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4:11 pm - 12/29/2011

Arashi's Furasato As Kouhaku Theme: Sho Plays Resurrected Piano

The five members of Arashi, as MCs for the White Team, present this project to support Tohoku (the area of Japan which was devastated by earthquakes, tsunami, and radiation on March 11). The song "Furusato" (meaning 'hometown') was born as part of a special project at last year's Kouhaku. In 2011, this song will represent the feelings towards our hometowns, feelings which have now grown much stronger in many people's hearts. A second verse has been specially written into the song by Kundo Koyama, who also penned the original lyrics. This "Furusato" is also the theme song for the 62nd NHK Kouhaku Utagassen.

A certain piano, ruined by the tsunami, was once part of a junior high school gymnasium in Fukushima Prefecture and had been used for many years. On the day of the disaster, that particular junior high school was undergoing their graduation ceremony. Despite being mud-ridden in tsunami caused by the major earthquake, this piano was taken to a local piano company who carefully repaired it free of charge to the point where it was once again able to produce sound. This year, we will borrow this special piano and bring it to the stage to be played by Arashi's Sho Sakurai. Riding the melody of this piano, which is a symbol of recovery, our viewers, our Kouhaku artists, and of course the members of Arashi will come together in a touching chorus rendition of "Furusato". This will be a special segment which communicates the never-ending brightness of our hometowns, and our strong belief in tomorrow.

"A piano that took half a year to be playable again. Even now it carries many scars. However, it rings out with clear tones. I hope to perform "Furusato" with the thoughts and feelings of the tuner Mr. Endo and the children of Fukushima." - Sho Sakurai

Source: 62nd Kouhaku Utagassen (December 28, 2011)
Picture Source: dreamlights @ tumblr
Translation: squallina @ livejournal

Sho's been promising us for ages he'd show us his grand return to piano playing. What a way to fulfil that promise!

Edit: Fixed Sho's message to reflect the changes made to the Kouhaku site.
mellastella 29th-Dec-2011 07:19 am (UTC)
Sho's been promising us for ages he'd show us his grand return to piano playing. What a way to fulfil that promise!
exactly what i was thinking. i'm even more excited now and i hope he does wonderfully! :)
maachanxshou 29th-Dec-2011 07:19 am (UTC)
OMG!!!!I really looking forward this~~^^
0227964 29th-Dec-2011 07:23 am (UTC)
cant wait for this..^^
asaphira_sachi 29th-Dec-2011 07:23 am (UTC)
As if the song and event didn't hold much significance already, everything about this news just made the upcoming performance even more touching and meaningful ♥
yct27 29th-Dec-2011 07:36 am (UTC)
Yeaaayy sho with piano XD
Def must watch this!
princessayra 29th-Dec-2011 07:38 am (UTC)
OH GOSH. <3 <3 <3 Those sexy piano-playing fingers...
mecha_danger 29th-Dec-2011 07:46 am (UTC)
Aw I'm a sucker for sentimental things like this :)
And it looks like Nadeshiko's doing something for kouhaku, too? idk kinda straining my eyes.
squallina 29th-Dec-2011 11:29 am (UTC)
The article says a few of the members of Nadesico Japan (including Sawa) will be appearing for the opening of Kouhaku. If memory serves me correctly, young pro-golfer Ryo Ishikawa did something similar last year.
kame_94 29th-Dec-2011 07:46 am (UTC)
I can't wait for this!!!!
He'll probably be so nervous, but I know he'll definitely do well
So excited~
miss_lonliah 29th-Dec-2011 09:24 am (UTC)
lol xD
riringo 29th-Dec-2011 08:27 am (UTC)

My New Year's resolution 2012
find a fast internet connection in order to watch Kouhaku Uta Gassen with Keyhole
daikishlicious 29th-Dec-2011 08:48 am (UTC)
+1! :)
dyan1219 30th-Dec-2011 07:29 am (UTC)
cheeze2888 29th-Dec-2011 08:48 am (UTC)
this is a must see!!
can't wait for sho to play the piano...<3 <3 <3
ennui_rei 29th-Dec-2011 08:54 am (UTC)
i'm so gonna have dibs on the tv on new year's eve. can't wait to watch them real-time. :)
georgiaannaa 29th-Dec-2011 09:02 am (UTC)
I'll probably die.
csaca 29th-Dec-2011 09:09 am (UTC)
I will cry my eyes out.
miss_lonliah 29th-Dec-2011 09:26 am (UTC)
buyme_arashi 29th-Dec-2011 09:41 am (UTC)
i'll probably end up bawling my eyes out.
a_cheshire_grin 29th-Dec-2011 10:09 am (UTC)
I'm just getting more and more excited for this year's Kouhaku!! *_______________*

"Furusato" is such a beautiful song and now Sho will play the piano too...?! I'm VERY happy about this!
pinky_fairy10 29th-Dec-2011 10:18 am (UTC)
bratty_onigiri 29th-Dec-2011 10:40 am (UTC)
Sho's been promising us for ages he'd show us his grand return to piano playing. What a way to fulfil that promise!

It's time for me to whip out tissues and get ready to bawl.
jearashifan 29th-Dec-2011 10:53 am (UTC)
I'm so watching Kouhaku this year <3
helios_blue 29th-Dec-2011 11:20 am (UTC)
let's hope my internet connection will be decent on Saturday
I need to see this badly
the_lilone 30th-Dec-2011 11:29 am (UTC)
Does that mean there is a place where I can stream it live?
ilovesho 29th-Dec-2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
can't wait ..
sho = piano

also, want to know the story behind sho being the one who'll play it ..

"Sho's been promising us for ages he'd show us his grand return to piano playing. What a way to fulfil that promise!"
- love this line ..
katzsong 29th-Dec-2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
So much going on for Kouhaku this year. Looking forward to it! *prepares tissues*
arashic5 29th-Dec-2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
Can't wait. I'm gonna prepare some tissues
arashi_sugoi 29th-Dec-2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to Kouhaku so much <3
xxdaviexx 29th-Dec-2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
I cannot wait for this performance. <3
edneichon 29th-Dec-2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
i just cant wait *o*
though is not related in the context the pose in that pic reminds me to the anis ep when
the guys are teasing hentai pianist xD
hazel_darlene 30th-Dec-2011 03:19 am (UTC)
lololol I WANNA SEE THAT HENTAI PIANIST :))) what if he shows up :)) lololol xD
newsvsyamapi 29th-Dec-2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Can't wait!!!
kt_pride 30th-Dec-2011 01:39 am (UTC)
I must watch this!!!!! *-*
eyeslikefirefly 30th-Dec-2011 06:35 am (UTC)
So much flailing going on!!
the_lilone 30th-Dec-2011 11:31 am (UTC)
Now I never really paid much attention to Arashi before until these couple of years so I never knew Sho played the piano. That just made me love him that much more.
cassyclim8 30th-Dec-2011 02:06 pm (UTC)

Thought I would share this to you in case you haven't seen this yet. Sorry this is not complete. The one that's cut off is that right after aiba was done playing the harmonica, he went over to replace Sho in playing the keyboards then sho did the backup vocals. Jun wasn't here coz he'll perform his solo act after this. It's from their first concert. And in their 2003 concert, he played the piano while they were performing Blue :)
nishya 2nd-Jan-2012 03:08 am (UTC)

Thanks for pointing this out... I didn't know Arashi did such 'instrumental' performances so early >_<
lovestormbaby 2nd-Jan-2012 07:29 am (UTC)
I've seen this before and I always wondered if Aiba knows how to play the piano/keyboard.
All I know is that he plays the harmonica, guitar and saxophone(before). This is the only time I've seen him play the piano.
alee5a 30th-Dec-2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Absolutely can't wait for this.. Sho-chan and piano is simply <3
cassyclim8 30th-Dec-2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
woohoo!! looking forward to this
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