because yokoo-san tried to make cute little faces above the messages the members gave him, and that was all i remembered. so i went to see what it was actually about.
hmm, written out it's rather confusing to see yoko and yokoo-san at the same lj isn't it?
but my head is too accustomed to calling him yokoo-san and i am too old to readjust. maybe not. but meh.
Scans from junior_star
thanks to luma_chan
Kisumai@Potato, March 2007 issue (1) The Budoukan is a venue in Tokyo made in the early 1960’s, it was originally made as a venue for martial arts, but is now mainly associated with concerts, especially bands. For a band to one day have a concert at the Budoukan is like a junior one day having a concert at Tokyo Dome.
(2) As in, the stage was completely surrounded by the audience.
(3) Each city holds an official coming of age ceremony, so usually you get to meet all your old classmates from way back.
One of the members, Yokoo-kun comes to age this year and joins the adults! We asked about their memories of celebrations or any plans to celebrate anything. Also about what they thought about “Happy New Year 2007 Johnny’s Juniors Come Together at Nihon Budoukan!” (1)Yokoo WataruHaving coming to age, I want to make sure that I take responsibility for each thing I do, more than I have before. Whatever the job is, I shouldn’t forget that the people around me are the reason I can be there, I’m going to work hard from now on too!
Compared to last year when we did concerts at Odaiba and Yoyogi, this year’s concert at the Budoukan was more organized I think. As Kis-My-Ft2 we’ve become more flexible in our responses I think – we were able to watch our surroundings well and immediately go help if we saw that someone had messed up. But we can’t yet be satisfied. We have to properly think of how to apply what we learned this time to next time, how we could have done certain things better, and widen our perspectives. I think we’ve only yet taken our first step, so from now on is where the real fight is.
As for celebrations, I like to celebrate for other people than to be the one celebrated for. For example when my older brother had a baby I went and celebrated. Even now, I’m the one that buys all the kid’s shoes (laugh). There was even a time when I went shopping intending to get myself stuff, but I ended up buying shoes for the baby and didn’t have enough left to buy my own clothes (laugh). Bit like that, I really like to do things for others. Something to celebrate in the future? Maybe marriage? But right now I can’t even imagine it. Before that, I have to first become more mentally independent!Kitayama HiromitsuTo Yokoo: You’ve become an adult~. It doesn’t feel like it at all (laugh). There’re probably going to be lots of things from now on too, but please become and adult who doesn’t act on impulse and always thinks coolly before taking action. Slowly, at your own pace alright? From Kitayama
At the concert at Nihon Budoukan each group did a medley, and for Kis-My-Ft2, first Senga, Fujigaya, and I would sing, and then we would sing all together. So for me, right after I sang my solo I had to immediately change into roller skates, so inside I was pretty dokidoki (laugh). Also, the audience seats were on a slope, so from the stage you could see the audience up till the top, and the stage was also a 360 degree stage (2)
, so we had to be conscious of people watching from the top and from the back as well, so that was a little bit hard. I hope that we’re able to grow and apply what we learned this time to what will come after this. Someday I hope we can do a concert alone!
And, as far as celebrations go, my birthday last year really left a big impression. I was in Takizawa-kun’s stageplay “One!” at the time, but they did a surprise birthday party for me during the show. I was so happy I ended up crying, some people were apparently surprised (laugh), but it’s very human to cry when you’re really happy right! (laugh). Celebrations I’m looking forward to… marriage maybe…? I’d like it to be a really big celebration.Fujigaya TaisukeTo Yokoo: I think Yokoo-kun is really an adult, in a good way. He watched my drama and told me what he thought about it, and if there’s something I’m not sure of, he’ll teach me… I don’t usually meet you that much, but I really rely on you! Please take care of us from now on too! From Fujigaya
The “Johnny’s Juniors Come Together~” was really fun! It was the first time we did it here so there were some things that were difficult, but I think each of the groups showcased their strong points, and I think it was good that we could do things that we’ve always done + new things we challenged for the first time. I think the audience enjoyed it too, and it was a good experience to go through first thing in the year. On New Year’s the drama I was in “Byakkotai” was on TV, and a lot of people told me “It was good” so I was really happy. It’s really an honor to have been able to be in such a great piece! I was able to talk to lots of actors, and we did real filming in Kyoto, things that you usually can’t experience; it was really stimulating and I learned a lot.
The only celebrating event that I’ve had up till now is probably just my birthday. But next year I have the coming of age ceremony, so I’m looking forward to that already. Of course I haven’t decided what to wear to it though… (laugh) but I hope to meet old friends (3)
, and I want to properly greet everyone who’ll probably be looking after me from now on too. I can’t imagine what I’ll be like at 20, but I’m looking forward to it because I think I’ll get to experience way more than being a teen!Miyata ToshiyaTo Yokoo: I can’t believe that you’re coming to age this year. It seems like you’ve been an adult for about 3 years already (laugh). I mean, you’ve always been dandy. I really admire how responsible you are at work. Please become even dandier in the future! From Miyata
The thing that left the biggest impression on me at the Butoukan concert was when Kis-My-Ft2 sand “Sennen no Love Song.” It was part of the Japanesque corner, so we roller skated holding giant fans, that was a fresh experience and fun. Actually, there was so much air pressure on the giant fans that there were about to break any minute (laugh), but that dokidoki was fun as well. I’ve been at the Butoukan as a venue when I backdanced for TOKIO, but back then I was a lot more ignorant and didn’t understand the significance of it. But this time when we got on stage, I really felt “Having a concert here is a really big thing.”
And about celebrations, when I first became a junior, my family was really happy and celebrated with me. And the first time I was in a magazine they bought like 3 copies (laugh). When I was on TV they’d record it and watch it over and over. By the way my dad knows all about Johnny’s now (laugh). Apparently he asks my mom “can you go to the Johnny’s shop and buy his (Miyata-kun’s) pictures?” (laugh). But I’m really glad that my entire family supports me like this, and it’s really encouraging too.Tamamori YutaTo Yokoo: I think Yokoo-kun is really an adult because he constantly thinks of everyone around him, not only of himself. I’m always so preoccupied with myself that I think even from now on I’ll be depending a lot on you, but please take it easy on me (laugh). From Tamamori
I was really happy that we could be at a great place like Nihon Butoukan from the beginning of the year! I was again filled with thankfulness, because it’s all thanks to the fans that support us. There were audience seats all the way back, so I tried to consciously look at everyone while I sang. During the show I tripped once on my roller skates (laugh), there were some small accidents but still I’m glad we had fun. I think Kis-My-Ft2 did a good job at appealing to the fans too. From doing this show, I started to be conscious of my feeling that “one day we want to do a concert alone.”
And speaking of celebrations, the biggest celebration in my life so far was when I entered high school I think. I studied a lot, and was able to go to the school I wanted to, so I was happy, and the people around me all congratulated me too, so that made me happy too. I wore my uniform and went to show my grandma, and then we took a picture and then we went to a shrine later and said our thanks. Celebrations after this would be, first of all graduation (laugh). Then coming of age, and then my wedding…!? I don’t want my wedding to be too flashy, just a normal one (laugh).Nikaido TakashiTo Yokoo: Congratulations! When you’re playing around you can be childish, but when it comes to work you really are a responsible adult (laugh). I really think you’re like a big brother I can depend on. Please take me to the hot springs again! From Nikaido
I was happy that all of us juniors could do a concert starting on New Year’s! I was also happy that a lot of sempai came to visit us as well. Especially when (Tanaka) Koki-kun came and sang, we got to backdance and that doesn’t happen very often, so it felt fresh and I had fun. We were given such a great chance so early in the year, so I want to work hard in this good flow for the whole year.
Celebrations that left good memories, that’d have to be birthdays I guess. I hope this year Fujigaya-kun will finally give me a birthday present (laugh). Every year I give a present to Fujigaya-kun on his birthday! But he’s never given me anything back… (Fujigaya: “You don’t ask for it enough.”) Ah really? It’ August 6th!! (laugh) Celebrations coming up, something near would be the coming to age ceremony maybe? Though there’re still 4 years left… I’m looking forward to meeting old friends there already. And… my wedding maybe? My plan is to have a really big flashy wedding (laugh). Like on a cruiser, or at a dessert, somewhere unusual would be good. So my partner has to be someone who’ll enjoy that kind of thing.Senga KentoTo Yokoo: When I met Yokoo-kun you were about 18 years old, and you already had the atmosphere of an adult. You always gave the kouhai practical advice, and I’m really thankful for that. I look forward to seeing more adult parts about you. From Senga
When I got on stage I thought “The Bookman’s different as expected~.” I felt the weight of tradition and history, and more than it being an occasion for interacting with the fans, I felt like it was an occasion to show the fans where we were at. So in a good sense, I was tense as it started. I think we were able to fully show our strengths, and I think we finished the 5 days of shows well. We did our new song “Kis-My-Me-Mine” as a group and that left an impression on me. This was a song in which we focused on our roller skating, so I think we were able to showcase how we were different from the other groups.
My biggest celebration so far was when I entered high school I guess. Everything was different from middle school, and I met friends there that I treasure, and I think it was a big turning point for me. By the way when I started high school I was really busy with “Takizawa Enbujou” though (laugh). And celebrations to come, the first one is I guess graduating high school? But every day is fun, so I don’t feel like graduating yet (laugh).