Weekly magazine Josei Seven has reported two stories about Arashi members Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai which TV audiences never got to see.
It has been reported Satoshi Ohno’s visit to 11-year-old Saki Wada meant more to her than what was shown on TV.
The karate girl living in Kamaishi made a promise to her mother she would make it past the first round at karate nationals, but sadly Saki had lost her mother and home to last year’s devastating tsunami. When the 24Hr TV team wanted to do a piece about her, Saki said she was told a comedian would come visit her.
“They told me Sugi-chan was coming. So I was shocked when Ohno-kun turned up.
“We played badminton in front of the house. He’s so good that I lost though. Then we planted radish seeds and did some wood chopping. Ohno-kun was having trouble with chopping wood.”
But it has been reported something else made Saki even happier.
“The best part was hearing him cheer me on, telling me, ‘you can do it, you can get past the first round!’,” she said.
Saki’s coach said Ohno had also made sure he did not miss Saki’s training sessions.
“Ohno-san came around to the dojo we use to practice at around 9pm. He was meant to come around 7pm, but everyone in the neighbourhood had heard a celebrity was coming so I guess they kept him from coming in,” he said.
There is no doubt Ohno’s cheers gave Saki a lot of motivation, even more since Ohno is Saki’s favourite Arashi member.
“He stayed for dinner and ate curry with me at my house! He said it tasted really good.”
It has been reported Sho Sakurai did as much practice as he could to prepare for his special soccer match.
Sakurai had visited high school girls’ soccer team Mizusawa UFC Princess, whose top player Shiori Koyama was lost to last year’s tsunami. In memory of their team mate, the team and Sakurai played a special match against their lost member’s favourite soccer player, Homare Sawa, and her INAC Kobe Leonessa soccer league team.
It has been reported Sakurai had practiced with the girls in their hometown before the match day.
“I think the last thing he (Sakurai) wanted was to meet the girls on the match day and say ‘let’s do this’. He probably wanted to see where Shiori-san had trained with his own eyes,” said one TV staff member.
One team member confirms this.
“Sakurai-kun came to our training ground a few days before our game with INAC. It was during the day, but no one hanging around the field noticed who he was. He was good with the ball, but got tired easily (laughs),” said one team member.
It has been reported the same team member said Sakurai did not lose his focus during the game itself too.
“He’d sigh and shout when he made a mistake, he was taking it seriously. When I’d ask him to run out front for a long pass, he’d say ‘leave it to me’.”
Another team member found it funny watching Sakurai.
“Some of us were saying that Sakurai-kun’s shorts were short. They’re made for girls, so they were a little small for him and really tight. He said it was embarrassing so would try and push the shorts down, but after running around on the field the shorts would ride up again. It was like watching a soccer player from the old days,” said the team member.
Father and son have formed an emotional attachment to a pet the Arashi star found while filming his last drama, reports Cyzowoman on August 28.
While Satoshi Ohno was filming his spring drama 鍵のかかった部屋 (Kagi no Kakatta Heya), it has been reported the talent had shown an interest in the murder scene models his character made, and the various key lock props in his character’s office. But one thing Ohno liked so much he decided to take home was the bearded dragon lizard カーギー (Kargie). Kargie belonged to the pet shop used for a scene in episode 4, but after catching Ohno’s eye, he became a permanent member of the Kagi no Kakatta Heya team.
It has been reported during a radio episode of ARASHI DISCOVERY, Ohno said he would watch Kargie during shoots.
“I’d come back after an hour of shooting and it’d be still be standing in the same place as before. I wonder what it’s thinking about…”
Kargie came home to Ohno’s house at the end of July. The lizard had grown from 20 cm to 30 cm in length since Ohno had first seen him.
It has been reported the Arashi leader took the lizard to his parent’s house to show him off.
“[My drama finished so] I went to my parent’s house and said, ‘look, a lizard’. Then I was meant to take it home and look after it, but by dad got attached to it more than me.”
Ohno senior has since adopted the lizard as his own, feeds it, cleans it, and looks after it’s cage. But it has been reported, not everyone is equally happy.
“My mum doesn’t touch [Kargie]. They fight about it, like my dad would say, ‘touch it, touch it’, but she would argue back with, ‘no! nooo’. They look like they’re having fun (laughs).”
Arashi, this year’s main personality for Nihon TV’s “24時間テレビ35『愛は地球を救う』(24Hr Television / Love Saves the Earth’)”, look back on their third time hosting the show, reports Mainichi Shimbun on August 27.
“It’s possible there’s only a set number of dreams one person has. But being here with everyone, and thanks to all of those people on location, in these 24 hours I’ve been able to see so many more dreams about the future.”
“This year was another great time for me, I had to fight back the tears so many times… I could feel how much people wanted a bright future.”
“It was truly an honour. I was touched by everything.”
“My feelings for the future have become stronger from this, our third show. I want to make a fresh start for the future.”
“I feel like the show was over in an instant this year. If people were able to get our message about moving forward, I think it was a good 24 hours spent for the future.”
* I’d meant to do this last week, but since tonight is Ohno’s drama’s last episode, I thought it appropriate to do a short story about him! Momo.
Arashi leader Satoshi Ohno was a handful to look after as a kid, it was revealed during the Waku Waku Gakkou event in Tokyo, reports Josei Seven.
We know Ohno had grown up with his parents and older sister, but what many people did not know was when he was 3 or 4 years-old, his mother warned him to keep away from freshly-cut canned tin lid.
“Yes,” he said before touching it anyway. It has been reported Ohno got five stitches to his injured hand.
Then, when Ohno was 5, an even bigger accident happened. While riding on the back of his dad’s bicycle, Mr Ohno would say, “Satoshi, don’t fall asleep. Keep your legs open!”
What happened next was the young Ohno fell asleep, got his leg caught in the bicycle wheel, and needed 15 stitches.
It has been reported Ohno found himself in so many accidents, the hospital doctor would say, “you again?” when he saw the young Johnny’s talent.
Life on set is funny and full of mistakes, the cast of drama series “鍵のかかった部屋 (Kagi no Kakatta Heya)” described to fans during an event in Tokyo on June 4, reports Mainichi Shimbun.
In front of 200 fans, Arashi leader Satoshi Ohno described his most memorable moments on set.
“Everyone’s laughing. I mess up scenes because I find myself laughing while the camera’s rolling too. Just the littlest thing can make me laugh now,” he said
To emphasise his point, Ohno even said he was laughing yesterday.
“Today I had to act a scene with Erika-chan where I’d be looking at her and saying my lines. I have trouble with speaking so I was trying my best to keep it going, but then I ended up laughing when I pictured myself trying to fix myself,” he said.
“We’ve been laughing since [shooting] yesterday. I get tears coming out of my eyes when I try to hold in a laugh. I’ve been crying so much though,” co-star Erika Toda said.
“Koichi-san messes up scenes too. You usually make a mistake at the start [of your lines],” said Ohno.
“I slip up at the easy parts. I messed up a scene today too, but when I tried to stay calm and did it again from the top, they told me the shot was no good. They’re really strict on set,” co-star Koichi Sato said.
The drama the three have been starring has so far recorded average ratings of 16 per cent. Episode 8 aired yesterday, and Ohno tried to tell fans what to expect in the rest of the season in his own way.
“The last episode is something different. I’m excited to see how the mystery’s going to unfold. I hope it’ll come across as funny and witty,” he said.
“I don’t get it,” said the event’s host.
So Ohno tried once again.
“Enamoto doesn’t really talk about his past but, in episode 10 and 11 I think you might start to get an idea,” he said.
To go to a photo gallery of yesterday’s event, click here.
Ohno will play a detective in “鍵のかかった部屋 (Kagi no Kakatta Heya, The Locked Room)”, while Aiba will play a police detective who solves cases with his partner, a cat, in “三毛猫ホームズの推理 (Mike-neko Holmes no Suiri, Calico Cat Holmes’ Mysteries)”.
“Let’s go out for drinks when we’ve finished shooting! If you’re having trouble solving a case then let me know,” Ohno said.
“Let’s go fishing when we finish shooting. I hope we’ll never give up, even when we can’t crack a case,” Aiba said.
“Kagi no Kakatta Heya” is based on Yusuke Kishi’s novel of the same name. Unlike normal detective stories, the novel focusses on cases that happened inside a room with locked doors and windows. It is up to Ohno’s detective character to solve the mystery. The Arashi leader said his new role is a complete change from his Kaibutsu-kun drama.
“It’s my first human role in a long time. It’s also a character I’ve never had experience with playing so I’m hoping to do my best! I’ll see you behind the closed door!”
“Mike-neko Holmes no Suiri” is based on Jiro Akagawa’s novel of the same name. It follows a police detective who manages to solve cases with the help of a calico cat who can understand human language and has a talent for solving mysteries. Aiba said there would be extra things to look out for in the drama other than his scared-of-looking-at-blood-and-scared-of-women police detective character.
“I want my acting to balance out my character’s comical side and serious side. There’ll also be a number of new characters made for the drama that don’t come up in the book.”
Lastly, Aiba had some advice for Ohno.
“Don’t get too sunburnt that the make up department tells you off!”
Sho Sakurai and Jun Matsumoto will not only guest in Satoshi Ohno’s upcoming drama, they will play characters they act in their own dramas, it was revealed on December 6, reports Oricon.
Representatives at Fuji TV, who are making Ohno’s New Year’s drama “もう誘拐なんてしない (Mou Yukai nante Shinai)”, announced Arashi’s Sakurai will reprise his role as butler-and-detective Kageyama from his current drama “謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazo-toki wa Dinner no Atode)”, while Matsumoto will play his newbie detective character from his upcoming TV drama series “ラッキーセブン (Lucky Seven)”.
“It’s not like usual, it’s not very Arashi-like,” Matsumoto said.
The announcement was made at a press conference where all five Arashi members were promoting a New Year’s campaign for the TV company. It has been reported Sakurai said he had been given the script for the drama a few days ago, and was already excited to be part of the project.
“The first page had Ohno’s name, and then on the second page was Matsumoto’s and my name. It just made me happy that I carry it around with me every day,” he said.
On the other side though, a disapproving Kazunari Ninomiya and Masaki Aiba questioned their leader as to why they had not been invited.
“What about us, Ohno-kun? Not that I’m asking for a big part, but there’s still a chance if you’re still filming, right. Where are you filming it,” Aiba said.
“I haven’t gotten any invitations yet. I don’t mind going straight to the set to meet everyone either,” Ninomiya said.
“Not this time,” Ohno said, before the two tried comforting one another by saying they’d work harder on “VS Arashi”.
After Sakurai’s current drama series finishes and before Matsumoto’s drama series begins, Fuji TV will air a series of Arashi specials.
The entire campaign is called “福嵐 (Fuku-Arashi)”, and will include s TV special that looks back on Arashi’s career and a VS Arashi special. Commercials for Fuku-Arashi will go on air in Japan between December 17 and January 3, with special one-day-only commercials on January 3. Fuji TV also plans to open a special website, where fans will be able to play Arashi games and quizzes, plus a special lottery to win Arashi merchandise.