I've read your reply to the 10,000 interview, I forgot I owe so many of my quoted posts to your translation and I haven't personally thank you for that. Thank you so much! I love wandering around your blog and read or re-read your translations. Good luck on your future works! I'll continue supporting it! (hope you don't mind) hehe. ^^ - Louise
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really hope you have a spare time for translating inoo 10,000 long interview bc you hv done with the previous 3. it's out already~ i'll be waiting hehe. thanks for sharing everything ♡ xoxo -riin
I’ll be working on it as soon as I get my copy of the latest Myojo magazine. I’m sorry, with longer interviews like such I’m not too comfortable with using scans. But I promise you I will get it done, so please, check back to my blog from time to time!
MYOJO February 2014 - Chinen Yuri 10,000 Letter Long Interview
My dream? “To get into JE”. -So, what were you like when you were little? Umm…I wasn’t really shy or anything. -Oh. When I was little, my parents used to hold a gymnastics class. My older sister; she’s 2 years older than me, and she used to take lessons there. I was so tiny back then I couldn’t stay back home by myself so I’d go to that gym with them waiting for them to finish up. I used to talk to all the parentals so I guess that’s why I wasn’t too shy back then. -Didn’t you do gymnastics? I…well, that didn’t really come to mind for some reason. And there’s also that I started dance when I was 3 years old, and from then my world was about dancing. -What got you dancing? I don’t actually remember that well, but I think it’s my mum. I recall at first, I felt that dancing was hard; I kept on moving opposite ways because of my inability to keep with the rhythm. -But you endured it. I think it’s that feeling of accomplishment that you get as commitment proves to overcome your weaknesses one by one. After two years, I begged my parents to put me in with another class. -Then, when did you first display interest in JE? I wonder. At first, it was that my older sister and my mum liked Sakurai (Sho)-kun, and I guess I was influenced by that. By the time I was in preschool even I liked JE, and my dream was “To get into JE”. It was right when Arashi had debuted, and I was always singing to their songs. -And…you and your love for Ohno (Satoshi)-kun is pretty well known. I went to Arashi’s live when I was in Year 1 or 2. Until then I had this impression that Ohno-kun, don’t get me wrong, but I had this impression that he was that carefree guy. But then on stage, when I saw him there, dancing, he was so different, so kakkoii. I really wanted to stand on that stage, and amaze everybody like him. -So it was your will to audition for JE. Yes. I sent off my resume at the end of Year 3, and my mum was so excited about it. -How did you feel when you were told that you passed the first stage? A little into Year 4, the letter with all the second stage dates & locations arrived. I was so happy. I was like, “Yes!” -How was the audition? I lived in Shizuoka back then, so I had to go on a bullet train with my mum-I was so nervous. I mean, they were going to judge on my dancing and everything. I didn’t really think about getting in or not getting in, but then again, I spent my life dancing since I was three, so I didn’t want to lose to other boys. -You auditioned for “Ninja Hattori-kun” straight after the JE audition, right? Johnny-san came up to me and he was like, “Hey, are you interested in auditioning? Go ask your mother if you can audition.” I originally wanted to get into JE to dance, so I thought movies were totally out of the question. I was like, “Let’s go hooommmeee” “I wanna sleeeppp” “Let’s go hooooommmeee” to my mum, all whinging. But she was like, “I’ll get you a new game” so I ended up auditioning. （笑） -Ahahahaha I passed the audition for the movie too, so really, it was two birds with one stone. （笑）It’s baffling when you think about it. Had I not auditioned for the movie, I may not have been here at all. -How was shooting for the movie? During the filming, I lived in a hotel in Tokyo for about a month and a half. In the interview that was part of the making-of, I remember saying that it was fun, and I didn’t feel lonely at all. I pretended I was tough. Whereas actually, I was always feeling lonely, and there were times when I fell a little ill. Those times my mum came straight from Shizuoka. It was heart-warming for me, and I felt really supported. Yabu-kun, who was sitting next to me, hit me on the knees -And so, after that your activities as a Jr kept on growing? I was still living in Shizuoka, so it was only sometimes for interviews that they called me on. So, at first I didn’t really do things like dancing behind senpais. -Right. Even when they called me on for interviews, I wouldn’t have friends so I’d be just sitting there, nervous, until the photographer would call my name. I’d do my shoots, and then sit back down on that chair, shutting up to myself. The others would be used to it, so they’d be chatting and playing games. -Did you want someone to talk to you? Well…not really because I’d grow even more nervous. （笑）From what I remember, there was this time when I happened to have an interview with Yabu (Kota)-kun. We didn’t have much of a conversation, but Yabu-kun, who was sitting next to me, would hit me on the knees, and I’d hit him back. I think actions like those got my to slowly blend in. -Were you able to see Ohno-kun through becoming a Jr.? Once when I went to Tokyo for an interview, Matsumoto (Jun)-kun was shooting at the same studio. I went to greet him, and I told him that I loved Arashi. He asked me which song I liked best, and I said, “Tomadoinagara”-he told me I was old fashioned. （笑）I also told him that I was going to their concert in Nagoya, and he invited me backstage. -So you met Ohno-kun for the first time backstage of that concert? Yes. They were all doing their make-up and everything, and as soon as I spotted Ohno-kun, Sakurai-kun came up to me and played with my cheeks and everything-I was so happy I don’t even remember what I said to Ohno-kun. （笑） -Hahahahaha. After that, they let me in backstage to the Jr.’s room. All of a sudden, some guy came up to me and asked me if I knew who they were. My mum whispered in my ear that it was Kitayama (Hiromitsu)-kun-now that I think of it, that was Kitayama-kun. And Fujigaya (Taisuke)-kun was there too. -How did you feel about debuting back then? At that live, I saw the all the audience from the path connecting to the stage. I aspired to walk further on the path to get to the other side, where you could get a clearer and larger view of the audience. But back then, all I wanted to do was dance, first behind senpais, eventually behind Arashi. I want to dance with him. -How did you feel about not being called on because you lived in Shizuoka? I saw a lot of Jr.’s on TV. (Nakajima) Yuto-kun and (Yamada) Ryosuke started to dance in positions that drew a lot of attention, and I envied them. Especially when I saw Ryosuke on TV, I wanted to dance with him. -You moved to Tokyo when you started Middle School? I moved because of my father’s job. I always wanted to move to Tokyo so I could do more as a Jr. It came at a great time, really. Everything is about luck and timing in my life. （笑） -Did your activities as a Jr. flourish after moving?
Yes. Straight after I moved, I was called on for a rehearsal of Jr.’s concert at Budokan. I practiced as normal, and then the next day, for some reason I was put in position with the main crew of the Jr.’s. People like Ryosuke, Yuto-kun, Inoo (Kei)-chan and (Arioka) Daiki-kun were there. I was like, “EH!?” because they were all the members you saw on TV; I was so happy. Yeah, extremely happy. -And so your aspirations to dance with Yamada-kun were suddenly coming true. Yes. Back then, everyone used to call Ryosuke “Yama-chan”. I wanted to befriend him, so I fooled around and called him “Kaba-chan” and he was like, “Hey, I’m gonna get angry at you” but then I’d still call him “Kaba-chan”…it was fun.（笑） -I’m sure it wasn’t absolutely filled with happiness, didn’t you face hardships too? Well…I guess…it was hard keeping up with the choreography that everyone already knew, having to learn it from the top. -It was hard even for you? I used take lessons about 5 times per week, so I thought it’d be easy. But actually, there was an immense amount of choreography, with so little time to remember. A Jr. needs to learn choreography to a song in 3-4 hours. Maybe even two songs. It was difficult at first, not being able to keep up with the sheer speed, even when I’ve been dancing all my life. -How did you overcome that? When we got free time during rehearsals, I asked people like Ryosuke and Yuto-kun to go over the choreography with me. The choreography also differed between everyone, so it was like, ask this guy for this song, as another guy for that song. -That sounds troubling. Well, I didn’t really think of it as trouble. I liked dancing, and there was that joy of being able to stand on stage that kept me going. I could finally stand on that stage. -How was it, being able to stand on stage for the first time at the Budokan concert? At a rehearsal, I was fooling around with Ryosuke and I was showing-off a ballet pirouette. Our choreographer happened to see me doing it, so he was like, “Hey, what do you think about doing that in the opening?” So I instantaneously got a solo. It’s pretty incredible. -A sudden promotion. In the opening, I’d go out there by myself, doing pirouettes, and I could feel the other Jr.’s and the audience thinking who the hell is this boy. But it felt good to finally stand on that stage. I saw the collected members, I was struck. -In 2007 you were chosen to be part of Hey!Say!7. I was called on when I was dancing behind KAT-TUN, with the other 4. Johnny-san had a white board with him, and he’d write “Hey!Say!7” on it. It was as if he was saying, “This is you guys from now on.” I was so happy; it was the first time ever that I was part of a group. -And 6 months after that your debut as Hey!Say!JUMP was decided. Yes. At first we were told it was just another magazine interview, but when I arrived at the meeting, there, there were the Hey!Say!7 members as usual, but there were also Yabu-kun and (Yaotome) Hikaru-kun and Inoo-chan so I thought it was strange. But then I realized that it was right before the volleyball championships, and there was that question of debuts arising within the Jr.’s. Back then Ya-Ya-Yah, A.B.C., Kis-My-Ft2, J.J. Express were the main groups in the Jr.’s, and then below them were us, Hey!Say!7. So it was assumed that one of the four groups were going to debut. I never thought it was going to be us. Because, it hadn’t even been a year since I moved to Tokyo and finally started dancing with the other Jr.’s. But as soon as I saw the collected members, I was struck. I saw the possibility of a debut. -And you were correct. Apparently there were members who were told prior to that date, but I was one of those who weren’t, so I was there, curious yet excitedly aware of the situation. （笑） -An unexpectedly early debut. Didn’t you feel lost? Well, I didn’t really have time to feel lost. We had our concert at Tokyo Dome, left with the puzzling question of why we held our concert at somewhere so big. I can’t even remember what the concert was like; I was so nervous. The best I could do back then was to dance as I was trained, sing as I was told. -All your dreams came true at a sudden jolt. Yes. So it was a shame I didn’t get to dance behind Arashi in the end. But then again, that’s too much to ask. -It may be so. I couldn’t just give up there, so after I debuted, I told Ohno-kun I wanted to dance behind them, but he was like, “Nope, you’ve debuted, Chinen-kun.” I still wanted to do something with him. Like how Taguchi (Junnosuke)-kun and Higashiyama (Noriyuki)-san did a stage. I hope to be able to do that sort of thing with him one day. Whether my high school life would be fruitful, I knew it was all up to me. -Is there anything else in particular that you felt about debuting? Um…well sometimes, maybe it’s just me being oversensitive, but from time to time I felt the glares from other Jr.’s. I think we all felt it. We skipped over A.B.C and Kis-My-Ft2, and all the other senpai’s we respected. There were times when they had to dance behind us, and we felt very uncomfortable and sorry. -Any senpai’s you were good friends with? Tsuka-chan (Tsukada Ryoichi). Tsuka-chan didn’t just support me in acrobatic terms, but he was also took very good care of me overall. Often we went home together, and he’d treat me to a meal. It was especially touching how even after we debuted, he still treated me the same, even thought he must’ve felt something about us. -You debuted when you were in 2nd Year middle school. After that you went to Horikoshi High School with Yamada-kun & Nakajima-kun. Well, to be honest, I didn’t really want to go to high school. （笑）We already made our debut. I thought that meant it was better for me to concentrate on following that single path. I thought through it until the very last minute, and I applied. -What made you decide so? One thing was that people from my agency advised me to “Think about my fans”. And, I thought about it. Fans of my age. Fans of younger ages. I decided to follow this path. So I felt there was no point in going to high school. But I was only assuming there was no point, it was not an opinion deriving from experience. If, just what if someone decided not to go to high school, just because “Chinen-kun didn’t go”? Whether my high school life would be fruitful, I didn’t know, but I knew it was all up to me. That’s why I decided that if I were to go, I would do everything properly, would go to school, and do my job. -I see. So, how was high school? It was so much fun. I’m glad I went. （笑）I was separated from Ryosuke at one point, but I was in the same class as Yuto-kun the whole time. -What kind of memories do you have? I was literally with Yuto-kun the whole time. And, well, maybe it’s a bit weird saying this myself, but us two were pretty straight forward and when we had volley ball for sport, we were like, “Yep, let’s do this. I mean volley ball=us.” （笑）And when we saw classmates cheating, we were like, “Let’s keep to the rules!” -Hahahaha. With Yuto-kun, when we were 1st Years, there was some school event where we stayed over for 3 nights or so, and he was chosen for the male leader, nominated by our teacher. It was such a hard job that he got a little bit sick but then, even now, when Yuto-kun and I are talking, we go back to that high school sort of mood, and we feel a little reminiscent. -And in 2nd Year high school, you became part of NYC. It wasn’t something you could just do, you know, be a part of two groups simultaneously, so it was great. Except, there’s only the three of us in NYC, which meant if we appeared in a TV show, the likelihood is that we’d all be having to talk-and that was nerve wracking. （笑）I’m glad Ryosuke was there with me, and it has also been a great chance for me to realize the importance of members. It’s just that even now, for most of the time our activities are with JUMP, so I genuinely feel guilty for Yuma, at the same time, I really do feel that Yuma is a very strong person. At times we laughed, at times we cried. That’s how we earnt everything; one by one. -I acknowledge that you put a lot of time and effort into everything you do. But it seems all too fairy-tale-like hearing your story. I guess I faced less hardships than everyone else. 80% of my achievements are consisted of luck. I’m a believer in that everyone will face the same amount of hardships not matter what; whether it be earlier in their career, or later. Even looking at JUMP as a whole, you can tell that it’s mostly just luck. We were just luckier than other groups. So I’m sure there will be many things in the future that we would have to face. I try to remind myself that we are all fighters, constantly in a battle. Most of all, I believe that we can make it through. -I see. When we debuted, we weren’t very used to standing on the stage. It was like we were constantly tight-roping unlike other groups who had the experience to get over all these things. We only just made it. But as we did all these things, we had our fans with us. Looking back on it now, we cried a lot. -You did? The last stage of our 2nd year tour was at Tokyo Dome. We were alone that time, unlike at our debut, and the seats were full. We saw the seats high above lighting up with pen lights, and it was so beautiful we all cried. We never said direct words, but there we finally knew for sure that we all felt the same way. Our bonds grew stronger. You know, fans are so powerful. They in fact are the source of our power. We stand on the stage so we can make them smile, cheer them up, so we can give them power. But when you think about it, our fans give us more power than we can ever give them. -Yes. We all cried at our 2nd SUMMARY too. I did the trapeze for the first time. Ryosuke tight-roped for the first time. It was fully packed; I’m pretty sure that was one of the hardest shows we’ve done. At the rehearsals, we didn’t really pull it off. I guess we never actually been through a rehearsal without someone falling. We were all dreading the outcomes because the quality was so poor; I mean, how could we let our audience see this? When we managed to pull the full show off on the very first day at the very first performance, we all cried. You may think that crying comes along only with the last day. But we were so worried that this performance was going to be a failure. -You were that anxious? We were lucky to have debuted so early. But that meant our experience, nor our performance were up to the mark. At times we laughed, at times we cried. That’s how we earnt everything; one by one. -Arioka-kun mentioned that when things weren’t going too well for him at SUMMARY, your text helped him pull through. I…don’t actually remember that one. （笑）But it’s warming to know that what I did helped Daiki. -So, do you have occasions when you were helped by your members? Oh, countless times. When I had to do the trapeze at SUMMARY, we couldn’t spend a lot of time on it in the rehearsal. Every practice was important, and as I was about to pull off my trick, I saw my members, silent, looking at me, in my eyes, so I can concentrate. That’s when I thought, “They’re looking at me. They’re there for me. I can do this.” When I pulled it off, my members came up to me and gave me a high-five. Really, I’ve always been supported by my members. -If there was another factor that allowed you to overcome your hardships, what would you say that is? Well, if you were to really dig deep into this, I’d say it’s my love for this job. But I mean it when I say that my members are the largest contributing factor. When I face any doubts, my members are there for me. When I face any failures, my fans will be there for me. So I can continue to face new challenges, and that’s how I’ve always pulled through the hard times. Although I shouldn’t be over dependent on my fans, I guess I can’t really help but count on them. （笑） The real JUMP is still to come. -It seems as though so far, JUMP has been following some shiny path, but hearing your story it lets us see that you have done everything step by step. It’s not to be put in past tense, we’re still moving on, step by step. We’ve only just started to grasp the meaning behind Johnny-san’s words. -Johnny-san’s words? “You guys should just do what you want.” He always said so. “Just do what you want” It’s not like we held ourselves back from what we wanted to do, we were just…reluctant. Some part of us wasn’t sure whether it was the right thing to display such opinions. But now, we’re all comfortable in believing what Johnny-san has told us. JUMP became more like…JUMP. Now, when we are to have concerts, we try to put in as much as we can, telling everyone of our opinions on what we want to do for our fans. That’s how we’re changing. -I see. JUMP used to be a very obedient group. Someone from JE would be like, do this, and then do that, you’ll be fine, and we’d all just nod and do as we were told. But now we’re able to tell them what we want to do ourselves. I think that’s how JUMP is going to become JUMP from now on. -Do what you want to do. It’s simple, but it’s also very important. Of course maintaining that balance is hard. There was this one time when JE wanted us to do this thing at one of our concerts. But from our point of view, we weren’t all too enthusiastic on that. Our choreographer-I guess he picked it up from our body language- he just said, “There’ll be times like this. But this is for your good. For now, do as you are told to the best you can.” It’s only recently we became aware of what we should do, and what we want to do. And the time’s finally come. It’s now our time, when we can do what we really want to do. It’s already been 6 years since our debut, but the real JUMP’s only starting. Our members have started to tell each other how they feel, and say what they wanted to say. It’s only just started. The real JUMP is still to come. I want to see a view that no other group has seen ever before, with the 9 of us. -So you guys haven’t had huge fights within members? Nope. Seriously, we haven’t had fights. It’s more like, Daiki & I are talking, and Hikaru-kun happens to be sandwiched in between us, and he just yells at us “STOP YELLING INTO MY EARS WHAT ARE YOU GUYS? SPEAKERS!?”…and Daiki & I quietly complain （笑）Even when this stuff has to do with work, we’d tell each other how we don’t feel quite right about it, but whenever it’s about to break into an argument, we just stop. I guess it’s because most of our members are the type of people who try to avoid arguments as much as possible. I’m like that too. -By the way, did you have any rebellious times during your childhood? Um…well, not really. Maybe when I was in the younger grades at primary school. When I was playing with my class mates at the playground, I accidentally made one of my friends fall over and injure themselves. It wasn’t that much of a big deal but the school contacted my parents. When I went home my mum was crying. She was like, “Why do you do this,” I never made my mum cry. I felt really guilty, and that was when I learnt that even if you didn’t mean it, you could hurt someone and make them sad. I guess that’s how I came to sense potential dangers and tried not to get involved. -Because you don’t want to hurt anyone? Yes. But now, I see that with these members, I don’t have to worry about clashing in opinions and fighting over them. Because, we can all cry, not just a few, all of us are mates who can cry at that single view. -It’s getting to the final questions…so, have you ever considered becoming a gymnast instead? Nope. -Then how about quitting JE? No. I don’t think there’s anything else but this for me. I’ve never even thought about living a life without JE. -Now it’s truly the final question. What sort of group do you want Hey!Say!JUMP to be? What sort of group…it’s hard to verbalise, really. It’s not like we want to take someone, or some group as a model to do this. I want to go somewhere no other group has ever been before, I want to see a view that no other group has every seen before, with the 9 of us, and with our fans. I believe that Hey!Say!JUMP can do this. Hey!Say!JUMP can get to a view that nobody’s ever seen.
MYOJO January 2014 - Yabu Kota 10,000 letter long Interview
I cried because I didn’t want to audition. -You’re really cute in this photo of you as a baby. I am cute, aren’t I?（笑）People mistook me for a girl quite often. My sister used to put hair bands on me and toyed around with lipstick. -You’ve an older brother too? Yeah. My brother is two years older than me, my sister; four years. I’ve always been the youngest, and I still feel like one. -You’re used to getting spoiled then? Oh I was pretty spoiled. I always stuck to my mother. Apparently whenever my mother was on the phone for a long time, I used to grab her apron and I would never let go of it. -How about your first love? I think it was when I was in pre-school. I was playing with my friend and with my friend’s sister. I fell over or something and injured myself. My friend’s sister piggy-backed me all the way home and I was like, “This is it!”（笑） -Then, when did you start playing soccer? J League had started when I was in pre-school, and by the time I was in primary school it was hugely popular. I used to play at the park using those bars as goals. I started playing in a proper team when I was in Yr1. -Where did you play? I wanted to play as goal keeper, like everyone else. But I wasn’t a strong kicker, nor tall enough to get higher shoots（笑）So, instead I played forward. -You auditioned for JE when you were in Yr6, am I correct? My sister used to watch this TV show called “Pikaichi” with (Domoto) Koichi-kun in it, and there, she saw this ad on how they were holding a JE audition, so she sent my form off, and I didn’t know. -You didn’t know? No. For one thing, I had absolutely no interest in becoming an idol, and the audition was on either Saturday or Sunday, which meant that it doubled with my soccer training. So I refused to go, crying the day before. I was all like, “I don’t wanna go, no, I don’t wanna go, no.” -Why did you audition in the end? There was this thing in my class, how it was “in” to have all these badges on your pencil case of all the participating countries of the W.C the next year. My parents promised me to buy me one of those badges, and I went. -Ahahahaha. So, how was the audition actually? I went to the venue in my casual clothes, but I remember seeing this one kid with a really cool, fashionable hat. Later, he turned out to be Inoo (Kei). -Did you guys chat? Nope. But I do remember how at the audition, when it was the time to express yourself, Inoo put his hand up and started singing Kinki Kids’ “Flower”. He was terrible. （笑） -Did you do anything? Actually, I didn’t. After the audition, I started getting called up to take lessons. Those lessons were either on a Saturday or on a Sunday, so they’d call you up on Friday…but then I wouldn’t be able to go to soccer, so I absolutely hated getting those calls, Every week I was tempted to pull out our phone cords.（笑） -You hated it that much? Soon after I entered JE, I was selected as a back dancer for “Music Station” as a Jr. There I made mistakes in my dancing, so I was secretly rejoicing that from next week onwards, I would never be called up for lessons-I would go back to my normal life. But then again, the phone calls would come, and every time I’d complain and wail about having to miss out on soccer, and every time my parents would buy me another one of those badges and I’d go. -Then, how did you end up liking it? It’s-well, I was always liked by my elders. Rather than being with those of my age, I was often with A.B.C. and KAT-TUN. I remember Totsu- (Totsuka Shota) and I went home the same way? Anyhow I quickly became friends with him. I ate out with Kamenashi (Kazuya)-kun and Akanishi (Jin)-kun, and they often drove me home. -I see. I hated being called “cute” though. I hated it when people ruffled through my hair and stuff. Whenever I got calls from Akanishi-kun I’d be like, “Sorry, I’m in the middle of a game right now.” and I’d just coldly hang up. （笑）But then, I guess in the end, it’s those elders’ kindness that slowly made me like Jr’s. -Then, what did you tell your friends at school, you know, about being a Jr.? I never told them. One of my friends told me that they saw me on Music Station, but I’d still be like, “What are you talking about? No way I’d be on TV.”（笑）Even when I needed to miss out on soccer training, I’d say that I had a small get together with relatives to attend to. It was hard, because that excuse made people think I no longer liked soccer. "Your name starts with Y, right?" The sudden formation of a group
-And I recall that it was pretty soon after you entered that Ya-Ya-Yah formed? Yeah. Our president was like, “Your name starts with Y, right?” and at the “Shounen Club” rehearsal we were lined up as Y, A, Y, A and he was like, “You guys, are Ya-Ya-Yah.” -At this point in time, you still haven’t told your friends about JE, have you? No. Soon we appeared on “Music Station” as Ya-Ya-Yah. The next day I really dreaded going to school. The thoughts about my friends finding out just circled my head-and yes, I was questioned, A LOT. I knew there was no longer any use to hiding it, so I told them everything. That would probably be how I stopped dragging things on. -How did you feel in 2003, when the TV show “Ya-Ya-Yah” started? It was just like, “I don’t really get it but let’s just do whatever the grown-ups tell us”. Having said that, when we were told that A.B.C. will be on the show with us, I was really excited. -And that was the TV Show that held the audition Yaotome (Hikaru)-kun passed and became a Jr. Yep. It was pretty soon after the show had started, that Hikaru entered. -What were your first impressions of him? They told us that he was really good at dancing, so I was wondering what he was like. And then, I was told to teach him the choreography because we’ll be singing “Yuuki 100%” with him on the show. I was like, “Why do I have to teach him this” He gently asked me to teach him the choreography, and yeah, I did teach him…just not so enthusiastically. （笑）It’s nearly been 11 years since that. A long time, really. -What was your relationship like? Best friends, allies, rivals, brothers… All of them seem fitting. We starred in “3 nen B gumi Kinpachi-sensei” together. There were times when I questioned how Hikaru was the main in the drama, but then at the same time, I knew he was committed to it. Our personalities were pretty much the exact opposite- him, organised, me, going with the flow. We argued a lot. -About? Well, at rehearsals, he’d be wanting to go through everything; thoroughly. But I’d be the guy going, “Hey, let’s think about this later and adjust it when we get there”-that caused conflict. It was usually about more…stupid things though. Oh yes, I remember. There was this time at a concert where Hikaru couldn’t find his performance clothes. Hikaru would be like, “You hid my uniform, didn’t you!?” and we’d break out in a fight, because really, I didn’t. He broke off after that, but I’d still be unsatisfied because Hikaru still blamed me for his clothes. In the end it turned out that Senga (Kento) mistook it for his own and wore Hikaru’s. -Hahahahaha. So, with all this behind, what do you think about being called “YabuHika”? It’s…pretty embarrassing.（笑） The creation of Hey!Say!7 “Maybe this is my end of the road.” -You’ve done some solo concerts as Ya-Ya-Yah too. Yeah, except…my voice was breaking then. Johnny-san had once said to me that “The good quality you hold, is your high voice.” so I was really anxious about what I was going to do after my voice broke. I would be singing, and I’d be very sensitive to all the high notes that I sang that, didn’t seem as easy as before. I was worried I could no longer sing the songs I was able to sing before. Even at recordings, the people would ask me if I wanted to sing a key or two lower, but I’d be so stern about it, determined to sing it in the right key. -What were your views on debuting back then? I assumed that if I was to debut at all, it’ll be with Ya-Ya-Yah. I just felt that it’d be great if we could debut some time. But maybe…I did have some doubts about debuting. I really did not know. -Did you ever consider quitting? Yes I did. But I wanted to absolutely avoid any case like where, you know, I’d be left with nothing else. I knew I needed insurance on something. I thought it all through-I needed to get good grades at high school so I can go to university. If I couldn’t debut by the time I was to graduate university, I needed to quit, I needed to prepare for a normal working life. I don’t think that I was ever too focused on just debuting. It didn’t occupy my thoughts, but I guess as I went through many things, it was always there at the back of my mind. -How did you feel about the creation of Hey!Say!7 in 2007? Honestly, I felt I was in danger. Especially because right before that, there were times when us Jr’s shuffled our members around and sang. Like when I was put together with Kitayama (Hiromitsu), Kawai (Fumito) and Fujigaya (Taisuke). I felt we were being experimented on, and then we were faced with Kitty GYM. Hikaru was pulled out of Ya-Ya-Yah for that. I questioned his promotion, a lot. -And then Hey!Say!7 was formed. It was right when I was starting to question my debut as Ya-Ya-Yah, and when I was thinking “Maybe this is my end of the road.” I was also in 3rd year Senior High school so really, I had to think about my future career. -But you didn’t quit, did you? There was this time once when I was meeting up with Johnny-san. He was like, “Hmm…Yabu & Hikaru…you guys have Ya-Ya-Yah….What should I do…” and he was writing up a list of names, all of them were Jrs. -What for? Well, come to think of it now, he was probably writing up the members of Hey!Say!JUMP. He gave me a list of names, which included Hikaru & I, and he said, “What do you think?” -What did you say? I really didn’t know what to say, since Yamada (Ryosuke) and (Nakajima) Yuto and stuff were all younger than me, with Okamoto (Keito) I’ve never even spoken to him, once. It was also that influence my words could have on these people that made me unsure of what to say. Whatever I said could change all these lives. I could have told him that I wanted Hikaru & I to stay in Ya-Ya-Yah, but then again, if I didn’t take that opportunity and debut, I would’ve ended up waiting for years. All that went through my mind, and I just said, “Yeah…it’s…alright.” -What made you say that? I knew this was my turning point. Earlier, I did say that I wasn’t too focused on debuting, but that was when I realised that in my heart, there lay my strong will to debut. -I see. After that, Johnny-san said to me that he wanted Hikaru & I to lead this group. We were always the little ones being minded by our senpais, and we have never done anything like taking leadership. There’s also how both Hikaru & I have always been the little one of the family too. I wasn’t sure if we could manage it ,but I knew we needed to. -So it was a decision with determination. I was delighted, yet I was in pain. I had mixed feelings about it, really. I was told that I was to tell no one, no matter how close they were to me, about debuting as Hey!Say!JUMP. No one from Ya-Ya-Yah, except for Hikaru & I, were to know about this. It was very painful to keep it from my members, who innocently knew nothing. When Hey!Say!7 was formed, we had a deep talk about how we needed to stay strong as a four. Just to hear about Hey!Say!JUMP right after that… -That must’ve been really hard for you. When someone debuts, at least tens of thousands more people get upset about it. Many hundreds, perhaps thousands of people dream of debuting. Being chosen means that you need to accept and move on with those feelings on your back. Being part of a group called Hey!Say!JUMP, I felt guilt towards the other two, and I was in pain myself. Even so, I knew that because I was chosen, because I am doing this, I need to do it at my best. Guilt towards Kis-My-Ft2, A.B.C., and Jrs -JUMP’s debut concert was in Tokyo Dome, as I recall? I don’t think the people who came were there because they loved Hey!Say!JUMP. Kis-My-Ft2, A.B.C., and many Jrs performed at our concert. I’m sure they didn’t want to “visit Hey!Say!JUMP’s concert” I felt guilty of what we were making the Jrs go through. -Painful. I was good friends with Kitayama & Totsu as a Jr, and we used to eat out together, you know; a couple of times every week. That didn’t change a lot after my debut, but it was very sad thinking that somewhere in their hearts, their wish to debut made my existence uneasy. -How did you feel about Kis-My-Ft2 & A.B.C-Z’s debut? Oh I was extremely happy-as if it was happening to me. I’m pretty sure Kis-My-Ft2 & A.B.C-Z would kick me in the head if they heard me say this though.（笑）Yeah, I was very happy for them, and I felt rivalry. I think I texted Kitayama saying “Congratulations” when their debut was announced. He replied with something like, “We’re rivals even more from now on”. -I’ve heard you went to A.B.C-Z’s debut concert. Yep I did. In the MC, I think I said something like, “I love A.B.C-Z more than anyone here.” （笑） -Ahahahahaha. I remember being envious of Hasshi (Hashimoto Ryosuke). I was really wanting to be in A.B.C-Z. But for one thing, I can’t do back flips, for the other, I’m Hey!Say!JUMP.（笑）Okay, well I’m joking, but then I did really envy Hasshi. I wanted to create something with the 4 big brothers of A.B.C. So when that was finally accomplished in the musical “SHE LOVES ME” I silently apologised to Hashimoto. -Arioka (Daiki) -kun mentioned in last month’s interview that you were “Always the outliers”. I feel that JUMP has always been shouldering many things. I think that’s very true. At countdown concerts, because we have members who didn’t spend a lot of time dancing behind our senpais, we did get the feeling that Hey!Say!JUMP was kind of …different from other groups. That difference is still there. Even now, I feel that our senpais don’t know us. "Why was Yabu-chan there, then?" -How did Hey!Say!JUMP’s bond grow to be strong? I think the largest reason behind that is the number of times we do lives and concerts compared to other groups of the same sort of age. We had many occasions when we had the time where we sat down and discuss how we can make things better, how we can entertain the audience and let them have the time of their lives. It’s a repetitive, accumulative process. At first our dancing was all out of time and unless people like Hikaru & I told everyone to get up and carry on, we weren’t a very enthusiastic group. It was an accumulative process; the more we did it, the stronger our bonds became. -Right. And also there was that senpai factor in our group too. Everyone treated me as their senpai. I didn’t really like it because they weren’t treating me as a member of the group, but as a senpai called “Yabu-kun”. I thought, that’s not right, so I’m going to do my best to be the group idiot. If I fooled around, everyone fooled around. -So you were always acting for the best of your group. Yes, but…I think that was a while after we debuted…one day our choreographer came to talk to me privately. He said, “Yabu. What you’re doing is important, you need to take those walls down within your group. But always keep in mind that whatever you do, the rest of the group follows. So whether it be the work itself, or general manners as an idol, you need to do properly and independently.” I felt responsible for the group. -DId you tell off any members in particular? I guess I was pretty strict towards Keito. Keito was young, and every time he got in trouble, he used to cry. I think his pride didn’t let him cry, really, so every time he did, he’d be like, “My head hurts, my head hurts.” It was pretty obvious.（笑） -Any other members? Well it was pretty bad when Takaki (Yuya) was in Gokusen. （笑）I knew he was putting a lot of effort into that drama and carrying out his role. But there were times when he was acting exactly like his role even in his private life and with JUMP. He wasn’t in Gokusen, but he was still glaring at all of us. （笑）The rest of the group would be doing something fun, while he’d be standing outside of the circle, alone. He’d be staring at us coldly. I thought, what if our staff, our fans saw this? They would most definitely think that Takaki is left out of the group; he’s not willing to be part of it. But he’s not like that. I know Takaki from when we were Jrs. He’s kind, he thinks of his peers, but he’s sometimes a bit of a chicken. I just knew that this wasn’t going to be good, neither for our group, or Takaki himself. -What did you do about it? I knew how he felt too. He worked with people who were not from JE, and he felt the need to widen his views. He was hanging out with the Gokusen members too. But if I didn’t think it through and just told him off, it would have made things worse, so I tried to ask Takaki out to eat, and when he was meeting up with the Gokusen crew, I just “happened” to join in. I joined in where I only knew Takaki.（笑） -Was it effective? I don’t know. I just hope that in a few years, he’ll realise that maybe, he was a bit weird back then. Like, “Why was Yabu-chan there, then?”（笑）Actually, he’s been mentioning things about back then lately.（笑） -Did Okamoto-kun say anything? Nah, he’s still trying. （笑）But that’s what’s good about him. We went through so much, together. -When do you feel grateful for the members in JUMP? I felt that the strongest 2 years after we debuted, at Tokyo Dome, which was the last destination of our tour. -What happened there? Well, I was the first to speak for our closing speeches, ready to sing “Born in the EARTH”, and…as I spoke I saw the arena filled with people, I started to tear up…I never thought of crying, especially in front of our audience, because that wasn’t kakkoii. But then, I started crying, and I couldn’t stop. -Why were you crying, do you think? I think it’s the whole mumbo-jumbo of feelings coming out all together. When we first performed at Tokyo Dome straight after our debut, we could never pull the show off without the Jr’s, and our group was all over the place. In that moment, my memories flashed back through my mind. I knew that this time, these people were coming to see us. So many people were coming to see Hey!Say!JUMP. I was tearing up really badly I couldn’t talk, not even sing. Yeah…I still vividly remember that moment…I couldn’t stop crying. -The other members were crying too, weren’t they? They were. I realised we were all feeling the same, we went through so much, together. I could say from the bottom of my heart that I was grateful for these members. How are we going to change -Then, how did you feel when NYC debuted? Well, I…when NYC debuted, I gave them a bunch of flowers in celebration. I felt that by being that person, Hey!Say!JUMP fans would feel comfortable to accept NYC. -Any jealousy involved? No way（笑） You know how Yamada debuted as a solo? Not one of our members had that sort of jealousy then. No one questioned why it was just Yamada, no one questioned why we couldn’t sing it as Hey!Say!JUMP, I don’t think that crossed anyone’s mind, even. I think we all knew that whatever Yamada does, his efforts will contribute to the success of the group. We were stimulated by him that we all need to do whatever we can to our best efforts, so we can all bring the group up. So, whether it be NYC’s debut, or Yamada’s solo debut, rather than jealousy, I think our group felt supportive for them. -Right. We all started to think about how to spend our time. We realised that there wasn’t a day to waste. Making efforts for yourself eventually lead to the growth of the group. So we started to really feel that we needed to properly do things ourselves, not always relying on the group. -It’s a good thing, then. So, when we watch each other in our individual activities, at times we appreciate them, at times we watch them and go, “If I were them…” I think we all do that, really. Of course Kis-My-Ft2 and A.B.C-Z and Sexy Zone and all that are our rivals, but I believe that within our group, as individuals, we are all rivals. Like if one of us star in a drama, it’s supposed that the attention goes to that person. And, when that member is active as a member of Hey!Say!JUMP, it’s also supposed that there will always be people who never knew Hey!Say!JUMP until they realise that, that one individual is part of us. I think that’s the cycle that keeps us going. -As in, get the attention, bring it back to the group. Exactly. So when I see Yuto acting in “Hanzawa Naoki”, it really influences me to try harder. -It sounds like a pretty good relationship to me. Well, I was still called “Yabu-kun” by my members for a while though. It’s only recently, as in these 1-2 years that, that changed to “Yabu-chan” instead. Everyone except for Inoo & Hikaru called me Yabu-kun, but for some reason that changed before I knew it, really. I wasn’t a senpai anymore, I was part of the group. I think it’s a really good thing that I can stand level with the others. Having said that, I did kind of feel a little annoyed when Keito first started calling me “Yabu-chan”.（笑） -Ahahaha. You really did think through all these things for the group. I did say I was a baby, but then, after all, in the group I’m the eldest.（笑） -Then did you consult anyone about your problems? Not really. -All on yourself? Well, it’s not like I said anything direct, but when we were required to make decisions, Hikaru’s existence was significant. I felt I wasn’t alone, that, I’m not the only one required to do these things. We’ve always been together, and we’ve been given similar roles within the group, so, even if we never spoke to each other about these things, the fact that Hikaru was there and I wasn’t the only one had helped me pull through. I was never alone in any turning point. I did say that I felt uneasy being called “YabuHika” but then, somewhere in my heart, I’m just embarrassed and I’m secretly happy about being called that. It’s like an honour. -Finally, please tell us about your thoughts on JUMP in future. Everyone is aiming to become a proudly presentable group, anywhere. As I said before, all our members know that every day counts. We share the thought that we all need to make the effort now. So, asking ourselves now and then, “How are we going to change? How can we change?” will definitely help us in bringing in positive changes. We are constantly questioning ourselves on what we lack. We’re like a whole block of positivity, so really, I can’t wait to see how we will be in the future.
MYOJO December 2013-Arioka Daiki 10,000 letter Long Interview
That photo from preschool.
-So, what kind of kid were you when you were little? A brat. And I mean it. I feel sorry for my preschool teachers and my parents for having to stand me back then. -What did you do? At preschool, I liked touching my preschool teacher’s boobs.（笑） -Ahahahaha. I made a lot of girls cry too. -Is that like, you liked them so you felt the need to tease them? Nah, it was more because I took my favourite toy away from the girl and my teacher there was like, “You took it because you liked ○○chan and you wanted her attention, right?” and I was like, “Nah-“ but then for some reason the girl was like, “Oh, is that so? Okay then.” -So you were pretty wild. Even in that group photo from preschool, I’m just that one rebellious kid who sticks out their tongue. -You have a brother who’s 5 years older than you, right? Were you nice to each other? I guess. But when we go shopping, I would be that kid who sings really loud, so he’d be like, “Please it’s embarrassing I don’t want to walk with you.” -What kind of songs did you sing? I sang a lot of songs by Matsuda Seiko-san. -Then, what did you want to be when you’ve grown up? I always wanted to be something different everyday. I loved watching documentaries, and whenever there’s something to do with host clubs and stuff, I’d be like, “I’m gonna be a host!” to my mum. But in the end, I think I just wanted to be where I am now. I mean, I was an attention-seeker all the way. -Were there any stars you liked? I’ve always liked Katori (Shingo)-kun. -So you’ve always had an interest in show business. Yeah. When I was little, there was a dance school in the local. One of my good friends went there, and I started going there too. But when I went, I was in a different class from my friends, and there were girls in leotards around me. I hated it. But that school happened to do some things associated with show business. -I see. I’ve only heard this from my mum recently, but yeah, there was this one time when I got into trouble by this really strict staff member, and on the way home as I was crying I told my mum that I’ll become famous. It’s a pretty childish belief, that, you know, you think being famous won’t get you into trouble. -And I’m guessing you were popular among girls at school? To be honest with you-yeah. That was pretty much my height in popularity at school from girls. In the school book I was ranked first for most popular, after all. I might disappear one day. -You auditioned for JE at 12, right? Yep, when I was in year 6. My friend who went to the same dance school became a Jr. That was how I got to know JE. I liked singing and dancing in the first place, so I just wanted to stand on that stage. I applied for the audition; I had nothing to lose anyway. -So you weren’t expecting to pass? Yeah. I was in the same audition as Chinen (Yuri). Johnny-san suddenly talked to Chinen & I and told us to go ask our parents if we can audition for a role in a movie. -What audition was this? It was an audition for “Ninja Hattori-kun”. They said Katori-kun was going to be in it, and I really wanted to do it, but when I excitedly called my mum, she told me I couldn’t while I attended the dance school. -Right. Chinen was calling his mum next to me, and I remember him whining about having to do the audition-he really didn’t want to do it. I explained to Johnny-san about how I couldn’t audition, and he just said, “Okay then, contact me once that dance school’s over.” I thought I had no future in JE. -What happened after that? I didn’t do much for the next year, but then one day I saw the trailer ad to Hattori-kun, and Chinen was in it. I was like, “It’s that kid from the auditions!!” I quit dance school a while ago, so I called Johnny-san. I didn’t really think he’d remember me, but amazingly he did, and he told me to go to NHK the next day. -it was so sudden then. Didn’t even know my lefts and rights but I went, and I saw Kis-my-ft2 practicing on their roller skates. I had no idea what was going on, so I asked Senga (Kento) –kun a lot of stuff. At first he seemed a little flirtatious and dangerous but he was actually really kind. And I remember Miyacchi (Miyata Toshiya) grinning like hell asking me if I knew his name….I was like, “Sorry, I’m not too sure.” But he was all cool with it. -How was it attending the rehearsal? We were practicing HikaruGENJI-san’s song, and well, that day, they suddenly told me to be part of “J.J Express”. -Woah, steady. I mean really. I was like, “what the hell is happening”. But reality was, at first, I wasn’t even sure if I was part of J.J Express. Like, at magazine shoots and stuff, Ino-chan & Yuto would be called on while I just sit there. I couldn’t stand proud and tell everyone that I was part of “J.J Express”. It was like I was some reserve. -Did you think about debuting back then? I was too busy doing the work that they gave us. J.J Express had this rapid exchange of members back then- like, Tamamori came in so suddenly and before we knew it, he was out. I saw that happening right in front of my eyes, so I’ve always been anxious that I might disappear one day too. It was like the hunger games. -And after that, Takaki-kun added to the members of J.J Express. Takaki was so easy going, so we naturally became pretty good friends. Yuto, Takaki & I were in (Doumoto) Koichi-kun’s stage, “Endless SHOCK”, and back then, we’d wrestle each other everyday before we went home. -We see that from 2006 onwards, Yamada (Ryosuke)-kun also started working with J.J Express too. I was pretty good friends with Yamada from a while before J.J Express. We went home together after work, and even though he was younger than me, he had this mature disposition, he had a good taste in fashion, and I constantly stuck to him. -What did you guys talk about when you were going home together? Nothing of value, really. We never talked about work. Oh, I remember! These scary people came up to us and they were like, “Yo what yo looking at me like that yo” and we went home crying. （笑） -Interesting. We had the impression that J.J Express was sort of like an elite group within Jr’s. Oh yes I do think we were privileged. …I really do. But it was always just luck. Our abilities were never up to the standards of the work we got. That was really something I had in my mind all the time. We really, could not do anything. Talk, nor sing, nor dance. Even the choreographer told us everyday that we were the worst group in history within JE. We were always the ones causing problems in rehearsals of “Shounen Club”, and we involved Ya-Ya-yah, Kis-My-Ft2 and A.B.C. in all our troubles. -What were you thinking when you got into trouble? I always thought that I’ll pay them back with the favour. I still think that. Not enough strength in the eldest -It’s the year 2007 and Arioka-kun, Takaki-kun, Yamada-kun, Nakajima-kun & Chinen-kun have formed Hey!Say!7. Oh yeah. We were suddenly called on by Johnny-san during our rehearsal for KAT-TUN’s concert. He was like, “You guys, are Hey!Say!7.” I found the members pretty strange. It was that time when I finally met Chinen and we became pretty close talking about the audition. First we thought it was just some unit group formed for the tour, but we happened to sing the OP and ED for an anime, and soon we saw “Hey!Say!” as part of our Jr’s concerts. -You guys must’ve been so happy. We were happy, yes, but…it was complicated. It wasn’t like we’ve disbanded J.J Express, but we still worked as “Hey!Say!7”. It was like we pushed Ya-Ya-yah, Kis-my-ft2 and A.B.C. aside to dance in front of them. Yeah. It was just…complicated. -Sounds so. I was always really good friends with (Yaotome) Hikaru-kun, and we were always together…until Hey!Say!7 was formed. It was painful since I well understood how Hikaru-kun must’ve felt. Trying so hard, yet not being selected into the new group. It’s just…not very enjoyable. -So how did Hey!Say!JUMP come to form then? Takaki & I were mentioned of about this previously from Johnny-san. He said, “I’m thinking of making a group based on the members of Hey!Say!7, but I think the two eldest don’t have enough strength.” -What were your feelings towards that? I got a little upset. Especially because I knew. I knew very well that we weren’t strong players in our team. It was upsetting to know that we were reflected so in the views of other people too. -And that new group was Hey!Say!JUMP. I believe so. It was when we suddenly got a call that we had to meet up for a magazine interview. When I got to the studio, there was Yabu-kun, Hikaru-kun, (Okamoto) Keito… I was thinking, “what’s with these members? Oh, maybe it’s about that thing…” But I knew. Even our manager was like, “You get it, right? You need to be aware, Arioka.” -When you guys first met as a group, what did you think? Don’t know myself. I thought we had an infinite potential. Confidence without reason. I remember being overly excited about the formation. -What were your opinions on the addition of Yaotome-kun & Yabu-kun? It felt…reassuring. They were the two whom I looked up to. -Right. But we were specifically told by our manager that it’s unofficial, so we must not tell anyone, as in, anyone. It was like I was carrying around some bomb. It was hard- not everyone from J.J Express was there, and I couldn’t explain to my members, I couldn’t tell my parents. We were always the outlier. Always. -I recall you saying that you wanted to be the connective bridge between 7 & BEST in your interviews earlier into your debut? Our members were varying too much in age and career. Some members hadn’t even spoken to each other before. At first, I felt we were going to be pretty awkward. So I felt responsible to stand in the middle and try to tie the group together. It’s not like I went around and tried to forcibly tie up conversations, but I did try to inclusively eat out. -Your debut concert was Tokyo Dome. You guys were the youngest to ever have a concert in Tokyo Dome. Any memories? Honestly, I don’t remember anything. We were just trying, trying, trying. I mean, we did enjoy it; we did. But we couldn’t exactly afford to look around enough. Just… -Just? Just that it was different from how I thought it’d be. We were really grateful towards Kis-my-ft2 and A.B.C. who came to perform, but at the same time it was hurtful to know that it doesn’t work without their help. -I see. Did you find any pain in surpassing your elders, Kis-My-ft2 & A.B.C. on debuting? Yes. I mean, those people who were your team until a few months ago, are now dancing behind you. You can’t tell them “Thank you” because it just sounds mean, and “sorry” is even worse. I couldn’t tell them anything. -That’s tough. I could tell what they were all thinking-it isn’t hard when you’ve been working with them 24/7. They were all thinking, “Why the hell do we have to be on their back?” Maybe I was a bit oversensitive. But they were definitely feeling something, and it was tough looking at their expressions. It’s only recently that we were finally able to let go. -You were lonely. Honestly, I was part jealous seeing how Jr’s were bonding together better after we debuted, and how the senpai’s were taking care of them. Jr’s did stages with Takizawa (Hideaki) –kun, and went on Tackey CHANnel and stuff. So, it was envious seeing them fooling around with senpai’s. -Hard, isn’t it. We were the outliers. We were always the outliers. Always. -Had no home to belong to. But then again, I felt that Kis-my-ft2 and A.B.C.-Z had a tougher time. So, every month when I read this 10,000 letter interview, I really felt that. -It’s not like the loneliness of a forerunner, but I see you guys have been running with so much load on your backs. Because things were going so steadily, people did think of us as the elites… but that too doesn’t come down so clean in my mind. It just…I felt that there’s got to be something wrong with that. -And it was just the things you need to do piling in front of your eyes. I genuinely did not know what to put effort into. I knew that I just needed to…try. -What was your support? My fans. We ended the 2009 tour at Tokyo Dome. This time, we were on our own; no A.B.C, no Kis-my-ft2. This time there were heaps of people. That was when it just hit me: this was the view I was looking for in Tokyo Dome. There were so many people supporting us. And in the last MC, when one person started crying, everyone started off. Until then we felt somehow scattered as a group, but I like to believe that, that day, it all fell into place. “Just do it your way, Dai-chan. It’ll all be okay in the end!” -Do you personally feel helped by your members? Definitely. Like when we had our “SUMMARY” in Tokyo Dome city hall, when I was given a place to run by myself. It was that bit where each one of us performed tricks with our dogs-and well, it didn’t go too well in the rehearsal. I mean, trying to bind our members to work together is hard enough-let alone dogs. It’s not like the dogs listen to you, you know. （笑） -Hahahaha. Even when it was only a few days until the actual stage, it didn’t go well. And I couldn’t participate in some of the rehearsals because I had a TV show to record. I got so anxious, and I stayed back alone on some days to try and get it right. Chinen texted me you know. He said, “Just do it your way, Dai-chan. It’ll all be okay in the end!” those words really saved me. I realized how I was trying too hard. I learnt to just relax and let it be. After all, the important thing isn’t to run it as precisely as possible, but to run it so that everyone has a good time. -And we never knew. Nope. I believe that my stance as an MC was created there. -So on the contrary, is it pretty obvious when other members are down, or irritated? Very obvious. I think it’s because we’ve been through good times and we’ve been through bad times together. -Who get’s upset easily? Humm…I guess Yamada. It’s probably because he’s has the most passionate attitude whether it be towards Hey!Say!JUMP, or towards work in general, and that means more to take in, more to think about. -What do you say to Yamada-kun when he seems down? Just go natural. I mean, we all know what the problem is, so it’s needless for words. We just go to a café and have a cup of coffee, sometimes we just sit in the terrace, not saying a word. -You starred in “Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo” with Yamada-kun, right? Yep. -But the theme song was sung by Yamada-kun alone. You were in it too-didn’t you have mixing feelings about that? Ah, yes, because I automatically assumed JUMP was going to sing it. When it was decided he was going solo, we discussed it quite a lot. At first we were planning to go ask them to make it so that JUMP can sing it. But for Yamada this was an opportunity. A huge one even. So I decided that I’ll give him a gentle push to get him to do it. He was so concerned over it. I told him that he shouldn’t be concerned over us, and that he should go drill a wind cave for us. -Then, what do you consider as a turning point in JUMP? This is pretty recent, but yeah, I think the Asia tour we had. We were told that we might be able to have one. But one day when we were rehearsing, we were called on and they were just like, “So it’s been decided the tour will be called off. Okay guys go back to practice.” …not one person moved. -Oh. We all needed an explanation. And that was the first time we displayed our solid will towards something. I think it’s because when JUMP first debuted, some of us were still in junior high, and we were still reminiscent of that childish image. We always followed what the adults told us to do. And from the adults’ perspective, I guess they just thought the minimum would do. So it was the first time then when we had a whole discussion on it. We weren’t children anymore. We wanted to know what was going on, and we wanted to move on, on our will, not by others’. -What triggered that change? I think it’s just that sense of impending danger. -You felt danger? Definitely. We’ve been selling ourselves as the freshmen, but that had to be changed with Kis-my-ft2, A.B.C-Z & Sexy Zone’s debut, and we all felt it. -You guys felt insecure with Kis-my-ft2 & A.B.C-Z’s debut. We felt we couldn’t just stay inattentive. But we mostly felt thrilled. This was where the real battle was to start. When we first debuted, I’m sure they thought we couldn’t do anything. But that’s not true anymore. So much has changed since then from our attitudes to our experiences. Of course each group has its own thing. But don’t you underestimate us. I was happy we finally got to stand on the same stage. -You briefly mentioned that it’s not until recently you could talk to Kis-my-ft2 and A.B.C.-Z without anything. Did something happen for you to be able to talk like that again? Hmm…Well I think for A.B.C.-Z, it’s a huge factor how we were together for Johnny’s World for three months. It’s not like we’ve had that kind of DMT’s but we did talk to them about a lot of things. After that, when JUMP was running Shonen Club, Kitayama-kun suddenly talked to us. -What did he say? He said, if it were us, we’d be doing a better job at running this show. I’m pretty sure he meant it, and nothing of his expression or his tone told us that he meant is as a mean comment. It was more like a nudge to a rival. It was like we need not to think about anything anymore, we purely need to focus on stimulating each other. I wasn’t wrong for my confidence without reason. -Any personal turning points, then? This is really recent, as in, June 2013 recent. It was that time when I was hit against with a wall. I mean, all the other members have instruments, or they can act. And I just thought…I had nothing. Nothing. -Hmm. I travelled alone in hope for a change. I mean, if you go to an area you don’t know, whether you like it or not, you’ll be having to converse with people. I thought I may be able to grasp a sense of self there. So I planned nothing, went to Haneda Airport, and took the first flight possible. That just happened to be a flight to Kagoshima. And when I got to Kagoshima, I saw a sign to Yakushima. Yakushima’s one of those spiritual areas, so I got on a ferry and went there. -Pretty active as I perceive. By the time I got there night had already fallen, so I went around numerous lodges looking for accommodation…and I finally found one. I told them I wanted to go see the Yaku cedar, and they prepared an obento for me. The yaku cedar was located in the middle of the forest, and apparently it takes 5hrs on one way, 10hrs in total. They told me I needed to be off by 3, so I should take a bath and go straight to sleep. -You prepared for the next day. I felt the warmth of people’s hearts, and I really loved going there. It was then when I got a call from our manager…and I didn’t tell anyone about how I came following my heart, not telling anyone of my trip. My manager was like, “Hey, so we’ll have a meeting tomorrow with JUMP so make sure you come to this place at this time.” And I had no choice but to tell my manager that I was in Yaku-shima of Kagoshima. …Of course I got into trouble. My manager was like, “Come back right away!” -And you went back without seeing the Yaku cedar? I felt nothing would change if I didn’t go see it, so I told my manager that I really needed to see the cedar so I wouldn’t be able to participate in the meeting the next day and hung up. -Really. After that call I sent a text to each member. I told them that I felt the need to change, so I’m on a trip on my own. I told them I couldn’t go back tomorrow, and that I’m sorry. I called Yamada after the text. I briefly told him of my plans, so it was okay. I kind of asked him if I should really be making an effort to go back, but he just said that I shouldn’t, because this trip should be of value to me. Those words hit me so strong that I cried. -That was nice of him. And even after the call, Yamada took a derp photo with his family and sent it to me, telling me to have fun. It brought me to tears again. I still have that text. I treasure it. -What did other members say? They said it was okay. But some members didn’t reply, and I thought it was reasonable for them to be angry at me. But then…when I saw them they were like, “So, how was it?” they were so kind. -You’re gifted to have such a caring group. I really think so too. I love everyone. -I’m sure it didn’t come with immediate effects, but was your solo trip of some value? Well, the first gig I happened to have after I came back from Yaku shima was the recording of a music show for “Come On A My House” and there a lot of people told me I looked different, as in, good-different. I know it’s a bit strange, but I did feel it was of some value, and it did come with effects. Most of all, I felt confident. -What kind of confidence? While I was walking on Yakushima for those good 10 hrs, I was just thinking. The pathway we’ve followed was filled with so many things, and there are probably going to be a lot more in the future, but I knew it wasn’t the wrong path we were following. I felt that, that excitement and that confidence without reason I felt when we first met wasn’t wrong at all. I felt we good keep moving on. I trudged on wanting to see my members. -Finally, what were your happiest moments, or unforgettable moments as Hey!Say!JUMP? Happiest and unforgettable…the debut concert is one, the Tokyo Dome we went for the second time is one, SUMMARY is another one. JOHNNYS’ WORLD is definitely one too. Every time we accomplish something big, I always group everyone together to have a photo. I didn’t want to forget the moment where we just managed to climb over a huge wall, and I felt that in this moment, we’ll have the best of expressions. Every time, what we felt was the happiest moment keeps on getting repainted. I guess it’s the feeling of joy in that moment of repainting that keeps on creating new moments. Together with the fans, together with the 9 of us.
Q. What’s something you got a little annoyed about recently? When I wandered into a shop the other day, I got a little annoyed at the shopkeeper there who kept on talking to me. I mean, I do give them leeway against the fact that it’s their job to do that, but I’m the type of person who wants to be left alone when it comes to choosing clothes. Why? Because when they keep on insisting, I feel bad, and I end up buying them! Q. Do you have moments when you feel you are so obsessed with something? When I’m watching TV, and restaurants from my local come on. I get so excited! And also when I see the places I showed people on TV, I feel a little obsessive and excited （笑） Q. Do you have any members who you accidentally act harsh against? No one. I try to treat everyone equally, so really, no one. Anyway I’m not the one who can actually be strict towards people. Well, he’s not a member, but yeah, I am strict towards (Tanaka) Juri. Q. Who is the strictest member in JUMP? I guess it’s Hikaru-kun. When we’re rehearsing, and members start losing their concentration, he tries to get everyone back into rehearsing properly. I think he’s the kind of guy who is really adaptable and outspoken. Q. What is your favourite spicy food? Curry♡I can totally eat up a super spicy curry, and I love those ones that have beef in them.
Q. Any “sweet” occurences recently? The other day, my 2-year-old nephew left a message on my phone. You can’t actually get what he’s saying, but he did kinda mention “Anpyanmya-n” and “can you buy-?” so I think it’s one of those begging messages. （笑）When he sees me, at first he’s all nervous, but then he starts showing me all these toys-and before I know it, it’s turned into a showcase of toys. （笑） Q. When you feel you baby yourself too much. When I eat too much of good stuff. I don’t usually go on diets, or limit my meals, but since we’re in the middle of tour at the moment, I try not to eat as much. Just that…when we go out to places we’ve never been to, I just pig out. （笑） Q. Do you have any members you just baby automatically? Chinen. There’s no particular reason, nor a particular example, but I do feel that in many occasions, I kinda let go just because it’s…Chinen. Q. Who is the “sweetest” member in JUMP? Maybe Yamada? He suits all those sweet words. And he seems the type to naturally put his girlfriend before himself when it comes to dates and stuff. Me? Oh, I’m just the one to act upon one’s will. （笑） Q. What is your favourite sweet? I don’t usually eat cakes, but the milk crepe that my friend gave me the other day was so damn good! And when I’m tired, I always go for that chocolate éclair that they sell in convenience stores.
The other day we sang two performances worth of karaoke! Arioka: I recall the first time we ate together was at Hikaru-kun’s birthday. Yabu: About 3 years ago. Arioka: We happened to have a rehearsal that day, and we finished early so we were like, “wanna go?” Yaotome: Yeah~ and it turned out to be so much fun. Yabu: So we were like, we need to do this again. Inoo: And I remember when we stepped out of the restaurant it was snowing and we were all so excited about it. Yabu: It snowed on my birthday in January too! Arioka: Yeah~ We were like “SNOOOOOOWWWWW!!!!” Takaki: We had a snowball fight on the way back（笑） Arioka: Yabu-chan forgot his bag that day, right? Inoo: He thought he left it at home so he called but it wasn’t there-and he discovered he left it in the rehearsal room. （笑） Takaki: Yeah, that was the first time I saw someone forget a whole bag. （笑） Arioka: And we had a BEST Party in Okinawa too. （笑） Inoo: My birthday! Yaotome: We went to Okinawa for work-it was so much fun~ Yabu: The place we went to lent games, so we were playing them, and… Arioka: We were told to be quiet by a waiter. （笑） Inoo: The sea grapes were really nice too~ Takaki: Anyway, we hold BEST Parties at least once on each other’s birthdays. Arioka: These days we couldn’t really meet up because of work, but the other day we managed to find time and we had a birthday party. With Takaki organizing it. Takaki: I’m not good at calls like that though… Inoo: Yeah, you were stuttering a lot. We were like, wait… he isn’t too used to it either? （笑） Yaotome: You were like, oh, um, My name is Takaki. Arioka: Like, “I’m not TakaGI but TakaKI.” （笑） Yabu: And we have stuff we only talk about in BEST Parties. Takaki: Yeah, that’s where we get to know each other’s private lives. Arioka: We get so into it, that the main dish is more like a side dish to our conversation. （笑） Yaotome: And it’s a classic where we ask each other our types. （笑） Arioka: Yep. And no matter what the answer, we don’t judge them. Inoo: Yeah, and we don’t ever actually disagree with each other in these conversations. Yabu: And we’re all listening to each other as if it were ourselves. （笑） Takaki: And that’s why we seem to be able to tell each other everything. Arioka: As if it’s some counselor. Yaotome: Yeah, cause we get really excited and then it finishes. Arioka: We even went karaoke the other day. I asked if we could go karaoke after eating, but then no one was really willing, so I kinda took Takaki with me…and then it ended up with all five of us going. Yabu: I mean, if someone’s going we get curious. （笑） Yaotome: We were like, okay, just an hour. Inoo: And I was just waiting to go home, at least while the trains were still going… Yaotome: And we ended up singing two performances worth. （笑） Takaki: We’d all put in songs we want to sing, and we’d all sing them. Yabu: When we put “Score” in it came out with “Lyrics by Yabu Kota, Rap by Yaotome Hikaru” and we were all clapping. （笑） Arioka: Then…do you guys want to make a song list for our readers? Yaotome: Score has to be the end, even though we sang it first the other time. Arioka: The first song should be “Suriru(Thrill)” and then since we go crazy over it, “Ganbaretsugo” for the third, maybe? Yaotome: Then how about the second be “School Days”? Yabu: Sounds good~ Takaki: We sang a lot of 7 songs too, the other day. Yaotome: “GET” was so much fun! GET~*all five of them start singing* OH YEAH-!（笑） Yabu: So the fifth should be “Mystery Virgin”! Inoo: That was actually a lot of fun the other day too. I mean, we were all like, “Mys~te~ry~♪” Takaki: And there were people dancing to it. Arioka: Which means, we need to put Takaki’s “Oretachi no Seishun” into it somewhere too. Inoo: We sang “Wonderland Train” the other day too, right? Yaotome: Yeah! So we put that in, and maybe make the 9th song UMP? Yabu: What about the 8th song then? Inoo: Romeo & Juliet? Yabu: Snap? Arioka: Sounds good~…we sang them all the other day. （笑） Inoo: That was like, the first time ever that we all got so excited even in the after party. Arioka: After we were dismissed, I was walking with Ino-chan, and he was like, “Ah~ So much fun~okay, see ya.” （笑） Takaki: Cause it’s actually like some friendship group. We always see each other, but still, we party up as if it’s been a year. Yaotome: I guess our relationship can be far deeper than just friends. Since we can talk face to face about work. Arioka: Yeah, and when we went to Thailand for work, we had a BEST Party in Pattaya too. （笑） Yaotome: it wasn’t anyone’s birthday, we just ate! Arioka: And that time, Ino-chan and I even went to check out the place beforehand. （笑） Inoo: I want to do one of those, “in some-overseas-place” thingy again! It’s so much funn! Yaotome: Yeah, and when we talk, we’re super loud so we need a place where there’s actual rooms. Yabu: Or outdoors. （笑）Maybe we can go camping! We’d go to some huge supermarket and we’ll buy stuff there, and since we can all drive, we’ll take turns driving. Arioka: Ino-chan’s good at organizing locations, and Takaki can organize food. Takaki: And it’s also interesting how in BEST Parties we can see each other’s true personality… Arioka: We’re like, oh…（笑） Yaotome: Remember, no disagreements in BEST Parties!
Come to our Party- 7 Party- Hey! Say! 7 crosstalk POPOLO 2013.08
We’re all willing to hold a 7 party… Nakajima: BEST holds a “BEST Party”, right? Chinen: As well as a “Z-kai”.（笑） Nakajima: That’s tutoring! Okamoto: But unfortunately, a “7 Party”… Yamada: You guessed it, doesn’t exist! （笑） Nakajima/Chinen: Yep~ Yamada: But Keito & I used to eat out together quite often. Chinen: I remember Yutie asked me to go on one of those swan boats with him in Inogashira Kouen once-and I went on it with him. Okamoto: You went on one with me too. （笑） Yamada: And yet, we’ve never went out even after we’ve had work together. Okamoto: Maybe we’re actually too bad a friend to each other（笑） Yamada: Right!! 7: *Laughs* Chinen: Excuse me. Nakajima: You may speak, Chinen-san! Chinen: The other day, after work, I asked all you guys out to eat and you guys were like, “I can’t eat now” and Keito was like, “Oh, sorry I have plans after this” Nakajima: See? Chinen-san is getting hot under the collar here. Guys, go eat out with him! Yamada: WTF man, you were the one here who couldn’t go in the first place cause of work! Nakajima: True that, but you know（汗） Okamoto: But really, we do genuinely want to have a “7 Party” Let’s hold a 7 Games Party Yamada: Then since we’re all here, maybe we can hold our first “7 Party” here? （笑） Nakajima: Yay! Let’s do this! Okamoto: Good idea. But if we held our first 7 Party here, we’d all be ordering whatever we want, and we’d just be eating silently. （笑） Yamada/Chinen: True~ Okamoto: Which, is kinda because when we have crosstalks like this we tell each other whatever we need to. Chinen: Yeah~. If we spew out whatever we need to at the “7 Party” we won’t have anything to talk about here! （笑） Yamada: That’s worrying. （笑）But since it’s a good chance, let’s do this. So…Yuto, how’s life? Nakajima: Well right now I’m filming for a drama…But yeah, the other day I went out with my camera…and watched a movie. Chinen: Except he got into trouble cause he recorded the movie on his camera. （笑） Nakajima: Ya think? Chinen: Well I went to an arcade yesterday. Yamada/Nakajima: Eh, really!? Okamoto: Hey, you guys are pretty much saying the same thing as you said for your other interviews. Chinen: Then how about this: the other day I connected my keyboard to the laptop so I was playing around mixing sounds. Okamoto: Well I went to uni and then went shopping. How about Yama-chan? Yamada: What do you mean, “How about Yama-chan?” !? （笑）I wanted to go shopping, but I didn’t want to go alone so I called you and you replied no because you had uni! Okamoto: Whoops. （笑） Yamada: And so I went shopping all by myself. Chinen: Ooooh, I wonder what Yama-chan wanted to buy that he invited Keito~ Nakajima: Getting into the mood of a 7 Party, eh? （笑） Yamada: Well my intension wasn’t just to go shopping. I used to go out with Keito a lot, but these days we weren’t going as much so I asked him. （笑） Chinen: Ooooh so did Yama-chan try to buy Keito’s heart with monneyyyyy? Yamada: Totally! ….not. Nakajima: Then, would Yama-chan come and watch a movie with me around my local area if I ask you out~? Yamada: Why can’t it be like, Shibuya or Shinjuku? Nakajima: It’s too far from my place~ Okamoto: Okay then, Yutie, virtually place yourself in Shibuya, and call me. Nakajima: Moshi moshi, Keito? I’m in Shibuya now, and…I’m feeling a little lonely, so can you come? Okamoto: Sorry, I’m kinda in the middle of class here at uni… Yamada: Yeah, so, this happens. （笑） 3 days before our first 7 Party Yamada the organizer will call you all! Yamada: So, realistically speaking, if we were to hold a “7 Party” we need to go out to eat somewhere. Okamoto: Then let’s go yakiniku since you like it. Nakajima: Super expensive yakiniku. Yamada: But really, next time someone suggests going out to eat, let’s make a rule that we do not refuse. Chinen: If you refuse, you’re kicked out of 7! Okamoto: Eh~? Isn’t that a bit harsh? Nakajima: With the exception of work, right? Yamada: Nope, no exceptions. Chinen: So then Yama-chan’s the organizer. Yamada: I’ll give you guys a call 3 days prior so you guys HAVE TO keep that day free! Nakajima: And, what about it being Chinen’s treat?（笑） Chinen: Eh~? Fine then, fine! I’ll pay next time! Yamada/Nakajima: Kakkoii~~ Okamoto: Chinen’s like, “next time” but it’s actually the first time. （笑） Yamada: Okay then, I’ll try and find a really expensive place. Nakajima: I’m in charge of cooking! Okamoto: I’m in charge of following! Yamada: So…I’m taking it as Keito being in charge of following means he’s not gonna eat. （笑） Okamoto: Hey, let me eat!
-What is JUMP like backstage at a concert? Chinen: In concerts, we’re usually discussing the changes made with the performance with the staff, or when we get to an hour before the show starts we all start preparing individually. Yabu: I don’t know why, but JUMP tends to crowd around wherever there’s a sofa. But then if someone’s hogging the sofa to themselves and are like, sleeping on it, we all seem to find somewhere else to crowd around. And ususually, it’s me who’s hogging the sofa（笑） Chinen: Yeah, I see Kou-chan sleeping a lot. Like, it’s usually me who he asks to wake him up at a specific time. Yabu: Well it’s easier to ask Yuri than anyone else cuz you’re usually awake the whole time. Chinen: Yeah, it’s not like I do anything specific within that time but I’m usually awake. Yabu: Don’t you like, game? Chinen: Not really- Yabu: I mean with me, it’s either I’m talking or I’m asleep, and whenever there’s A.B.C-Z, I go around to their room. Chinen: But in the Tokyo Dome performance the other day A.B.C-Z were there but Kou-chan was asleep. Yabu: Yeah, well, with that it was after I had a whole babble with them and I came back.（笑）Anyway even during “JOHNNYS’ WORLD” I was like that everyday. Like, after a performance, I’d go get lunch with Shori and go to Totsu or Kawai-kun’s room, talking endlessly there. I mean, it’ll be an everyday thing for me, Shori, Tsuka-chan, and Goseki-kun to come together in their room. Chinen: Speaking of which, Kou-chan had a room to himself in JOHNNYS’ WORLD, right? Weren’t you lonely? Yabu: Nah, I don’t particularly mind being alone. Just that whenever A.B.C-Z’s around I want to communicate with them. -Of course, as expected of someone who openly announced that their ichiban was A.B.C-Z in their concert! Yabu: Yep.（笑）Anyway whenever I went to Totsu’s room he’d always share the treats he had with me. Be like, “Oh, today we’ve got red bean bread…Itadakimasu♪” Chinen: But remember I’ve been visiting your room from time-to-time? I usually find that when I open the door, you’re asleep so I just end up going back to my room. Yabu: Yuri was in a room with Yamada & Yuto right? Your room was pretty terrible…I mean, wasn’t it super messy? Chinen: No matter how many times I tidy it, it goes all messy again. I even remember someone’s juice just kept in the freezer for the whole time.（笑） -Is there anything backstage that just the two of you do? Yabu: I high-five Chinen every time I see him. Chinen: Be like, “Uwe-i!” …we do it a few times a day, don’t we? Yabu: I reckon if we add up the total of times we high five each other it’ll be past 20. -Like in the photos we’ve taken today, do you two often read magazines backstage? Chinen: Nope. I don’t really read magazines anyway. I did have a time when I used to read novels. Yabu: I don’t usually read magazines either. I do read manga sometimes. Anyway, speaking of what we both do-we watch soccer and its super replays! Chinen: Oh yeah those videos? Yabu: Yeah. And we’re just going crazy over all the unreal plays. Chinen: That’s just backstage in our rooms though. Speaking of which, in Shizuoka, Keito, Ino-chan & I were having this joking competition when we were watching a TV show where viewers can submit their jokes…and then Ino-chan was like, “Let’s submit our jokes as well” and then he was like, “Chinen, you think of one too!” so I did, and I submitted a few…but none of them were accepted. Yabu: Ahaha. Well in my case when I was watching the news backstage,Yuya kept on asking me questions about politics these days and stuff like Abenomics so I explained everything to him. Chinen: As expected of Kou-chan. Yabu: Being with Yuya is so much easier for me because I don’t have to worry about being considerate around him. Not that I feel the need to be considerate around you either-since we go home together after work quite often. And not that we mention it a lot- but we do go out quite often in our private lives too. Chinen: Yeah, we’ve been to darts before with Kou-chan’s friend. Yabu: Yeah! Chinen: And in JOHNNYS’ WORLD Kou-chan’s mum and my mum happened to come on the same day so we ate out together after the performance. Yabu: Yeah- I remember that! Chinen: Except we don’t really go out these days…cuz Kou-chan never comes to paint ball. -Dai-chan said that Yabu-kun might come if they passionately continued to ask him. Chinen: Yeah, um, I don’t think so.（笑） Yabu: Sorry…I can’t shoot those who I love…I’m sorry….I can’t do it… Chinen: So, these days the only thing we’ve done together is eat ramen. Yabu: Yeah, you know, I kinda find it awkward asking someone out to eat. I’m just like, “I’m hungry-” and that’s it. If someone goes “Hey, so do you wanna go out to eat ramen then?” I’ll definitely say yes. （笑）It’s just with Keito I can be like, “Okay, let’s go eat ramen!!!” Chinen: That’s just cuz he never says no（笑） Yabu: with Hikaru, it’s half-half on whether I can ask him out or not. With Chinen or Dai-chan…you two never come so I just don’t try. Chinen: Don’t say that! Try! You know, it’s not like you’re gonna die if we say no. Yabu: I’m scared of being told no, okay! So…you can ask me out next time.（笑）
-So, first things first, can you two tell us about JUMP backstage? Keito: Umm…well, JUMP’s backstage doesn’t really feel like, you know, “backstage”. Inoo: Yeah, it feels more like break at school. Keito: Yep, like a lunch break. Inoo: We’re like, partying in a room. We’re usually put in one room, and even when we’re separated we’re put into BEST & 7. Keito: Yeah, and even with two rooms we always end up in one. Inoo: And we’re all doing the same thing. Like, when someone starts eating, we all start eating. Keito: Like a chain reaction going on. Inoo: And on top of that, you know how you could just shut up and start eating? But we just have to announce it to everyone for some reason. Keito: And what you really gotta love about JUMP is that Yuto has everything, anytime. Like, everything you’d need in preparation for a concert. Inoo: Wait, where did the talk about food go? （笑）For a moment there I had trouble following what you were talking about…so you’re talking about the make up stuff? Keito: Yep. Without Yuto, we wouldn’t be able to have a concert. Inoo: I always borrow Yuto’s hair dryer. Keito: Same here. JUMP has so much borrowing and lending involved like that. Inoo: Keito, everyone borrows your hairspray, right? Keito: No one brings theirs, so my hairspray goes so quickly. （笑） Inoo: BUT. I actually brought my own hairspray for the first time ever on this tour. Keito: Eh!? Wait, you were using so much of my hairspray at Tokyo Dome! Inoo: No no, when we went to other areas, I lost my hairspray. When we finished a round, we put all our make up stuff in one plastic case and the staff carried it to the next location, but my hairspray went missing. But then I found it at Tokyo Dome and I was jumping up and down so happy to have found my hairspray. …Now that I think about it, was that yours? Keito: Yep, that was mine. （笑） Inoo: You serious!? Sorry…it was the same brand so I thought it was mine. I’ll make sure next time I write my name. Speaking of which…Takaki overuses my oil-blotting paper as if it’s his property. Keito: Yeah, well, I ended up giving a whole batch to Takaki-kun. （笑） -Sorry to interrupt…can we go back to talking about food now? Keito: Oh, right, gomen gomen. Inoo: You know, the food that’s available at concert venues have a variety of about 3 for lunch, another 3 for dinner. So whoever starts eating first tells us what’s really good. Keito: And when we’re at other areas on tour we’re usually looking forward to all the interesting food we can eat there. Inoo: In Shizuoka, yakisoba. Keito: Fujimiya yakisoba was so niceee Inoo: In Aomori, apple juice. Keito: That was really good too! Inoo: It came in like, a Nebuta Festival design package. And we also had seafood hot pot after the Aomori concert with everyone. Keito: There were like, crackers in the hotpot. Inoo: And Niigata had really good rice! Keito: Yep. And when we were in Niigata, there was a staff member who had their birthday, so when they came to our room we prepared a birthday cake, and surprised them with my guitar and a birthday song too. Inoo: Yepyep. When one of our members have birthdays, the staff prepare special videos for us, and changes the lighting a little so we stand out, so upon a staff member’s birthday we were like, maybe it’s our turn. -That’s a nice episode. Were there any funny occurrences at Tokyo Dome? Inoo: We’ve been using the rooms backstage since our debut concert, and we’ve recently used them for Johnnys’ World Thanksgiving, but this time, we discovered for the first time that the sofa in the room wasn’t just a sofa…but it turned into a bed! We were all going crazy! Keito: Yeah that was pretty crazy. At once we all started turning those sofas into beds and started lying on them. Inoo: Was it Yuto who discovered that? Or Chinen? Keito: Who cares. （笑） -Do you two go out together on days off? Keito: Come to think of it…never before. It’s getting increasingly less that we talk to each other one on one these days….we used to talk about college though. Inoo: Since I graduated, we don’t have anything in common anymore? （笑） Keito: Possibly. Cuz I have absolutely no idea what Ino-chan does on his off days. Inoo: I’m usually out on my days off. I mean last year, when we just got back from Hong Kong, by the next day I was off to another area in Japan. Keito: Really~? I didn’t know you were that active. Then, take me somewhere! Inoo: Sure. Where? Keito: Hmmm…hot springs…oh, snowboarding? Inoo: Keito~ It’s summer and you’re suggesting winter activities. （笑）Um…how about a BBQ? Let’s camp at a forest! Keito: Camping! Yes! Inoo: I have everything like a car, BBQ stuff and tents so it’s all good! Keito: I’ll part for the food! Okay, so I’ll go fishing in the river! Inoo: Wait, so on the spot!? Keito: Yeah. And we’ll hunt in the forest. SURVIVAL. （笑）
-What do you usually do backstage? Yamada: Yuya’s usually playing on his phone. Takaki: Yeah, I usually play a lot of games on my phone and…being so popular, my phone never stops ringing! Yamada: …idiot. （苦笑）I… Takaki: Yamada’s usually out in the corridor. Yamada: Yeah, I guess that’s true. Cause if I practice my sax in the room I’ll make a nuisance to all the other members, so I usually do that in the corridor…and sometimes I do work outs in one of the larger corridors too. I try not to be a bother. Takaki: You care for others, don’t you? Yamada: Anyway I find it so weird how when we have concerts and stuff, you bring barely anything. You come with a bag that doesn’t fit anything like your lesson wear or make up. You know how I’m always like, “Do you even realise it’s work?” （笑） Takaki: Ahahahaha I usually don’t carry anything. Cuz I stuff everything I need, like my phone and wallet into my pocket. But you know, when it comes to concerts and work, and stuff it’s not good to turn up with no baggage, so I just attempt in bringing at least a bag. （笑） Yamada: In Yuya’s case, that’s displayed as your character so I guess it’s acceptable. Like, you’re the guy who goes to Okinawa with just your money and your passport. Takaki: …passport? Yamada: Ah, wait, Okinawa, opps sorry.（汗 I just feel as if anywhere you go on the plane you need a passport. （笑） Takaki: Ahahaha that got me a little~ Yamada: In general, I’m the guy who gets worried without baggage. And I try to bring extra stuff for people like Yuya. Takaki: Of course! Yamada: You borrow so much of my make up stuff it’s not funny! Like, my lip balm goes at the speed of light. Takaki: I like, go up to people and struck up a conversation…and I just inconspicuously take their lip balm. Skills. Yamada: Yeah, it’s kinda too suspicious…I’m not dumb. （笑） -You do your own hair at concerts, right? Takaki: Yep. Everyone’s pretty good at that-we’ve all been doing it since Jr.s. Yamada: I do Dai-chan’s hair often. It’s not like he’s bad at it, but I just don’t like his hair that he does himself and sometimes and I redo it. Except with Keito he never even lets me lay a finger on his hair. I mean, he even has this cranky sorta aura around him when he’s doing his hair. （笑） Takaki: Cuz Keito’s 100% serious about him and his looking-good business. He even proposes himself that he’s the “Ultimate narcissist” Yamada: Ah, Keito’s cheeks are turning red~ -Do you two hang out together in your private lives? Yamada: Ah, we went for a drive the other day. Takaki: Yeah, after we went paint ball with everyone. Yamada: We went with everyone carpooling on someone else’s car to Yamanashi, and we were just there with the two of us. You drove me to my house on the way back. We talked a lot then, but the conversations we had like…had no content. （笑）You know, with me poking Yuya on the stomach sometimes. Takaki: Talk about rudeness!! Yamada: Cuz you were like, “I hate being zapped on my stomach” so I thought it was a sign for me telling me to do it. Takaki: You were sleepy then, right? Yamada: Dead sleepy. It was an early day, and I used up all my energy playing paint ball. （笑） Takaki: But still, you were resisting the temptation to sleep. Yamada: Yep! You knew? Takaki: You were trying so hard not to sleep, but from time to time your head was like, swaying. （笑） Yamada: Ahahahaha so you knew. （笑） Takaki: You had shades on so I couldn’t see if your eyes were open though. Yamada: And before that I was like, “No way I could sleep next to someone who’s driving for me!” （笑） Takaki: 5 minutes later…off to fairy land. （笑）You said it yourself, and you slept…god, so funny. But I did say you could sleep. Yamada: And me? I was like, “Yeah no way I could sleep sitting in this seat, it’s too rude!” –and I’m off. Takaki: After that you were like, opening the windows to let the air in, and playing really loud music and screaming. So desperate. （笑） Yamada: I tried to blow my sleepiness away with the wind on the highway accompanied by catchy music. Takaki: Yeah, like disco music. Yamada: But really, so embarrassed of myself for sleeping in the passenger’s seat! Glad it was Yuya who was driving…I don’t feel the need to be so considerate around you so it’s so much easier for me. Takaki: Yeah, it’s easier for me too. Yamada: Just that when we were playing paint ball, I really felt that Yuya’s super unfit. Takaki: Hey, that’s the same with you too! How many times did you say, “Urgh, this is hard!” huh? Yamada: It’s just cuz of the heat in summer. Takaki: For me it was the first time playing paint ball so I couldn’t shoot. Yamada: You were so bad~（笑） Takaki: Yeah, and I got shot real easily so it’s instantly game over and I’m having to wait for everyone to finish…and I’ve used up all my energy in waiting. Yamada: But once you got better at it… Takaki: I went hypo! But Yamada got shot on places with no gear on and you were all down. Yamada: Yeah, I ended up with marks like huge mosquito bites on my neck. （笑）But I really wanna go again. Takaki: Well when that’s happening, I’ll drive you again.
It’s important to talk to people and feel them Takaki: So these days it’s getting increasingly tougher-how do you keep your spirits up? Yamada: Just think blank. Or think about food（笑）Like, “What should I eat after this performance~?” You? Takaki: I try to keep in mind that no matter how hard the day, it’s bound to come to an end. Yamada: That’s really romantic…as in, no matter what you do, time flies, so live every moment to the full. Takaki: Precisely! And I feel (for) people. Woah, I don’t mean it in a weird way, okay? Yamada: Duh. （笑）But I do feel the presence of people are important. Especially with this job, your problems come in large packages, so it’s near impossible to get over them by yourself. Whether it be your family, or your members, it’s important to feel for people and talk to them. Takaki: And if I still can’t get over my problems, I go to the beach! Yamada: Yeah, Yuya’s like that. I mean, I can totally tell the day after you’ve been to the beach. （笑）So easy. Takaki: It’s the power of nature. Yamada: Yep. And once I get my drivers’ license, I’m going to the beach too! Takaki: By the way who do you think is the most positive thinking in our members? (And then Chinen comes in at the best of times dancing) Yamada: Has to be this guy. （笑）Not necessarily happy-go-lucky… more like he’s good at controlling his feelings. I don’t mean it in a bad way-but he seems like a robot in a sense. He knows what’s programmed in him, so once he finds something that doesn’t fit in his program, he just blocks it away. Takaki: In a sense, it’s amazing how he does that. Yamada: Of course Chinen would have his own problems too, but how he deals with them is completely different from others. But I’ve noticed Yuya doesn’t really show his problems on his face either, right? Takaki: I guess. Yamada: You’re usually the stupid one but when it comes to this stuff your brain works. Takaki: Shut up! Yamada: Well, after all Yuya is quite mature. Takaki: See? Well, after all you’re still a chairudo(child). Yamada: Why English? （笑）Well I find you immature when you become defensive about everything. Anyway, finally, what I want to challenge in 2013. I want to go to Mt. Blanc(mountain) and eat a Mt. Blanc(cake) ! Takaki: Hey, that’s what I did! It’s near impossible for you. You do know it’s 4000m above sea level, right? Yamada: So the air there is thin? Takaki: Yep. Even Chinen was out of breath by the time we got to the top. Yamada: Well it’s probably not a good idea then. I mean, it looked fun from what I saw, but I guess in reality it’s really tiring. Except I do still want to do some sort of large scale shooting like that for work. How about you, Yuya? Takaki: I wanna go summer diving. Yamada: …summer, diving? Takaki: Opps, I meant…you know, diving that you do in the season now…umm….how do you say winter in english? Yamada: Are you serious!? It’s WINTER. Seriously, it can’t be any good with you having to ask ME for that. （笑）By the way can you actually say all four seasons in English? Takaki: Of course I can! Spring, Summer, Winter…wait, what’s autumn…? Yamada: Er…what was autumn….? (Being told by staff that it starts with the O sound) Takaki: …Octopus? Yamada: …Ocean? (Yabu: IT’S AUTUMN!) Takaki&Yamada: Ootamuuu? Yamada: I think it’s like my first time hearing that word. Yuya didn’t know either, right? Takaki: Nope! Yamada: Okay, let’s make 2013 a year of studying English. （笑） Takaki: Yeah, that conversation made it obvious that we’re idiots. （笑） Yamada: And as a group, we need to show how we’ve grown to our fans. That’s all. Takaki: Yep. We’re yet to know what works we’re going to do this year, but I’m sure we’ll have many opportunities to grow, and I’m willing to take it on the full. Yamada: Ganbaro.
So…tobbikos out there how have you been? Yes, my apologies for my inability to keep a constant pace in updating…it would be very helpful once again if you guys could keep sending me requests :)) It’s that time of the year-half yearlies. Mine finish tomorrow so from then onwards I will be able to rummage through the overdue works. Meanwhile, Ganbaletsgo on your exams, everyone!
As the title suggests, I have opened up a FB page…on this page I will be posting smaller translations perhaps from TV shows and I’ll be updating on my personal life as a JEotaku, so look out for it!
Fuma reveals a new side to Shori!? Shori: I actually like new things. Every time I see a new product, I have the urge to buy it. Kento: That’s a new side to you. I get the impression that you just keep on using the things you like forever. Like, you did change your phone recently but you’ve been using the same slide phone for a long time until then. Fuma: Except that phone was all broken by the end. （笑） Shori: I do try to use things carefully and for a long time, but I still have the urge to buy new things. Kento: I like new things too. I change my phone case a lot. I’m using the one with the skull now. Shori: Fuma-kun’s hair is new! You keep on changing it. You know, I secretly call you the New World. （笑） Fuma: I just get bored really easily. Shori: Yeah, that goes with me too. In my case, I change the choreography. Like, of course I keep the iconic ones, but other than that I change it from time to time- hoping the audience will like it. Kento: I changed a lot of the choreography from “Sexy Zone” on tour the other day. Like, I was swinging my arms around at “Chikyuu wa~” Shori: The New World~ Fuma: Yeah, the choreography changes quite a lot as I process it. Shori: I get the feeling that Fuma-kun arranges the choreography so that it becomes more “Fuma”. So, have you guys found out anything new about members recently? Kento: Probbably Fuma’s hair like you said. Every time I see him, the colour and the style’s different, so I guess that’s a discovery? And with Shori…he’s just steadily pacing himself so I don’t find anything too new. Fuma: When we got to be on the TV show “Waratte Koraete” I re-discovered that all our last names were so normal. （笑） Kento: Ah, I remember. Something new I’ve found out about Shori. So, when we were on tour, he was eating instant ramen, and he somehow has this habit of leaving the boiling pot on the bed. One time he totally spilt boiling hot water on the bed, and he was like, “It’s ok, it’s ok”…but his facial expression seemed a little panicky. （笑） Shori: it’s not my habit, it’s just a coincidence! Fuma: Speaking of which, with Shori, the other day when Nakajima wasn’t in the rehearsal cause he was busy with his drama, he was calling him “Kento”. It seemed so natural so I was like, “mmm, they’re really good friends now, aren’t they,” Kento: Eh, really? I remember Shori going, “Okay, so Kento-kun’s here, and Fuma’s here…” at the rehearsal where you weren’t there. I thought he had some sudden debut. （笑） Fuma: …What’s with you? （笑） Shori: I wonder. Let’s just say, I live life in a clever way.（笑） Fuma: That’s a new side to Shori revealed with credit to me! （笑） Shori: Nah, that was just cause it was a rehearsal. Like, sometimes at work it’s easier to call them like that, you know? Kento: Oh yeah, like when co-workers at companies call each other, “Our ○○” no matter of who’s older. Fuma: Yeah. But seriously, he was naturally calling you “Kento” the whole time. Kento: Really!? Shori: FYI, when I’m rehearsing alone, I always call you guys “Kento” & “Fuma” Kento & Fuma: Woah!! *laughs hysterically* Shori: I’m like, “Kento & Fuma won’t be here today!” （笑） We appreciate our meetings on our national tour! Kento: What’s something new you’ve bought recently? Oh yeah, Fuma bought a suit for uni, right? Fuma: Yepp Shori: Elastic tie? Fuma: Nope nope. Shori: Oh, so you can actually tie one? You’ve grown. Fuma: Nah. In high school, I was wearing a gakuran, but when I was in “Scrap Teacher” I had to wear a tie. Kento: That- I was so envious of you. I wanted to wear a tie, but I couldn’t. Fuma: I cried and fell to my knees to ask someone to teach me how to tie a tie. （笑） Kento: I acquired some shoes recently. It’s like, a black pair with army patterns on them, and they have studs too. It was for my birthday. Shori: I bought earphones. Kento: And speaking of new things, I really want to dye my hair. Like, I get influenced by people around me who dye it. Shori: I’ve never really thought about it…jokes of course I want to dye my hair too! Kento: I mean, I could go mainstream and dye it brown, but I thought it’d be fun to make it like, silver. Shori: Okay so Fuma-kun can go gold/blonde, Kento-kun can go silver, and I’ll go bald. Fuma: What kind of position are you there? （笑） Shori: That was the only thing I could think of （笑）Anyway, I really want to watch more movies, since I’m not very knowledgeable of them. I’m thinking of watching “Soul Kitchen” Kento: Hey, I’ve heard of that somewhere… Shori: It’s the movie Totsuka-kun was talking about. （笑）Seems really interesting! Anything new you want to try, Fuma-kun? Fuma: I really wanna go on a huge bike. And get a driver’s license too. But I’m too busy with uni now… Kento: That’s the most recent news about Fuma I guess. Fuma: Imma uni newbie. Shori: Imma 2nd year highschool new bie. Kento: Imma 2nd year uni newbie. …Doesn’t really click, does it? （笑） Shori: And don’t forget; our national tour! Kento: We went to eat ramen before our performance. Fuma: We ate like, mentaiko, and gyoza, and everything…it was so nice I swear I could’ve gone straight home and stayed totally happy. （笑） Shori: Don’t you dare. （笑）Nagoya was so much fun too! You know, what we enjoy most about our tour is that we go to new places and discover new things, and that we meet our fans. Kento: Yeah, it was new to me how they went creative and made uchiwas with dialects on them. Fuma: There were a lot of new fans too. Shori: Meeting new people like that encourage us to try harder!
That came with bit of a shock. （笑）I mean…I didn’t think he’d wear stuff like that… Yamada: I’ll just keep this clear before the crosstalk starts…Keito! Make sure you don’t stain that yellow sweater you’re wearing, ok? I’m planning to buy that. Don’t you even leave a drop of sweat on it! Okamoto: O,okay but dude…the more you pressure me the more I sweat. （笑） Nakajima: What was it that you liked so much about the sweater? Yamada: The colour and style. I kinda like how it has that rough touch to it. Okamoto: And most of all…I’m the one wearing it Yamada: Shut up. It’s going straight to the washing machine once I get home. （笑）So, do you guys buy the clothes that you wear in shoots? Or do you just go out and buy them normally? Nakajima: I remember Chinen buying a Hawaiian shirt last year…that bright red one. Yamada: That came with bit of a shock. （笑）I mean…I didn’t think he’d wear stuff like that… Chinen: Oh yeah that shirt I wore in WINK UP. It was before the summer season and you know…I felt aloha. I wore that one quite a lot… Nakajima: Didn’t you wear that in Thailand too? You were fitting in perfectly! Yamada: Yeah he did~ you know, even if you know it’s for work, you get high when you go overseas. （笑） Chinen: Speaking of which, apparently BEST were talking about SMAP’s 5-person trip in their crosstalk. I saw that episode too! Yamada/Okamoto: Me too! Nakajima: Shoot, I’m the only one here who hasn’t seen it… Yamada: Haven’t you seen Nakai-kun balling over? Nakajima: I’ve seen it in the spoilers. （笑） Yamada: He starts to cry as everyone sings “BEST FRIEND” in karaoke. Chinen: I reckon Ryosuke would be the one sitting at the counter singing his heart out. （笑） Yamada: That might be quite true. Like, I’m the one who likes to sing first in karaokes. （笑） Chinen: See! And when we become SMAP’s age, Keito would be the one ordering wine. （笑） Okamoto: So I’m like that in character? Nakajima: I wonder what it would be like if us 4 go on a trip together. Okamoto: Oh NO. NO. NO. TOO. MUCH. TROUBLE. Yamada: What are you so afraid of? （笑） Chinen: I really want to go for a trip though! You know, like a driving trip! Okamoto: You sound extremely enthusiastic but you’re not going to do anything, are you? （笑） Chinen: Nope. Yamada: Just casually. （笑）What if you were told to deicide on somewhere to eat? Chinen: NO. I can’t take that sort of responsibility! I mean, I’d rather starve. Nakajima: Titf（笑） Okamoto: But I’m kinda starting to think it might not be too bad to have a go. Nakajima: Sounds fun. Alright then, well when we’re going on a trip, I’ll come pick you up at your door on my car. （笑） Everyone: Kakkoii~ Yamada: Except the problem is; can Yuto-kun wake up early enough? （笑） Nakajima: I’ll do my best- I’ll even set two alarms! Yamada: The other day in the Shizuoka performance I was in the same hotel room as Yuto-kun…he just would not wake up. Nakajima: Nah, I wake up when the alarm goes off. Yamada: Uh, no you don’t. It was vibrating for about 20 minutes. Chinen: 20 minutes is quite intense（笑） Yamada: And his phone was on the desk, so it was making this weird sound…but I didn’t stop it cause it was his phone…and it went off for 20 minutes. （笑） Nakajima: My apologies. （笑） Chinen: I was in the same room as Ino-chan & Keito. I said “Let’s wake up at half past 8” and then Keito was like, “Okay…can you wake me up?” （笑） Yamada: Yeah, Keito & Dai-chan don’t wake up very well at all! On top of that they’re in a bad mood…as if they’re about to step on your face. Chinen: Yeah, Keito…even if you wake him up, he’d be like, “Yeah, yeah, okay.” And then he goes back to sleep. I swear he could sleep for another 2 or 3 hours straight. Nakajima: Lol ikr! Chinen’s impression is so like him. （笑）He like, puts a bothersome smile on his face and goes back to sleep. Yamada: Eh, what, he smiles? Acting so differently as he does to me! （笑）And you too Chinen! You’re making it sound as if you’re the sensible one but you don’t wake up either! Chinen: Eh, I was awake on time you know? Okamoto: Yep. Yamada: What’s with you guys…do you guys just decide to leave it all on me when I’m in your room? （笑） Nakajima: It’s cause Yama-chan’s the sensible one. You’re never late. Like, the three of us have quite a few problems with time management.
These days BEST are being the jokers.（笑） Yamada: Yeah true, I’m not usually late to things…except I remember once I was SUPER LATE to a drama shooting. It was like a scene where I was supposed to draw something in the art room…I think I caused a lot of trouble for Chinen & Yuto-kun. Nakajima: Oh~ yeah, such a long time ago! Yamada: When I woke up, I was lightly going, “Gosh, gotta be kidding me~”（笑） Chinen: How does one feel when one is that late? Yamada: You’re like, “Shit…end of the world” but then you somehow calm down and you’re like, “maybe I should take a shower.” （笑） Okamoto: Ikr! （笑） Nakajima: Yeah, I guess people panic the most when it’s a time when you just might make it if you rush. Yamada: Yeah. Anyway after that I became much more cautious of sleeping in. Nakajima: Cuz really, Yama-chan is never late to things! Hey~ are you sure we can get this trip planned with only Yama-chan being able to get up? （笑） Yamada: That’s a bit of a concern…Well, let’s do this after we’ve all learnt to wake up properly. （笑） Chinen: And…at this point in time we’ve finished the Shizuoka performances. Okamoto: Yeah, I guess it went quite smooth-you know, not very many troubles. Yamada: Just Yuya fooled around with “I’m tired, OVER” （笑） Nakajima: That was pretty funny! I think that kind of fooling around the fans would like. Chinen: These days BEST are being the jokers. （笑） Okamoto: We’re the sensible team. Yamada: True; we’re the team who likes words like, “on time” and “smooth” –so I guess we’re actually more mature than BEST. （笑） Okamoto: We get into trouble if we joke around too… Yamada: Uh, no, BEST are being more stupid than us. （笑） Nakajima: Ikr! As soon as they’re told in the rehearsal not to do things-they do it in the next performance! They even make us laugh! （笑） Chinen: Like what? Nakajima: In “OVER” where there’s a beep right at the end of the song, I was like verbally saying “beep”. （笑） Yamada: Yeah, um, NO. （笑） Nakajima: I just had the sudden urge to say that! （笑）Anyway, even we give advice to our kouhai’s like in JOHNNYS’ WORLD. Yamada: Yeah. We were like, “Maybe you should do this…like this, and keep that…ok yep.” Nakajima: Especially with our sword art cause it’s dangerous if you don’t do it right. Okamoto: Me-never. Like, I don’t have the ability and experience to give advice. Yamada: Yeah, true. Okamoto: Hey! That’s where you’re meant to say, “Nah, Keito, you’re so good! What are you talking about?” （笑）Except…I’m a completely different person to who I am now when I’m at “Hyakushikiou”! Chinen: What kind of Keito exists there? Okamoto: I like, full on tease Takada(Sho) and like Sanada(Yuma). I’M teasing them! Yamada: WHAT!? …sorry I can’t imagine that. Nakajima: You should bring that kind of Keito out within JUMP too Okamoto: yeah, but who do I have to tease? （笑） Yamada: Well it’s kinda hard because 7 are the peacekeepers who hate ups and downs. （笑） Chinen: In BEST, yabuhika sometimes fight. …And we really don’t know what to do when that happens. （笑） Yamada: Ikr! They don’t go easy on each other at all…they like, full on throw each other knives without starting with like…rocks. （笑）Even with just telling each other that their positions are wrong, they’re like, “Hey. Position. WHY THE HELL ARE YOU STANDING THERE?” and then the other is like, “FUCK THAT JUST SHUT UP, I DON’T CARE” Like, in 7, we’re all like, “Hey, aren’t you meant to stand there?” we don’t even throw anything. （笑） Chinen: But then it’s not like they’re fighting- they just chatter away after that. （笑） Nakajima: I guess it’s beacause they’re good friends that they can throw knives at each other and not care. （笑） Okamoto: True. Except…if knives came flying at me I’d tear up. （笑） Chinen: Yeah, Keito’s like that. But seriously, within JUMP, 7 & BEST are so different. I wonder what chaos it’s going to be if we go on a trip with JUMP. （笑） Nakajima: Gawd I have no idea!…wait, maybe it is a little forseeable. （笑） Yamada: Thought so. Except I guess it’s going to be BEST fooling around and 7 the peace makers. （笑） Okamoto: Well then let’s get that on camera like SMAPxSMAP when that happens. （笑）
God YES! If Dai-chan were a girl, it would be terrible! Yaotome: Okay, so apparently today’s crosstalk is going to start with Dai-chan starting off with the letter “E” Takaki: So…a new way of things, ey?（笑） Arioka: Eh, eh, eh, REALLY!? …I’ve actually started off with “E” just then…now would you let me off? （笑） Inoo: Nope, not here…too boring. Takaki: FYI, you can’t start with “Erotic stories” either. （笑） Arioka: *thinks for a while* We, went to see a movie the other day, didn’t we? (Eiga, mi ni itta yo ne, kono aida) Yabu: That’s pretty mainstream. （笑） Yaotome: Not good enough, Dai-chan. （笑）But yes, we did go see one together. Takaki: What…what, I WAS NEVER INVITED TO THIS! Yabu: But like, you never come even if we invite you. Takaki: I mean, even if it’s a low-ish chance of me going, I do want to be invited! But occasionally Arioka-kun does ask me out to these things. Inoo: Yeah yeah he asks me too. But then when it comes to an actual event, he’s like, “Sorry…I’ve seen that one already!” （笑） Yaotome: God yes! If Dai-chan were a girl, it would be terrible! You know, she just goes around flirting with BEST members asking them out to movies-but doing nothing. （笑） Arioka: Cuz like, after you watch a movie, it’s fun to discuss it right? So what’s important to me is the fact that I’m going with someone… who I’m going with isn’t important. Inoo: Dude, you’re saying it as if it’s some philosophical statement, but I hope you realize it’s crude. （笑） Arioka: I believe that was the day of my 19th Birthday. That day, I had passion. I said to myself, “Right, I’m 19 now! I’m going to try something new! I’m going to go to a dance school to polish my dance!” and so I crossed my heart. Takaki: Eh, so you decided to personally learn dancing? Arioka: Yep. So I went to this dance school that said “Enter anytime” and I opened the door, and I think they were resting- there are all these people who are just fooling around with their friends. I was like, “Nope, I can’t join this circle” so I closed the door and fell to my knees. Yabu: That’s…a bit fast. （笑） Arioka: Yeah, but anyway, I had nothing to do, so I went to the movies by myself, and went home. It was my 19th birthday. And I had no one to talk to so I just send a text to a staff that I knew. （笑） Inoo: Well, that’s a pretty sad story…it brought me to tears. Internally. （笑） Arioka: Eh, are you guys okay with being alone? Yabu: Yeah! Like, I find going to places alone way better! Takaki: Same here. I even travel alone. Arioka: Eh, really? I really need someone with me. Inoo: Yeah…maybe I’m a bit on the Dai-chan side too. Yaotome: I go for both. Like, I’d rather watch movies with someone, but I like eating out alone. Yabu: I mean, I’m pretty proud of myself and how much I’m tolerant to being alone. When I was in junior high I went to watch “Sekai no Chushin de Ai wo Sakebu” alone! Inoo: Woah~ that’s pretty tough! Like, you’re as young as a junior high schooler, and you’re watching a genre like “Sekai no Chushin de Ai wo Sakebu”, AND you’re alone…talk about bravery! Yabu: IKR? Anyway, Dai-chan & Hikaru went out to the movies together…what have you been up to recently, Inoo? Yaotome: Oooh I’m interested. Like, you’re not loaded with assignments and essays since you’ve graduated uni…what do you do now? Inoo: mmmm…I devote myself into sleeping more. So I’m way healthier! Takaki: OH YES. You’re all hyped up these days it’s getting really annoying. （笑） Yaotome: Everyone’s like, “SHUT UP INO-CHAN!!!” and getting pissed at him. （笑） Inoo: I’ve realized the importance of sleep. You know-learnt it the hard way （笑）KYAHAHAHA! Arioka: Yes, you’re hyped up these days. BUT. You’re still slow at running around in concerts. （笑） Inoo: That’s that. （笑） Yabu: So, what do you do besides sleeping? Inoo: You know, to tell you the truth, since we’ve been packed with concert rehearsals recently, I haven’t had much time on my hands. Yaotome: Then what are you planning to do after the concerts? Inoo: What’s with you guys today…you’re so interested in me. Takaki: Cause you don’t tell us anything…as long as we don’t ask. Arioka: Eh, it’s not like you’re planning to go ahead with college…are you? Inoo: Nah. （笑）Right now I’m thinking of getting a license for driving small ships. Everyone: Eh, REALLY!? Inoo: Opps, I shouldn’t have said that…I was actually going to obtain it in secrecy and suddenly pop up one day like, “Hey there…WANNA RIDE ON MY BOAT?” （笑） Takaki: And didn’t you say you’re almost there on a diving license? Inoo: Yep yep. I’m planning to get the full once it’s a little warmer. Yaotome: Ino-chan being active…that’s new. （笑） Takaki: So, what are you up to then Yabu-kun? Yabu: I just go on small walks around my locals. I mean, I love walks. I love just walking around, going, “Oh, it’s the season of sakuras now…” Yaotome: Premature aging. （笑）Takaki? Takaki: Oh I went to a hot spring in Yamanashi. Yabu: Nice~ Takaki: I wanted to see the sun rise from the top of the mountains so I set off from Tokyo at midnight. Yaotome: Sounds fun! Takaki: Let’s all go together some day! Inoo: Yeah, sure, let’s go! Yabu: Did you see the episode of SMAPxSMAP with the “5-people trip”? Everyone: Yep yep! Yaotome: That was so good! Arioka: I know~ I was watching that thinking, “having a group is such a good thing”
Ah~ IKR! Be like, “This thing…YABAI”（笑） Takaki: So it was the first time for SMAP to travel as a group, right? I’m sure we’d even do it…tonight. （笑） Arioka: Any time really. （笑）You see, the value of our 5-person trip is pretty cheap. Yabu: Yeah…the 5-person trip by SMAP was fun because their fans didn’t know what to imagine…but you know, with BEST, I’m guessing it’ll be just as the fans would imagine. （笑） Yaotome: In that show Goro-kun refuse to go on the roller coaster and didn’t go on, but we’re not going to allow that to happen to you Ino-chan, ok? （笑） Inoo: WHAT!? …but you know, I should be alright if I try my best. （笑） Yabu: Watching that trip, I really thought my character was a bit like Kusanagi-kun. （笑） Arioka: Yeah, I guess what you say and do are pretty similar. Yabu: I was so supped by Nakai-kun crying! Takaki: I wonder who’ll be crying like that in 20 years. （笑） Yaotome: I’d say Yabu. He’d be singing “Score” balling over with tears. （笑） Inoo: Ah~IKR! Be like, “This thing…YABAI” （笑） Yabu: Ah~ I’m pretty sure I’ll do that（笑）I can totally imagine myself…guys, just go easy on me when that’s going on, ok? （笑）But you know…we’ve never actually been on a trip with the 5 of us. Yaotome: We’ve been on trips individually with different people, but no…not with the 5 of us. What about karaoke? Arioka: I used to go karaoke with Takaki…maybe just a few times. I remember him constantly singing V6. Takaki: Yeah, “Thunder Bird-your voice-“ with me being all like, YO! （笑） Arioka: Yeah, and I’ve been to karaoke with Yabu-kun too…and Inoo-chan too; just once. I remember him singing “Hitomi wo Tojite” by Hirai Ken san. Yabu: Here we go again-SekaChu. （笑）I remember a while ago Hikaru & I went to eat out and the place we went to had no restaurant seats left, so they put us into the karaoke room（笑） Yaotome: Oh yeah~ The room had like, suspicious pink lighting and we were just sitting there, silently feasting on our pasta. （笑） Inoo: That’s just awkward on so many levels. （笑）But you know, really, I’d love to go on a trip with the 5 of us. Takaki: I’ll be the driver then. Yabu: Speaking of which…I remember when we went to Hawaii for work we went to take a night view with just the 5 of us…except it was the manager who was driving us. Takaki: Yeah~ and 7 were just staying at the hotel. Arioka: It was a little like the SMAP trip. You know, the manager driving, and Yabu-kun navigating him. Yabu: The route was soooo hard. Like, you’re going through some normal inhabited area. （笑） Yaotome: Yeah. And there’s just Yabu going. “Go left! Wait, no, I mean go 90 degree to the right!” （笑） Arioka: And we were all like, “WTF, a 90 degree?” …until we realized it was ACTUALLY a sharp 90 degree turn. （笑） Yaotome: And then we started talking about how at night the area isn’t too crime safe…so the manager panicked and tried to lock the doors, but then he’s like, “Wait, I can’t find the key hole!” and we were like, “It’s that button! Press it!” and it actually locked. …Appreciating technology as always. （笑） Inoo: I swear if we recorded that whole thing it would’ve been so funny! （笑） Yabu: And then we finally got to the view…6 guys, gazing at the night lights…（笑） Takaki: That was really pretty! Inoo: That was so much fun…I’m sure it’ll be so much fun if the five of us go on a trip! Takaki: IKR. Guys, let’s go to Izu! Arioka: I observe you pushing Izu these days. （笑） Takaki: I like Izu, ok? Yabu: Then you do the planning, we’ll go along with it. SO. Right now we’re in the middle of our national tour. Takaki: You know, this time’s concert we’re dancing so much! It’s like fitness training! Arioka: Takaki’s getting cheered on by the staff when the dancing’s really hard….like, “TAKAKi! YOU CAN DO THIS!” （笑） Takaki: Don’t make it sound as if I’m not usually trying hard. （笑） But really, it’s sooooo HARD. Yabu: And in the Shizuoka performance of “OVER” Takaki changed his line, “I’m tired, OVER” to “I’m picking leaves of, TEA” （笑） Yaotome: Yeah! And it was even that part of the concert where we were supposed to be kinda all serious and cool. （笑） Takaki: Yeah, but I did it in the rehearsals and everyone was like, “DO THAT IN THE REAL THING, OKAY?” so I did it. （笑） Yabu: And you really did it, so we were like, “YEPYEP, HE DID IT.” （笑） Takaki: How did the audience react…?I don’t think I really remember. （笑） Yaotome: Well, to put it into simple words…they were just stirring. （笑） Yabu: You’ve made effort, Takaki! Takaki: Well, I guess that’s all I’ve been working for. （笑） Inoo: We’re looking forward to what you come up with for other areas. Takaki: Eh, really? …then ideas, please. （笑） Arioka: I change my line in “Arigato~Sekai no doko ni itemo~” to “Thank you de~su” but then in the real performance I chicken out and say it normally. （笑） Yaotome: Yeah, Dai-chan’s a chicken when it comes to those things. Yabu: I’m pretty sure Yamada would do something funny if we come up with stuff…but I don’t think that’s what the fans are looking for in Yamada so we just shut up. （笑） Takaki: Oh, but then I…never mind. （笑） Yabu: So, for people planning to come to one of our concerts, I’m telling you to make sure you listen in carefully for our lines-they might be changed!God YES! If Dai-chan were a girl, it would be terrible!
Yaotome: Okay, so apparently today’s crosstalk is going to start with Dai-chan starting off with the letter “E” Takaki: So…a new way of things, ey?（笑） Arioka: Eh, eh, eh, REALLY!? …I’ve actually started off with “E” just then…now would you let me off? （笑） Inoo: Nope, not here…too boring. Takaki: FYI, you can’t start with “Erotic stories” either. （笑） Arioka: *thinks for a while* We, went to see a movie the other day, didn’t we? (Eiga, mi ni itta yo ne, kono aida) Yabu: That’s pretty mainstream. （笑） Yaotome: Not good enough, Dai-chan. （笑）But yes, we did go see one together. Takaki: What…what, I WAS NEVER INVITED TO THIS! Yabu: But like, you never come even if we invite you. Takaki: I mean, even if it’s a low-ish chance of me going, I do want to be invited! But occasionally Arioka-kun does ask me out to these things. Inoo: Yeah yeah he asks me too. But then when it comes to an actual event, he’s like, “Sorry…I’ve seen that one already!” （笑） Yaotome: God yes! If Dai-chan were a girl, it would be terrible! You know, she just goes around flirting with BEST members asking them out to movies-but doing nothing. （笑） Arioka: Cuz like, after you watch a movie, it’s fun to discuss it right? So what’s important to me is the fact that I’m going with someone… who I’m going with isn’t important. Inoo: Dude, you’re saying it as if it’s some philosophical statement, but I hope you realize it’s crude. （笑） Arioka: I believe that was the day of my 19th Birthday. That day, I had passion. I said to myself, “Right, I’m 19 now! I’m going to try something new! I’m going to go to a dance school to polish my dance!” and so I crossed my heart. Takaki: Eh, so you decided to personally learn dancing? Arioka: Yep. So I went to this dance school that said “Enter anytime” and I opened the door, and I think they were resting- there are all these people who are just fooling around with their friends. I was like, “Nope, I can’t join this circle” so I closed the door and fell to my knees. Yabu: That’s…a bit fast. （笑） Arioka: Yeah, but anyway, I had nothing to do, so I went to the movies by myself, and went home. It was my 19th birthday. And I had no one to talk to so I just send a text to a staff that I knew. （笑） Inoo: Well, that’s a pretty sad story…it brought me to tears. Internally. （笑） Arioka: Eh, are you guys okay with being alone? Yabu: Yeah! Like, I find going to places alone way better! Takaki: Same here. I even travel alone. Arioka: Eh, really? I really need someone with me. Inoo: Yeah…maybe I’m a bit on the Dai-chan side too. Yaotome: I go for both. Like, I’d rather watch movies with someone, but I like eating out alone. Yabu: I mean, I’m pretty proud of myself and how much I’m tolerant to being alone. When I was in junior high I went to watch “Sekai no Chushin de Ai wo Sakebu” alone! Inoo: Woah~ that’s pretty tough! Like, you’re as young as a junior high schooler, and you’re watching a genre like “Sekai no Chushin de Ai wo Sakebu”, AND you’re alone…talk about bravery! Yabu: IKR? Anyway, Dai-chan & Hikaru went out to the movies together…what have you been up to recently, Inoo? Yaotome: Oooh I’m interested. Like, you’re not loaded with assignments and essays since you’ve graduated uni…what do you do now? Inoo: mmmm…I devote myself into sleeping more. So I’m way healthier! Takaki: OH YES. You’re all hyped up these days it’s getting really annoying. （笑） Yaotome: Everyone’s like, “SHUT UP INO-CHAN!!!” and getting pissed at him. （笑） Inoo: I’ve realized the importance of sleep. You know-learnt it the hard way （笑）KYAHAHAHA! Arioka: Yes, you’re hyped up these days. BUT. You’re still slow at running around in concerts. （笑） Inoo: That’s that. （笑） Yabu: So, what do you do besides sleeping? Inoo: You know, to tell you the truth, since we’ve been packed with concert rehearsals recently, I haven’t had much time on my hands. Yaotome: Then what are you planning to do after the concerts? Inoo: What’s with you guys today…you’re so interested in me. Takaki: Cause you don’t tell us anything…as long as we don’t ask. Arioka: Eh, it’s not like you’re planning to go ahead with college…are you? Inoo: Nah. （笑）Right now I’m thinking of getting a license for driving small ships. Everyone: Eh, REALLY!? Inoo: Opps, I shouldn’t have said that…I was actually going to obtain it in secrecy and suddenly pop up one day like, “Hey there…WANNA RIDE ON MY BOAT?” （笑） Takaki: And didn’t you say you’re almost there on a diving license? Inoo: Yep yep. I’m planning to get the full once it’s a little warmer. Yaotome: Ino-chan being active…that’s new. （笑） Takaki: So, what are you up to then Yabu-kun? Yabu: I just go on small walks around my locals. I mean, I love walks. I love just walking around, going, “Oh, it’s the season of sakuras now…” Yaotome: Premature aging. （笑）Takaki? Takaki: Oh I went to a hot spring in Yamanashi. Yabu: Nice~ Takaki: I wanted to see the sun rise from the top of the mountains so I set off from Tokyo at midnight. Yaotome: Sounds fun! Takaki: Let’s all go together some day! Inoo: Yeah, sure, let’s go! Yabu: Did you see the episode of SMAPxSMAP with the “5-people trip”? Everyone: Yep yep! Yaotome: That was so good! Arioka: I know~ I was watching that thinking, “having a group is such a good thing”
Ah~ IKR! Be like, “This thing…YABAI”（笑） Takaki: So it was the first time for SMAP to travel as a group, right? I’m sure we’d even do it…tonight. （笑） Arioka: Any time really. （笑）You see, the value of our 5-person trip is pretty cheap. Yabu: Yeah…the 5-person trip by SMAP was fun because their fans didn’t know what to imagine…but you know, with BEST, I’m guessing it’ll be just as the fans would imagine. （笑） Yaotome: In that show Goro-kun refuse to go on the roller coaster and didn’t go on, but we’re not going to allow that to happen to you Ino-chan, ok? （笑） Inoo: WHAT!? …but you know, I should be alright if I try my best. （笑） Yabu: Watching that trip, I really thought my character was a bit like Kusanagi-kun. （笑） Arioka: Yeah, I guess what you say and do are pretty similar. Yabu: I was so supped by Nakai-kun crying! Takaki: I wonder who’ll be crying like that in 20 years. （笑） Yaotome: I’d say Yabu. He’d be singing “Score” balling over with tears. （笑） Inoo: Ah~IKR! Be like, “This thing…YABAI” （笑） Yabu: Ah~ I’m pretty sure I’ll do that（笑）I can totally imagine myself…guys, just go easy on me when that’s going on, ok? （笑）But you know…we’ve never actually been on a trip with the 5 of us. Yaotome: We’ve been on trips individually with different people, but no…not with the 5 of us. What about karaoke? Arioka: I used to go karaoke with Takaki…maybe just a few times. I remember him constantly singing V6. Takaki: Yeah, “Thunder Bird-your voice-“ with me being all like, YO! （笑） Arioka: Yeah, and I’ve been to karaoke with Yabu-kun too…and Inoo-chan too; just once. I remember him singing “Hitomi wo Tojite” by Hirai Ken san. Yabu: Here we go again-SekaChu. （笑）I remember a while ago Hikaru & I went to eat out and the place we went to had no restaurant seats left, so they put us into the karaoke room（笑） Yaotome: Oh yeah~ The room had like, suspicious pink lighting and we were just sitting there, silently feasting on our pasta. （笑） Inoo: That’s just awkward on so many levels. （笑）But you know, really, I’d love to go on a trip with the 5 of us. Takaki: I’ll be the driver then. Yabu: Speaking of which…I remember when we went to Hawaii for work we went to take a night view with just the 5 of us…except it was the manager who was driving us. Takaki: Yeah~ and 7 were just staying at the hotel. Arioka: It was a little like the SMAP trip. You know, the manager driving, and Yabu-kun navigating him. Yabu: The route was soooo hard. Like, you’re going through some normal inhabited area. （笑） Yaotome: Yeah. And there’s just Yabu going. “Go left! Wait, no, I mean go 90 degree to the right!” （笑） Arioka: And we were all like, “WTF, a 90 degree?” …until we realized it was ACTUALLY a sharp 90 degree turn. （笑） Yaotome: And then we started talking about how at night the area isn’t too crime safe…so the manager panicked and tried to lock the doors, but then he’s like, “Wait, I can’t find the key hole!” and we were like, “It’s that button! Press it!” and it actually locked. …Appreciating technology as always. （笑） Inoo: I swear if we recorded that whole thing it would’ve been so funny! （笑） Yabu: And then we finally got to the view…6 guys, gazing at the night lights…（笑） Takaki: That was really pretty! Inoo: That was so much fun…I’m sure it’ll be so much fun if the five of us go on a trip! Takaki: IKR. Guys, let’s go to Izu! Arioka: I observe you pushing Izu these days. （笑） Takaki: I like Izu, ok? Yabu: Then you do the planning, we’ll go along with it. SO. Right now we’re in the middle of our national tour. Takaki: You know, this time’s concert we’re dancing so much! It’s like fitness training! Arioka: Takaki’s getting cheered on by the staff when the dancing’s really hard….like, “TAKAKi! YOU CAN DO THIS!” （笑） Takaki: Don’t make it sound as if I’m not usually trying hard. （笑） But really, it’s sooooo HARD. Yabu: And in the Shizuoka performance of “OVER” Takaki changed his line, “I’m tired, OVER” to “I’m picking leaves of, TEA” （笑） Yaotome: Yeah! And it was even that part of the concert where we were supposed to be kinda all serious and cool. （笑） Takaki: Yeah, but I did it in the rehearsals and everyone was like, “DO THAT IN THE REAL THING, OKAY?” so I did it. （笑） Yabu: And you really did it, so we were like, “YEPYEP, HE DID IT.” （笑） Takaki: How did the audience react…?I don’t think I really remember. （笑） Yaotome: Well, to put it into simple words…they were just stirring. （笑） Yabu: You’ve made effort, Takaki! Takaki: Well, I guess that’s all I’ve been working for. （笑） Inoo: We’re looking forward to what you come up with for other areas. Takaki: Eh, really? …then ideas, please. （笑） Arioka: I change my line in “Arigato~Sekai no doko ni itemo~” to “Thank you de~su” but then in the real performance I chicken out and say it normally. （笑） Yaotome: Yeah, Dai-chan’s a chicken when it comes to those things. Yabu: I’m pretty sure Yamada would do something funny if we come up with stuff…but I don’t think that’s what the fans are looking for in Yamada so we just shut up. （笑） Takaki: Oh, but then I…never mind. （笑） Yabu: So, for people planning to come to one of our concerts, I’m telling you to make sure you listen in carefully for our lines-they might be changed!
Q. What time did you wake up today? 10:20am. The time I wake up depends on when work starts, so it’s different pretty much everyday. Today I set my alarm at 10am, but I woke up and then snoozed back until 10:20am.（笑）
Q. What was the first thing you did when you woke up this morning? Reset the alarm on my phone, took a shower, dried my hair and I left the house in 20minutes.
Q. Are you good with sleeping and waking up? I guess I’ve improved recently…I mean, I can wake up by myself now. （笑）Especially when I’m out on trips, I even surprise myself with how good I am with waking and sleeping. When I stay at hot springs I want to take a bath before breakfast so I wake up pretty early.
Q. Specifics you have with sleeping I use two pillows of different sizes. The smaller one I put on either side of my body to rest my arm when I’m lying on my side. And I also sleep in different environments too. Sometimes I sleep on my bed, sometimes I sleep on the floor with my futon, and sometimes I just fall asleep on the couch. （笑）
Q. What do you wear when you sleep? Just a pair of underpants. I’m find it too hot wearing pajamas. I usually sleep facing the roof or on my side. According to my friends, when I’m sleeping next to them with my back towards them I somehow roll over to them and end up hugging them as I sleep. （笑）Whenever I’m sleeping alone, I usually find myself on the floor when I wake up in the morning. （笑）
Q. Something you’ve started recently I started to clean really strictly. I’m a pretty hygienic person, actually, and whenever I see wet sinks I wipe off the water, and whenever I see things kind of out of place, I put them back where they’re meant to be. I really like keeping my house pristine. Whenever I invite friends and they go home, I start cleaning up…and end up doing more than I thought of doing.
Q. Something you’re thinking of starting I wanna be able to cook. I dunno…whenever I invite friends over, I feel a little bad not being able to serve them much of a meal, so maybe something easy and light…like I’d cook rice, miso soup, and some sort of main dish. It’ll be even better if I could cook something like a nikujaga-the stuff I like.
Q. Something you’ve quit recently, something you’re thinking of quitting. I’ve quit gaming. I wasn’t much of a gamer in the first place, but I’ve stopped it completely. That might be why I watch more TV recently. I spent my free time watching variety TV shows that I’ve recorded.
Q. Something you find important when starting something new I try to talk to people. Whether I’ve seen them before or not, I try to get to know them.
Q. Something new you want to do in the concert starting on the 13th of April. Apply a touch of humour and make our fans laugh!
Takaki Yuya's Goods & Bads Nakajima Yuto x Yabu Kota x Takaki Yuya Crosstalk
Takaki: …Thank you<3 Yabu/Nakajima: Dude, we haven’t said anything yet. Takaki: You guys harmonise too well.（笑） Yabu: Umm- Right, can you give us about half an hour to think? Nakajima: I don’t think I could think of any Goods, so can we start with your Bads? Takaki: Dude, I’m sure you can think of my Goods instantly-so stop joking around. Like, I’m like, chunk of good stuff all-in-one. Yabu: Yeah, so I was thinking of writing up an sequel of “Ai no Katamari” based on Takaki, with the title “Yasashisa no Katamari” (Chunk of Kindness) Takaki: Well you swap over fast. （笑） Yabu: But I mean legit, I don’t think there are any “Bads” to Takaki. Nakajima: I can’t think of any either. I think Takaki-kun notices and watches over people who are trying hard. You know those words, “If you try hard, at least someone would know, and will watch over you.” I think Takaki-kun’s that someone who watches over people. He’ll be like, “Yuto, your photos are great!” and I feel all fluffy. Takaki: Fuhuhu….Gawd this is flattering! Yabu: And then on the other end there’s Hikaru. I’ve been tagging with him for so long, and yet I’ve never seen him praise someone. Takaki: Oh, but I’ve seen Hikaru-kun tell Yuto the drama was really good. Nakajima: Yeah, about that…I think he meant Ooizumi-san was good. （笑） Yabu: Cuz he’s Ooizumi-san’s fan. And Inoo’s also Ooizumi-san’s “Suiyou Doudeshou” ‘s huge fan. Nakajima: Yeah! He knows so much about it, and I kept on telling Ooizumi-san about that, so the other day he was like, “I’d like to meet Inoo-kun-seems fun.” （笑） Takaki: Did you tell Inoo-kun that? Nakajima: I did I did. He was like, “Oh my god that’s so nice of him but…I think I’ll just shut up in front of him not being able to say a single word.” （笑） Yabu: We got completely sidetracked…anyway, Takaki’s Goods. So when we’re in the same room for hotels, we’ll ask for room service, and Takaki would be the one setting everything out. He’d be like, “Yabu-kun, do you want to sit here?” or like, “Hey, do you want to eat this?” Nakajima: What!? That’s so kind! Yabu: Even after we finish eating, he’d pack everything up. And I’d be like, “He’s the man.” （笑） Takaki: I must say, we’re pretty pro at using room service. （笑） Yabu: When we’re out of Tokyo and we’re staying in hotels, we have dinner, but then we get hungry after that too, so we use it. Nakajima: Eh, you order it after dinner? I’ll be too full to do that. Takaki: Easy as. Except, we order so much it’s not very kind to our wallets. （笑） Yabu: And then we’re like, “Well we’ve done enough work for a day!” （笑）
As Japanese People we Need to Know! -Yaotome Hikaru x Nakajima Yuto x Okamoto Keito crosstalk
Yaotome: What do you guys think of when I say “spring”? Okamoto: Hay fever! Nakajima: Tsukushi! Yaotome: Cool! Okamoto: What’s a tsukushi…? Nakajima: You don’t know dah Japanese Tsukushi? Okamoto: Nope…is it that thing with the face drawn on it? Yaotome: Ah, no. （笑） Okamoto: So what is a tsukushi? Yaotome: What are you going to do; not knowing what a tsukushi is. There are even girls named Tsukushi. Nakajima: Yepyep. Yaotome: And when you hear their name, you instantly get that they were born in spring. Nakajima: Yepyep. In spring, they grow on riverbeds. You can eat them too. Okamoto: Right~ So they’re plants. Yaotome: I’ve even seen one under a microscope. Nakajima: Really? Seems gross. Yaotome: Nah, just its particles. Nakajima: That’s quite specific. Yaotome: So Keito, you get hay fever? Okamoto: Yeah. I’m in a terrible state right now. Nakajima: I don’t get hay fever, so… Yaotome: I don’t get to the point where you call it “hay fever”. My nose just itches. Nakajima: Apparently this year PM2.5 is mixed into all the pollen and you’re likely to get hay fever all of a sudden. Yaotome: PM…what language is that? Nakajima: Japanese. Yaotome: Oh, you mean the radio! Nakajima: No, it’s not FM or AM! Okamoto: It’s that air pollutant that’s trending right now. Nakajima: Yes. Yaotome: They say even if you don’t have hay fever, you should wear a mask, right? Nakajima: Yep. Do you do anything for it? Okamoto: Nope. I just take the pills I got prescripted. Yaotome: You don’t wear masks? Okamoto: Not really. Nakajima: Why don’t you!? Yaotome: I know! The size doesn’t fit you. (makes a small shape with his hands) Cuz the mask is this small! Nakajima: That’s too small. （笑） Okamoto: Yeah, with that, it won’t fit my mouth. Yaotome: But, but…like that we can’t have an ohanami! Nakajima: But like, we’re all like, ohanami when we talk about spring. Have you guys even had an ohanami like, properly? Okamoto: Not me~ Yaotome: I have when I was little. I sketched the sakura too. Nakajima: Here we go again. Yaotome: We had this thing at school where you had to sketch some flower, and everyone went to the library too look at photos and sketch that, while I just went to see the sakuras to sketch that. Okamoto: Sakuras are trending overseas too. And sakura is a common word too! Like, they understand it! Yaotome: Same as wakame! Nakajima: That’s true. When we went to Thailand, they were putting wakame in a pot. Yaotome: And I was like, “Is this wakame?” and they were like, “wakame.” （笑）I thought I misheard them or something so I asked them if they could understand Japanese in japanese, and well…they didn’t. （笑） Nakajima: But it was still wakame. Yaotome: So, that means Keito puts sakura into his miso soup! Okamoto: Ah, no. （笑） If Yuto was an employee at a company, he’ll be so popular pouring coffee! Yaotome: So, let’s say we got employed at a company as a normal worker, what would we be like? Okamoto: I can tell you my stomach would hurt so badly with stress. （笑） Yaotome: Yeah, Keito doesn’t seem to suited to being a normal worker. Nakajima: Nope. Yaotome: Like, at concert MC’s, he doesn’t talk at all, and when he does, he’s so quiet so we tease him about it and that turns into a laugh…but at a normal company as a normal worker… Nakajima: No. Yaotome: Like, if I was Keito’s boss, and Keito did like a presentation with this voice and confidence and stuff, I’d get angry. Nakajima: Be like, “You’re too quiet~!”（笑） Yaotome: Well he’s muscular, so he can carry around boxes of paper. Nakajima: That’s just slave driving. （笑） Okamoto: If I can’t do that then I’d have to do stuff on the computer and just sit there… Yaotome: And listen to your customers’ complaints? Okamoto: And I can even comply with complaints from overseas! Nakajima: That’s your strength~ Okamoto: How about Hikaru-kun? Yaotome: I’ll just be signing stuff off all the time. Okamoto: That’s like…the CEO. Yaotome: Yep! It seems fun signing off important contracts all the time! Nakajima: Such an elite! Yaotome: What do you guys think of Yuto pouring coffee for everyone? Okamoto: But that can be done by a part-time worker. Yaotome: He’ll be so popular among the office ladies! Okamoto: Yeah, he will be! Yaotome: Since these days guys who can cook are so popular. Nakajima: I don’t want to go around outside making deals so I’d prefer that I guess. Yaotome: So you’d rather go around inside? Nakajima: That’s not the point. （笑） Okamoto: But I think you’d be great at planning projects. Nakajima: Yeah, I want to plan projects or like events that people would love and enjoy. I think even if I become a normal worker, I’d be doing that sort of stuff too. Yaotome: And speaking of events…we have our national tour soon! Nakajima: It’s going on for a pretty long period of time so we need to focus! Okamoto: We’re going to land we’ve never set foot on, so I’d like people who’ve never been to our concerts before to be able to enjoy our performance as well! Yaotome: It’s our first performance after JOHNNYS’ WORLD, so I can say with confidence, that fans can meet the new JUMP that’s grown!
JUMP's Ohanami should be on a Houseboat! -Chinen Yuri x Inoo Kei x Takaki Yuya Crosstalk
Takaki: Spring…is the season a step behind summer! Inoo: That’s just for your life evolves around summer.（笑）So like you though. Chinen: You want summer asap. Takaki: Yeah. Summer is so much fun. Inoo: Nah, spring’s fun too! Takaki: Ah, my birthday was in spring too. Chinen/Inoo: Omedeto~ Takaki: Awks you’re telling me now… Chinen: Well if you were a student, it’ll be your holiday. Takaki: Didn’t matter. I was so popular that even when I was on holidays, people came rushing to my house and I was surrounded by people on my birthday. Chinen/Inoo: … Takaki: Anyway I’ve been spending my past few birthdays at concerts I guess. Well, they’re never on the exact day of my birthday so I usually get celebrations a day or two after. Inoo: I guess there is a difference between people whose birthdays come during the concert season and people whose don’t. Chinen: Ryosuke and Yuto and stuff always have their birthdays on concert days. On the other hand, Inoo-chan & I are the people whose birthdays are never celebrated…but mine did get celebrated last year at JOHNNYS’ WORLD! I was so happy! Inoo: Me-never. But the national tour we’re having this time is quite long so I’m actually in season. Takaki: Well in my case I get celebrated by the same amount of people in my private life so…yeah. Inoo: Are we still going on with that? （笑）Anyway, I don’t think our conversation is supposed to be so pointless… Chinen: Then let’s just get onto the next topic! How about our Spring Ohanami Plan? Hanami! Hanami! Inoo: How about houseboats? Since they say it’s so hard to get good spots in hanamis. Takaki: I’ve been on one before at a Hanabi Taikai-and I can tell you that was great! Chinen: Eh-? I’ve never been on a houseboat so I don’t know…I’ve only ever been on some luxurious cruise ships! Inoo: Expected of people like Chinen. Of course. Takaki: You know, I just thought- with this trio, our conversations go nowhere. We’re all so random! （笑） Inoo: Then let’s go back to houseboats. （笑） Takaki: We’ll hold like, a bingo championship! Inoo: Eh~? With 9 people? Chinen: Well maybe with 9 people we can play Yakyuken. (Translator’s note: Yakyuuen is a game where you play scissors paper rock and if you lose, you take a piece of clothing off…and it continues until some one “loses” –by becoming completely naked) Inoo: Yeah, ah, no. （笑） Takaki: Then you think of something Inoo-kun! Inoo: Do we even need events like that? It’s an ohanami, so we can just look at the sakura, sigh at its beauty, and enjoy our time. That doki-doki of Class Changes are Privileges of Being a Student! Chinen: So, now we move onto our next topic. （笑）So speaking of spring, we think of the new school year and class changes, right? Takaki: I wonder how they decide on those things. Inoo: The teachers have a meeting and think about the balance, don’t they? Chinen: I think so. It’s no fun in festivals if there were classes who were really sporty, and then on the other hand classes that were really brainy. Inoo: But I remember being so nervous about class changes. Takaki: When they post the sheets that give us the classes, we always check our group of friends and our crush. （笑） Chinen/Inoo: Definitely!! Inoo: But I didn’t actually like class changes. I mean, you get separated from the people you made friends with, and it’s a bother having to start all over again making friends. Chinen: But again, you will have situations where you didn’t really like someone, but you get put in the same class, and you discover that theyre actually nice people. Takaki: And I was also so nervous about who was going to be our teacher. Chinen: Same here. But again, you do discover that some seemingly scary teachers are actually nice. Inoo: But these days, there’s nothing in particular that makes you as nervous as class changes. Takaki: Nope. So in a sense, maybe that feeling is a privilege of being a student. Chinen: Seat changes too. Inoo: That’s important! You know, you pull out the lottery and you discover you’re at the back and you feel ecstatic. （笑） Takaki: Be like, “YAYYYY!!!” and you check where your crush is sitting as well. Chinen: I always sat at the front cuz I told the teacher I was short. And if you have bad eyesight you can also tell the teacher and they let you sit at the front with your group of friends. Takaki: But sitting at the front isn’t fun. Chinen: You guys don’t understand~ the front seats sometimes become black spots for teachers too. Because they’re standing at the teacher’s desk, their eye level is a little higher, so they don’t actually see the people in the front row. Inoo: Oh~. And being on the seat next to the windows are good to. They’re relaxing. Takaki: I know right! So warm. Inoo: So the best position would be at the very back next to the window! Chinen: And deciding on the class chores. I was the calling out person…I was like, “Stand up. Bow. Sit down(chakuseki).” Takaki: Did you ever go like, “Land(chakuriku). “? Chinen: Nah. Inoo: I was the feeder, and I fed the goldfishes we had as our class pet. Takaki: Same here! We had chickens in our school so I fed them and cleaned their pen. Chinen: And there were committees too. Inoo/Takaki: Yeah! Chinen: I was in the charity committee, and I remember collecting money at the school gates. Takaki: I remember people like that being there~. I was always in the broadcasting committee. Inoo: Gawd I’m having a terrible day today discovering how similar I am to Takaki. （笑）We were broadcasting at lunch and stuff, and we fiddled with the machine so the announcements could only be heard on the 2nd floor and stuff…and the next year I got kicked out. （笑） Takaki: While I became the broadcasting committee president. Chinen/Inoo: Wow. （笑） Takaki: Cuz I did it for years. But then after a term a different person did it. Inoo: Yeah, that sucks. So, once we’re done, let’s finish up talking about our national tour! Takaki: We’re going to so many places. I’m looking forward to that. Chinen: I hope a lot of people come. Inoo: Personally in June… Chinen: It’s the first concert with Inoo-chan’s birthday! Let’s plan a surprise! Inoo: If you tell me that here, it won’t be much of a surprise, you know. No point man. Chinen: Nonono. The key thing is-how you react upon a surprise you knew was going on. Inoo: You’re expecting too much of me!! Takaki: Maybe we’ll have an unexpected surprise afterall- we just won’t do anything. （笑） Inoo: That’s just sad~（笑）
Q. What are three things you would want your “ideal girlfriend” to have? -Cooking skills! -Sense in fashion! -Kindness!
Q. Do you want to text your crush 24/7? Everyday!
Q. Your girlfriend wants to go to a pancake shop that’s so popular you’d have to wait in line for 2hrs. Would you wait? Yes!
Q. What would you like your girlfriend to call you? A nickname with originality.
Q. You’re on a date with her and you bump into your members. What would you do? “Oh, this is my neechan!”
Q. What would you do if your crush happened to have a boyfriend? Watch over her!
Q. If you were to ask for advice from one of your members, who would you ask? Yabu & Dai-chan. Yabu would give me the right sort of view, and often you feel better once you spill to someone, so I’ll probably tell Dai-chan who’ll listen to me.
Q. If you were to sing a love song to your crush, what would you sing? Boku no Senaka ni wa Hane ga Aru (Kinki Kids)
Q. Out of JUMP, who do you think would change the most through love? Keito. I think he’ll get girlier.
Q. How would you recover from a broken heart? Leave it for time to solve.
Q. Can you allow your girlfriend to eat out with her guyfriends? Yep!
Q. What would you cook your girlfriend? Italian!
Q. Your girlfriend told you she wanted to see you really badly…but it’s midnight, and you have work tomorrow. What would you do? Decline.
Q. If you were to buy something matching with your girlfriend, what would you get? Parka.
Q. Give us a kanji to represent “love”. 「化」Because people change through love. It’s interesting to watch how they change.
Q. What are three things you would want your “ideal girlfriend” to have? - Face - Excitement - Personality
Q. Do you want to text your crush 24/7? No
Q. Your girlfriend wants to go to a pancake shop that’s so popular you’d have to wait in line for 2hrs. Would you wait? NOPE.
Q. What would you like your girlfriend to call you? Yuya
Q. You’re on a date with her and you bump into your members. What would you do? Just talk to them as normal.
Q. What would you do if your crush happened to have a boyfriend? Steal her.
Q. If you were to ask for advice from one of your members, who would you ask? Yamada or Arioka-kun. I talk to them quite often so it’s easier.
Q. If you were to sing a love song to your crush, what would you sing? Ai no Katamari (Kinki Kids)
Q. Out of JUMP, who do you think would change the most through love? Yabu-kun. He’s usually sensible so I think he’ll turn all sweet to his girlfriend.
Q. How would you recover from a broken heart? Have fun.
Q. Can you allow your girlfriend to eat out with her guyfriends? Yep.
Q. What would you cook your girlfriend? Meat pattie. Q. Your girlfriend told you she wanted to see you really badly…but it’s midnight, and you have work tomorrow. What would you do? I wouldn’t see her.
Q. If you were to buy something matching with your girlfriend, what would you get? Glass
Q. Give us a kanji to represent “love”. 「白」Because it gives the sense of purity.
Q. What are three things you would want your “ideal girlfriend” to have? - The ability to do housework - Active-ness - Kindness
Q. Do you want to text your crush 24/7? If I want to…I guess.
Q. Your girlfriend wants to go to a pancake shop that’s so popular you’d have to wait in line for 2hrs. Would you wait? Yes.
Q. What would you like your girlfriend to call you? Yuto.
Q. You’re on a date with her and you bump into your members. What would you do? Hide.
Q. What would you do if your crush happened to have a boyfriend? I’d try hard for her to like me instead.
Q. If you were to ask for advice from one of your members, who would you ask? Chinen or Yabu-kun. I can tell Chinen practically anything, and he’ll listen to me, and Yabu-kun’s older, so he’ll give me a mature sort of advice.
Q. If you were to sing a love song to your crush, what would you sing? Lion heart (SMAP)
Q. Out of JUMP, who do you think would change the most through love? Keito. He’ll be so kind to his girlfriend, and he’ll stick to her.
Q. How would you recover from a broken heart? Devote myself into something I love doing.
Q. Can you allow your girlfriend to eat out with her guyfriends? Not really…
Q. What would you cook your girlfriend? Minestrone. Q. Your girlfriend told you she wanted to see you really badly…but it’s midnight, and you have work tomorrow. What would you do? I wouldn’t see her.
Q. If you were to buy something matching with your girlfriend, what would you get? Bracelet.
Q. Give us a kanji to represent “love”. 「共」Because I think sharing is important.
Q. What are three things you would want your “ideal girlfriend” to have? - a nice smile - a fun atmosphere - LOVE!
Q. Do you want to text your crush 24/7? Yes! I’ll text her even if she doesn’t reply!
Q. Your girlfriend wants to go to a pancake shop that’s so popular you’d have to wait in line for 2hrs. Would you wait? Yep! We can play shiritori or like, that finger thingy.
Q. What would you like your girlfriend to call you? Mohammed ali arry Potter. （笑）
Q. You’re on a date with her and you bump into your members. What would you do? Join them（笑）
Q. What would you do if your crush happened to have a boyfriend? I’d be quite distressed. I’ll ask someone for advice.
Q. If you were to ask for advice from one of your members, who would you ask? I’d ask everyone, and go for majority rules. Just making use of the number of members!
Q. If you were to sing a love song to your crush, what would you sing? Ai Kakumei (Takizawa Hideaki)
Q. Out of JUMP, who do you think would change the most through love? Chinen! Instinctively saying so!
Q. How would you recover from a broken heart? Fool around with members. And I’ll devote myself into work!
Q. Can you allow your girlfriend to eat out with her guyfriends? Not alone, no…
Q. What would you cook your girlfriend? Cheese fondue! I mean, you just melt cheese. （笑） Q. Your girlfriend told you she wanted to see you really badly…but it’s midnight, and you have work tomorrow. What would you do? It’s just a cute request I’d love to go see her…but sorry, I can’t.
Q. If you were to buy something matching with your girlfriend, what would you get? Socks.
Q. Give us a kanji to represent “love”. 「段」I get the impression we grow together. There’ll be hard times when we have fights and but we’ll take another step every time we make up.
[Relationships] Yuto: So today, we have a special guest with us…Yamada Ryosuke-san!! Yama-chan: We-i. Hello hello. Yuto&Yuri: We-i♪ Yama-chan: So, what’s the theme this time? Yuto: Umm, well…”Relationships” Yuri: So, to kick off, we must make a point that within us three, Ryosuke has the most relationships, as in, he knows so many people. Cause you’re pretty good friends with (Tanaka) Kouki-kun, right? Yama-chan: He’s been taking care of me like a brother since a long time I ago. You two both have senpais like that too, right? Who have you met recently? Yuri: Yutie hasn’t met anyone, I think. I mean, you only step out of the house when you have work. Yuto: I get too into my hobbies and I don’t hang with people. My social status is like, zero at the moment. I do eat out with Koyama (Keichirou)-kun sometimes, but I haven’t gone for ages. Yama-chan: Oh yeah I remember the other day you were like, “Oh I think I’ll go shopping with Hasshi (Hashimoto Ryosuke)” Have you gone already? Yuri: You haven’t with Hasshi yet, have you? I know you went with Yabu-kun and Totsu. Hasshi had some other thing that day, right? Yama-chan: Oh right. …wait a minute. Why the hell does Chinen know of all this? （笑） Yuri: Hehehe*proud* Yuto: I’ve gone out with Yabu-kun and Totsu quite a few times already. Like to the movies, karaoke…the other day we went looking for jeans. So even Yabu-kun’s like,”We’re like the Golden Trio” Yuri: Right- Yama-chan: Then which senpais do you hang with Chinen? Ohno-kun? Yuri: Nope, I actually haven’t met Ohno-kun in my private life before. I guess the only senpai I have a connection with in private life is like, Yabu Kota. The other day we ate out with both our mothers being there. Yama-chan: I guess the Chinen family and the Yabu family are good friends then. Yuri: The Chinen family’s also pretty good friends with the Yamada family too, I reckon. I remember about 3 years ago I went to sleep over at yours with my mum and my sister. Yama-chan: I remember! The three of you! Yuto: Eh!? Why!? Why!? Yuri & Yama-chan: Why…we don’t know, actually. Yuri: But our parents are good friends… Yama-chan: And our sisters are good friends too. Yuri: And, I’m supposedly good friends with Ryosuke. Yama-chan: Oi! What are we gonna do without you & I being the best friends out of everyone!? Yuto: Seems fun~Jelly~ Yama-chan: You know, random chain of thoughts, Yuto-kun actually says “Jelly~” quite a lot. Whenever you want something, you’re not like, “I want that” and whenever someone’s eating something you don’t clearly say you want it, but you’re just like, “Jelly~” Yuto: Ah-. Come to think of it… Yama-chan: If you wanted some, then you should be like, “Seems nice…can I have some?” Asking someone for something brings communication and that’s where relationships start, I reckon. Yuto: Yeah, that’s actually true-! Yuri: In my case, if Yuto-kun was like, “Jelly~” I’d be like, “I know right-?” and finish all of it. Yuto: Hahaha! That’s Chinen! Yuri: Yay! Yama-chan: Hahaha…what the hell were we talking about? （笑） Wait a minute…it doesn’t end here, does it? Yuri: It ends here. Yuto: Yeah, it’s about time. Yama-chan: You’re kidding, right!? Is “YY” this loose in time!? Gawd that’s scary~
Takaki: A Friend I guess I hang with him the most in my private life. He just calls me “Yuya” at those times. As a friend, you must call them by their first name. It’s a rule!
Inoo: Uni Buddies These days all we talk about are our own unis. （笑）But seriously, just the fact that we’re both uni students makes us feel closer.
Yaotome: Bubbly When he dyed his hair a lighter shade, I told him he didn’t suit it. The next day, he dyed his hair a darker shade. Kawaii, right?
Yabu: Ramen Buddies Whenever I feel like having ramen I always call Keito. He’ll be all complaining like, “Really~You sure you wanna go today~?” but then he’ll still come along with me. （笑）
Yamada: Similar Senses When we look at a magazine, and we point at whoever we think is the cutest, we usually pick the same girl. （笑） Me? Oh I just push away his finger. （笑）
Chinen: Good to Hang With I don’t have to think about being considerate towards Keito, and he’s good to hang with. I can just randomly call him to ask if he can hang, and he’ll just be like, “Okay.” （笑）
Nakajima: Music Buddies We often talk about music. …Keito doesn’t return all the CDs I’ve lent him though. （笑）Even with movies, we give each other information on which ones are good, or even go out to watch them together.
Arioka: Go-with-the-flow Buddies On the 9th of February we were like, “It’s Meat Day! (translator’s note: February 9th=2/9=niku=meat) so we went out to eat meat, or we randomly go out karaoke and sing JUMP’s songs…it’s good we’re both go-with-the-flow sort of people.
Takaki: Eye contact We got a little closer through our trip to France, and even now we still talk about our experiences. We make more eye contact and we were looking at each other throughout our stage too.
Inoo: Kindness No.1 When I was busy doing the stage and writing my graduation thesis Chinen was being so considerate of me. Chinen’s the kindest person in Johnny’s. （笑）
Yaotome: Break time Buddies During break time at our stage, we had juice together. We were both sucking on our straws as we got onto the lift. （笑）
Yabu: A Friend I don’t know, Chinen seems more like a friend to me than just a member. We go out to eat, and talk about our private life too. We can tell each other anything really!
Yamada: Otouto He’s really JUMP’s otouto, so he’s let off with anything. Just…he’s smarter than me, so I’m such a bad oniichan. （笑）
Nakajima: My Advisor Even if it’s something out of his interests, he listens to me and gives me advice. He can look at things from a third-person view and see the things around him. I really rely on him, since I’ve been with him the longest.
Okamoto: Otouto I feel like I have to be watching over him. Sometimes I feel like if Chinen’s smiling, nothing would really matter. When Chinen’s happy, I feel happy too.
Arioka: Otouto We’re all spoiling Chinen too much. In “janiwa” Chinen would come to the prep room Keito & I are using, and sleep on our special mattress, but we just can’t wake him up…he’s too cute. （笑）
Takaki: Talk Serious We often go deep into the topic when we talk these days, maybe because we’re both adults now. We talk about work, and often we talk about how we are now.
Inoo: No.1 on my List of People I want to go on a Trip with He’s a bit similar to me on how he likes the nature and going on trips so he’s no.1 on the list of people I’d like to hang out with. So, no.1 on my list of people I want to go on a trip with too.
Yaotome: The Serious One He’s the serious one who goes along with all the stupid jokes I make. He’ll be all like, “I’m tired of being serious~” but then he’ll still pick up my jokes in the prep room too.
Yabu: Talk Serious With Yamada, I talk about work in depth. Quite often we’re coupled together to do MCs, so we discuss what we’re going to talk about, too. We talk about more serious stuff as well!
Chinen: My Partner We’ve been together for a long time now, so he’s my partner. He’s a dear existence to me; we’re always together for work.
Nakajima: Rivals We exist to stimulate each other into thinking in different ways. We acted together in dramas, and we talk about work quite often. I want to be able to make our fans laugh through Yama-chan & I hanging around each other.
Okamoto: Café Friends We go out quite often and have tea together in cafes. （笑）I can tell Yama-chan pretty much anything. He gives me motivation!
Arioka: Glad I met him We can talk about serious stuff as well as stupid stuff and I can stay myself around him. I thank my life that I’ve met someone like him.
Arioka: My Brain He’s smart, so whenever I watch the news or something and there’s some word I don’t know, you can always ask him and he’ll explain accurately. Maybe he’s more of JUMP’s brain than just mine. Let’s go on a trip together again!
Takaki: Same Hotel Room When we go to other areas for work, we’re quite often in the same hotel room. Yabu-kun watches sports live on his laptop so I usually watch it with him.
Inoo: Fun Facts Oniisan He tells me fun facts about soccer and other things that I never knew about. He’s the master of making things that are out of your interest seem fun.
Yaotome: Childhood Friends We’re like childhood friends, really. We don’t have to say hello or goodbye to each other, and we don’t even have to make eye contact with each other to understand
Yamada: Master I always rely on him. When it comes to things like stage greetings, I ask him for advice on what to say. We call each other “Chanyabu” and “Chanyama” these days. （笑）
Chinen: Oniichan I don’t have to worry so much about being considerate around him, and we often eat out together. I feel we have the same sort of lifestyle. （笑）
Nakajima: Oniichan He knows so many things! Even when we’re talking, he points out things at me clearly, and quite often I nod at his words.
Okamoto: Ramen Friends I mean, we went out to eat ramen about 3 times in a week before. Yabu-kun watches over me, right? …I’ll just keep to that thought anyway. （笑）
Arioka: Comedy Skit Buddies Because we did this comedy skit together for the stage. Ino-chan was surprisingly enthusiastic about it, and he went along with any joke. I was quite a chicken there. （笑）
Takaki:Prep Room Buddies We shared the same prep room for the stage, and Ino-chan was studying at the second half of the stage, so he was teaching me stuff. Architecture is a whole new world for me; it’s so complicated!!
Yaotome: Food Friends We were always food friends who went out to eat, but these days Ino-chan seemed busy studying, so we haven’t gone out as much. I want to go again though…
Yabu: Maniac Buddies Ino-chan knows a lot about various genres, so it’s always fun talking to him. We often show each other funny videos and have a laugh.
Yamada: My Guide Book He’s a mysterious and a weird kind of guy, but he knows heaps of places to hang out, so I’m pretty much always asking Ino-chan whenever I’m going out. Oh yeah, are there any good hot springs around~?
Chinen: A Funny Person Ino-chan is so funny, and you never know what he’s going to be like in the future. You feel something deeper in him than what he displays.
Nakajima: Talking about Oizumi-san He likes Oizumi-san, so whenever I talk about backstage stories of the drama, he seems really interested. （笑）We also talk about dogs too.
Okamoto: Uni Buddies I often ask him about things that only uni students understand. Ino-chan gave me advice about my units too.
It’s me, Arioka, who had this food called nasi goring for the first time in his life!!
SO, it has come again.
Why is it always so big and scary and everything!!!
This year’s HAY FEVER!!! （笑）
Hey! you may think, WTF, you’d say.
Some may recall; last time Keito’s JUMPaper started off with hay fever too.
Yes, I’m sorry.
Anyway, by the time this is updated I’m guessing JOHNNYS’ WORLD Thanksgiving has started!
But still, let me talk about hay fever too! In rehearsals at Tokyo Dome, JUMP was trying so hard…fighting against hay fever. （笑）
Seriously, JUMP’s chain of sneezes are so amazing! （笑）
I mean, sneezes display personality. Personally I like Hikaru-kun’s sneeze the best. If I had to put it in letters it’ll be like.. “Hekkuchu!” （笑）
So, we were rehearsing, while I had this tape thingy that Tsuka-chan gave me that…apparently widens the nasal holes so it’s easier for you to breathe. I’m pretty sure I looked like one of those kids in shounen mangas that I’ve read in primary school! （笑）
Yamada was wearing that tape too…around his eyes. （笑） He was being legit, actually. （笑）
He’s like that sometimes-（笑）
All of JUMP, A.B.C-Z, Sexy Zone, Jrs. And our staff are working hard with runny noses for the Thanksgiving, so Osaka people-look forward to it!
If we accidentally sneeze on stage, just give us a thumbs-up and just smile and nod. （笑） Yep, and after the hay fever season’s gone, JUMP is going to have a national tour~!
There’s going to be places we’ve never been to on the tour, so it’s the largest scale tour that’s ever been, and even from the meeting we can tell you that there’s so much effort going into this thing!
Since there are members reaching legal age in the tour we’re thinking of some “matured” contents too…?
So much fun guys-! Make sure you look forward to that too!!
Anyway, I’ll leave you here for now. Bye bye-!
P.S. Dear everyone who has graduated this year, CONGRATULATIONS!
Dear Takaki- seems like you’re into cooking these days. You promised me you’ll make an omrice for me, so make sure you practice cause I’m going to be a critic for that!
Takaki: Similar Taste in Music Whenever I go to our prep room, there’s always good music in the background, and he’ll be like, “I thought you’d like this one.” He knows my taste pretty well too, I guess.
Inoo: Where my Heart Resides At “Janiwa” we did a comedy skit together, and as we planned things out and joked, my heart just…you know. （笑）
Yaotome: Hobby Buddies We’re both into survival games these days, so we often talk about it. We invited Yamada into this as well recently, so us three…we’re just fangirling over it. （笑）
Yabu:Time-killer（笑） You can just yell out “Dai-chan!” and he’ll come up to you and entertain you. （笑）With Dai-chan involved, even boring times become fun.
Yamada: My Best Friend I like being around him, and we can be both stupid and serious. It’s not because we’re in the same group. He’s just… my best friend.
Chinen: Someone you don’t feel like is older than you He’s been the same since forever, and you don’t feel like you’re younger than them. The only thing that’s changed is the fact that I don’t sit on him anymore. （笑）
Nakajima:Oniichan He’s really caring, so I feel like he’s my Oniichan. （笑）He picks up even my smallest remarks, so I thank him for his perseverance. （笑）
Okamoto: Brothers I don’t feel like one’s older or the other’s younger, but I just feel like we’re…brothers. We go out often in our private life, and he’s caring!
Arioka: Hobby Friends Our choices and likes are really the same, so in my hobbies, Hikaru-kun is always part of it. Even with tastes in music we’re the same, so maybe our sense of joy is similar.
Takaki: Exchanging information about food He gives me information on all these places that have nice food. So I give him some information on nice places too, and we continue exchanging information like that.
Inoo: Person you’d like to go eat Ramen with. We used to eat out together, and when we did the stage, I ate out with him for the first time in a while, to a ramen place…it was so nice eating out with him, I want to go eat ramen again! Yabu: Pen pal His emoticons and stuff are like a girl so its fun texting him. The other day he sent me a photo of an animal, so I texted back, “it helped with my relaxation, thanks”
Yamada: The Joker See? Just then I was like, “I’ll be talking about Hikaru-kun so can you go away?” and he just sat in front of me. （笑）He’s kind but strict about work, and his jokes have a good taste to it.
Chinen:Someone who I learn something new from It’s always Hikaru-kun who tells me all these things I don’t know about. Like new music, and survival games. He’s the one who introduces me to a whole new world. （笑）
Nakajima: Music Buddies He’ll be always introducing me to new bands that I’ve never heard of. Hikaru-kun’s a guy who understands the concept of keeping it simple but cool!
Okamoto: Music Buddies We talk a lot about music! He usually gives me information on all these new artists.
Arioka: My Rival in Games We text each other when we get a high score. And for some reason, we were together on New Year’s, and we even ate the first dinner of the year together.（笑）
Inoo: Day nap Friends We were in the same prep room for the stage, and we ate the same lunch, and just slept at the same time. （笑）
Yaotome: Gaming Friends We both have this gaming app that gives a ranking every week, and we compete against each other for that. Those days I sleep after I beat Yuya’s high score. （笑）
Yabu: Salutation Friends When I get to the prep room, I say hi to Takaki first off. （笑）Takaki replies with the best salutions, I must say.
Yamada: Fall in love with him as a Man I trust him and he’s the most manly guy in JUMP. How he’s a bit stupid sometimes and all flashy are some of his lovable qualities, and from a guy’s point of view, he’s the man. （笑）
Chinen: Get closer and you’ll know he’s kind. Yuya might have a little scary sort of image when you look at him from a distance, but really, when you get closer you realize how kind and reliable he is!
Nakajima: A Role Model He seems all “cool” and stuff at first, but when you get to know him, you’ll realize he’s a great role model. He’s positive thinking, and at the same time he tries to heighten himself. Looking at him, I cheer up a little.
Okamoto: A Friend A seriously good person.（笑）We often ask each other out to eat. We talk about our job, and even our private life and stuff.
Chinen Yuri 4-Points of Doki-Doki Popolo April 2013
1. A girl’s smile makes my heart beat. We’ll meet up somewhere like Shibuya Station where there are a lot of people, and the girl would get there a little earlier. She’ll watch the people walk past looking for me, checking the time every now and then, and I’ll eventually get there. She’ll realize it’s me, and her face will light up…my heart will beat at her smile. 2. A heated cheer in the cold We’ll go watch a soccer game together. The stadium would be outdoors, so we’ll dress in warm clothes, and choose to go for different teams. We’ll make a bet that if the team that whoever’s going for wins, they get their lunch free paid by the other person.（笑） 3. Pull my hand out of my pocket. We’re walking together…just somewhere. There, I’m cold so I have my hands in my pockets, and as we fool around the girl would be like, “Let’s hold hands!” and she’ll pull my hand out of my pocket so we can hold hands. With that we’ll go on a date holding hands. 4. I’ll kiss her（笑） We’ll hold hands chatting and walking back to her house, and when we finally get there, I’ll just kiss her, wondering if her mum is watching. （笑）And then I’ll just be like, “Cya!”.
1. A hug out of nowhere from behind I’d get to our meeting spot earlier and she’ll come a bit later and hug me from behind to surprise me. I’d be like, “woah!” and she’ll poke her face out from below and belike, “Ohayo!” （笑） I mean, that’ll be so kawaii right? …I’ll kiss her on the spot. God I want that to happen. （笑） 2. “The food was so good!” After eating together, she’ll pull out her wallet to pay, and I’d be like, “I’ll pay.” . She’ll put her wallet back in her bag, and when we step out of the place, she’ll be like, “the food was so good!” I mean, saying “Gochisosama” is mannerly, but I’d feel happier if she can show her gratitude towards what I paid for. 3. Maybe I’ll be a little mean to her. If my girlfriend was like, “It’s cold~” I’d be like, “Yeah, I guess.” And she’ll poke me and stick her hand out at me. I’ll be all doki-doki but I think I’ll be a little mean to her and be like, “What? You want something?” （笑）I’m so sadistic aren’t I? （笑） 4. She’ll run up to me and…chu♡ After we say bye to eachother, we’ll look over our shoulder at the same time, she’ll come running up to me, and kiss me on my cheek…I’ll probably be past the point of doki-doki and I’ll explode into a party…（笑）Maybe I watch way too many dramas?
Well I’m spending a relaxed time after 3 months of standing on the stage.
Since I spent my time with the same people, I’m feeling a little lonely that it is all over. arimasuru (t.n. old fashioned way of saying “there is”) arimasurutatematsuru (t.n another old fashioned way) kurukuru mawaru (t.n. not an old fashioned way: “spinning round and round”)
Hey-o? Lost jokes!
Do you think this will trend? （笑） Lost jokes!!!! （笑） …Nah. （笑）
nn? So what were we talking about?
I was going to say, JOHNNYS’ WORLD was a great chance to communicate with people you don’t often see or work with.
Especially with people like Hashimoto Ryosuke!! （笑） He was really cray-cray. （笑）
Everytime I saw him in the morning he would be like, “koooooo———taaaaahh————!!!” and hang around me. （笑）
Actually, every time we saw each other we were just hanging. （笑） Cuz, if I hang around JUMP too much they get annoyed at me so I liked how Hashimoto didn’t. （笑）
A little bit. Juuuust a little bit. （笑）
Other people I talked to were like, Sakuma & Watanabe. Everyone’s so kind and funny. I hope I can work with them again. Them, including Tottsu-.（笑）
Ah! Of course I haven’t forgotten my members though.
Love ya all. …… I’m actually walking outside writing this, and my thumb is getting numb from the cold so I guess I’ll finish off here. Soz.
Ah! I will be making an appearance on the TV show, “Q-sama” with Ino-chan! （笑） Though we’ll never know if it’s going to be a good thing or a bad thing…（笑） Look forward to the on air! （笑） So, cya guys!!
Nakajima: So, today’s theme is, “What if we held a party with girls”. Okamoto: Woah woah woah. Nonono. I ain’t gonna participate on a party where just Yama-chan and Yama-chan only is gonna be popular. （笑）I mean, I’m not to the value to participate in those things! Yamada: *laughs subtly* Nakajima: Woah, it’s kicking off negatively. （笑） Okamoto: Cause like, you know~ Yama-chan does and says all these kakkoii things…and even fans of other members will be all kyaaa! Like, Yama-chan and I are that different! *expresses distance using his hands* Chinen: (in a kind tone) Nah nah nah…It’s not like that, Keito…*graps Keito’s hands and expands the distance* you guys are that different! （笑） Okamoto: ! Everyone: Ahahahaha! Okamoto: Oh, sorry…maybe I overrated myself. （笑） Yamada: What am I to do, being praised all over by Keito. （笑）I won’t be popular! Chinen: Cause Ryosuke’s the type of guy who buys you anything you want. Yamada: Hey, lies aren’t appreciated. （笑）But it’s true, maybe we all do have fat tummies. (t.n. “fat tummy” is an expression for a person who is loose on money) I mean, here, it’s Keito or I who’s the fattest. Chinen: (looking at Keito’s tummy) Yeah, fat tummy! Okamoto: I don’t think he meant that. （笑） Yamada: I really think Keito’s a great guy like that. Including the fact that he has a fat tummy, he’s really manly on the inside. Nakajima: WTF are you guys doing all of a sudden, praising each other. （笑） Okamoto: Oh yeah, the other day I read this thing on a magazine about guys who try to split down to a single yen, and I’m like, CBF man. Nakajima: Oh god that is really…CBF. Like, it’s better if you’re like, “okay, since you paid last time, I’ll pay this time.” Chinen: Well…I ain’t gonna pay! Yamada: Well people being that honest is better than just being muddled. （笑） Okamoto: And I often see older women who are at the cashier, and they’re like, “I’ll pay today.” “Nononononono. I’ll pay” “No I will!” （笑） Everyone: Yeah~ Yamada: Yeah, that, isn’t gonna happen with me. Chinen: Me neither. Like, you could just leave it at “I’ll pay for today” “OMG thank you~” and it’ll be all good. Yamada: That might be too early to cut off. Maybe just one more turn of “nononono!”? （笑）But really, this is just one of our stories and in real life, Chinen pays a lot too. And when I went it was even some expensive soba. Nakajima: Yeah. He’s paid for me before too. Chinen: Nononono! Don’t ruin my image! Okamoto: What kind of image are you going for anyway? （笑） Seriously, singing with our full power with the 4 of us is just too embarrassing!（笑） Chinen: Hahaha anyway, if it was with girls, I’ll pay. But…is there anyone amongst us who can organize everything for the party? Nakjima: Maybe like, me? It’s kinda awkward stating that for myself, but I think I can do that kind of stuff. （笑） Chinen: yeah, you’ll like, look up the maps and stuff and send it to everyone. Yamada: The way we wear our props today are already reflecting that. Cuz Yuto-kun’s wearing it so properly. （笑）He seems to know quite a lot of fancy shops, with jazzy BGMs… Nakajima: Hey, if the BGM was actually jazz, it’s not easy to party! They’ll think I’m some dumb guy who can’t consider TPO! （笑）And since we’re underage, how about we just look for some fun, cheerful place. Chinen: Yeah. I mean, if you’re out of ideas, go ask Yuya for some advice. He’s like, he’s a living website of restaurants. （笑）Anyway, in my case I really can’t imagine Ryosuke’s attitude in that situation…will he be the usual Ryosuke or the shy Ryosuke…? Yamada: I don’t know either. （笑）But I’m guessing the shy version? I mean, in high school I was shy in front of the girls all through graduation. （笑） Nakajima: That was true. I think the girls thought you were the cold & cool type. Yamada: Except I’m not actually “cool” but just not good with people. （笑）You know, if Keito & I took interest in the same girl, I think we’ll both be withdrawing. Okamoto: IKR! Even if we know for sure we stand a chance, we’d both be thinking about each other too much. Chinen: Really? I mean, if I was in a situation like that I’d go to get her. Yamada: But there too, if I was like, “I think she’s actually cute” you’d pull back as well. Chinen: Oh yeah~ maybe. I just like to make peace. （笑） Yamada: I just can’t determine what Yuto-kun would do. （笑） Nakajima: Well…me being all talkative and appealing to that girl…yeah, not gonna happen. （笑） Chinen: I can imagine the girls hitting against Yutie and Yutie just subtly laughing, confused. （笑） Nakajima: Yeah, I guess I prefer that to voluntarily going for girls myself. Maybe I’m not actually confident in myself…scary. （笑） Okamoto: Well I’m not the only negative one here, am I? （笑） Chinen: Hey, the staff wanted to ask what we will do if the girls request us a JUMP song? Everyone: Noooooo way~ Yamada: Seriously, singing with our full power with the 4 of us is just too embarrassing! （笑） Nakajima: Yep, not gonna happen. Yamada: But don’t you guys think “Mayonaka no Shadow Boy” is actually quite popular amongst all ages and genders? Nakajima: Yeah! We get asked to sing that quite often. Except if you’re in a karaoke, and you’re just like, “shadow…?” with your full power…embarrassing. （笑） Yamada: Woah, nope. （笑）But what if we were to sing a JUMP song? What would we sing? Okamoto: “Tsunagu Te to Te” Nakajima: That’s so realistic! （笑） Yamada: Whoop, Keito’s gonna get real! Chinen: Like, you can naturally hold a girl’s hand. （笑） Chinen wouldn’t tell us that he’s got a girlfriend even after 3 months.（笑） Yamada: It’s a small thing…but it’s fun. I mean, we’re in the middle of a 3 month stage, and we’re seriously busy everyday, but we still have the desire for love. We never give up on it. Chinen: We talk about that stuff in our rooms, don’t we? Like, “oh I like girls like this” and “it’ll be fun to be in love like this” and we’re just relying on our imaginations. （笑）Are we gonna tell each other when we actually get a girlfriend? Nakajima: Chinen wouldn’t tell us that he’s got a girlfriend even after 3 months. （笑） Chinen: That might be true, actually. Cuz I want to be able to confidently say, “I’m going out with this girl” before I tell anyone else. Nakajima: Oh yeah~ maybe I’m kinda like that too. （笑） Okamoto: But if you had some crush on someone, don’t you ever want to ask someone for advice, or talk about them? Yamada: Yeah! I’m totally that type. It’ll be more fun like that! I mean, I think the best part of love is when it’s one-sided. Nakajima: Well, not me…cuz I think I kinda fall for someone quite easily. I mean, I don’t mean easily, I often become quite serious…and concentrated on one thing so I’m scared that I’ll put all my power into just my love life and won’t be able to balance it out with other things. Yamada: Yeah, Yuto-kun is like that! I mean, he takes care and pride into everything he does. Like, his camera skills that started as a hobby. These day’s I’m telling him to ask me for advice for camera related stuff. Like, “Eh, you want the lenses? When are you going to use that? Can’t you use something else? Do you really need that? How much is that? That’s expensive…leave it for now.” Or like, “You want a stand? You didn’t have one before, did you? You need that for a camera, right? Okay, go buy one.” （笑） Okamoto: Then he’ll ask you when he crushes on someone. （笑） Yamada: Sure~ come at me bro~ be like, “You’ll have to concentrate on work right now, so don’t you even take interest in girls!” （笑） Nakajima: Hahaha but really, I know for myself that my attention will go to my crush and not my job, so I’ve already decided that I’m not gonna be in a relationship with anyone right now. Chinen: Well you obviously take care & pride in everything you do. （笑）What will I be like if I get a girlfriend? Will I like…be diverted in attention during work? Okamoto: I don’t want to let my love life affect my work. Even if I ask them out and they turn me down in a pretty bad way, I’ll try not to let that out…just that realistically, it’ll be too obvious. （笑） Yamada: I think I’m kinda in between Keito & Yuto. If something bad happens…I’ll drag it to the rooms backstage. Maybe even the wings of the stage. （笑）But once I’m on the stage itself, I’ll be alright. Nakajima: Listening to what you guys are saying, I really feel that Yama-chan and Keito are quite similar in some ways, as in, they have a lot in common. Okamoto: Well, just that we have that much of a difference.（笑） *shows distance using hands* Chinen: Oh yeah, btw… Okamoto: What now!? （笑） Chinen: *taking the hand above* this one’s you. Everyone: Ahaha that was it? （笑） Okamoto: Oh, right, well…I guess, yeah…I love you Chinen. （笑） Yamada: Damn it, Chinen! Obvoiusly I was the one who overrated myself. （笑）Well, I guess I’ll just do my best when it comes to a situation like that. Okamoto: Crap! I don’t think I can win against Yama-chan like that! （笑）