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.
17.04.30 bay storm - Ninomiya-san on Aiba-san [English translation]
— Mail: Is there anything Nino-kun want
to start doing from spring?
N: Well spring is a season with good feeling. Well, thing I want to start. But
if life is broken like this, I don’t want to start anything. Best. Now is the
best. Watching Aiba-kun’s drama and drinking alcohol, best. Indeed the
appearance of people working, that, that makes me taste that I am evil, this
only happens when I see the person I know appears on TV and works hard. To me.
Probably, at this moment too, in order for people to watch this (drama), he is
working hard day and night? But then what I am working hard for? Thinking about
this I am watching drama, drinking alcohol. I’m going to cry.
That is splendid. (Super tender voice) Do your best~ Do your best~. It’s good
occupation. If it’s the case this life will be broken, I shan’t start anything.
I think it’s really tough~ really. Ne. There are various accompanying works,
interviews, promotion etc. Ne. Everyone please watch. Until the end. Um.
— Mail: Ninomiya-kun who knows Aiba-kun for more than 20 years, please tell
us the wonderful response of Aiba-kun which Ninomiya-kun knows.
N: “I want to eat hamburg
with Ninomiya-kun together” (pen-name of person sending this mail. One
listener sent mail to Rekomen pen-named “I want to eat deep-fried chicken with
Aiba-kun” and Aiba-san said let’s eat together, so this listener wanted to see
how Ninomiya-san responded with this pen-name). Absolutely impossible. (Giggle)
I absolutely shan’t tell which shop I go to. In case we meet in shop that will
be impossible too. Absolutely. That is so, right?
Aiba-kun is, Aiba-kun is like that, “Let’s eat, let’s eat everyone”.
But is hamburg
food everyone can share? Deep-fried chicken is food that be shared, though,
let’s assume it’s true. One person can’t consume all such amount of deep-fried
chicken, right? But, can hamburg
be shared? I don’t think so. In the shop too, in case we meet, probably, we
shall eat hamburg
in the same space, but I shall eat all my portion as I can. I shall not share, hamburg. (Laugh)
Wonderful response, Aiba-san. Whatever will be fine, my talk about hamburg. The mail is
about Aiba-san’s wonderful response.
Um. He’s a good person. Year after year he is becoming a better person.
Aiba-kun. I think he is becoming a better person. Steadily. Year after year.
Well. Um. I think just by that, job offers come. He did Kouhaku Uta Gassen
host, though what he does now is somehow a continuity of that, before that
probably he has always been a good person, right? That person. Those (job
offers) come, indeed he’s a good person. Indeed, because if I myself have to
seek responsible of the programme, if choose from these five people, indeed I
shall go for Aiba-kun, right? If I were to do so I would choose Aiba-kun. Um.
Because he is a human being who, until now, has been acquiring virtues by doing
good things in various places. That… right? Even there is mistake, the virtue
can offset the mistake, he is a person with such virtues. I don’t have such
virtue, not even one. Impossible, I can’t make any mistake at all. Um. I don’t
even share hamburg
with others, I don’t have any virtue.
Aiba-kun is like this, indeed, “Right so~ Ah! I bit want to eat it too~
Let’s eat let’s eat”, doing so acquires virtues, that person, day and night.
So somehow, when there is mistake, everyone just says “kawaii”,
“Aiba-kun style”. He himself reflects, probably, on the mistakes.
Next time don’t make mistake again, he reflects such thing himself and makes
minor changes though, people seeing such mistakes would just say “Ah it’s
like Aiba-chan”, “Aiba-chan is genki too today”. Um.
Such monk would be great. A monk like Aiba-kun, um, I want him to do memorial
service, when I die (Giggle). I want my memorial service to be done by such
good person. Um. Splendid. Such things, indeed, I think even he doesn’t work
hard he could do this (naturally do good things to others). Aiba-san. Well,
saying this I already sound bit weird. However, this kind of thing, without
forcing himself, “Ah! Right so! I also wanted to eat it! Well let’s eat
together”. Um. He’s a good person.
No wonder people want to listen to his radio indeed. Well really. When I am
aware only I and Aiba-kun are having radio. Ne. So, only I and Aiba-san? Is
bayFM not changing? As genki as always, we are working on this? Ah… Ne. for
NEWS, only Massu has radio, JUMP-san, Ken-chan, right, Ken-chan also has radio.
Surprisingly long-time. Everyone’s radio programmes. Ah! Right! Shingo-kun and
Tsuyopon-niisan have radio. Right. Long-time radio programme. Ne.
So we would, ne, head for making a programme which everyone likes. From now on.
15th year (Giggle) of course. From 15th year onwards, make big shift change. Well,
we’ll read mails like “I went to picnic”, from now on. To acquire
virtues. Um. Until I become Ajari (monk of high virtues), acquire virtues, then
future, let’s be a human being who can be craved. Along with the shape of this
microphone, such shape. To craved person, virtue will be acquired. Only human
being acquiring virtues can be craved like this indeed. (Giggle) So from now
on, let’s learn from Aiba-san, good. Ne? Let’s do our best heading a good