1. 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. 

  2. -Secrets to BEST Party- POPOLO 2013.08 crosstalk

    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! 

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    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!

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  4. Hey! Say! BEST crosstalk duet June 2013

    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!

  5. Love Profile- Arioka Daiki Wink Up May 2013

    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.

  6. Who’s Okamoto Keito? -POPOLO May 2013

    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.

  7. Who’s Nakajima Yuto? -POPOLO May 2013

    Takaki: Wild Friends
    We just go wild together. (笑)We’re often together for Shoukura, so after the filming we go crazy.

    Inoo: I have the urge to tease him
    When we have a conversation, we always seem to be talking about ourselves…and every single time I feel a sudden urge to tease him. (笑)

    Yaotome: Band Buddies
    It’s fun playing my bass to Yuto’s drums, and these days I can tell if it’s one of his good days, or his bad days when I listen to him.

    Yabu: Shopping Buddies
    I go out shopping with Yuto and Tottsu- quite often. We wait for each other for fitting too. (笑)We’re also movies and karaoke buddies too.

    Yamada: Rivals
    We’ve been together since we were little, and we used to be the same height…being coupled together for everything. We both know the path to follow, and we’re definitely moving forwards!

    Chinen: A Friend
    I reckon I spent most of my time out of work with Yuto. At school we ate lunch together everyday, and we both studied hard, helping each other.

    Okamoto: Music Buddies
    With Yuto I talk the most about music. Recently, we haven’t had time to do this, but we used to rent a studio and had sessions together!

    Arioka: Percussion Buddies
    Once at break time we had some sort of session with hitting our knees and it was so cool. Since then we do it quite often.

  8. Who’s Chinen Yuri? -POPOLO May 2013

    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)

  9. Who’s Yamada Ryosuke? -POPOLO May 2013

    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. 

  10. Who’s Yabu Kota? -POPOLO May 2013

    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)