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Koichi Domoto records most cover appearances on MYOJO magazine

15:15 JST August 22, 2012 2 comments

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

MYOJO’s September issue (plan thanks to Myojo website)

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Tsuyoshi Domoto hopes new movie can heal the hearts of the Tohoku earthquake victims

16:42 JST February 21, 2012 2 comments

Heianyuki movie, starring Tsuyoshi Domoto (photo thanks to movie website)

One of Tsuyoshi Domoto’s concerts has been turned into a movie, and the KinKi Kids star turned up to an event in Tokyo yesterday to promote it, reports Daily Sports Online and Kadogawa magazines.

 

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 take on responsible and fresh image in new commercial

19:00 JST January 25, 2012 2 comments

Koichi Domoto screenshot from commercial

Tsuyoshi Domoto screenshot from commercial

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 in their new commercial

Tsuyoshi Domoto’s DVD reaches No.1

10:08 JST July 7, 2010 1 comment

For the first time in five years, Tsuyoshi Domoto has returned to the top of the charts with his solo live DVD “薬師寺 (Yakushiji)”, figures released by Oricon today have revealed.

The DVD was released on June 30, and has sold more than 39,000 copies in its first week of sales.

It follows Tsuyoshi Domoto as he prepares for his concert at Nara’s Yakushiji temple, a World Heritage site, on July 11 2009.  The limited edition DVD includes footage of Tsuyoshi editing concert tapes himself, and scenes from his concert the day before, on July 10.

It is the first DVD Tsuyoshi has released under his own name since “TSUYOSHI DOMOTO 2nd LIVE [si:] ~FIRST LINE~” in April 2005.

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