“Hypothetically speaking, if you get yourself on the blacklist of a Johnny’s fan club…” Fan to fan Q&A
I read this this morning on a Q&A board between fans and thought it was a good Friday read.
Q: “This is about the Johnny’s fan club…hypothetically speaking, if you were to get on the blacklist of one Johnny’s fan club, does that mean you’ll be declined from joining fan clubs of other groups? Even if you did get accepted, would you be able to get tickets??”
A: “Member information belongs to the whole Johnny’s Family Club, so once you’re on the blacklist, I don’t think you can join other fan clubs. They monitor addresses too, so using the same address but a different name, like your parents or siblings, wouldn’t work either.
Even if you were able to get in, I doubt you’d be able to get tickets. Not that it’s happened to anyone around me…but I’ve seen fans write about how they can’t log into J-net.”
Japanese teen magazine MYOJO has announced Johnny’s talent Koichi Domoto has been featured on their front cover the most times in the magazine’s 60 year history, it was announced on August 22, reports Mainichi Shimbun.
The magazine celebrates its 60th anniversary when it’s October issue goes on sale on August 23. Since 1952 the magazine has published 721 issues.
It has been reported Koichi Domoto has been on the cover 31 times, including times he’s been on with KinKi Kids. The other half of KinKi Kids, Tsuyoshi Domoto, and Arashi’s Jun Matsumoto made the list at second equal with 3o cover appearances. Other Johnny’s talents who made the list include TOKIO’s Tomoya Nagase, Arashi’s Masaki Aiba and Kazunari Ninomiya who tied for fourth place with 29 appearances, and Masahiko Kondo and Arashi’s Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai who tied for ninth place with 26 appearances.
SMAP’s Takuya Kimura has had the most number of pin ups inside the magazine, with his first being published in 1988’s September issue. The SMAP member has even been doing a photo essay column for the magazine since 1995’s June issue.
“My best memory (with Myojo) is when…there are too many for me to be able to say,” Kimura said.
It has been reported Arashi are scheduled to appear on the milestone October issue, which will be 194 pages long and include profiles and messages of congratulations from 60 pop stars.
“Congratulations on your long life,” Ohno said.
“It’s honestly amazing! It made me jump a little (laughs),” Ninomiya said.
“I hope I’ll be in the magazine when you celebrate your 100th birthday in 40 years,” Sakurai said.
Top cover appearance list:
1. Koichi Domoto (KinKi Kids) – 31 times
2. Tsuyoshi Domoto (KinKi Kids), Jun Matsumoto (Arashi) – 30 times
4. Hiromi Go, Toshihiko Tahara, Tomoya Nagase (TOKIO), Masaki Aiba (Arashi), Kazunari Ninomiya (Arashi) – 29 times
9. Masahiko Kondo, Satoshi Ohno (Arashi), Sho Sakurai (Arashi) – 26 times
Because it’s Friday, something fun to read from a Q&A board between fans this morning. Don’t know whether it’s totally true, but it sounds possible. TGIF. Momo xo.
Q: “Do Johnny’s talents generally live at home? But what about talents who come from Kanagawa prefecture (around Yokohama city) or Aichi prefecture (around Nagoya city)?? Is there something like a Johnny’s dormitory?”
A: “They got rid of the dormitory a long time ago, they don’t have one anymore. It’s relatively easy to come into Tokyo from Kanagawa prefecture so those talents shouldn’t have a problem coming to work. It’s up to the talents themselves to decide whether they want to live at home or get their own place. If they’re from Aichi prefecture, it’s likely that they would’ve moved to Tokyo. Senga-kun from KisMy is from Aichi prefecture, and he moved out to Tokyo with his mum when he got accepted into Johnny’s Jr. Yaotome-kun from JUMP is from Miyagi prefecture and he moved to Tokyo with his mother when he was a Jr. talent.”
Preparations are being made to bring pandas to northern Japan to cheer up 3/11 disaster victims but on April 21 some locals made it clear they are against the move, reports ANN News.
Johnny’s & Associates will cover the costs to look after the panda for the first five years, in hope the panda can help cheer up locals getting over the devastating earthquake and tsunami and help the local economy. It has been reported about 60 locals in Sendai marched around the city centre in protest over the weekend, saying they were against the idea of bringing in a panda for commercial purposes.
It has been reported the group are also concerned about life after the Johnny’s money runs out, saying money the local council will have to use to look after the panda should be used on local reconstruction projects.
However, it has also been reported other locals are happy with pandas coming to the city.
“I love pandas. They’re so cute and I hope they come,” said one girl.
“(The positive effect on the local economy) is connected to the reconstruction of the community. People don’t need to be opposed to it,” said one local.
One of the best dancers at Johnny’s will get his first musical lead 16 years after joining the agency, reports Mainichi Shimbun.
29-year-old Yara Tomoyuki joined Johnny’s when he was 13, and has been a member of several groups in his Johnny’s Jr. years including Musical Academy. More recently, he has choreographed concerts for KinKi Kids, Arashi, and Kanjani8. It has been a long wait for the talent but now he has the lead in the musical “道化の瞳 (Douke no Hitomi)“.
“My dream has come true. 4 or 5 years ago, after I had left the group and started solo work, I became more ambitious. I’m really grateful to be able to be a part of something like this now,” he said.
The musical is separated into two parts. The first is about Kenichi (played by Tomoyuki), who has leukemia, and the people he gets to know in the hospital including his blind mother, and the two doctors in the hospital. The second part is a stage performance of a story Kenichi wrote, about a shoe shiner (Tomoyuki) and a group of clowns.
“道化の瞳 (Douke no Hitomi)” will be performed in Tokyo’s Theatre Creation from April 10 to 24.
Tackey & Tsubasa, Hey! Say! JUMP, and TOKIO members went to the three prefectures most devastated by last year’s earthquake and tsunami on March 25 to hand over 720 million yen’s worth (about 8.7 million US dollars) of donations, reports Sports Hochi, Sankei News, and Chunichi Sports.
Members from each group traveled to Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures to deliver the money raised through Marching J to each prefecture’s governor. According to Johnny’s & Associates, since the charity was set up a year ago, more than 920 million yen has been raised. This time, 720 million yen is being handed over, and the remaining 200 million yen or so will be handed over in May when the donations collected during KAT-TUN’s tour, scheduled to finish on April 28, can also be added to the lot.
It has been reported Hideaki Takizawa and Tsubasa Imai visited Iwate prefecture to hand over a portion of the donations. Takizawa has a special connection with the area, which he visited a number of times while filming NHK’s Taiga drama “義経 (Yoshitsune)”, and had even visited it by himself last year as a volunteer. On March 24 the two had visited Rikuzentakata and saw the famous one Japanese pine tree which survived the tsunami, and met some of the locals.
“I could see how strong-hearted everyone in Tohoku is. It’s something that makes you stand tall,” Imai said.
“A lot of the debris has been taken away, and I feel like I’m seeing how united the Japanese have become. It’s really encouraging,” Takizawa said.
Iwate’s governor also thanked the two for coming, and had said in turn the Johnny’s talents were encouraging the young people in the area so much more by visiting the area in person.
The two also visited Ofunato, which was where one of the power supply cars Johnny’s usually use for concerts was sent. The agency had lent out a number of these cars for free after the earthquake to help supply electricity to areas destroyed by the tsunami. One local told the two talents how much it had meant to the 300 people staying in their evacuation centre.
“When the power supply car arrived on March 19 and made the light’s turn on, there was a roar of applause throughout the hall. It was a special light in the dark for all of us.”
It has been reported Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryosuke Yamada, Yuri Chinen, Hikaru Yaotome, and Kota Yabu had visited Miyagi prefecture to hand over another portion of the donations.
“I hope this money will help build a future for the children who lost their parents in the earthquake,” Yabu said.
“My dad and brother (living in Miyagi) had told me how bad things where up here. People who live in cold areas like this are perseverant, and I hope they can aim for the future at their own pace,” Yaotome said.
TOKIO’s Shigeru Joshima and Tatsuya Yamaguchi surprised locals when they came on stage during a music event in Fukushima prefecture to deliver the final portion of donations. Their group has been going back and forth between Tokyo and Fukushima prefecture to develop DASH村 (DASH village) for their TV show for more than 10 years.
“Fukushima is our second home. But to get to DASH village now, we need special permission,” said Joshima.
“We won’t let it end here. TOKIO’s also going to hold on strong to hope,” said Yamaguchi.
Hey! Say! JUMP, Sexy Zone, A.B.C-Z, Koichi Domoto (KinKi Kids), Hideaki Takizawa (Tackey & Tsubasa), Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN) are among the 100 cast members to be in the largest Johnny’s stage show starting in November, reports Sponichi Annex and Daily Sports Online.
It has been reported Guinness World Record-holding producer Johnny Kitagawa is making his largest show yet to celebrate his records for producing the most number of concerts and most number of No.1 singles in the world.
Set to be performed in Tokyo’s Imperial Garden Theater in November and December this year, “JOHNNY’S World” will feature Hey! Say! JUMP as the main characters. They will be supported by other younger Johnny’s groups, as well as supporting talents including Koichi, Tackey, and Kamenashi. The story looks at youngsters going on an adventure to find a utopia in outer space, but in the process they realise how special their home on Earth is.
“I want the younger juniors to take on what their seniors have already accomplished. Maybe we’ll need Higashi (Noriyuki Higashiyama) to give them some advice,” Mr Kitagawa said.
Members from Kis-My-Ft2 will take turns every day as they also join the 100 or so Johnny’s talent cast. Mostly all of the younger Johnny’s groups will take part in what is set to be the largest Johnny’s production to date.
Mr Kitagawa has said the show will feature a mash up of things seen in past stage shows like “PLAYZONE”, “SHOCK”, and “DREAM BOYS”. These include flying stunts and water fountain sets.
“3D is in fashion right now, but I’m keen to test ‘4D’ fragrance tricks,” he said.
It has been reported Mr Kitagawa has promised every minute of the show will be exciting, and although he has plans to send the show overseas, he wants to start in Japan, the country where he managed to set his two world records.