More than 100 calls a day from fans wanting a copy of Arashi textbooks have been overwhelming office staff at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, it was revealed yesterday, reports Daily Sports.
“ニッポンの嵐 (Nippon no Arashi)” is an A4 sized, 200 colour page textbook that has been distributed over all of Japan’s primary, junior, and high schools.
Inside, photos of Arashi members are splashed everywhere as they visit different locations within the country, introducing the local culture.
The book was originally planned to be released publicly, but after the group was named as tourism navigators in April, plans were changed into making it a free school textbook. On September 1, two copies of the book were donated to each of the country’s 40,000 or so schools, totalling more than 80,000 books.
Since then, the Ministry’s office staff have been flooded with calls from fans trying to get a copy of the book. Enough that the Ministry had to send a press release to media outlets outlining the book’s details.
Arashi’s Satoshi Ohno (29) had commented about what he and the group hope the book would become.
“We were thinking that if would be great if everyone could read this in their school library in the years to come, but now we have been motivated to donate the book.
“The books you read as a child in your library will stay inside of you forever. From the bottom of our hearts, we hope that many children in this generation and the next will read and enjoy this textbook,” he said.
There is no doubt that this school-library-only book will be the centre of attention in many schools across the country.