
The anti-aging centre's director told her she had to do something about her "irregular" schedule. She should have her meals earlier, both lunch and dinner, and should be sleeping between 11pm and 1am, which is an important time for hormones to be produced in the body. I can vouch for her having a late schedule: some of her blog posts have been time-stamped at 4am.
Just like many other Japanese workers, Aya seems to work too much and sleep too little.
The anti-aging tests were the "premium" series offered by the anti-aging centre, and Aya was shocked to learn that they cost ¥147,000 (about $1470). The centre used a lot of sophisticated medical technology, so the cost seems within reason. No doubt it caters to a wealthy clientele.
First, here are some pics from episode five, her day of athletic testing. One of the people helping with the testing was a 21-year-old member of the gold-medal-winning Japanese women's softball team. I saw their medal-winning match: Aya was right to be impressed.
Aya said from the start that she knew she was not very strong or athletic. She has said before that she even sat out gym classes sometimes, even though she did do all her dance practicing for work.
That's the softball star in the background:
Here are her results:
1. vertical jump -- 33cm (6cm below average for a 21-year-old woman)
2. back-and-forth jump -- 45times (above average)
3. sit-ups -- 19 (above average)
4. back bend from a prone position -- 52cm (above average)
5. bend forward from a seated position -- 42cm (3.5cm blow avg)
6. 20m shuttle run -- 18 times (17 times below avg)
7. handball toss -- 10m (4.3m below avg)
8. standing long-jump -- 1m34cm (32cm below avg)
9. grip strength -- 25kg (3kg below normal)
10. 50m dash -- 9.8sec (0.7sec below normal)
It seems to me that the first few items for which she met or exceeded the average all test things things that are useful in dancing: flexibility, agility, and core strength.
Now we go to episode six, the anti-aging centre. She let the camera see the measurement of her height (158.4cm = 5' 2.4"), but told the camera to leave when it came to weight and "three-sizes." She herself was embarrassed that her weight was above her "ideal weight," but the centre's director later told her she should gain some weight for health. Just as one might expect, an entertainer is happier to be abnormally thin than to be a healthy weight.
With her arm in a blood-pressure machine. She tested out at an excellent 111/58, but she laughed that sometimes her blood pressure is so low it's as if she's dead:
Having blood drawn -- several ampoules of it -- didn't bother her at all. She was a bit proud that other people couldn't take it. The technician said that more men than women had trouble with the sight of their own blood:
This is a test, not a nap:
Getting gel put on for an ultrasound of her neck, which showed that the arteries in her neck were healthy and open:
But her blood cells were a little too clumpy, and the technician said she should drink more liquids. Aya said the clumps of blood cells looked like caterpillars:
Ready for another test:
Hearing the good and bad news from the director: her arteries and bone density are good, but overall she has the constitution of someone in her forties.
Episode six of the monthly hour-long program aired first on 17 September. From glimpses of paperwork in the medical centre, you can see that the testing apparently took place on 17 August. So the show, on FujiTV, seems to have been recorded about a month before it was shown.
You can find streamed versions of episodes one through five by searching "平野綾だけTV" on Google video.