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.
[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.
The day after tomorrow will be Ninomiya-san’s birthday. Happy birthday!
N: (Thank you)
S: On your birthday we’ll be in Osaka having WakuWaku Gakkou.
N: I really can’t stop wakuwaku!
S: Present. Do you want anything?
A: Apart from money. Apart from money! (M agreed) Right? Money is bit…
S: We don’t gift you one by one, we four gift you one thing! For instance something
in such size…
O: If we four gift together, I don’t need to give my own present? (All laughed)
S: No please send your own present too.
N: Then I want… house.
(SA laughed hard, M was surprised, O smiled)
A: You already have one, don’t you?
SA: You have one already, you don’t need one more.
N: Well but what other things can I have as present?
M: No no no there are a lot!
O: Game, or cushion.
S: Cushion is good! We four shall gift you cushion!
N: No! No! No! (Giggle)