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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.
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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~
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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! :)
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)
HAPPY :D
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