The idea of a moving stage isn’t pioneered by Arashi or Jun. Western acts like Michael Jackson, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC have used moving stages in their concerts. BUT it was the details of Arashi’s moving stage that made it a world’s first - a transparent, fully-functional OVERHEAD moving stage with a height of 4 metres, width of 18 metres and distance move of 90 metres, the concert was their ONE summer tour in 2005.
Again for 2014 “THE DIGITALIAN” concert, it wasn’t the first concert to have synchronised penlights (Coldplay had it too) BUT to involve the audience and be controlled by them onstage to not just 1 but 5 or more colours and synchronising to the beats of the music.
What makes Arashi (Johnny’s) concerts an EXPERIENCE to attend are the details: - Balloons and streamers
- Water fountains and waterfalls ✓
- Water screen effect
- Hanging overhead cable wire works
- Fireworks over the night sky
- Sunset as part of the song atmosphere
- Carts and carriages of different sizes for solo, duo, group
- Floating balloon structures that goes around the dome ✓
- Car carriage platform that goes around the dome
- High-rising individual or group platforms
- Transparent overhead moving stage
- Remote-controlled synchronised penlights
- Shape of the stage and walkways (花道) ✓
- Design and details of the stage background like kabuki curtains
✓ - Live orchestra and band
and many more
Unfortunately, most people outside of Japan do not know it because they have never watched an Arashi concert and Johnny’s do not advertise it to the world.
17.04.27 VS ARASHI - Open talk [English translation]
S: Aiba-san is in the middle of filming Getsuku. A: Right. S: How is the filming? A: I have to handle everything with care. S: What do you mean? M: Why? A: Kizoku is carrying his own tent. The furniture in it are expensive things. S: I see. Aiba-san, in other words you probably can’t tell if it’s crafted things. A: Right. S: The team is looking for sense of reality to such extent. A: Yes they do look for reality. S: Aiba-san is Kizoku while Matsushige-san is butler? A: Yes he’s butler. S: I’ve been thinking about… Special drama. Kizoku Tantei x Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de. (BGM: Meikyu Love Song) A: What an idea! S: I’ve been thinking about this. I am bit excited to do it. M: Then I make chocolate for Kizoku~ (BGM: Bittersweet) O: Then I… if there is locked room I open it~ (BGM: Face Down) A: What an idea! N: Then I buy house. (BGM: Hatenai Sora) A: Because there is only tent. M: Buy a house? So common. A: It’s great isn’t it? N: This time… Shall I talk about this? Let’s talk about Ninomiya information? S: What? N: This time, from the Director-san who films Aiba-san’s drama… The draft script for EP4. (Hand Aiba-san the script) M: Good luck! S: Good luck! A: Though I’m happy about this… Wait wait wait, why… (N & O reading the script) N: By the way… This time (EP4’s setting) is hot spring. A: So you tell me such information? N: Yes. M: This will be broadcast the coming week? N: Week after coming week. Next week is EP3. So, everyone please just enjoy Aiba-san is going to be in hot spring in EP4. Thanks for your support. A: Why …. Thanks a lot.
MC: Do members drink together? S: We drink in room. Hotel room during our concert tour. We frequently at Leader Ohno Satoshi’s room. MC: Why Ohno-san’s room? N: Because he doesn’t come to ours. We have no other option but to go to his room.
About things ARASHI can’t stop doing
[SHO] S: My nature is to pack my schedule. From the moment I am back home, until I calm down, the flow is determined. For instance, I wash my hands, and then I heat water for bath, I push the pit. It takes 20 to 30 minutes to heat the water. In the meantime I do the laundry, it takes around 20 minutes, the bath water is about to be ready. During the time drying the clothes, I don’t know, for instance I’ll go out and buy something and come back, I want to construct an order of flow. I hate time being wasted. N: Then, at home, in case it couldn’t be done, what would you do? You sit on sofa and was 10 minutes late… M: Will you get up in the middle of bath? (All laugh) N: For that reason? (Laugh) MC: Are you tired about this? S: Su~per tired.
[MASAKI] A: Pretty much every day, when I finish my work and go back home, I drink beer. M: You want to stop this? A: Do I want to stop this… S: You can’t stop this, right? A: I can’t stop this. Then, for me, when I open the beer (Nino looked at Masaki-san with a mysterious smile), I go for bath. Generally speaking, I can’t stop drinking here. S: Beer. A: Right. Then I don’t know the timing to go to bath. After that, at that time, I always think about what ate [snack/dish served with alcoholic drink] to have. There are days I go back home with bento, there are also days that I make dishes myself. MC: What dish do you make? A: I cut yam and fry them. N: During the time you want to go to bath? A: Right. N: You don’t intend to go, do you? (All laugh)
[MATSUJUN] M: I become aware of the difference between good at tidying up and bad at tidying up recently, I am really bad at tidying up things. I don’t throw away things. When I go to buy clothes, the shops give bags for the clothes right? That, when someone comes, and I want to give them things, it’ll be good to have bags for the things, right? For this reason, there are about three corrugated cardboard boxes of bags in my home.
[NINO] N: Well, my muscle strength (Sho-san gave a mysterious look trying to hold laughter) fell. MC: Now how old are you? N: Now I’m 33 years old. Recently I went to health checkup, and the index just came out. There was index for muscle. The average is 50 to 150. Beyond that will be good, while mine is 32. S: Eh~! It’s miracle that you can still stand! In the concert last year, he danced a great lot. N: I thought “Ah, I danced!” so I had quite some confidence on myself. A: This year. N: Right, this year I thought my index would be good. Two years ago my index was 41. S: That was also below 50. (All laugh)
[LEADER] O: When I brush the inner teeth, I want to throw up. S: Don’t say that. (Giggle) MC: Which teeth? O: The teeth on the bottom, the inner ones. S: Is it so since the past? O: Since about 10 years ago. S: A long experience. O: (To members) What about you? (All laugh) S: No no, even you come with a tone “You all do too, right?”. N: Why are you only so proactive in this question?
O: So I thought that it’s special. It suddenly happened 10 years ago. MC: Did anything happen that time? O: No, I don’t know. I passed 25 years old then, so I bit thought that I was getting old (four members smiled). When I did this… S: Isn’t it enough? Topic of throwing up. (Giggle)
[Words on the setting from my side] - physical education - friends - teaching - activity - kid - joy - gymnasium - team - happy - sportive (?)
Before opening the setting monitor showed words asking us not to say
おめでとう until instruction and then we shall sing Happy Birthday together.
This was a surprise to Nino.
[Nino sensei’s teaching about unko] - Nino-san’s jacket was green and his tie with green patterns. - Nino asked if everyone had unko today. Aiba-san answered five times. Nino said it’d be problem then.
- In western world, high heels were made in order not to touch unko in
street. Hat with brim was made because people in the past threw unko out
of window (in time when there was no toilet?) - Perfume was made to remove odour of unko. - In Japan unko was seen as thing can be re-used and was used as fertilizers.
- The setting was to teach how food turns to unko. Sakurai-san was to
demonstrate his typical day. He ate delicious meat. He was super cute
when demonstrating going to toilet. - ARASHI members dined together last night. - Sho-san did “ho!” deep breath, the one they learned in himitsu. Aiba said it was reminiscing. Sakurai kept doing this. - Sho-san did a lot `marius` gag e.g. itadakimarius when he started eating. - After the demonstration Nino said Sho-chan arigatou.
- Unko’s shape can tell our health status. Banana shape is healthy,
hard is lack of exercise, too soft is eating cold things or drinking too
much beer, juice etc.
[Sakurai sensei’s teaching about manliness and femaleness] - Sakurai-san’s jacket was pink and tie with grey and white pattern. - He partnered with Sato Shori. They were double Sho combi and double S combi (both names were SS).
- The corner was to wrestle with Hamaguchi Kyoko. Sho-san asked Fuma to
do it and Fuma said he wanted to do unko, and Sho-san said `no more
now!` (giggle) - Masaki-san was still sweating up till the second teaching. It seemed that the dome was bit hot.
- In VTR, Sho-san entered VS ARASHI’s green room to get members’ blood
(by a nurse). When getting Masaki-san’s blood, Sho-san said `It`s red,
right?` When getting MatsuJun’s blood, Sho-san said `Is it thick (same
word in Japanese to describe MatsuJun’s face), and MatsuJun laughed ‘Not
thick!’ When getting Nino’s blood, Sho-san asked him if he was happy
and Nino said he was happy. When getting Leader’s blood, Leader shouted
‘Painful!’ The nurse failed to get the blood vessels several times, at
last she managed to do it, Sho-san said 'Great~ So he is human~’ When
getting Sho-san’s blood, he was the only who didn’t look at the needle.
And he said 'Not painful~’ with a pitiful look. - Sho-san said while
people may have a sterotype on manliness and femaleness, in nature
different species have different interpretation. For example for King
Penguin, man is to feed the baby penguin while the female is to hunt for
food. - For human being, female may unconscious have consideration
factors on choosing partners i.e. good voice. This may be related to
immunity (sorry I didn’t take note on this part so I am not sure) -
The blood of members were sent to immunity test. Nino got almost full
score, meaning he has good immunity. MatsuJun and Nino have two areas
which were the same, there is only 0.01% for two persons to be the same
in two areas, they were like miracle brothers. Leader and Sho-san got
one area the same. Masaki-san had three out of four areas different from
other members (the remaining area, all members were the same). So
Masaki-san was different from them. Sho-san (?) said that so that
Masaki-san can get along with anyone.
[Aiba sensei’s teaching about sports] - Masaki-san’s jacket was navy blue with brown tie. He took the jacket off during his session. - The word sports has association with the word deportare which means joyful and play.
- Masaki-san asked if animals play sports or not. Sho-san answered no,
because animals do not comprehend rule. <– Very Sho-san-like way of
thinking, I think.<br> - Then Masaki-san said lions play and the lost one will go away, there is some sort of rule in it.
- Masaki-san introduced interesting sports in the world, in Finland
there is a game called `Transporting wife`, husbands carry their wives
and run through barriers. The winner will get beer in equivalent kg of
his wife. - They had match on this game. Nino acted wife for ARASHI
team. Sho-san tried various ways to carry Nino but failed, at last he
carried Nino on back. Leader carried Nino with ohimesamadakko, the venue
(including me) couldn’t be more excited. MatsuJun carried Nino like
carrying mannequin in Shukudai kun. Masaki-san tried to carry Nino from
behind but failed and they both fell. Masaki-san tried several ways to
carry Nino but failed and they fell several times. At last Masaki-san
succeeded and he was in full sweat. MatsuJun commented that the game was
interesting out of imagaination. - Masaki-san said that one can
train `brain working nerve` (運脳神経) to help on do better sports. Examples
of exercise to train such brain working nerve include walking while
sitting on floor and using the butts to move forward.
[Matsumoto sensei’s teaching about nervousness] - Matsumoto-san’s tie was green. - He taught us way not to lose to nervousness.
- His corner ask one audience to talk to member. When staff searched
the audience which took some time, Sho-san asked what if doing one time
of `transporting wife`. - MatsuJun listed out symptoms of nervousness, Masaki-san added `want to go to toilet`.
- MatsuJun’s corner was to let the members to experience nervousness.
He asked Nino to player recorder (flute). Nino said he was not nervous,
he entered Johnny’s because of playing it (during audition). But his
pulse was recorded rising. - Nino didn’t play very well and he fell into foams like MMDA. - Masaki-san said 'Ninomi~’ when Nino fell.
- MatsuJun then said he also practiced recorder and wanted to play a
song. He talked to Nino 'Kazu! Listen to it!’ But his playing was out of
tone and Nino laughed so hard and said 'Jun-san! Jun-san!’ - MatsuJun wanted again but still out of tone and he laughed hard.
- At last the song came out to be birthday song. We sang it to Nino.
The birthday cake was strawberry cake with 34 candle. 3 is pink and 4 is
yellow. - Nino said he’ll start doing sports coming to age 34. - Right nervousness can make us perform better.
- Athlets learn to control nervousness by setting up routine, like some
actions you decided to do before a game and when you do it you can
concentrate. - MatsuJun taught us 'WakuWaku routine’ there were four
steps: 1. jump twice to straight your body 2. breathe slowly 3. look
straight 4. straight your hand, circle two times, and fingers down. Just
like 'ARASHI, ARASHI, for dream’.
[Ohno sensei’s teaching about tears] - Leader talked about an episode of him and his teacher in primary four. There were regrettbale tears and happy tears. - Leader said he cried when watching the finale of Hanzawa Naoki, but during testing he didn’t.
- During test it was found that when one cries, the stress level will
go down. Crying helps one alleviate stress and relax mind. It is a good
way to change mood. - Leader said animals don’t cry. - 5 x 10 in
5 x 10 con was broadcast because many fans mentioned it during voting.
The venue was full of appraise when Sho-san appeared. After the video
Sho-san joked that he was really slim that time. - Leader said he didn’t expect a full version will be broadcast. - Masaki said it is a good group (as depicted in the video).
- MatsuJun said that in the VTR Aiba-san tried hard throughout the song
to hold his tears while at last he smiled. It was good. Love you! (To
Masaki-san). And Masaki-san answered Thank you. - Leader said that crying is actually a resonance with others’ feeling.
* Sorry I have not crossed checked with other repo. I took handwriting
note. Please feel free to let me know if I have repo anything wrong.
Add: During closing Sho san did two times disco star byebye. And Masaki san did one disco star walk. And when they entered the door, since the camera was filming Nino, Masaki san who needed to cross in front of them bowed to walk in order not to bother the filming.