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300 Johnny’s talents came together for Tackey & Tsubasa’s 10 year anniversary concert

10:35 JST September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

Tsubasa Imai will be a guest dancer on Burn The Floor

10:29 JST July 31, 2012 1 comment

Tsubasa Imai and Burn the Floor artistic director and choreographer Jason Gilkison (photo thanks to Burn the Floor website)

Dance production Burn the Floor will feature Tackey & Tsubasa’s Tsubasa Imai as their guest dancer on the Japan shows, it was announced on July 30, reports Sankei Sports.

It has been reported Tsubasa’s dancing talent has been recognized by many since he was a Johnny’s Jr. talent, and over the years the talent himself has taken the extra step to go to Spain and New York to learn more about the art.  Tsubasa is currently starring in the Johnny’s stage production of PLAYZONE in Tokyo.

On the show’s website, Tsubasa has released his comment.

“I feel extremely happy and deeply grateful for the chance to jump into a worldwide production like Burn the Floor.  I hope to give it everything I have so that I’ll not only live up to their expectations, but also use it as an opportunity to discover something new about myself.”

Burn the Floor will be performed at the Tokyu Theatre Orb in Shibuya, Tokyo, from December 5 to 9.  Tickets go on sale from September 15.

PLAYZONE begins 2012 season

13:26 JST July 10, 2012 1 comment

Tsubasa Imai’s 2012 season of PLAYZONE kicked off in Tokyo yesterday, reports Sankei Sports.

 

On June 9, “PLAYZONE‘12 SONG & DANC‘N PARTⅡ” started at the Aoyama Theatre.  The show has been performed every summer since 1986, and this is Imai’s third year as the lead.

 

Travis Payne, the American choreographer well-known for choreographing Michael Jackson’s dances in This Is It, was again in charge of sequences in this year’s show.

“Being able to work with Travis is a gift from Michael (Jackson),” Imai said.

 

New changes to this year’s show include flying wire action six metres in the air during the opening sequence.  Although Imai’s duo partner Hideaki Takizawa is more well-known for doing wire action stunts, Imai said he would do just as good.

“I know usually Tackey does this, but I felt like I wanted to fly too,” he said.

 

Ex-Hikaru Genji member Atsuhiro Sato will also perform in the show, his first time in five years, and has said he is ready to show people his roller skating dance moves.

 

“PLAYZONE‘12 SONG & DANC‘N PARTⅡ” will be performed in Tokyo until August 11.

Tsubasa Imai becomes world’s first Spanish culture envoy

16:42 JST June 14, 2012 3 comments

Tackey & Tsubasa’s Tsubasa Imai has been named the world’s first Spanish culture envoy, it was announced on June 14, reports Oricon.

It has been reported Imai took part in a special ceremony at the Cervantes Institute in Tokyo on Thursday.  The Johnny’s talent had been recognised for his keen interest and promotion of Spanish culture through learning the language, and using his concerts and other events as an opportunity to do flamenco performances.

“I feel very grateful to have been given this responsibility.  I hope I can become a bridge between Japan and Spain,” Imai said in Spanish.

The Spanish Culture Envoy title is given to an individual who cares about the culture of both countries, and works to promote Spanish language and culture in Japan, and was awarded by the Spanish Ambassador Miguel Ángel Navarro Portera.

Today, the Johnny’s talent was asked to send a message to his lady fans in Spanish.

“I would rather say those things to a lady when we’re alone, but…’Te quiero’, ‘I love you’ I guess,” he said.

Tsubasa dresses in Chanel for event

10:17 JST April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

stage show poster for "Gabrielle Chanel" (photo thanks to Shochiku website)

Tackey & Tsubasa’s Tsubasa Imai donned a Chanel necktie of his choice and actress Mao Daichi a Chanel dress as the two promoted their upcoming stage show about fashion legend Coco Chanel in Tokyo on April 21, reports News 24 and Asahi Shimbun.

This is the third year in a row since 2009 the two actors have performed the stage show “Gabrielle Chanel“, which follows the private life of fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, played by Daichi, and her affair with English polo player Arthur “Boy” Capel, played by Imai.

“This time I’ll work as Tsubasa from ‘Mackey & Tsubasa’ and not ‘Tackey & Tsubasa’,” said Imai.

It has been reported that working together for the third time, the two actors have now become good friends and often exchange text messages.  Even so, Tsubasa made it clear he had not forgotten about Tackey.

“Right now (Hideaki) Takizawa is performing his show here at Nissay Theatre so I just sent her a text asking, ‘when would you like to see it with me?’,” Imai said.

“Gabrielle Chanel” begins performances at the Nissay Theatre in Tokyo from May 14 to 28.

Tsubasa Imai’s ideal on-screen girlfriend would be Penelope Cruz

20:17 JST March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Tsubasa Imai (29) spoke out about his Spanish dreams at a press conference in Tokyo on March 8 for his upcoming Spanish lesson TV show, reports Mainichi Shimbun Digital and Oricon.

 

The Tackey & Tsubasa singer will be the show’s newest navigator, which starts at the end of this month.

“I wish I could work on a Spanish movie with Penelope Cruz.  If I could get my way then she would be my on-screen girlfriend.  But then again, I think everyone around the world’s going to say that’s not going to happen so I’d be happy to play her son, or friend, or even a guy that lives in the neighbourhood.  It’s just a dream I have,” he said.

 

The show “テレビでスペイン語 (TV de Spain-go)” is the second series in NHK’s “EURO24″ project which wants to focus on what it is like to live in various European countries.

 

It has been reported Tsubasa had gotten interested in Spain after learning the Flamenco, and has been learning the language for the past two years.  He has also visited the country several times since 2007 and has even been there on a short homestay visit.

“I’d always been hoping for a chance to be on a show like this so I’m very honoured.

“I love FC Barcelona.  I would love to be able to interview the players one day, and talk to their coach about soccer,” he said.

 

Tsubasa had even mentioned he would get his singing partner Tackey involved with this opportunity.

“He loves wrestling.  He’s interested in Mexico so I want to teach him Spanish, and then we can become the first group in Johnny’s who can speak Spanish.  But I guess that’d be asking for the impossible.”

 

In terms of languages, Tsubasa had said he looked up to his Johnny’s senior Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, who has been learning Korean for several years.

“I want to do what Kusanagi-kun’s done and work hard at this job so that it connects onto another one,” he said.

 

“テレビでスペイン語 (TV de Spain-go)” starts from March 31 in Japan and will have 24 episodes.

Tsubasa Imai to star on NHK’s Spanish lesson show

22:05 JST January 19, 2011 5 comments

Tsubasa Imai has been given the chance to level up his love for Spain as NHK has announced he will be the new navigator on their Spanish language lesson TV show from spring, reports Oricon and NHK.

 

Imai himself had previous said he had become fond of Spain after learning the Flamenco.  Now by learning about the history and way of life in Spanish cities like Salamanca, and more about the country’s language, Imai said he hopes to “find a phrase that represents me now and in the future”.

 

The Johnny’s talent will star on 24 episodes of “テレビでスペイン語 (TV de Spain-go)” from March 31 to September 2011.  His co-stars will include Nihon University professor Tetsuyasu Sumita, who will be the show’s teacher, and two native Spanish teachers.

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