Arashi 2010-2011 SchwagPosted: February 11, 2011 | Author: Doug 陀愚 | Filed under: Japan, Music | 4 Comments »
As readers may have noticed, my family and I are fans of a certain Japanese band named Arashi. While we were in Japan for New Year, my sister in law got some good Arashi schwag from a friend who attended a big end-of-the-year Johnny’s concert in Osaka. My daughter is very close to her obachan (her aunt), and was very happy to receive them.
The first item is a nice promotion fan, or uchiwa (内輪):
For reference starting on the back row, left, family-name first:
- Masaki Aiba (a.k.a. “Aiba-kun”) – He’s a friendly and outgoing person, and appears in TV variety shows a lot.
- Ono Satoshi (a.k.a. “Leader”) – He is the lead singer. My wife and I like him.
- Sho Sakurai (a.k.a. “Sho-kun”) – He does a lot of hip-hop/rap work and is a cool guy.
And the first row, starting on the left:
- Matsumoto Jun (a.k.a. “Matsujun”) – My daughter thinks he’s very cool. He is in a lot of TV dramas.
- Ninomiya Kazunari (a.k.a. “Nino”) – He is probably the most artistic, since he writes some of the music and can sing and play guitar. I respect him for his broad talent.
And the back of the fan:
Also, my daughter got some limited-edition bandages too!
Here are the bandages themselves:
I remember the same night she got these bandages, my little girl hurt her finger when she opened a sliding door and her finger got pinched in the door frame. It was not serious of course, but it definitely hurt, and she really wanted to put on one of the Arashi bandages. At home, she really likes her Disney Princess bandages, but in Japan, she wanted her Arashi ones.
Although these bandages now sell online as collector’s items, I didn’t care. My daughter was happy to have their bandage on her finger, and if she uses them all, that’s fine. We can keep the tin at least. Her happiness is more important of course.
I like Arashi because, like other Johnny’s bands, it’s family-friendly and has a clean image. I don’t have to worry about my daughter watching the concert videos or listening to the music in the car. For my part, I also genuinely like the good, upbeat music and I like the variety of their music, so I was kind of happy to get them too.
I know from Twitter and other places that there are some other Arashi fans out there, so let me hear from you!