will be released digitally on Itunes on 9/24, physical single is yet to be announced.
42-year old German resident and recently self-published author Marcus Herzig, lovingly called Kamichan by his intelligent, completely sane followers, claims child pornography should be appropriate in his new tell-all book about the Johnny's Entertainment fandom, aptly named "Memoirs of a Johnny's Fanboy". HappySpork has got the inside scoop on the story, with previews of the book provided by Amazon! Below is a small review that focuses on the book.
Last Sept 20th and 21st, Arashi marked their 5th year in Kasumigaoka Stadium with a music festival called “AraFes“. The 5-member group opened the music extravaganza with “Happiness” as they entered the stadium on top of cranes as 5-color balloons flew. The crowd’s excitement heighten as the cranes start moving to take Arashi closer to their fans as they sang their 3rd tune,”Love Rainbow“.There were no flying stunts, but the group took advantage of moving cranes, stage, runways, and towers. As promise before, Arashi didn’t get the help of Johnny’s Juniors as dancers, it was just the five of them doing almost everything.After Masaki Aiba‘s solo song, “Friendship“, Matsumoto Jun performed “Shake it!” with the rest of Arashi as back-up dancers.
This is their way of challenging themselves and thanking 270,ooo fans who voted songs for this concert. When a reporter commented on their
closeness to achieve all of those, “this is something we owe to the fans, we achieve this kind of chemistry because of them and were truly grateful,” Sakurai Sho commented.
Out of all Arashi’s songs, 37 of those were performed during Arafes with “Face Down” voted as the no.1 single. Most of the voted singles/couplings are songs that the group haven’t performed for a long time. Matsumoto complained that Aiba have forgotten most of the songs’ lyrics, while Sakurai added that Aiba sometimes sings others lines. Aiba countered that it not just him, some of them have also forgotten some lyrics and since it was hard
to sing from memory alone, they have to memorized from scratch, which is harder.
During their 26th song, a full orchestra was revealed behind the stage screen who provided musical accompaniment for “One Love” while their last song, “Kansha Kangeki Ame Arashi” was full-on performance level.
As 1,500 fireworks display illuminated the sky, Arashi sang “Love so Sweet“, the 3rd song for the encore, and thanked everyone who joined them for AraFes.This large-scale performance reportedly have used 300 tons of water, 1,500 fireworks, and 30,000 balloons together with 70,000 fans who joined Arashi for 3 1/2 hours of performance. With another AraFes planned next year, Arashi as “national legend” is most likely to continue.
Kago Ai (24) had her first baby this past June and in her blog entry on September 21st, she shared her thoughts on childcare and answered some questions from her readers.
A reader asked Kago “Don’t you get tired from childcare?”, and she explains that when it’s just her and her baby things can get difficult, but it makes every day more fun. She shares her personal policy on childcare and home life, “I absolutely won’t say ‘I’m worn out’ in front of my daughter! I won’t say that in front of my husband either! Since my daughter is here, I want to be a mom that smiles every day!”
Another reader asked if she wanted more children and Kago wrote, “Honestly… I want another child, but I also want to work, so right now I’m happy with just my daughter.”
On September 24th, HEY! HEY! HEY! will be holding a three hour Autumn Matsuri special live from Odaiba. The program will take place from 19:00 to 21:54.
The groups will perform live and chat with Downtown, since it airs live people at home can feel like they’re there as well.
Kato Miliyah & Wakadanna
Tacky & Tsubasa
German customs officials said Saturday that a $1.2 million violin seized from a Japanese professional musician over unpaid duty will be returned to her. Belgium-based Yuzuko Horigome will not have to pay any tariffs or penalties, customs officials said.
On Aug 16, Belgium-based Yuzuko Horigome was transiting through Frankfurt Airport after performing in Japan when her violin was confiscated. When she tried to walk through the green gate for travelers arriving in the EU with nothing to declare, customs officers stopped her and said she needed to pay 190,000 euros in duty on her 1741 Guarnerius violin.
On top of this were fines, taking the total cost to 380,000 euros.
Customs confiscated the valuable fiddle because she could not provide the documents for her 1986 purchase. Guarnerius violins are considered among the world’s best, ranked alongside those made by Stradivarius and Amati.
Horigome, 54, who has worked in Europe for three decades, has since submitted documents to prove her ownership of the violin. She bought the violin in Japan in 1986.
Horigome plays in cities around the world with top conductors and orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Korean girl group KARA has returned to Japan with a new single and tour DVD.