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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
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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
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