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The stories you didn’t see during Arashi’s 24Hr TV special

18:12 JST August 31, 2012 3 comments

Weekly magazine Josei Seven has reported two stories about Arashi members Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai which TV audiences never got to see.

 

Ohno’s story

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.”

 

Sakurai’s story

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.

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Report: NEWS event

16:03 JST August 29, 2012 3 comments

Report: NEWS event

Where: Tokyo

When: Afternoon, August 21, 2012

 

Here’s a brief report about when I went to the NEWS event last week.  Sorry for the delay, I’ve been wondering whether it was alright or not to report about it, but seeing that they’re all over now in Tokyo and Osaka, I’m releasing this now and hoping for the best!

The fans in my time slot probably endured the weather elements more than anyone else because it was midday, sunny, 35C, and humid.  That and there was hardly any shelter.  Good thing I brought my sunglasses, sunscreen, fan, sweat wipes, and water.  I had gotten there about two hours before the event was scheduled to start and passed time talking to the fans around me.  These included two Koyama fans, one of who was wearing a checkered top in all the NEWS colours, a Tegoshi fan wearing an awesome skull T-shirt and pink jeans, and me in a yellow summer dress and military boots.

 

An hour before the event was scheduled to start, the staff started letting fans inside.  My new friends and I ended up in the second row.

The first floor of the venue was filled up with fans standing, and the second floor had seats for families with small children.  A bed-ridden fan was invited to the 1.5 metre space separating the first row of fans and the stage so she could get a good view (lucky!).  I think there were about 1000 fans in the venue.

A large screen behind the stage had the words “集まれチャンカパーナ !(Gather round Chankapana!)”, and the Chankapana music video was played 3 times.

Everyone laughed or screamed in the same places – all chatting about why the little girl would change channels when four amazing guys were on TV, when Koyama lifts his shirt a bit, and a big laugh when Koyama says “美しい恋にするよ (Utsukushii koi ni suruyo)” with his hand held up.

 

When the event started, a video mix of the Chankapana video was played and Shige walked on stage.  After Shige signaled for the others, they eventually walked on stage side by side, walked across the stage, and disappeared behind the curtains again.  Eventually they came out again, riding one of those platform trolleys.

Shige: Thanks for buying the box set!

Massu: Box!  Box! (making an X sign using his arms and jumping around)

 

Which fan traveled the furthest?

One of the first questions NEWS asked the crowd, was who had traveled the furthest to get here today?

Koyama: Don’t lie.  If you lie you’ll be punished.  We’ll make you run home.

The furthest I could hear were from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

 

Men in the crowd

The group were happy to see men in the crowd, and started talking to a fan who had the same hairstyle as Massu.

Koyama: Have you ever been surrounded by so many ladies?  Lucky!

 

Hairstyle

The topic changed to how Massu asks his hairdresser to do his hair (on this day it was blond, with red streaks underneath)

Massu: Charai, please.  Shige, what did you say to your hairdresser to get that bosa-bosa (messy) look?

Shige: Ero-ku, please.

NEWS ask Massu whether he’s going to play a doctor with his blond hair.

Massu: Knife please! (makes a dancer-like pose)

 

Koyama’s hand

Koyama: That music video you were watching while waiting.  I know you were laughing when my speaking part came up!  I could see you!

Crowd: Kawaii!

 

Quiz time

The guys played a NEWS quiz game, where they were seated at one side of the stage.  When they knew the answer to the question, they had to run to the buzzer on the opposite side of the stage.

Here are some bits:

Q: Name four NEWS songs with titles in katakana.

Massu and Shige dashed to the buzzer, with Massu falling over.

Winner: Shige

Q: How many times does the word “chankapana” appear in the song Chankapana?

They all crowded around the buzzer, and had a ‘huh?’ look on their face while counting with their fingers.

Massu: 5?

Koyama: 15?

Shige: 16

Masuda: None!

Tegoshi: 16, no wait! (he realised Shige had already said that)

Koyama: 18!

Winner: Koyama

Q: Song intro quiz 

first song played: Cherish (winner: Tegoshi)

second song: Party Time (winner: Shige.  It took a long long time for someone to get it right)

third song: Fly Again (winner: Tegoshi)

fourth song: Fiesta (winner: Tegoshi)

Q: Who’s the best at teoshi-sumo (standing sumo, try to push the other person so they lose balance)?

Everyone was expecting Massu, arm wrestling winner, to win.

Massu vs Tegoshi.  Tegoshi won

Koyama vs Shige. Koyama won

Final. Koyama vs Tegoshi. Koyama wins

 

Prizes

All the fans were given a lottery ticket, and the NEWS members picked out random numbers.  Prizes included 5 chankapana stickers, 5 chankapana posters, one polaroid from Music Station personally signed by Tegoshi, and one personally signed chankapana poster from all members, plus personally put name in by Koyama.

It was a surprise because the winners of the signed polaroid and poster were called Mayumi!

Tegoshi shouted out to the polaroid winner, asking her how she wanted her name written.

Tegoshi: Mayumi-san?  Mayumi-chan?  Mayumi-pana?  Mayu-ndol?

Winner: All of them!

Tegoshi: All of them?  There won’t be any photo left, it’ll turn black.

Tegoshi signed the polaroid with “好きだぜ (suki-daze)”.

 

Fan Q&A

Each member chose someone in the crowd to ask a question.

Shige’s Q (young boy): Do you like Sapporo?

Shige: Yes!  Did you come from Sapporo?  Thank you

Massu’s Q (young girl, really shy, mother ended up asking her question for her): What is your favourite colour?

Shige: The clothes I buy tend to be black, green, and blue

Massu: I like black, yellow, and red.

Tegoshi: I like black, pink, and sparkly

Koyama: I like red and purple.

The talk went on with the guys saying they either liked their NEWS colour before it was given to them, or just grew into loving it.  Koyama remembered when his image colour was a kind of light orange before it was changed to purple.

Koyama: There aren’t many people wearing purple.  But you usually don’t see many purple clothes either.

Tegoshi: I heard that purple makes a woman’s skin look more radiant.

Koyama: Really?  Then can you all please wear purple and make me happy

Tegoshi’s Q (man): Will there be another Tokyo concert?

Tegoshi: It depends.  We honestly don’t know anything right now, but if you can say enough about wanting one, there could be one.

Koyama’s Q (girl): Did you know there are parody versions of Chankapana for each member?  Koyama, yours was the first.

Sings verse and chorus of Koyama parody.  The microphone was acting up, so it was hard to hear in some places 😦

Koyama: send the others to my radio show!  Then maybe we can introduce them when each member comes!

 

SONG performance: Full Swing

 

Shaking hands

We got told the boys weren’t supposed to do this, it wasn’t in the original schedule, but they really pushed for it (awww).

They jumped off the stage, and fans shook their hands as they passed to get out of the hall.

Shige:  You have to look us in the eye, it’s a waste if you don’t!  Some fans just look down and pass by.

They really rushed us through it, with lots of staff members sending fans past the boys.

The order was Massu, Shige, Koyama, and finally Tegoshi.

Massu has the most cutest smile ever.  I said “大好きです! (I love you!)” and he gave me a big smile.

Shige looked really cool, his eyes are really big.

Koyama was so close, he kind of bowed down partially like he was saying thank you for coming, but it was so close, especially when you’re looking him in the eye!

Tegoshi had the sweetest smile, and he looks gorgeous, great way to finish!

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Ohno senior adopts Satoshi Ohno’s pet

14:43 JST August 29, 2012 7 comments

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).”

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Toma Ikuta’s gardening hobby

14:21 JST August 29, 2012 2 comments

Plants help Johnny’s actor Toma Ikuta relax, the talent said in an interview with FINEBOYS, reports Johnny’s Kenkyukai on August 19.

 

In the September issue, the talent talked about his time working on upcoming movie 脳男 (Nou-otoko), where he plays a cold-hearted killing machine.  It has been reported Ikuta had been training hard for the movie’s action scenes for more than six months.  But the hardest part of filming has been showing the right emotion while doing nothing.

“It’s not all to do with my acting, there are other things like how the lighting makes my eye glimmer, and how the camera works to create a perception of the Nou-otoko.  I feel like the production crew are helping me the most.  I’ve always thought that it’s true, but I really think that creating a character is a team effort.   I can’t do it by myself.”

 

So, after a hard day’s work, one would expect Ikuta to chill out by listening to music, but the actor said there is something else that makes him relax.

“One of the best thing’s is getting home and watching over my house plant.  Feeding it water, watching the leaves gradually get greener, and then it makes me smile when I see a new leaf come out.”

 

The FINEBOYS interview also quizzed Ikuta on his own fashion trends.  It has been reported Ikuta has been a fan of simple styles like T-shirts, black caps, and turquoise and silver accessories.

“I’ve got a lot of rock concert T-shirts.  I’ll go to my favourite band’s concerts and buy T-shirts there.

“I buy bracelets and necklaces, but I always forget to put them on before leaving the house (laughs).  I’ve been trying to fix this by putting all of my accessories and watches beside where I keep my keys so I can put them on as I leave the house.”

 

It has also been reported Ikuta is a backpack fan too.

“Once you start using backpacks you can’t stop because they make things so much more easier.”

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*Update* Saori Yoshida gets her hug from Massu

09:56 JST August 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Three-time Olympic gold medal winner Saori Yoshida will get her hug from Takahisa Masuda, and it will all be on TV this Wednesday, reports News 24.

 

Yoshida had made a guest appearance on music TV show 1番ソングSHOW (1-ban SONG SHOW) in July, where she said she was a big fan of the NEWS member.  Masuda had sent Yoshida a video message, wishing her the best at the Olympics, and he agreed to make any wish she had come true if she won gold at the London Olympics.  Yoshida had said she would love to get a hug from him.

 

Masuda and the 1-ban SONG SHOW‘s hosts set up a surprise for Yoshida, which will be aired in this week’s show on August 29.  It started when they called Yoshida for a meeting for a different TV show in a room with hidden cameras in place.  As Masuda and the show’s hosts wait for the right time, Masuda makes his move and comes into Yoshida’s room.  It has been reported Yoshida was shocked, but after Masuda had lead her to the music show’s studio, she got the hug she had been promised.

 

Keep an eye on this Wednesday’s 1番ソングSHOW (1-ban SONG SHOW).

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Arashi look back on 24Hr TV special

17:18 JST August 27, 2012 1 comment

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.

 

Kazunari Ninomiya:

“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.”

 

Masaki Aiba:

“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.”

 

Sho Sakurai:

“It was truly an honour.  I was touched by everything.”

 

Satoshi Ohno:

“My feelings for the future have become stronger from this, our third show.  I want to make a fresh start for the future.”

 

Jun Matsumoto:

“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.”

Shigeaki Kato going to support rugby match in Tokyo this Friday

16:50 JST August 27, 2012 2 comments

NEWS member Shigeaki Kato will be the kick off ball presenter at this Friday’s rugby match at the Chichibunomiya Rugby Field, reports Sponichi Annex.

 

Kato will hand the ball over to players at Japan Rugby’s Top League opening match between Suntory and NEC.

 

His group NEWS had transformed the rugby field into a concert venue for 30,000 fans a few weeks ago on August 14.  Kato will be representing the group on August 31 to say thank you for letting them use the venue.

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