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.
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)
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.