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SMAP treat fans to their most expensive concert yet

14:47 JST September 28, 2012 1 comment

The sets built for SMAP’s Tokyo concerts in Tokyo Dome are their most expensive yet, according to production staff, reports Chunichi Sports and Sports Hochi on September 27.

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Bits and pieces of Momo news

13:58 JST September 28, 2012 7 comments

Hello!  It’s quite nice and chill in Tokyo these days.  Time to pack up the summer dresses and tank tops, and bring out the autumn jackets and boots.

I love autumn, it is the best season of the year for me.  I just wish the mosquitos would go away already – I got bitten seven times yesterday! Stop. eating. me.

 

October’s going to be an interesting month for me for a few reasons:

 

One, I’m scheduled to go on another overseas trip next week so I’ll be taking a break from the blog.

I’m heading to Europe!  Yay!

Not so yay about the colder weather or the fact that most of my week is full of meetings and events, but still looking forward to it!

 

Two, I’m starting a new job!

I’ve been busy all this week tidying up and doing paperwork for my company now to say I’m leaving, and more paperwork for my new company to prove I’m not a crazy psychopath (or I hope so).

 

Three, I’m thinking of joining another Johnny’s club.

I’ve been thinking maybe Arashi…but I’ll see what my bank account has to say about the adventure.

 

I better get back to work, but I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see you when I get back!

 

Momo xo

Categories: Momo yabbering

Ex-Johnny’s Jr. talent arrested for assaulting teacher

13:53 JST September 25, 2012 4 comments

A 14-year-old ex-Johnny’s Jr. talent has been arrested by police for assaulting his school teacher, reports gossip magazine Shukan Josei.

 

The magazine, which went on sale today, reports on September 14, a 53-year-old junior high school teacher in Kawagoe city, Saitama prefecture, was punched by one of his school’s students.  It has been reported the student had frequently received warnings from teachers for bad behaviour and untidy uniforms in the past.

 

It has been reported a representative at Johnny’s & Associates has said the talent has not been actively working lately.

“He seems to be referred as a Johnny’s Jr. talent, but he has not been working for us since June this year, and we are yet to confirm that he was the one actually involved.”

 

Cyzowoman has reported the ex-talent had been featured on an episode of variety show SMAP x SMAP and many fans have already narrowed the list of Jrs down to a possible name.  It has also been reported the incident began after one teacher gave the student a warning.  The student then confronted the teacher, prompting another teacher to jump in and stop the argument, only to be punched twice in the chest.  Police were called in and the student was arrested on the spot.  It has been reported the student had told police he punched the teacher because they surrounded him, which made him angry.

Johnny’s senior hopes for the best for Jin Akanishi

13:21 JST September 25, 2012 1 comment

Johnny’s senior talent Masahiko Kondo sent his congratulations to Jin Akanishi on September 24, reports Chunichi Sports.

 

Akanishi and his wife, actress Meisa Kuroki, had a baby girl on September 23.  It has been reported during an interview in Tokyo, Kondo, who also has a 4-year-old son, said he had some advice for Akanishi about being a father.

“Kids are really cute.  Just seeing them makes your worries go away.  I don’t think you need to put more pressure on yourself, it’s okay to do things at your own pace.”

 

Kondo also said he would like to encourage Akanishi to keep doing what he wants to do, even after all the drama so far with leaving KAT-TUN, going to the USA, a cancelled concert tour, and a blank work schedule.

“I chose to start a racing career, and I’m still involved in it.  You can get through it if you concentrate on your work and have faith in your fans and your supporters.  Your wife and children are on your side, you’ll be alright.”

Meisa Kuroki gives birth to a baby girl

00:44 JST September 24, 2012 2 comments

Jin Akanishi and Meisa Kuroki’s daughter was born in the afternoon on September 23, reports Nikkan Sports.

 

The two released a statement to media outlets by fax.

“After many days and months, which also seemed to fly by, she’s come into our life.  The both of us hope to work together, and support one another to bring up our precious, precious new love, this new life.  We thank God, and this amazing miracle, and hope to live together in a home that’s always full of laughter. ”

 

According to one source, Akanishi was in the room with Kuroki at the time.

 

No details have been released about which hospital Kuroki was taken to, nor about how much the baby had weighed.

Categories: Jin Akanishi

ARAFES provides lots of surprises for fans

12:46 JST September 21, 2012 2 comments

News clip of concert

 

A new album, new tour announcement, and a concert filled with songs chosen by fans, Arashi’s National Stadium concert in Tokyo on September 20 was a big one for those 70,000 with tickets, reports TV Asahi and Sankei Sports.

 

It has been reported towards the end of yesterday’s concert, the words “重大発表 (Important Annoucement)” flashed onto the giant screen.  Fans screamed as the group announced they were releasing a new album “Popcorn” on October 31, and had another tour coming up within the year.

 

It will be Arashi’s first dome stadium tour in two years, which will go around five venues in Japan, starting with Osaka’s Kyocera Dome on November 18.  Although the group have had dome stadium tours regularly since 2008, last year’s Tokyo Dome concert was cancelled following the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident.  Instead, the group had arranged a more electricity-saving event for fans, the 嵐のワクワク学校 (Arashi no Waku-waku Gakkou).

“The circumstances weren’t right to hold a concert in Tokyo Dome last year, but I’m really happy we can do one this year,” Masaki Aiba said.

 

It has been reported the total number of fans the upcoming tour is expected to attract, plus the number of fans who had (or will) attend group’s two National Stadium concerts yesterday and today, will top 870,000.  This is the biggest number to date for Arashi.  The group have said they want to make it a fun concert tour which focuses on a characteristically pop style.

 

Yesterday’s concert was special because the song list had been chosen by fans who had voted for songs online.  It has been reported more than 270,000 votes had been counted to select 37 songs, the most popular being “Face Down”.  In fact, some of the chosen songs had not been performed for years so some members literally had to re-learn them.

“Aiba-kun had forgotten most of them,” Jun Matsumoto said.

“He’d start singing other people’s parts with them,” Sho Sakurai said.

“Hey, you’d forgotten them too!  It wasn’t a case of remembering what the songs were like, it was more like I had to re-learn some of them from scratch which was hard,” Aiba said.

 

Another thing which made yesterday’s concert special was there were no Johnny’s Jr. back dancers, just the five Arashi members.

“I felt like I was back in Johnny’s Jr.  It was something different,” Kazunari Ninomiya said.

“We wanted this to be a concert where the five of us could be with all 70,000 of you,” Matsumoto said.

Yesterday’s National Stadium

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Kindaichi Shonen movie team verbally abused in Hong Kong

12:06 JST September 21, 2012 1 comment

HSJ’s Ryosuke Yamada and actress Haruna Kawaguchi filming Kindaichi Shonen. (photo thanks to http://news.sina.com.hk/news/17/1/1/2770173/1.html)

A Hong Kong local disrupted filming for upcoming live action movie of 金田一少年の事件簿 (Kindaichi Shonen Jinkenbo), it was revealed on September 19, reports Nikkan Sports.

 

It has been reported on September 12, Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryosuke Yamada and the cast and Nihon TV crew of upcoming movie 金田一少年の事件簿 香港九龍財宝殺人事件 (Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo – Hong Kong Kowloon Zaihou Satsujin-jiken, The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Mystery) had been shooting on location in Hong Kong when a local man approached the set, and shouted at them.

“Don’t let the Japanese film here!”

 

Paparazzi also caused some disruption during the night shoots on the same day.  It has been reported when one photographer got too close one actor, a Japanese crew member who tried to stop it got injured after his head and the photographer’s camera collided.  A Nihon TV public relations representative had said it was only a minor injury.

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