1. 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.

  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! 

  3. Duet July 2013 crosstalk Chinen x Yabu

    -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?
    YabuI 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)
     
     

  4. FB Page Open!!!

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  5. 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!

  6. 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)

  7. Love Profile Yabu Kota Wink Up May 2013

    Q. What are three things you would want your “ideal girlfriend” to have?

    -Kindness
    -Treating friends nicely
    -Freshness

    Q. Do you want to text your crush 24/7?
    I don’t mind. Depends on what she wants.

    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. I’ll use those 2hrs in a more efficient way.

    Q. What would you like your girlfriend to call you?

    Kota.

    Q. You’re on a date with her and you bump into your members. What would you do?

    Introduce her properly.

    Q. What would you do if your crush happened to have a boyfriend?

    Try hard while keeping peace.

    Q. If you were to ask for advice from one of your members, who would you ask?

    Chinen. He would give me a different view on things.

     Q. If you were to sing a love song to your crush, what would you sing?

    Mou Kimi Igai Aisenai (Kinki Kids)

    Q. Out of JUMP, who do you think would change the most through love?
    Yuto. I think he’ll be all kind to his girlfriend.

     Q. How would you recover from a broken heart?

    Try to stay with friends, avoiding becoming a loner.

    Q. Can you allow your girlfriend to eat out with her guyfriends?

    If she tells me upfront, yes.

    Q. What would you cook your girlfriend?

    If she doesn’t mind me stuffing up, anything.

     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 won’t see her. Work is work.

    Q. If you were to buy something matching with your girlfriend, what would you get?

    Key ring.

    Q. Give us a kanji to represent “love”.

    「心」You develop feelings, and your hearts connect.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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)