July 27, 2011

Akama Naoya is back too!!!

Stupid LiveJournal is down, and I shouldn't be making a post right now, but this is big news, and I just learned about this, and I'm very happy and excited.

A Japanese friend posted a picture and linked a blog entry on my Twitter list yesterday, and while the pic was really funny, I didn't know what that was all about, and I just dismissed it. Today though, checking for something else, I came across the news on a Japanese blog: Akama Naoya is back.

Only now his name is not Akama Naoya. He changed it to Kumano Naoya (熊野直哉). Apparently he's working for the same agency as Asaka Kodai, A-Team, in a sub-group called A-Light, and he has an Ameba blog, in which he made an introductory post I still need to read fully, and a YouTube account. You can find his profile on the Japanese Wikipedia as well.

Now we only need Hoshino to come back and we'll have all of the old Ya-Ya-yah members back in the entertainment business. ;) Taiyô came back in January, Shoon in June, Naoya now in July... Hoshino, it's your turn! :D Awww... I want a Ya-Ya-yah reunion!! ^3^


直哉くん、おかえりなさいよ! 

I will add a post on our LiveJournal account as soon as LJ is back. :(

June 18, 2011

a back-to-back post!!

Hello~ this is A, and I have something wonderful to share since it's been quite a while when I last showed up here and posted something. This post is somewhat special because it's a back-to-back post, meaning Irea and I have Taiyo and Shoon (and Leon) news for you. (:

S before T, ok? XD [Irea: you're too kind! XD]

I believe some of you might have already read her post at the Shoon&Reon community at LJ, but for those who haven't yet...

Shoon and Leon re-opened their blog on June 6th, and it seems more and more evident that they're back to stay. Remember last year we speculated with the possibility that they might have signed up with Sky Corporation? Their names don't show up on their site and there has been no official announcement, but everything seems to point in that direction:
1) Just like last year, last week they took part in the Yumenoshima marathon and related events (like the charity auction), teaming up with several Sky Corp. talents.
2) The tag on their t-shirts read: 「スカイ Star's」 ('Sky Star's' - Japlish for the win ^_~). Conspicuous much? XD

3) A few days before they re-opened their blog, Shoon was mentioned by Hiroyoshi Kozaki, lead vocalist of the indie band One Truth Only, in his blog. The post said Shoon had visited their studio to record a cover of one of their songs, 「ユメノカケラ」 (Yume no Kakera). Hiroyoshi Kozaki does not appear listed in the Sky Corporation's site either, but he too took part in the marathon with the 'Sky Star's' tag, and ran in Shoon and Leon's team.
4) This week Shoon&Leon have been guests in a radio show hosted by Hoshi Hitomi, who IS a Sky Corporation talent, and took part in the marathon as well. The show had One Truth Only as guests too, and they are airing Shoon's cover of 'Yume no kakera'.
Probably, just like Taiyô's case, they're treading carefully and testing the waters before making it public that they have signed under this agency.

Excited much? Here's more.

It's been half a year since Taiyo reappeared, not without us fans wondering about where agency he now belongs. Since he appeared with Nakama Yukie in Blue Earth 5, Japanese fans speculated that he's under Ogi Production, the fact that Nakama is one of the notable talents in the agency. (Remember this entry?) Another lead was URAKARA, where Ishiguro Hideo, who also hails from OgiPro appeared on Episode 11. Sounds like there's a talent appearance line-up, no?

As for Tumbling vol.2, there was some sort of an invitation from Ogipro in the leaflets according to some fans, which led us to thinking that it could really possibly be OgiPro after all. Visit the official homepage and still, there's no confirmation or statement yet. But then, from out of the blue, it's the colleagues who gave away some sort of an unofficial confirmation that Taiyo now belongs to OgiPro. (Just like what we thought, no?)

From Moriyama Eiji's blog, dated 15.06.2011 (mentioned as 'colleague in the agency')
From Isaka Tatsuya's blog, dated 15.06.2011 (mentioned 'in the birthday party of the company president') [read: the company president. 8D What do you think of that?]

Now what's with Shoon and Taiyo appearing in blogs of their colleagues? This kind of approach leaves so much room for anticipation, probably with a go signal from their managements. You can imagine just how excited we are, after all the waiting these past years. It's nice to know that they are supported by their fellow talents. Doesn't that mean so much to us too? Backing up Shoon, Leon & Taiyo means that they believe in these guys, and that their agencies have great plans for them in the near future.

For those who are following the Twitter account, you might've come across several links, RT's, etc. regarding Tumbling vol.2 and 'Spot-the-Taiyo' pictures in cast members' blogs. Here they are, for your convenience (with some I have forgotten to include):

Suda Masaki
2011.05.02 → 笑たわ~泣いたわ~学んだわ~
2011.05.23 → 千秋楽
2011.05.25 → 名古屋名物はなんじゃろ
2011.05.27 → ぷくぷくシールだそうです

Chiba Yudai
2011.05.23 → 東京千秋楽
2011.06.02 → ぽけーっとしながら
2011.06.06 → 大阪千秋楽

Kamakari Kenta
2011.05.23 → 東京楽!
2011.05.30 → 名古屋りんぐ♪
2011.06.07 → 青春☆

Mizuta Kouki
2011.05.24 → 気持ち!
2011.05.27 → 名古屋上陸☆
2011.06.03 → 大阪!!
2011.06.07 → 本気と書いてマジと読む(笑)

Rachi Shinji
2011.05.23 →タンブリング

Daito Shunsuke
2011.05.04 → 緑のマットに帰ってきた!

Uema Mio
2011.05.04 → 港町純情オセロ

From De-View → 舞台『タンブリング vol.2』に行ってきました~!!
From LMaga → イケメン日本代表が、神戸に集結!

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April 06, 2011

光くん、ガンバレ!

The media outside Japan are gradually speaking less and less about what's going on in Japan -they moved on to other news like Lybia's civil war-, but things in Japan are far from being solved. It will take months to sort out the situation of survivors and evacuees, to repair the damages caused by the earthquake and tsunami and to solve the problems of the Fukushima nuclear plant.

When you stop to think about it, it feels so strange that in one country/city/house/room somebody's busy/happy/safe/well-nourished, while in the next room/nearby town/on the other end of the world somebody else is suffering. We don't stop to think about these things very often, and it's normal because if we did we wouldn't live. It's the essence of existence after all: one life ends, but another begins, there's joy and there's pain, and so on. However, sometimes certain things make you stop and think. It can be something 'small' in scale and close to you, like an unexpected diagnosis of a cancer in a relative, or something massive, the sum of thousands of anonymous tragedies, like what has happened in Japan.

It may seem shocking, and even grotesque, that there are entertainment shows and people singing on TV when there's people in other parts of the country who are suffering such hardships, but as an article I read recently (on the subject of Japan's current situation) says, it's good to mourn but also there is a time to resume normal life... while making all possible efforts to help the victims of the disaster, of course.

I imagine these days it must be very hard for Hikaru to sing and focus on work when he knows his own family is going through terrible hardships in the Miyagi prefecture after the earthquake and tsunami, but it's great that he and the other johnny's can help with the Marching J project, and that he, in particular, can be the voice of the people who are suffering. All that surrounds idols/celebrities may be frivolous, but they can reach many and make a difference.

This blog tends to focus more on Taiyô and Shoon because they need more support than Yabu and Hikaru, who have achieved their dream of debuting, but we love Yabu and Hikaru just as much, so I want to take this chance to show our support to Hikaru and his family, because I was very much moved by Hikaru's words at the Marching J event last Saturday, and by his and Yabu's words on the SMAP Ganbarimasu clip below. Our new team member, KAKO (kokokako_831@LJ), has kindly translated it, and I added subs to it with Dailymotion. ^__^

To watch with subs: click play button > click pause button > click 'CC subtitles' icon on the top right > click EN on the middle of the screen > click play button again. (if you can't watch the clip below, click here


If you want to download this clip or the whole thing... (credits to KAL) [password: hikaru]

2011.04.02 SMAP ganbarimasu YabuHika.avi (RAW) (1280x720 - 45MB)
2011.04.02 SMAP ganbarimasu - Marching J part.avi (1280x720 - 400MB) .001 .002 .003

Thanks to Kako for the heads-up on this as well: *hugs*

Hey!Say!JUMP member Yaotome Hikaru attended the “Marching J” charity event held by Johnny & Associates on April 1st. The fund raising event was very special to Hikaru since he’s originally from the Miyagi prefecture.
Hikaru said that right now his family is living in the evacuation shelters, and also mentioned that his older brother is staying at the company workplace. He wants his brother to see how hard he’s working. He also admitted that that his family actually lives in the mountain side of Miyagi-ken but communication is cut-off so he worries a lot.
The apartment, where his older brother and wife live, in Tagajo-shi was damaged by tsunami and earthquake. The first floor is flooded and they have no gas or water. His sister-in-law took refuge in his parents house along with her child, while the brother is residing in the company house. Though, Hikaru is particularly concerned for his 4-year old niece and 6-year old nephew.
Hikaru hasn’t been able to reach any of his friends and wants to go back there as soon as possible. He really wants to do something for them all and is thankful for the “Marching J” project.


Translation of Hikaru's words at the Marching J event by TokyoHive (Source: Sanspo)

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