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Largest water fountain sets wow 70,000 Arashi fans at National Stadium

09:16 JST September 5, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Six-hundred tons of water, 15 metre high waterfalls spreading across 400 metres, and 70,000 fans and celebrities were all part of Arashi’s final National Stadium concert last night in Tokyo, reports Sports Hochi.

Starting at sunset, the group opened with the song “Summer Splash!” and appeared from behind a towering wall of water created by the water fountains set up around the entire 400m athletics track.

Their hit single “Monster” closed the concert as 1300 fireworks were set off and all of the fountains shot out water once again.

This had been the third year Arashi had performed at the National Stadium, and compared to previous concerts, had been the longest with 42 songs performed over three-and-a-half hours.

Arashi leader Satoshi Ohno said this year’s concert was not like the previous ones where they had only sang their hit singles.

“This (concert) was about going back to our roots.  We wanted to do what we had done in all of the Arashi concerts up to now.

“I got goosebumps when the waterfall opened up and I could see the entire crowd,” he said.

The concert was a show filled with songs from past albums, and even revived the dance-offs they had routinely done in concerts until six years ago.

A large number of celebrities were also spotted in the crowd, including Shun Oguri (27) who had worked with Jun Matsumoto (27) in the “Hanayori Dango” drama series, and Sho Sakurai’s (28) drama co-star from “Tokujo Kabachi!!” Maki Horikita (21).  From Johnny’s, Ken Miyake (31) from V6 and Tohma Ikuta (25) had come to support the group.  Other guests included TV hosts Tomoaki Ogura (63) and Mika Sugisaki (31).

Now in their 11th year since making their debut, the group have become national popstars and have endured a year of ever-amounting work.  During the concert, Arashi members had talked about the new problems this populartiy had brought about while preparing for the concert.

They had said that because everyone had busy schedules, it was not until early August that they could begin rehearsals as a group.

“In the end, we only had three or four days to rehearse together,” Matsumoto said.

“We could only get together between midnight and sunrise.  It was such a relief when the first concert day came around,” Sakurai said.

Matsumoto talked about how the hot summer weather was another problem.

“Yesterday I thought I was going to pass out.  It was serious so I threw cold water on myself,” he said.

The group’s tour will continue from October and run until January next year as they go around venues in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka, attracting more than 860,000 fans.

All of these concerts will be held in dome stadiums, but Matsumoto said venue size was not what Arashi wanted to focus on in the future.

“We’re not fussed about large scale things and want to perform in halls and arenas again.  I can still remember the atmosphere in those places,” he said.

Arashi National Stadium concert facts:

– 600 tons of water used (400m length water fountain, 15 metre high waterfalls)

– Stage set: 100 metres wide, 45 metres high

– 20 lifters

– 50 searchlights

– 1300 fireworks

– 50,000 balloons

– Total area used for screens: 3000 metres squared

– 11 moving staircases

– 2 self-propelled moving stages

– 2 lift stages

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  1. ale_irenear
    17:13 JST September 12, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    THey surely are great !! =D… I wish i could be there… =P… unfortunately i live in the other side of the world … saad sad…

    • 10:12 JST September 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM

      @ale_irenear: don’t get to upset 🙂 Hopefully they will release the concert on DVD and then so many fans who didn’t get to go (including me) can get a chance to see what it was like!

      Thanks for coming by 😀

      Momo xoxo

  2. Karina
    10:57 JST January 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    ohhhh sounds sooo awesome…… wish I could see it… or wish they are known internationally so they can give an international tour lolz.. maybe one day :p

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