松本 潤

10

Well it’s that time of the year again! It’s Jun Day! And as it’s an especially special Jun Day, I have decided to explain why he is so wonderful to me. I met Jun when I was just barely 14 due to HanaDan. And I owe so much to his example. Jun is someone who is purely himself in my opinion. You can tell when he’s trying to do something that he doesn’t want to do or he’s uncomfortable with. Jun is a hard worker and he has been through his own set of trials. He was bullied in school and let’s be honest, he was a total dork until puberty decided to bless him. Even now, he’s got horrible skin, but that’s okay. In fact, it makes me happy because it makes him more relatable.

Jun is known as the “cool” one in the group. For a long time, he kept himself very stoic, but even then you can see one of Jun’s most wonderful and admirable traits: his love and loyalty. Jun is one of the most caring people I have ever witnessed. He wants to protect his loved ones and even when he’s trying to be cool, he puts his utmost effort into giving his loved ones happiness. Nino once stated in an interview that if a building was falling on Arashi, Jun would be the one to hold up the wall and tell the others to run, even if it meant certain death. That’s a pretty selfless thing to do, and with the way he interacts with those around him, it does not surprise me at all.

Another big thing about Jun is his persistence. Jun is not like Aiba, who is a literal ray of sunshine. Do not get me wrong, when Jun gives a real smile, the entire world lights up, but what I like is that even when Jun is unhappy, he’s going to give it his all. Jun was not a great singer. I’m going to be completely honest with that, but he still gave it his all and sang with so much passion. And Jun’s persistence has paid off. As a trained singer myself, I celebrate every single and album over the improvements he makes. If you take his singing from the first album and compare it to the singing now, the improvement is beautiful. Jun is never the best out of the group, but he will make sure that he gives it his all.

So whenever I have doubts, or feel uncomfortable with myself, or I have bad things happen and want to give up, I remember Jun. Jun’s skin isn’t perfect, but he’s still beautiful. Jun isn’t the best, but he improves and deserves his achievements. Though there will be other idols I find inspiring, no one has given the warmth, the sincerity, and the strength that comes from Matsumoto Jun.