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My report: Tegomass no Mahou

11:53 JST December 20, 2011 7 comments

Tegomass pen light, confetti and tour pamphlet

What: Tegomass 3rd Tour Tegomass no Mahou

When: 13:00 – 15:50 Sunday, December 18 2011

Where: Yokohama Arena, Yokohama

Other notes: Chilly 9 or 10 degrees celcius, sunny, calm breeze, and tons of Tegomass fans and Barcelona fans at Shin-Yokohama station (it was the Club World Cup).

The setting:

Circular stage with two long stages going out to the side, two more shorter stages leading to  elevating platforms.  The band played inside the circular stage, and another stage cut straight across the circular stage in the centre, and this could rotate around slowly.

Arena set up. Red shows the stage layout, with the band and rotating stage in the centre. The elevating platforms close to block A & D (taken from Yokohama Arena website:

The entire arena had a cutely magical feel about it.  There were fairy lights strung from the ceiling, making it look like stars, and large 5-pointed-star and moon decorations dotted around the place.

At the ends of the stages were two white Christmas trees.

Before going into Yokohama Arena


1st half

Mahou no Melody

Massu wearing his red and white costume (mostly red), and Tegoshi wearing his red and white costume (mostly white), appeared from where the Christmas trees were, and performed the song standing on top of rotating disco ball-like platform.

Bokura no Sora

Ryoukiteki Honey



Tegoshi: “Tegomass noooooo Tegoshi deeeesu!”

Massu: “Domoooo!  All you little kids, it’s Massu!  All you not little kids…Massu dayo!”


Tanabata Matsuri



The two went on the elevating platforms.  Massu was on my side.  So cute…




Sotsugyo Album


Kushami, Sotsugyo Album, and Wasuremono were sung one after the other in a ballad setting.  Tegoshi and Massu sat on chairs on the circular stage with two other musicians on chairs playing acoustic guitars.  Towards the end, heart-shaped confetti started falling from above.



The two came back with new costumes on.  Tegoshi in an all-white ensemble, and Massu with…a marching band-like navy or black jacket, a leopard print jacket on top of that, and bright red baggy pants.

The firework-shaped lights were lighting up in different colours, it was very pretty.

At the end, Massu read one of the heart-shaped confetti that had fallen a few minutes and said, “Dear Massu…you’re good-looking.”


Yuuyake no Uta  (Masahiko Kondo song)

Ding-Dong (TOKIO song)

Tomadoinagara (Arashi song)

Zutto (from NEWS first album “touch”)

Arigato.ima (coupling song to NEWS’ 7/11 limited edition single)

Yuuyake no Uta, Ding-Dong, Tomadoinagara, Zutto, and Arigato.ima was a medley of songs from the early days of the duo’s career.

The two said it’s a medley of songs known by hardcore fans as “コアファン萌え萌えメドレー (Hardcore fans Moe Moe Medley)”.

Old video footage of them was streamed on the screens.

I liked it how Massu said that “Tomadoinagara” was the song they sung when they were back dancers for Arashi.

Miso Soup

The second half of the song was sung with Tegomass sitting in giant miso soup bowl sets at the ends of the stage.

Massu took one of the giant chopstick props and started playing it like an air guitar.

Kiss 〜Kaerimichi no Love Song〜

At the end, Massu ran to the centre of the stage and jumped to catch something.

“What’s the matter Takahisa?” Tegoshi said.

“Yuya, I caught sound,” Massu said.

“Umm…do you know what sound is, you can’t catch it,” Tegoshi said as he walked towards Massu.  Massu told Tegoshi to look inside his hands.

“oh my gosh, it’s there!” Tegoshi said.

Massu opened his hands slowly, and when you looked at Massu’s hands on the giant TV screens, animated sparkles flew out of them.




The two were talking about how different their costumes were.  They said because the first costumes were all about the tour’s theme of “Magic”, they were thinking along the same line.

But then when the two of them worked by themselves to design their own costumes…the end result was one in white and one in a multi-coloured, multi-pattern outfit.



Tegoshi was disappointed Alberto Zaccheroni hadn’t invited him to join Japan’s national soccer team yet.

Tegoshi also seemed disappointed he couldn’t watch Barcelona play in Yokohama today.

Then Massu asked Tegoshi, “If Zaccheroni invited you, what position would you play”.

“Well, their formation right now is 4-3-2, but in European soccer it’s still 3-3-2, so obviously………..,” Tegoshi said as he kept going on and on and on about soccer.  Or something like that, I hope so…I lost him after the first few numbers and names.

Then Massu collapsed!

“It’s just that there were so many numbers….and I was trying to add them all up,” Massu said as he explained that his brain had overloaded.

Massu was talking about the chaos a year ago during the Soccer World Cup when Japanese fans swarmed into central Shibuya to party.

“I was there,” Tegoshi said.

“EEEEEEEE!?” the crowd said (including me).

“No, really.  My friends I were calling one another saying, ‘something amazing’s going on in Shibuya, let’s check it out!’ so I went there,” Tegoshi said.

Maybe I should have another look at that footage to see if I can find Tegoshi…



“How about you, Massu.  I mean, you do clothes,” Tegoshi said.

“…what do you mean I ‘do clothes’,” Massu said.

“I mean, like, if you looked at what you do over a week, the majority of it would be taken up by clothes,” Tegoshi said.

“So you mean I like shopping for clothes, looking at clothes,” Massu said.

But Tegoshi confessed that he has no interest keeping up with fashion trends.  He said he usually looks at window displays of clothes to decide what shops to go into or buy.

“You know, like stripes.  They’re called what, ‘borders’?  And what do you call blobs?” Tegoshi said.

“DOTS!” the crowd yelled.

“Oh, that’s right,” Tegoshi said.


Tegomass future

They two were talking about how younger juniors were debuting, like Sexy Zone, who are already sexier than Tegomass.

But Tegomass promised that even when they’re 30, they’ll keep true to their cute nature.

But Massu said the merchandise might change.  He said they might start selling Tegomass beer glasses in a few years.


Yokohama Arena Aoi-na”: song for Yokohama Arena

With Tegoshi on guitar and Massu on vocals and tambourine, Massu sung a piece they made especially for Yokohama.

It went something like this:

“Walking step by step to Yokohama Arena

Waiting in the backstage room

Here starts the (Johnny’s) Jr years

V6, KinKi, Arashi, Taki-tsuba

We danced so much for them

You! Dance now.  In 2 minutes!

When we finish we’ll go home on the train

The same as all the fans who were watching us

Everyone looked like a super star

I hope I can be like them one day

Yokohama, Yokohama, Yokohama

Yokohama Arena is in Kanagawa

Arena, you’re chair’s are Aoi-na (eng: blue)

I want to see ya next year

All those (Johnny’s) Jr who are growing up behind me….aren’t there!?”


2nd half

Kibou no Hikari wo Kokoro ni Tomosou


This one was sung with the two of the elevating platforms on either side of the arena.  Now Tegoshi was on my side.

The platform’s safety barriers were covered in white flowers and fairy lights.  At the end, Tegoshi took a flower and threw it into the crowd.

Sakura Girl

Yuyake to Koi to Jitensha

Over Drive


The only song if I remember correctly with a dance sequence.

Aoi Bench



Cheetah Gorilla Orangutan

The two went around the upper stands on magical elephant rides wearing the Tegomass no Mahou parkas.

Lots of “Lalalala” singing with the fans.  And I mean LOTS.

Tegoshi would raise his hands when he wanted everyone to sing louder, then crouch right down with his hand when he wanted everyone to quieten down.

Introducing the band members


A song written by Tegomass.

It was really cool because the lyrics on the giant screens indicated which parts were for fans to sing, so it was like everyone was singing a duet with Tegomass.

At the very end, Massu and Tegoshi passed right in front my side!

Because I was sitting in the second row, I got a very good last look at Massu and Tegoshi 🙂

Walking out of Yokohama Arena

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Drama Ratings December #3

16:31 JST December 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Drama Ratings December #3

謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazotoki wa Dinner no Atode) average ratings (%)

starring Sho Sakurai (Arashi)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
18.1  16.1  16.4  16.7  15.9  14.9  15.1  15.4  15.2


妖怪人間ベム (Youkai Ningen Bem) average ratings (%)

starring Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN), Shunsuke Kazama (Johnny’s Jr.)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
18.9  17.1  15.8  16.7  16.2  14.3  14.9  13.9  13.2


南極大陸 (Nankyoku Tairiku) average ratings (%)

starring Takuya Kimura (SMAP), Mizuki Inoue (Johnny’s Jr.)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
22.2  19.0  16.9  15.8  13.2  19.1  13.4  15.0  16.7


Drama Ratings December #2

17:12 JST December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Drama Ratings December #2

謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazotoki wa Dinner no Atode) average ratings (%)

starring Sho Sakurai (Arashi)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
18.1  16.1  16.4  16.7  15.9  14.9  15.1  15.4


妖怪人間ベム (Youkai Ningen Bem) average ratings (%)

starring Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN), Shunsuke Kazama (Johnny’s Jr.)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
18.9  17.1  15.8  16.7  16.2  14.3  14.9  13.9


南極大陸 (Nankyoku Tairiku) average ratings (%)

starring Takuya Kimura (SMAP), Mizuki Inoue (Johnny’s Jr.)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
22.2  19.0  16.9  15.8  13.2  19.1  13.4  15.0


Sakurai and Matsujun to guest star in Ohno’s upcoming drama

16:09 JST December 6, 2011 3 comments

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.

Kansai Johnny’s Jr. talent Akito Kiriyama pulls off dangerous somersault

09:46 JST December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Johnny’s Jr. talent and B.A.D. member Akito Kiriyama performed a somersault from a platform 2.1 metres high during a concert on December 5, reports Daily Sports Online.


Kiriyama was performing in the Kansai Johnny’s Jr. X’mas Concert in Osaka.  It has been reported in front of a crowd of 1000 fans, Kiriyama climbed up onto the platform between songs, took a deep breath, then jumped and flipped around to land perfectly on his feet again.  The only other Johnny’s talents known to have succeeded in pulling off a somersault from that height are Noriyuki Higashiyama from Shonentai and Koichi Domoto from KinKi Kids.

“My personal best up to now was 1.8 metres,” Kiriyama said, making this a new record by 30 centimetres.

Drama Ratings December #1

17:46 JST December 5, 2011 2 comments

Drama Ratings December #1

謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazotoki wa Dinner no Atode) average ratings (%)

starring Sho Sakurai (Arashi)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
18.1  16.1  16.4  16.7  15.9  14.9  15.1


妖怪人間ベム (Youkai Ningen Bem) average ratings (%)

starring Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN), Shunsuke Kazama (Johnny’s Jr.)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
18.9  17.1  15.8  16.7  16.2  14.3  14.9


南極大陸 (Nankyoku Tairiku) average ratings (%)

starring Takuya Kimura (SMAP), Mizuki Inoue (Johnny’s Jr.)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10
22.2  19.0  16.9  15.8  13.2  19.1  13.4


Arashi’s Masaki Aiba thanks Taiwan and Hong Kong for supporting Japan

17:42 JST December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

(photo thanks to movie's website)

At the world premiere of his upcoming movie, Arashi’s Masaki Aiba said he appreciated all the donations coming in to help victims of the March 11 earthquake, reports Sports Hochi and Chunichi Sports.


Aiba is the main navigator in the upcoming nature documentary film “日本列島 いきものたちの物語 (Nihon-retto Ikimono-tachi no Monogatari)“, which follows families of animals found in Japan.  More than a thousand fans were waiting for Aiba when he touched down at the airport in Taiwan on December 2, where the film had its world premiere.  Another 2000 fans welcomed the pop star in Hong Kong on December 3.


It has been reported in Taiwan, the Arashi star thanked people for donating money towards victims of the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident.  More than 18 billion yen has been raised.

“I’ve been told that you have supported Japan in so many ways following 3/11.  Thank you so much,” he said.


After landing in Taiwan, Aiba visited a number of primary schools which had been collecting donations and finding ways to help the region.

“It touched me to hear that these children had been donating their pocket money, and writing letters to cheer on victims.  I don’t know whether I would’ve been capable of doing the same when I was in primary school,” he said.


Aiba also got one of the children to draw a picture of their favourite animal, and got the class to start talking about the picture.

“When I was a kid, I wanted to become a teacher so, this was a dream come true,” he said.


At Aiba’s request, more than a hundred students from local primary to high schools were invited to watch the movie.

“As a way to say thank you to Taiwan, I hope Arashi can hold a concert,” he said.


The movie itself has had several requests to be shown in countries across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

“I hope people will be able to appreciate how beautiful Japan is, regardless of whether I’m the navigator or not.  I also hope I can visit Taiwan and Hong Kong again when it opens in cinemas,” he said.

Fans in Taiwan (photo thanks ti Movie Walker)

Fans in Hong Kong (photo thanks to Movie Walker)

photo source here.



Aiba was asked, “what animals would Arashi members be?”

His answer was:

“Jun Matsumoto would be a tiger.  I think Sho Sakurai would make a smart zebra, don’t you think?  Kazunari Ninomiya would be a dog.  Lastly, Satoshi Ohno would be a tuna fish maybe?  I might get told off later (laughs).”

As for Aiba, the film’s director Mr Ideta said he was like one of the film’s animals.

“He’s like Pon, the slightly clumsy baby bear in the movie,” he said.

“Pon is really clumsy,” Aiba said.

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