This is the part from Hikaru and Inoo’s radio program- where they talked about Ya-Ya-yah (Yabu and Hikaru) guesting on Johnnys All Star Island on 19 January 2017.
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>Mail from fan saying she was surprised at Yabu and
Hikaru being guests at JAI and “Ya-Ya-yah” being displayed on the
Hikaru: Yup that’s right
Inoo: Last Thursday right? Hikaru: We were guests for Johnny’s Island
at Imperial Theatre, and last year, me and Yabu talked about appearing on it.
So since it was just to be both of us, we wanted to do old songs, songs that
only me and Yabu can do, so we did Ya-Ya-yah’s Just wanna lovin’ you and Itoshi
no playgirl… Inoo: That’s so nostalgic.
Hikaru: We chose two nostalgic songs. During the meetings, the staff asked what
should they display our name as? Yabu Kota and Yaotome Hikaru? And then I said,
since it’s just the both of us, let’s appear as Ya-Ya-yah. It will be a
surprise and a little interesting right?
Inoo: I see. So it was Hikaru who suggested it right?
Hikaru: Yup. I said let me and Yabu appear as Ya-Ya-yah. It would be just for
that night, and that would be the only time we could have such a valuable
Inoo: It’s true that for Just wanna and Itoshi no playgirl, those who knew you
from Hey say jump probably wouldn’t know what songs are those, but for us, we
do. We did dance and sing behind you as juniors… it has been such a long time
since you sang that. How long since?
Hikaru: A long time, about 9 or 10 years? Really..
Inoo: Why did you think of going as that instead of Hey say jump or Yaotome
Hikaru and Yabu Kota?
Hikaru: I wonder why…. when we were choosing what songs to sing, all the
options which came out were all Ya-Ya-yah songs. Ya-Ya-yah has so many songs
but when we decided to choose among those, it was like “uh but we are
HSJ”. But the songs we are singing are different and it will be weird. We
were born as Ya-Ya-yah. And before JUMP was formed, we were raised as Ya-Ya-yah
too. Then our popularity rose with Hey say jump. There was such a history and
because we want to treasure this history. We displayed our names as Ya-Ya-yah.
Inoo: That has to be a really valuable time for the people there
Hikaru: Somehow, there was an excited rouse among the crowd, they were all
whispering, and it was a special atmosphere, we were really nervous!! And with
that, me and Yabu returned to our dressing rooms.
Inoo: How was it? When it ended, did both of you talk about it?
Hikaru: We were like.. “gosh this nervousness is horrible”
Inoo: Oh, both of you were nervous?
Hikaru: We were nervous! Don’t we always form circles during Hey say jump’s
concerts? There were only both of us but we still formed a small circle
backstage and went “Oh!”
Inoo: So how were the reactions of the juniors? There are those who have
backdanced for this song before, but there are also those who don’t know
Hikaru: Snowman and SixTones backdanced for Itoshi no playgirl, and they were
really happy during the rehearsal, they said things like “This feels so
Inoo: Because it has been such a long time since they danced to this..
Hikaru: Yup yup, they also said things like “We wanted to backdance to
Inoo: It was probably a song where all of them only just became juniors
Hikaru: They also said things like “we want to backdance for HSJ.” I
was really happy. It was a really valuable experience.