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5:03 pm - 09/05/2012

Ex-Johnny’s Jr. Taiyo Ayukawa is back

With roles in stage plays, movies, and now a new blog, former-Johnny’s Jr. and Ya-Ya-yah member Taiyo Ayukawa has made a comeback, reports Cyzowoman on September 4.

Ya-Ya-yah was a Johnny’s Jr. group which released the single “勇気100% / 世界がひとつになるまで (Yuuki 100% / Sekai ga hitotsu ni narumade)” back in 2002. Back then, Hey! Say! JUMP members Kota Yabu and Hikaru Yaotome were Ayukawa’s team mates.

It has been reported Ayukawa’s blog “殿堂入り 鮎川太陽オフィシャルブログ (Dendo-iri Taiyo Ayukawa’s Official Blog)” opened on August 31, and recorded more than 1000 comments on its first day. It even made its debut at No.7 on Ameba Celebrity Blog’s newcomer chart.

The talent had started to fade out after Yabu and Yaotome joined Hey! Say! JUMP in 2007.

“He was cute and had an innocent personality that made him one of president Johnny Kitagawa’s favourites, but after he hit puberty he had a huge growth spurt. By the time he was at high school he was 185cm tall. Being so tall, he was a head taller than all the other talents, which wasn’t a good thing balance-wise and gradually he got less and less jobs. In the end, it seems like he made the decision to leave the agency,” one Johnny’s reporter said.

While there were some rumors Ayukawa had retired from showbiz completely, the ex-Johnny’s talent made a comeback as a newcomer actor in last year’s New Year’s TV special 仲間由紀恵の蒼い地球5 (Nakama Yukie no Aoi Chikyu 5, Yukie Nakama’s Blue Earth 5).

“By that time he seemed to have joined the same agency as actress Yukie Nakama, Ogi Production, but his profile wasn’t made public, probably to avoid any conflict with Johnny’s. It wasn’t until this year when the agency made his profile public, and he’s been getting more jobs in movies and stage shows. It’s like the same thing his other Ya-Ya-yah team mate Shion Yamashita did when he stayed low for a year to cut things off from Johnny’s,” said the same source as above.

It has been reported his latest job has been attending a press conference on August 29 for his latest movie ひとりかくれんぼ 劇場版−真・都市伝説− (Hitori Kakurenbo Gekijoban – Shin.Toshi-densetsu -), where he has a supporting role. In September, Ayukawa will also be starring in a new stage play.

But even though he has jobs now, on his blog the talent had said he is far from comfortable.

“It’s not like I have an event to take part in every year, or a concert tour to go on every season. I don’t have any regular magazine spots, or regular TV shows. I don’t have a work place I can go to every day either.

“My mother once told me this. She said, ‘celebrities need to be seen or they’ll be forgotten. There are always new kids or groups to replace you’. New kids are scary! Scarier than horror movies!”

But Ayukawa said it has been his fans who have and will help him through it.

“I’ve gotten comments like, ‘I’ve been a fan for 10 years’, ‘I’m from Hong Kong and love you’, ‘thanks for coming back’. It’s things like that that make me so happy. So let me say ‘thank you’ to you. To every single person, thank you. At the moment I’ve read comments 1 to 420. I haven’t read all of them. But I will. And I’ll reply to the ones I can.”

Finally, Ayukawa had said he was glad to be able to interact with his fans more.

“Being able to do this blog, I think I can interact in a new way. Even if I’m dead tired from work, I can find the strength to keep going tomorrow. Even if I feel like giving up, I think I can find a way to stay in this world from now on.”

To see Ayukawa’s profile at his new agency, click here. He’s 188cm tall now! Wow!

credits here

OMG, welcome back Taiyo!!! Good luck!
Though I don't know what's w/ the height issue. HSJ had so much loltastic height difference then and now. Maybe they should have extended members to 12 if only to accomodate Taiyo & Shoon, lol
zaziemuto 5th-Sep-2012 09:14 am (UTC)

taiyô was and is one of my favourites! :)
I'm sooooo happy that he is back!!

Edited at 2012-09-05 09:15 am (UTC)
eevaleena 5th-Sep-2012 09:17 am (UTC)
So glad to see many ex-Johnny's coming back! Just saw one with ex-NewS Kusano Hironori too *happiness*
binibinikahel 5th-Sep-2012 09:27 am (UTC)
OMGEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! okaeri!!!!!!!!!
ennuimaster 5th-Sep-2012 09:29 am (UTC)
taiyou my dear ohemgee i never thought this time would come
/brb crying
mele_3_4 5th-Sep-2012 09:34 am (UTC)
I nearly screamed when I saw his current height, he is 28 cms taller than me ._.

Edited at 2012-09-05 09:35 am (UTC)
aoisoranohikari 5th-Sep-2012 10:02 am (UTC)
OH MY OGOD!! He's my ichiban in Ya-Ya-yah and finally he's officially back!!! HOW I MISSED HIM SO MUCH (> <) *tears of happiness* I'll keep support him! XDDD
yurekka 5th-Sep-2012 10:04 am (UTC)
I'm so happy he came back ;_;
ayaelf92 5th-Sep-2012 10:15 am (UTC)
jezzchika 5th-Sep-2012 10:58 am (UTC)
yeaaay~ welcome back taiyou!!! :D
breathless31 5th-Sep-2012 11:33 am (UTC)
d'awww! he's such a cutie
subarunee 5th-Sep-2012 11:55 am (UTC)
Welcome back Taiyou ><

Still remember how cute he is when he was a child,but to see him growing up now,i feel grateful...

Wait for more Taiyou soon....
tigger_l 5th-Sep-2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
finally, he's back ! !
many ppl around were waiting for him be

stole_away 5th-Sep-2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
omg he was my fav~~ xD
nanu00 5th-Sep-2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
THANKs!!! WHO else is happy??? WOW he is back!!! TAIYOOOOOOOO I miss Ya ya yah!!!
crazgal5 5th-Sep-2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
I don't know who he is (Coz I never followed Ya-ya-yah's activities) but I'm glad he's making a comeback <3
whida 5th-Sep-2012 02:08 pm (UTC)
kyaaaaa~ welcome back taiyou~ xD
ogawaciz 5th-Sep-2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
OMG taiyo!!!!!
welcome back *hugsss*
arashic5 5th-Sep-2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
JE is so stupid. Why not making his height as a selling point as an actor? Glad he's back
turtles_tszx 5th-Sep-2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
He was too tall among the member that it kinda make sense when it doesn't look good in term of balance wise between the group. Yurina Kumai and Keita Tachibana look out of place bcos of their big height difference with other member and it doesn't look good when watching them performing.

Japanese doesn't really care much about height compared to their korean counterpart and it's kinda rare to see JE promoting their artist as an actor except than touma and he was lucky to get a break in HYD.

chizzyrei 6th-Sep-2012 01:19 am (UTC)
if JE were keen on making that height balance, they'd scrap HSJ and debut Ya-ya-yah instead. I mean, at least Yabu/ Hikaru are near his height level.

actually, I can already see some Johnny Juniors walking that path of Toma, they get casted here and there but no debut still..though Toma would probably still be the most famous of the actors-only Johnnys.
whited_79 6th-Sep-2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
and those were the luckier ones still...can't even remember how many prominent Jrs have dropped out because they're not getting jobs or will never debut, like those Kansai Jrs who seem to have a Jr dropping out every 1-2 months...:(
izabera 5th-Sep-2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
oh wow he's so grown up, I didn't recognize him!

his adam's apple looks a little weird on that photo
snow_meow 5th-Sep-2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to see him back.
It was such a shame that he and Shoon left Johnnys.
They were good.

Today is really an interesting day as this is like the second ex-Johnny who is making a comeback.
I'm glad.
xkenbe 5th-Sep-2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! I'm envious of his height though.
sawsan88 5th-Sep-2012 06:12 pm (UTC)

WOW I feel like so many ex-johnny's are trying to prove themselves that they can succeed without Johnny's power lol.
pandapaw 5th-Sep-2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
the little dork is now going to be a bigger hit than yabu in my eyes
going your own way
when he left i knew u would come back some time ^^
even shoon he is going down his own path
we will support you
synthesizia 5th-Sep-2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
GodDAMN he looks good. I wish him so much luck. This boy really deserves to be successful. I hope Johnny realizes he passed over a really good thing when he abandoned Taiyou.
edneichon 5th-Sep-2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
seems like after all, his confort zone now is acting~ well if thats the route he is following~ thats awsome!! glad for the fans,
btw such a detailed report~
blahblah 6th-Sep-2012 12:57 am (UTC)
I'm glad that he is getting more jobs~ And so handsome now <3
riinsomnia 6th-Sep-2012 08:17 am (UTC)
MY YAYAYAH ICHIBAN. OMG glad to see you come back, taiyouuuuu *cries in happiness*
omg his height. i can't imagine if he's still in johnny's lol

Edited at 2012-09-06 08:17 am (UTC)
bridgetothesky 6th-Sep-2012 09:52 am (UTC)
taiyous been back for a while doing butai and stuff.
but im so happy he got a Ameblog! our boy has grown up well~
im actually glad he took a break from the geinoukai. not just the height thing but taiyou was picked on in a jockingly way a lot when he was still in johnnys for having the baka character. i always thought even if it was a joke it did effect his self esteem a lot.

chinamini for those that was in the same johnnys jidai as me, shoon is also back with reon (n looking so goood) and my favv Asaka Koudai is also in an agency n also has a Ameblog w
katrinasacay 6th-Sep-2012 12:35 pm (UTC)
finally someone said that he's been back for a while now. LOL
i remember him acting for KARA's drama too~
hikaki 6th-Sep-2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Taiyou bb, welcome back ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

"New kids are scary! Scarier than horror movies!”
I literally couldn't stop giggling at this lol.
whited_79 6th-Sep-2012 03:07 pm (UTC)
OMG Taiyo! *cries in happiness*

Ya-ya-yah will forever remain in memory, and remained a better group for the first half of HSJ's current career...HSJ only got better recently though, and now seems the best time for him to return to showbiz...
mitsubachiii 8th-Sep-2012 01:21 am (UTC)
TAIYOU~~~!! I can't believe it, he's grown so much and omg... But the sentence with the new kids are scarier than horror movies totally shows: he's still the adorable kid I used to know. XDD I hope I can keep up with his works. >.
dollfacesaori 17th-Sep-2012 07:00 am (UTC)
omg taiyou *______* gorgeous like always Q_____Q
i really disliked HSJ when they debuted, for the sole reason that taiyou left the agency short after Q___Q he was my fav ya-ya-yah member!!! then i eventually felt very hard for HSJ, but oh well...
anyways, i'm so glad taiyou is no officially back!!!!!! *adds blog to feed*
Janet Chan 28th-Oct-2012 02:51 pm (UTC) him so much!!~
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