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Conversation with Nozomu Wakai on Life, Work, and Views: Member, Japan Mensa (1)


Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Numbering: Issue 30.A, Idea: Outliers & Outsiders (25)

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Web Domain:

Individual Publication Date: August 22, 2022

Issue Publication Date: September 1, 2022

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 2,929

ISSN 2369-6885


Nozomu Wakai is a Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Artist with specializations in guitar, production, composition, and design He studied Jazz at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. He has worked with Mari Hamada. His first album was “Requiem for a Scream.” He produced a 2015 EP “Anecdote Of The Queens.” Wakai’s project, DESTINIA, began in 2014. He is signed with Ward Music. He discusses: growing up; extended self; family background; youth with friends; education; purpose of intelligence tests; high intelligence; extreme reactions to geniuses; greatest geniuses; genius and a profoundly gifted person; necessities for genius or the definition of genius; work experiences and jobs held; job path; myths of the gifted; God; science; tests taken and scores earned; range of the scores; ethical philosophy; political philosophy; metaphysics; worldview; meaning in life; source of meaning; afterlife; life; and love.

Keywords: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, HELLIQ Society, Japan, Japan Mensa, life, Nozomu Wakai, views, Ward Music, work.

Conversation with Nozomu Wakai on Life, Work, and Views: Member, Japan Mensa (1)

*Please see the references, footnotes, and citations, after the interview, respectively.*

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: When you were growing up, what were some of the prominent family stories being told over time?

Nozomu Wakai[1],[2]*: My family on my father’s side was Christian, and my parents often told me the story of how my grandfather named me after a letter in the Bible. My mother’s side of the family came from the northernmost part of Japan, Hokkaido, so I remember hearing stories about the Ainu, the northern folklore of Japan.

Jacobsen: Have these stories helped provide a sense of an extended self or a sense of the family legacy?

Nozomu: I think that both the fact that my name was taken from the Bible and the fact that I am a northerner had a great influence on the formation of my self-identity. In Japan, both Christians and northern folk are surprisingly minorities.

Jacobsen: What was the family background, e.g., geography, culture, language, and religion or lack thereof?

Nozomu: My family was a very normal middle-class family. The only thing that was unusual was that we were a little more westernized than other families, partly because my father had studied in France. My father was often transferred for his own reasons, and we lived in various places in Japan during my childhood. I think my parents were not very religious. They were very Japanese. I think I had more religious and philosophical views from my childhood.

Jacobsen: How was the experience with peers and schoolmates as a child and an adolescent?

Nozomu: I moved to many different places due to many job transfers, but I was able to make many friends in all of them, and my social skills were very high. I had a lot of general knowledge about the world before I became an adolescent, so I spent a lot of my adolescent years with adults through music, sports, and art. I felt like an incredible kid around them, and I did a lot of pretending. lol.

I guess I spent more time having fun than others because I hardly ever studied growing up.

Jacobsen: What have been some professional certifications, qualifications, and trainings earned by you?

Nozomu: The only qualification would be a black belt in karate. I took music seriously until I started in high school. I even won second place in a big competition. I thought I could make a living at it. Until I got injured. Then I started playing music in high school, became a professional, and went on to music college and majored in jazz. But what I do now is heavy metal artists. I am also a professional graphic designer, although I am not qualified. I’ve been good at drawing since I was a little.

Jacobsen: What is the purpose of intelligence tests to you?

Nozomu: One of the ways to look at myself. Something like a puzzle is also a hobby.

Jacobsen: When was high intelligence discovered for you?

Nozomu: I think I was probably in elementary school when I was first discovered. In my time, there were intelligence tests and only students who scored exceptionally high were supposed to let their parents know. I became aware of this again on my own in 2019 when I developed a severe form of Hunt’s Syndrome. I was concerned about my cognitive and thinking abilities, so I took an intelligence test to see if there were any deficiencies. That gave me the numbers.

Jacobsen: When you think of the ways in which the geniuses of the past have either been mocked, vilified, and condemned if not killed, or praised, flattered, platformed, and revered, what seems like the reason for the extreme reactions to and treatment of geniuses? Many alive today seem camera shy – many, not all.

Nozomu: This is my opinion, but people feel “interest and awe” at the same time for things beyond their understanding. They also have “admiration or jealousy” for things that they understand and that are above their own level. This is my experience and observation of the human psyche. When there is an “extraordinary talent,” there is a corresponding “extraordinary reaction. I suspect that if there is a high level of awe and jealousy, it will be frowned upon, and if there is a high level of interest and admiration, it will be praised. As can be inferred from the foregoing, when flaunting obvious talents, one must be prepared to be mentally exposed to negative reactions. I can see why it would be wiser not to flaunt it if you don’t have to. Well, I’m a musician and an artist, so I can’t help it, and there is a catharsis to both slander and praise that can’t be explained by logic alone.

Jacobsen: Who seems like the greatest geniuses in history to you?

Nozomu: Leonardo da Vinci, I think. There are many great thinkers, but I feel that Leonardo da Vinci is a step above the rest in that he also possesses an indefinable “sense” of artistic talent. I feel that Leonardo da Vinci is one step ahead of other great artists and genius. It’s just my personal preference, though.

Jacobsen: What differentiates a genius from a profoundly intelligent person?

Nozomu: It’s like the difference between hardware and software, I guess it’s hard to compare. I think the concept of genius is what we call specs in computers. A profoundly intelligent person can be reached if he or she has the right specs, but not a genius. However, a genius cannot be a profoundly intelligent person if the genre of his or her work does not match the specifications.

Jacobsen: Is profound intelligence necessary for genius?

Nozomu: Genius is a different concept than intelligence or knowledge, so intelligence or knowledge is something you may or may not have. That’s why there were geniuses with intelligence, and there were others like Mozart who could not be figured by intelligence.

There are geniuses who can think freely without being bound by anything because they don’t have the filter of intellect or useless knowledge. Sometimes, such factors are the reason why we cannot arrest geniuses who are inclined to do evil. Because their imagination is completely different from that of ordinary people.

Jacobsen: What have been some work experiences and jobs held by you?

Nozomu: I have been a professional musician since my late teens. At the same time, I have also been working professionally as a graphic designer and advertising planner, which was my side job, since my mid-twenties. As an interesting part-time job, I used to imitate a detective and get paid for solving problems.

Jacobsen: Why pursue this particular job path?

Nozomu: As mentioned, I was obsessed with karate and planned to make a living at it. When I got to high school, I started playing heavy metal and was hooked. I had no musical experience, but I mastered it like crazy, and three years later I ended up touring all over Japan with a small band and management company came along. When it came time to go to college, I was torn between art and music, so I decided to go with music. I could draw very well in art from a young age, and my high school art teacher strongly recommended art, but I chose music, which was a little less my skilled, and went on to a music college. As for design, I didn’t make enough money after I started playing music professionally, so I used to design flyers. I started designing flyers a lot, and then I started getting work from big companies, and I became a professional.

Jacobsen: What are some of the more important aspects of the idea of the gifted and geniuses? Those myths that pervade the cultures of the world. What are those myths? What truths dispel them?

Nozomu: Archimedes jumped out of the bath and ran around the city screaming in his nude joy, Da Vinci dug his own grave and dissected it, and so on. All these stories, along with the myths of greatness, are anecdotes of geniuses that would be impossible for any ordinary person to imagine. I think it’s all because they are too focused.

They can’t stop their ideas and senses on their own. But I guess any eccentricities are trivial in front of the results that amaze everyone.

Jacobsen: Any thoughts on the God concept or gods idea and philosophy, theology, and religion?

Nozomu: All of them have various effects on people, such as uniting many people, shifting responsibility for something, giving a core to one’s thought, and so on. They are all very useful and useful things. I am impressed and think it is very wonderful. And any person can have a reason for death and life. And any person can have a reason for death and life.

Philosophy, theology, or religion. It may be the best of the wisdom of life that people have created. If all this is in the hands of God or Buddha, then our understanding of what they rightly are in this dimension would be beyond our ability to reach.

At this point, I think the limit of what we can do is to philosophically discuss what their existence is. I don’t know the answer, but as long as we are facing it, there must be something.

I may be making music by turning these ideas of life and death derived from philosophy, theology, religion, and God into general events and further into lyrics and sounds.

Interestingly, God and the devil appear frequently in heavy metal lyrics. On the other hand, there are many bands that express their views in their music within their own musical tastes, with some questioning the existence and significance of each.

When you think about it, heavy metal itself is really close to religion and philosophy. Convenient, isn’t it? lol

Jacobsen: How much does science play into the worldview for you?

Nozomu: Science is one of my strong interests in the challenge to this world. To figure out what is ungraspable, even though in reality there is some answer. I’m not a party to solving the riddle, but I am very interested in the answer. In what kind of space and how do living things, including human beings, repeat themselves as life? I think it is interesting that there are also parts of history that are closely related to astronomy and medicine, although they are generally antithetical to areas such as God and religion. I think it is only through the concept of science, which includes natural science to a greater or lesser extent, that things that are not concrete, such as God, thought, and art, which are unknown, can also gain form. In this aspect, in my world, both God and science are factors that govern our life and death as human beings.

Jacobsen: What have been some of the tests taken and scores earned (with standard deviations) for you?

Nozomu: In the tight test, IQ 140 on the FSIQ with WAIS III (SD 15), FSIQ 156 with WAIS IV (SD 15). WAIS IV may not be an official result, though, since the time period from WAIS III was a bit shorter. Both had low verbal IQ. Perception and processing speed seem to be superior.

Jacobsen: What ethical philosophy makes some sense, even the most workable sense to you?

Nozomu: I am sympathetic to the stance of relating morality to free choice, as Immanuel Kant thinks.

The idea of a categorical imperative derived from free will in the metaphysics of human ethics is an indicator of my personality.

However, as a human being, I have unfinished weaknesses, so I just keep it in a corner of my mind.

Jacobsen: What social philosophy makes some sense, even the most workable sense to you?

Nozomu: I can understand social philosophy objectively, but I don’t think it has much influence on my way of life. I find it somewhat difficult to identify with any of the ideologies, and perhaps because I am an individualist, I am not interested in discussions from the perspective of society.

Jacobsen: What political philosophy makes some sense, even the most workable sense to you?

Nozomu: In a world as complex and intertwined with diverse ideologies as modern society,

I think the act of questioning the nature of politics is necessary.

However, since I’m not in a position or position to think about politics, I don’t think I am greatly affected by it.

Jacobsen: What metaphysics makes some sense to you, even the most workable sense to you?

Nozomu: This is a subject of particular interest to me in philosophy. I think it is an individualism, though not a complete one. However, I do acknowledge the existence of objects even before recognition, and as for the existence and concept of God, I have yet to even determine my own interpretation of it. I believe that the confirmation of the existence of all things, life and death, consciousness, God, etc., are the “destiny” of man since time immemorial to be discussed.

Jacobsen: What worldview-encompassing philosophical system makes some sense, even the most workable sense to you?

Nozomu: I believe that philosophy is a mediator between man and the absolute other, nature and society. Between all people and things in the world, all value judgments about nature and society are based on a particular worldview, large or small. It has the attributes of the world that is other to the individual, but it is alien to the world as an objective entity, and in that sense it exists within the individual. So from the side of the world, which is the absolute other, it is a conception subordinate to the individual.

Of course, I ‘m the same way. I think the reason we are discussing all philosophies is because there is a philosophical system that encompasses the world view. So in that sense it is of great significance to me personally. Unfortunately, I am a heavy metal musician, not a philosopher, so I don’t have the knowledge to absorb all the philosophies. I never studied philosophy, only read a few books when I was younger. It would be nice to study philosophy properly if I had the chance.

Jacobsen: What provides meaning in life for you?

Nozomu: To face one’s self. To “burn your life hard,” to use a literary expression.

As Nietzsche said, “the meaning of life is to live authentically and powerfully, creating one’s own goals and values.” So, I continue to search for it and do what I have to do. I am free to do what I will.

I have a side of pragmatism and nihilism in me, but I think Nietzsche’s words are a good description of the meaning of life in today’s society, and I share it.

Maybe it’s because Japan is a particularly non-religious country.

Jacobsen: Is meaning externally derived, internally generated, both, or something else?

Nozomu: Good question. I think it’s both. Nietzsche said something like value is a commitment between the world and yourself, and I believe it is generated on both sides if either side has it.

Jacobsen: Do you believe in an afterlife? If so, why, and what form? If not, why not?

Nozomu: I don’t know whether to believe it or not, since it’s the next point we’re debating whether it’s there or not, and it’s there in spirit, but I think it is. Unfortunately, I can’t prove it definitively because I’m not dead. It is similar to the problem of proving God.

So, what exactly would be nice is if consciousness continued to exist in the spiritual realm after the death of the physical body. That would be more interesting and easier to write songs about. lol

It would be interesting to see a future where the possibility of multiple dimensions is scientifically proven and philosophical views of the afterlife are substantiated by science. It will be a real next step for all of us.

Jacobsen: What do you make of the mystery and transience of life?

Nozomu: The universe had a beginning, and whether by necessity or by chance, the life of man was born, and I exist today in the midst of it. For some reason, while I was seriously playing heavy metal, I am now being interviewed on a philosophical note. Life is so much fun! If it’s a predetermined destiny, it’s fun, if it’s a total coincidence, it’s real entertainment.

And all this is happening in the span of a few decades. It is a mystery and a miracle. If it were possible, I would love to live forever and see everything in the universe.

Oh, and making a deal with the devil for that might be a good idea. Heavy metal and the devil go hand in hand.

Jacobsen: What is love to you?

Nozomu: I can’t be definitive because there are so many things in my life. There may be more kinds than eros and agape and philia or eight, like the ancient Greeks.

Ultimately, I think “love” is something that is neither physical nor mental, something that is as close as possible to nothingness, something that is beyond the philosophical realm.

I think that love is something that is not physical or mental, but unfortunately I don’t have enough ability to reach that realm.

I can’t go beyond the realm of the typical TV romances and romantic comedies.

Oh,,,, sometimes it becomes suspense or mystery. That’s scary.

Yes, I can’t be a rock star without being popular with men and women. I just realized that. So, I live with a lot of love. Thank you.


[1] Member, HELLIQ Society; Member, Japan Mensa.

[2] Individual Publication Date: August 22, 2022:; Full Issue Publication Date: September 1, 2022:

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.


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