Johnny’s youngest group Sexy Zone will have a go a flying wire acts in their upcoming show, it was announced on August 22, reports Nikkan Sports.
The press were invited to a first glimpse into the group’s upcoming entertainment show Johnny’s Dome Theatre ~Summary 2012~ in Tokyo, which involves flying wire acts. Flying wire acts could almost be said to be a Johnny’s tradition now.
It has been reported out of the five members, three have never had the chance to try flying wire action before, including So Matsushima who is afraid of heights. However, during yesterday’s event, Matsushima managed to keep a straight face during the act. The other members also said they were confident with their performance.
“I want to fly as better as my senpai,” Kento Nakajima said.
In fact, many of the flying routines were thought up by Sexy Zone. It has been reported Shori Sato suggested making a “marathon flying routine” and Marius Yo a “surfing flying routine”. Other surprises include Nakajima playing the piano live, and Fuma Kikuchi singing a cappella without a microphone.
Johnny’s president Johnny Kitagawa had said he was happy with his youngest group’s enthusiasm.
“I think it’s great that they want to try creating things themselves. They’re evolving so much.”
The group made their professional debut last November. It has been reported Johnny’s youngest group had cameras taking pictures of them for 106 days this year, starting from their concert rehearsal days on February 8, all the way to May 24 when they had on location shoots in Tokyo. During this time, Marius Yo had grown seven centimetres in height.
“I was so excited when I saw the finished product,” Yo said.
The 116-page book is also full of photos on the beach, behind the scenes during concerts, and even baby photos.
“It’s our first photo book so I want it so badly. I think I’ll disguise myself and go buy it,” Shori Sato said.
Johnny’s group Sexy Zone’s new song “キミのため ボクがいる (Kimi no tame Boku ga iru)” will be the theme song to volleyball’s final qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics, the group announced in Tokyo on April 15, reports Sankei Sports and Nikkan Sports.
The group are special supporters for the final qualifiers and group member Shori Sato had written the lyrics to the new song.
It has been reported the song had been finished earlier this month and the group gave it’s first performance yesterday. One keyword in the song is “勝利 (Shori, Victory)”, which is also Sato’s first name.
“It was embarrassing for me to put it in, but it does mean a lot,” Sato said.
Group member Marius Yo had said his favourite volleyball player was Yoshie Takeshita.
“She’s small physically, but she has a big heart. It’s inspiring to see her fight for her dream,” he said.
The other members teased Marius, saying, “you like her don’t you”.
“As an athlete I…like her,” he said.
Fourteen Olympic qualifying matches for men’s and women’s volleyball will be broadcast on TBS and Fuji TV in Japan between May 19 and June 10.
Shori Sato has finished fifth in Hawaii’s 10-kilometre Ford Island Bridge Run, reports Sponichi Annex.
It has been reported the race took place on April 7, and Sato finished fifth in the men’s 15-to-19-years-old section, and 51st out of the race’s total of 2688 runners. His time was 42 minutes and 42 seconds.
“The amount of time and effort I put into my training paid off when I passed that finish line and felt like I really did something. I’m happy I took part,” he said.
The five-member group had only made their debut in November 2011, but at yesterday’s concert they performed 19 songs, tried skits and rapping, and announced they would be special supporters for volleyball’s final qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics. It has been reported Shori Sato had written the lyrics to a theme song for the volleyball qualifiers.
“I want it to be a song to cheer on not just volleyball, but also the world,” Sato said.
But before this, the group’s second single “Lady ダイヤモンド (Lady Diamond)” comes out on April 11, and the group performed the song at yesterday’s concert.
It has been reported the group were running around so much, Fuma Kikuchi got a cramp in his leg.
“(Before going on stage I was so nervous) but when I saw the fans, all that fear went away,” Kikuchi said.
Marius Yo, who turns 12 on March 30, also said he was nervous at first, but then things got fun.
Kento Nakajima said it had been five years since he had first stood on the arena’s stage as a back dancer for Hey! Say! JUMP.
“While I was at the back I thought about how cool it would be to sing in a huge hall. Now, instead of my seniors in front of me there are fans,” he said.
Sexy Zone still have one more concert to perform in the Yokohama Arena, and on April 1 will perform in Osaka.
Hey! Say! JUMP, Sexy Zone, A.B.C-Z, Koichi Domoto (KinKi Kids), Hideaki Takizawa (Tackey & Tsubasa), Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN) are among the 100 cast members to be in the largest Johnny’s stage show starting in November, reports Sponichi Annex and Daily Sports Online.
It has been reported Guinness World Record-holding producer Johnny Kitagawa is making his largest show yet to celebrate his records for producing the most number of concerts and most number of No.1 singles in the world.
Set to be performed in Tokyo’s Imperial Garden Theater in November and December this year, “JOHNNY’S World” will feature Hey! Say! JUMP as the main characters. They will be supported by other younger Johnny’s groups, as well as supporting talents including Koichi, Tackey, and Kamenashi. The story looks at youngsters going on an adventure to find a utopia in outer space, but in the process they realise how special their home on Earth is.
“I want the younger juniors to take on what their seniors have already accomplished. Maybe we’ll need Higashi (Noriyuki Higashiyama) to give them some advice,” Mr Kitagawa said.
Members from Kis-My-Ft2 will take turns every day as they also join the 100 or so Johnny’s talent cast. Mostly all of the younger Johnny’s groups will take part in what is set to be the largest Johnny’s production to date.
Mr Kitagawa has said the show will feature a mash up of things seen in past stage shows like “PLAYZONE”, “SHOCK”, and “DREAM BOYS”. These include flying stunts and water fountain sets.
“3D is in fashion right now, but I’m keen to test ’4D’ fragrance tricks,” he said.
It has been reported Mr Kitagawa has promised every minute of the show will be exciting, and although he has plans to send the show overseas, he wants to start in Japan, the country where he managed to set his two world records.
Sexy Zone’s Shori Sato will be in Hawaii to take part in the Ford Island Bridge Run on April 7, reports Daily Sports Online.
It has been reported Johnny’s & Associates president Johnny Kitagawa had made the decision after seeing Sato take first place in the marathon section of the Johnny’s Jr. Baseball Tournament in Tokyo last week.
The other Sexy Zone members will also go to Hawaii to cheer Sato on.
The Ford Island Bridge Run is a 10km run that goes around Pearl Harbor.