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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.”

Masaki Aiba will support amputee athlete in his 24Hr TV special

13:16 JST July 17, 2012 2 comments

Details about Arashi’s Masaki Aiba’s “24時間テレビ35『愛は地球を救う』(24Hr Television / Love Saves the Earth’)” special program were announced on July 16, reports Mainichi Shimbun.

 

The Johnny’s talent will cheer on 17-year-old Miho Fujii as she climbs to the peak of Yukushima.  The island in southern Japan is where one of the oldest trees in the world (the Jomon Sugi) is located.  It has been reported Aiba will be supporting Miho from the Nihon Budokan in Tokyo, while a TV crew will try and feed live footage of the teenager on her climb to the tree.  It will not be easy either.  The whole climb is 20 kilometres there and back, goes up 1300 metres, and is expected to take 10 hours.

 

The challenger, Miho, is an amputee runner who is currently in her high school’s track team and is hoping to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“I hope that I can support Miho-san with everyone in the country to watch over her, see how far she can go, and see that moment where she achieves her goal,” Aiba said.

 

The TV crew will also make history as it will be the first time live footage is sent out from the area.  Until now the dense forest has disrupted signals, and so as Miho climbs to the top, the TV crew will be looking for areas with good reception.

 

“24時間テレビ35『愛は地球を救う』(24Hr Television / Love Saves the Earth’)” starts on August 25 – 26.

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Masaki Aiba talks about playing a good-for-nothing police detective

12:49 JST March 21, 2012 2 comments

Arashi’s Masaki Aiba talked about his upcoming drama role at the “三毛猫ホームズの推理 (Mike-neko Holmes no Suiri)” press conference in Tokyo on March 19, reports Nikkan Sports and Sponichi Annex.

 

In this drama series Aiba plays a police detective who faints when he sees blood, is scared of heights, women, and ghosts.

“He’s got so many faults.  He believes everything people say to him and the bad guys take advantage of him.  But those can work in his favour too.  He’s not a new kind of hero, but I hope people will enjoy watching the ups and downs of this good-for-nothing police detective,” Aiba said.

 

It has been reported Aiba had said his drama and Arashi leader Satoshi Ohno’s drama “鍵のかかった部屋 (Kagi no Kakatta Heya)”, which both start their seasons around the same time, are totally different.

“They might be in the same mystery genre, but the characters and stories are on completely different lines.  I hope both teams can work harmoniously.”

 

The drama is based on the best-selling novel series “三毛猫ホームズ (Mike-neko Holmes)” by Jiro Akagawa.  Mr Akagawa was also at the press conference and said he had visited the drama set while they were filming.

“It helped a lot that the cat was very calm.  Maybe the cat’s an Arashi fan,” he said.

“The cat comes when you call it, if you ask the cat to wait, it’ll wait.  It’s like there’s a person inside there,” Aiba said.

 

Speaking of people inside cats, in the drama series Matsuko Deluxe will play the cat’s “human form”.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the transformed Matsuko,” Aiba said.

 

“三毛猫ホームズの推理 (Mike-neko Holmes no Suiri)” goes on air in Japan on April 14.

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Masaki Aiba thinks he’s like a bear cub

10:36 JST January 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Bear brothers (thanks to movie website)

Animal talk was at the centre of Arashi’s Masaki Aiba and his co-narrators’ press conference in Tokyo on January 23 for their upcoming documentary movie, reports News 24.

It has been reported Aiba, comedian Gori, actress Masami Nagasawa, and Hitomi Kuroki turned up to promote “日本列島 いきものたちの物語 (Nihon-retto Ikimonotachi no Monogatari)“, a documentary movie about Japanese wildlife through the four seasons in a year.

“I had also been interested in Japan’s nature and wildlife even before I got to work on this film so I felt very lucky to have been invited (as a narrator),” Aiba said.

Aiba’s story follows two bear brothers.  It has been reported at the press conference, Aiba said one bear was just like him.

“Like humans, they have their own personalities.  You have the responsible older brother and the clumsy little brother.  Well, he’s actually just a bear cub who can’t do anything…which is like me, I guess.”

“日本列島 いきものたちの物語 (Nihon-retto Ikimonotachi no Monogatari)” opens in Japan cinemas on February 4.

Trailer

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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.

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EXTRA

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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Arashi’s Masaki Aiba is the new Best Jeanist

18:23 JST October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Arashi’s Masaki Aiba has been voted the “male celebrity who suits jeans the most” at this year’s Best Jeanist awards in Japan, it was revealed at a ceremony in Tokyo on October 5, reports Asahi Shimbun and Sponichi Annex.

At today’s 28th Best Jeanist awards 2011, two new celebrities took the top honours; Aiba in the men’s catergory, and actress Meisa Kuroki in the women’s.

After being given his award, and the Johnny’s talent did not hide his appreciation.

“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who voted.  I’m so happy.  I never would’ve dreamed that I’d win an award like this.  I can’t believe it.  I think I’m going to make it a family treasure!”

It has been reported at the ceremony, Aiba wore a pair of slightly wide damage jeans, which he bought especially for the day.  Although he had already told the other Arashi members about his win, Aiba said they took no part in choosing his outfit for today.

“The other members were helping me decide what to wear today, but after a while they started to fool around and say things like I should put a cut here or something.  But I knew today I had to be serious so I haven’t taken in any of their suggestions,” he said.

Aiba also added he would take a photo of his award plaque and send it to the other members.

The Arashi star said he wears jeans a lot, and talked about what he liked about them.

“I like the fact that you can wear jeans anywhere regardless of the situation.  I’ve got about 15 to 20 pairs, I can’t throw them out.  (When I buy jeans I look at their) size, how comfortable they are, and the colour.  But I think size is my biggest priority.”

Finally, Aiba said he would do his best to live up to his award’s value on Arashi’s “Mannequin 5” segment of their weekly show “ひみつの嵐ちゃん (Himitsu no Arashi-chan)” where members compete against one another with an outfit they select themselves, but admitted it would not be easy.

“It’s going to be hard.  What do I do…  Maybe I’ll just call in sick on the day we shoot it,” he said.

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In Tokyo now? Visit Masaki Aiba’s “Bartender” exhibition

01:10 JST August 13, 2011 1 comment

"Bartender" drama exhibition in Tokyo (photo thanks to Pronweb watch)

Fans are invited to see props and costumes, photos, and even the Lapin bar set from Arashi’s Masaki Aiba’s drama “Bartender” in an exhibition now open in Tokyo, reports Pronweb Watch.

 

The drama series aired in Japan during February 2011, and is based on the popular manga series of the same name.  The story follows a talented bartender who not only makes the perfect cocktail for his customers, it also helps each of them to overcome a personal problem.  For fans, being able to see the Arashi star make cocktails was a highlight of the series.

 

Now, to celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of the drama series, a special “バーテンダーの世界展 (Bartender’s world exhibition)” has opened up in Tokyo Tower’s Foot Town.  The exhibition includes sets and props used in the drama, a photo gallery, and gives fans the chance to sit in the Lapin bar set and take photos with the show’s mascot character.  Special merchandise is also on sale at the venue.

 

So…

What: “Bartender” drama series special exhibition

Where: 1st floor, Foot Town, Tokyo Tower

When: Until August 19 2011

Entrance fee: Free, but you need to pick up an entry ticket.  Entry tickets are available every day from 9am at Tokyo Tower Foot Town’s front entrance.  Staff blog about waiting times and other useful information on the Bartender blog.

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