Friday, April 29, 2011

Arashi’s Sakurai Sho becomes MC for NTV’s coverage of the royal wedding

Nippon Television Network has chosen Arashi member Sakurai Sho as the main MC for their upcoming royal wedding special, “British Royal Family Prince William and Princess Kate“!

The special will air on April 29th, featuring video footage from the British Broadcasting Channel. Two other MCs – Miyamoto Ryuuji and Nishio Yukari - will accompany Sakurai as he covers the latest updates on this joyous occasion for the royal family.

Source: Koikatsu News & Nippon Television Network’s Official Website

Previously, we reported that the popular drama “Kaibutsu-kun“, which stars Arashi’s leader, Ohno Satoshi, would be released as a 3D movie (also in 2D), and recently, the release date has been revealed to be November 26th!

“Kaibutsu-kun” was aired as a drama series from April~June in 2010, and this film adaptation will be about Kaibutsu-kun and his fellows getting lost in the “Kingdom of Curry” (some parts of the shoot was held in India.).

On the “Kaibutsu-kun” official site, you can check the CM spot for the movie (here).

Are you hyped for the release…or maybe just for Ohno Satoshi?

Source: “Kaibutsu-kun” Official Site

Monday, April 25, 2011

JpopAsia Music Awards 2010 - the results

***p/s...i'll only display the result for ARASHI'S only...

We've got the results! And we've also got a surprise for you. You can win 5 out of the 24 albums that were nominated as best albums in 2010! How to win? Read on, and enjoy the JIMA 2010 results!

Results are based on:

  • Total votes casted
  • Running
    39 days
  • Votes in nominations
  • Votes in finals
  • Facebook share
  • Twitter share
Q1. Favorite artist/band

1) Agnes Monica
3) Kat-Tun

Q4. Best PV 2010

1) Kat-Tun - Cheange Ur World
3) Yui - Rain

Q6. Best album 2010

1) Kat-Tun - No More Pain
3) Yui - Holidays in The Sun

Q7. Best boyband

Debuted in 1999 by idol and talent agency, Johnny & Associates, Arashi took the J-pop music industry by storm. This five member multi-talented group had their breakthrough in 2005 with the single “Wish” and continued to dominate the weekly Oricon charts with their future singles.

Arashi’s popularity continues to grow in Japan. Each individual has their own activities ranging from acting, hosting and news casting. They made their first appearance on the 60th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen in 2009. Prominently, their activities in Japan helped them land a second appearance on last year’s 61st NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen and also becoming hosts for it.

2010 sees Arashi continue to dominate with number one singles on the Oricon; an impressive run that continued from 2009. They released a total of 6 singles and 1 album. This resulted in Arashi sweeping home 11 Japan Gold Disc Awards and distinguishing them as one of Asia’s top boybands.

Congratulations to Arashi for winning the Best Boyband of 2010 on JIMAs!"
2) Kat-Tun
3) Super Junior M
Q9. Most promising artist/band
1) Agnes Monica
3) Kat-Tun
p/s***OMEDETO!!!!! to Arashi!!!! especially for being the best boyband~~ u guys are great!!! to all Arashian, we should be proud to our boys ne~~ ^_^

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Arashi's Marching "J" message translation

...Even if it feels like you have a brokenheart,hold hands and become one.
just believe that one day will come you can laugh again with everyone .
We will give our smiles to everyone forever.

In Tokyo,right now we're doing everything we can. You are not alone.
Let’s became one all together to create a great power.

Look at the sky. That endless sky is connecting all of us.
In sad times and happy times,speak to the sky.
It will strengthen your heart. You're not alone.

I’m continuesly watching the news, I’m continuesly worried.
My feelings is with you. Together,let us step forward.

We are not yet there. I'm thinking,a difficult situation continues for you.
But i'm wishing that you can get an energy and eventually smile.
We're doing the our best that we can. It will be okay.

We think that for everyone,terrible situation continues.
From all the members’ hearts accept our deepest condolences .
We're wishing for your slowly recovery of strength and smiles.
The five of us are praying.

SOURCE : All this translation thanks to Ichikawa Cami (facebook)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Trailer revealed for Miyazaki Aoi & Sakurai Sho’s upcoming film “Kamisama no Karute”

The official trailer for Miyazaki Aoi and Sakurai Sho’s much anticipated film “Kamisama no Karute” (God’s Medical Chart) has finally been revealed!

The movie is based on Natsukawa Sosuke’s novel of the same title, which sold 300,000 copies and received a second place literary award.

Sakurai plays the doctor, Ichito, and Miyazawa plays his wife, Haruna. The movie is the story of a doctor who puts all his effort on medical support in the countryside.

To prepare for his first role as a doctor, Sakurai met with Natsukawa and also visited a hospital to learn about medical services. Sakurai took the role seriously, even getting a perm since the original character is said to have a mop of hair.

The movie will be released on August 27th, but until then, check out the trailer below!


Saturday, April 16, 2011

New au CM starring Arashi

On April 15th, mobile phone brand, au began airing a new CM starring the boys of Arashi.  The new CM has the concept of “Japan begins to connect each other more”, and features each member’s solo shot.
The theme song for the CM is Arashi’s song “Boku ga Boku no Subete” which was one of the follow up songs of their 24th single “Beautiful days” (released in November 2008).

Check the new CM below!

Source: au by KDDI

Blind pianist Tsujii Nobuyuki to provide music for Sakurai Sho’s upcoming movie, “Kamisama no Karute”

It was revealed on April 14th that blind pianist Tsujii Nobuyuki will be creating his first music piece for a film project.
The theme song for the movie “Kamisama no Karute” (out August 27th) will be included on his new album, “Kamisama no Karute ~ Tsujii Nobuyuki Jisakushuu”, releasing on July 27th.
The movie will be a drama set in a medical facility, starring Arashi’s Sakurai Sho (29) and actress Miyazaki Aoi (25). Tsujii created the original music for the movie after reading a Braille version of the script. He commented, “I was able to visit the filming location, so I composed the music with the atmosphere and the words of the director and actors in mind."

Source: Sanspo

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Who is the most favorite talent?

Video Research Ltd, a company that records the TV ratings amongst other things, recently released the results of their 77th “TV Talent Image Survey.” The survey is conducted every six months and probes for the TV talents’ visibility, popularity, and overall image evaluation.

After four years and two second places, popular TV host and multi-talent Akashiya Sanma managed to become the most favorite male talent. Ice princess Asada Mao was voted as the most favorite female talent. She has constantly been in the top 3 for the past three years and previously managed to come in first back in February of 2009.

Not to be outdone, goo/NTT DoCoMo thought that one survey wasn’t enough and conducted a similar mobile poll asking their users for their favorite talent.

Who is your personal favorite among all those actors, singers, groups, TV personalities, comedians, athletes and so on?

Check out the results below!

Who is your most favorite male talent?

01 – 13,601 votes – Arashi

02 – 5,902 votes – Other, not listed

03 – 3,391 votes – Mukai Osamu

04 – 2,161 votes – Okamura Takashi (Ninety-nine)

05 – 2,148 votes – SMAP

06 – 1,980 votes – Akashiya Sanma

07 – 1,735 votes – Sekine Tsutomu

08 – 1,397 votes – Tokoro George

09 – 1,111 votes – Abe Hiroshi

10 – 1,013 votes – Ishizuka Hidehiko (Bonshamaka)

Who is your most favorite female talent?

01 – 5,793 votes – Becky

02 – 4,720 votes – Ayase Haruka

03 – 3,875 votes – Other, not listed
04 – 3,374 votes – Amami Yuki
05 – 2,567 votes – Miyazaki Aoi

06 – 2,275 votes – Kanno Miho
07 – 2,160 votes – Asada Mao
08 – 1,894 votes – Aragaki Yui
09 – 1,744 votes – AKB48
10 – 1,500 votes – Kichise Michiko


Friday, April 8, 2011

Japan Earthquake : 7.4 quake strikes, tsunami alert issued

Japan has been rattled by a strong aftershock and tsunami warning nearly a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the north-eastern coast.

The Japan meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for a wave of up to one metre. The warning was issued for a coastal area already torn apart by last month's tsunami.

Officials say the new quake was a 7.4-magnitude and hit 25 miles under the water and off the coast of Miyagi prefecture. The quake that preceded last month's tsunami was a 9.0-magnitude.

Buildings as far away as Tokyo shook for about a minute.
The US Geological Survey gave the preliminary magnitude as 7.4 and it struck off the eastern coast 60 miles from Sendai and 90 miles from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. It was about 215 miles from Tokyo.

The depth was 25 miles. Shallower quakes tend to be more destructive.

Hundreds of aftershocks have shaken the north east region devastated by the March 11 earthquake, but few have been stronger than 7.0.

p/s....lets us pray for Japan...hope they all be alright~~

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Johnny’s “Marching J” fundraiser attracts 389,000 people over 3 days

Many fans gathered outside the fundraiser for the March 11th earthquake, on the afternoon of April 3rd.
As we previously reported, Johnny & Associates held a 3-day fundraiser at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Stadium, as part of their earthquake relief project, “Marching J“.

All of the artists of the agency, including SMAP, TOKIO, Arashi, KAT-TUN, NEWS, and Kanjani8, helped with the fundraiser, and over the course of the 3 days, around 389,000 people came out to support the cause (we reported the first day total of 101,000).

On April 3rd, the final day, SMAP’s Kimura Takuya thanked fans, saying, “Thank you to all of you for lending us your help, two days ago, yesterday, and today.”

Fellow member Katori Shingo commented, “I believe these thoughts will definitely reach many people.”

SMAP also performed an a cappella version of their hit songs “Sekai de Hitotsu Dake no Hana” and “Yozora no Mukou“.

The “Marching J” relief project will be continuing its support of relief efforts even after the event.

Source + Photo: Sanspo /Kyodo News via excite

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Arashi & Disney fellows’ collaboration on Himitsu no Arashi-chan!

On the latest episode of Arashi’s variety show, Himitsu no Arashi-chan which aired on March 31st, Disney’s biggest star, Micky Mouse made a guest appearance. The corner Micky appeared was called the VIP ROOM, and this was the 2nd time for Arashi to co-star with Mickey. (Arashi has held special christmas live in Tokyo Disney Sea on November 20th in 2009.)

On the show, Mickey introduced his hometown “TOON TOWN”, and showed off his special drum playing skills. Moreover, Mickey brought his fellow friends, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Chip and Dale. By Mickey’s suggestion, each Arashi member teamed up with each character, and the characters taught Arashi some choreography. (Ohno&Mickey, Sakurai&Goofy, Ninomiya&Chip and Dale, Aiba&Donald, Matsumoto&Minnie)

But, it wasn’t all! At the end of the show, Arashi and the Disney fellows held a special collaboration live together. Arashi performed “When You Wish upon a Star” and “Mickey Mouse March” with the characters.


p/s...sure bring a great smile to all of us watching this~~