Tomohisa Yamashita, Hey! Say! JUMP, and Kis-My-Ft2 were among some of the Johnny’s talents at Tokyo Dome yesterday to celebrate Tackey & Tsubasa’s 10th anniversary, reports Sponichi Annex and Daily Sports Online.
It has been reported the duo’s concert was held in Tokyo Dome. The last time they had a concert there was when they made their debut in 2002.
“I want to make this a special moment worthy of a 10 year anniversary,” Tsubasa Imai said.
To start with, both Imai and Hideaki Takizawa insisted the concert’s stage be a recreation of a historical Johnny’s stage set. The stage design is identical to the one used in the first ever stadium concert tour by a Johnny’s group, Tanokin-Trio’s (Johnny’s senior talent Masahiko Kondo was a member), including a concert at Korakuen stadium, which was the Tokyo Dome of Tokyo until it was demolished in 1987. More than 45,000 fans at yesterday’s concert were treated to a sight of the first Johnny’s stadium concert set, tweaked modern features like a 25-metre crane, 150 tons of water, 20,000 balloons, and motorbikes.
It has been reported for three hours, Imai and Takizawa sang more than 30 songs, and had guest appearances by more than 300 of their junior talents including Tomohisa Yamashita, Kis-My-Ft2, Hey! Say! JUMP, Sexy Zone, A.B.C-Z, Kansai and Kanto Johnny’s Jr. Takizawa had even tried some Kis-My-Ft2 stunts by showing off his own rollerskating skills when he performed WANNA BEEEE!!! with the group.
During one of the talks, the two talents talked about how grateful they were to be a duo group. It has been reported Johnny’s president Johnny Kitagawa had originally planned for Takizawa to become a solo artist, but Takizawa fought back by saying he was more of a team player and wanted Imai to be his partner.
“There have been times that Tsubasa and I have cried and laughed together. I’m so happy you’re my team mate,” Takizawa said.
“I believe that Takizawa possesses the showbiz quality that our president wants. I hope we can continue showing this Johnny’s spirit,” Imai said.
Johnny’s youngest group Sexy Zone will have a go a flying wire acts in their upcoming show, it was announced on August 22, reports Nikkan Sports.
The press were invited to a first glimpse into the group’s upcoming entertainment show Johnny’s Dome Theatre ~Summary 2012~ in Tokyo, which involves flying wire acts. Flying wire acts could almost be said to be a Johnny’s tradition now.
It has been reported out of the five members, three have never had the chance to try flying wire action before, including So Matsushima who is afraid of heights. However, during yesterday’s event, Matsushima managed to keep a straight face during the act. The other members also said they were confident with their performance.
“I want to fly as better as my senpai,” Kento Nakajima said.
In fact, many of the flying routines were thought up by Sexy Zone. It has been reported Shori Sato suggested making a “marathon flying routine” and Marius Yo a “surfing flying routine”. Other surprises include Nakajima playing the piano live, and Fuma Kikuchi singing a cappella without a microphone.
Johnny’s president Johnny Kitagawa had said he was happy with his youngest group’s enthusiasm.
“I think it’s great that they want to try creating things themselves. They’re evolving so much.”
The group made their professional debut last November. It has been reported Johnny’s youngest group had cameras taking pictures of them for 106 days this year, starting from their concert rehearsal days on February 8, all the way to May 24 when they had on location shoots in Tokyo. During this time, Marius Yo had grown seven centimetres in height.
“I was so excited when I saw the finished product,” Yo said.
The 116-page book is also full of photos on the beach, behind the scenes during concerts, and even baby photos.
“It’s our first photo book so I want it so badly. I think I’ll disguise myself and go buy it,” Shori Sato said.
Johnny’s group Sexy Zone’s new song “キミのため ボクがいる (Kimi no tame Boku ga iru)” will be the theme song to volleyball’s final qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics, the group announced in Tokyo on April 15, reports Sankei Sports and Nikkan Sports.
The group are special supporters for the final qualifiers and group member Shori Sato had written the lyrics to the new song.
It has been reported the song had been finished earlier this month and the group gave it’s first performance yesterday. One keyword in the song is “勝利 (Shori, Victory)”, which is also Sato’s first name.
“It was embarrassing for me to put it in, but it does mean a lot,” Sato said.
Group member Marius Yo had said his favourite volleyball player was Yoshie Takeshita.
“She’s small physically, but she has a big heart. It’s inspiring to see her fight for her dream,” he said.
The other members teased Marius, saying, “you like her don’t you”.
“As an athlete I…like her,” he said.
Fourteen Olympic qualifying matches for men’s and women’s volleyball will be broadcast on TBS and Fuji TV in Japan between May 19 and June 10.
Shori Sato has finished fifth in Hawaii’s 10-kilometre Ford Island Bridge Run, reports Sponichi Annex.
It has been reported the race took place on April 7, and Sato finished fifth in the men’s 15-to-19-years-old section, and 51st out of the race’s total of 2688 runners. His time was 42 minutes and 42 seconds.
“The amount of time and effort I put into my training paid off when I passed that finish line and felt like I really did something. I’m happy I took part,” he said.
The five-member group had only made their debut in November 2011, but at yesterday’s concert they performed 19 songs, tried skits and rapping, and announced they would be special supporters for volleyball’s final qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics. It has been reported Shori Sato had written the lyrics to a theme song for the volleyball qualifiers.
“I want it to be a song to cheer on not just volleyball, but also the world,” Sato said.
But before this, the group’s second single “Lady ダイヤモンド (Lady Diamond)” comes out on April 11, and the group performed the song at yesterday’s concert.
It has been reported the group were running around so much, Fuma Kikuchi got a cramp in his leg.
“(Before going on stage I was so nervous) but when I saw the fans, all that fear went away,” Kikuchi said.
Marius Yo, who turns 12 on March 30, also said he was nervous at first, but then things got fun.
Kento Nakajima said it had been five years since he had first stood on the arena’s stage as a back dancer for Hey! Say! JUMP.
“While I was at the back I thought about how cool it would be to sing in a huge hall. Now, instead of my seniors in front of me there are fans,” he said.
Sexy Zone still have one more concert to perform in the Yokohama Arena, and on April 1 will perform in Osaka.
Sexy Zone’s Shori Sato will be in Hawaii to take part in the Ford Island Bridge Run on April 7, reports Daily Sports Online.
It has been reported Johnny’s & Associates president Johnny Kitagawa had made the decision after seeing Sato take first place in the marathon section of the Johnny’s Jr. Baseball Tournament in Tokyo last week.
The other Sexy Zone members will also go to Hawaii to cheer Sato on.
The Ford Island Bridge Run is a 10km run that goes around Pearl Harbor.