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
“堂本光一のNEWS LABO (Koichi Domoto’s NEWS LAB)” will feature Koichi and scientists bringing you the latest scientific breakthroughs, reports NHK.
The show will start on August 17 on NHK General TV, and will focus on science news and the latest in health breakthroughs, all brought to you by Koichi and his scientist co-stars.
Koichi’s comment has been uploaded to the show’s website:
“I hope to use the show as a way to make people aware of the interesting and funny things behind what most of us take for granted, or what we see as normal. Once you watch this, you’ll see the things around you in an entirely different way!”
Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama told a popular TV show he thinks Koichi Domoto from KinKi Kids is the biggest perfectionist in Johnny’s, reports Techinsight Japan on July 21.
Higashiyama is currently 45-years-old, and is considered a perfectionist who has followed a strict training regime for the past 20 years. During a talk on TV show “しゃべくり007 (Shabekuri 007)”, it has been reported Higashiyama said he has kept his body-fat percentage below 10 per cent all these years because he exercises daily. This includes stretching and 1000 sit-ups every day.
Even so, when asked who he thought was the biggest perfectionist in Johnny’s, Higashiyama had said it would be Koichi, and that the KinKi Kids member was more dedicated to work than himself.
It has been reported Higashiyama said there was one time during the New Year’s Johnny’s concert when he went back to his dressing room thinking everything was alright, when Koichi came knocking at the door to ask him if the two could go through the songs one more time. Higashiyama also said Koichi’s “SHOCK” stage show was perfect, and admired Koichi for being able to “keep it up for four months on that show, usually your weight drops four or five kilos from doing a show for that long.”
Another Johnny’s talent who had been on the same TV show, TOKIO’s Masahiro Matsuoka also said Koichi was the most professional talent in Johnny’s, and the best junior to him.
It has been reported Koichi has been playing the main role in the stage show “SHOCK” for the past 13 years. It could be because he was given such an important role at the young age of 21 that he learned about responsibility more than others.
Titled “平安結祈 heianyuki“, the movie shows Tsuyoshi’s solo concert performance on September 4, 2011, which was held at Heian-jingu, a shrine in Kyoto. It has been reported for the past few years, Tsuyoshi has been focussing on making music which looks deep into the Japanese culture. He had previously performed special concerts at Yakushi-ji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in his hometown Nara.
The Heian-jingu concert included laser beams that light up the shrine’s 117-year-old structure, and a mixture of Japanese taiko drums and electric guitar music. Film director Yukihiko Tsutsumi took on the challenge of making this mash up of the past and present cinematic.
Tsuyoshi and Tsutsumi had previously worked together 14 years ago when they made a “Kindaichi Case Files” movie.
However, Tsuyoshi did not expect the concert to become a movie at all.
“What I wanted to do was make music unlike any other and have someone film me to keep as a record that I was there at that time. I was worried about whether Tsutsumi-san was busy, but I got in touch with him anyway to see if he was interested. Then he said he would, so at that point I knew I had someone to capture the moment on film.
“Afterwards, I was telling him how great it would be if it were a movie, and he told me, ‘I did film it like I’d film a movie’. That’s just how things flowed apparently, really (laughs). And then shortly afterwards it really did become a movie. It’s not that I asked him to film me for a movie. At the beginning the two of us just wanted to make something with a message. But this (movie) made me realise that fate is a strange thing.”
The movie was originally set for a limited screening in 65 cinemas across Japan, but following the Tohoku earthquake, extra screenings were added in Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, and Okinawa. It has been reported Tsuyoshi said he hopes the hearts of the Tohoku earthquake victims will heal.
“I think people, particularly those who are younger than me, will have to face the harshness of reality soon. To be able to overcome this, I think it’s important to get away from reality entirely, create a world of your own, and then have another look at reality. This film is like a concert and not a concert, it’s like a movie and not a movie. It’s like reality and not like reality.”
There have also been offers from a number of Asian countries interested in Tsuyoshi’s movie.
“平安結祈 heianyuki” will have a limited screening in Japan from February 24 to March 11.
KinKi Kids have joined actress Yukie Nakama and actor Masakazu Tamura in endorsing Sapporo beer, reports Oricon.
The duo took part in Sapporo Beer’s “麦とホップ (Mugi to Hoppu)” commercial event in Tokyo on January 25. The ad features the “responsible Tsuyoshi Domoto” and the “fresh Koichi Domoto”.
“I don’t think I look ‘fresh’ anymore, but I’m happy to hear that some people think so. Mind you, there are probably a lot of people who don’t think so,” Koichi said.
“The number one reason why I got into Johnny’s was because I was responsible,” Tsuyoshi said, making the press laugh.
It has been reported the two said they were fans of Tamura and Nakama, and the Sapporo beer commercials these two had already starred in until now.
“I’d watched them a number of times so it was like, ‘me? really!?’ I was really happy,” Koichi said.
“For a moment I thought I was dreaming,” Tsuyoshi said.
The two had said they hoped to add some excitement to the company, and help boost sales.
During the event, Koichi talked about how he usually drinks at home.
“The great thing is that I’ve been given a lot of ‘Mugi to Hoppu’ beer to drink at night. Snacks? I have some Baby Star snacks with my beer, and also a hot steam boat meal.”
Tsuyoshi said he was enjoying his beer present too.
“When I drink beer after work, it tastes so good it’s like the beer’s telling me it’s a reward for a hard day’s work. I guess I’ll be supported by ‘Mugi to Hoppu’ a lot this year.”
To see the commercial, click here.
KinKi Kids have set a new world record for the most number of No.1 singles in a row since their debut, reports Oricon.
The duo’s 32nd single “変わったかたちの石 (Kawatta Katachi no Ishi)” was released on January 11. Since then, it has sold more than 120,000 copies in its first week and made it to No.1 on the weekly charts in Japan.
The lyrics for the single were written by Yasushi Akimoto, the man behind girl band AKB48. Of course, this was not the first time Akimoto has worked with KinKi Kids. The two had worked together in 2005 when Akimoto wrote the lyrics to the duo’s 22nd single “SNOW! SNOW! SNOW!”
Every single KinKi Kids has released since “硝子の少年 (Glass no Shonen)” in 1997 has been a No.1 seller. The second best-sellers after KinKi Kids are KAT-TUN, who have had 17 straight No.1 singles to date.
The show will go on the road in Japan for the first time, with the Fukuoka shows at the Hakataza Theater running from January 7 to 31. Afterwards, the show will return to Tokyo’s Imperial Garden Theater for its Feb 8 to April 30 season. This is the first time the show will be performed over a four month period.
“When I heard about this, I blurted out, ‘let’s do it,’ immediately. Even if it’ll take a lot of effort, I think it’ll be worth it and so much more. I’ll be alright,” Koichi said.
It has been reported Koichi said he wanted to use the new shows as a way to give something back to his fans whose shows were cancelled due to the Tohoku earthquake.
“The last show was meant to be on March 31st. But I was really sad that that day went by with nothing. I feel like there’s a huge hole in me…I want to get it back,” he said.
Since the show’s debut in 2000, Japan’s reportedly “hardest show to get tickets for” has repeatedly had offers to be performed in Osaka and Nagoya. Koichi had said Fukuoka was chosen because the Hakataza Theater was most similar in size to the Imperial Garden Theater, which would bring out the best of SHOCK. The show’s organisers at TOHO had also added Fukuoka’s location would make it easier for overseas fans from China and South Korea to get to.
Although the Hakataza Theater will only be able to fit 90 per cent of the show’s sets used in Tokyo, Koichi had said the Fukuoka shows would not be a downsized version of the original show.
“That’d be boring, we want to create a show that’s unique to the Hakataza Theater. We’re making out plans now and I’m looking forward to what we come up with,” he said.
It has been reported Johnny’s & Associates president and SHOCK creator Johnny Kitagawa is hoping to put some local cultural heritage into the show. The theater itself is also reportedly going to carry out construction later this year to open holes in the stage ceiling so SHOCK’s flying wire sets can be fitted on.