[Spoilers ahead.] As soon as the first scene came on, with the jerky camera zoom-in, it felt nostalgic right away. And minutes into the film when the opening credits rolled in with Pikanchi Double, it was definitely walking down memory lane. I’m talking about PIKANCHI… LIFE IS HARD TABUN HAPPY, the third installment in Arashi’s […]


Sometimes it takes one random song in my iPod to take me down memory lane and today, it was La Familia, a song Matsujun composed for their Iza Now Tour in 2004, when Arashi was five years old. Arashi is a typical “boy group” (I’d prefer male group since they’re not exactly boys anymore but […]


Well, if you believe the quote above, then there is something wrong and you belong to that growing demographic of those who do not question anything they read on the Net because you know, if it’s on the Internet, then it must be true. A few days ago, a fan posted something about two female […]

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You’re an Arashi fan if you know what, or rather, who inspired the title for this post. No less than the resident brat of course, Ninomiya Kazunari, one-fifth of Arashi.     And yes, J-Storm was a little small little small little small label when it was launched in 2002 to produce Arashi’s future singles […]


Alternative title: Will I still love you when you’re 58? Last Saturday’s SHIYAGARE episode will go down as one of my recent favorites. And to think I didn’t even know who Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi is before this and was curious over the hoohah that his guesting was creating. After reading up on him, I expected a […]


  I’ve been a fan of Jay Chou since 2005 (wah, it’s been 10 years?!) since his Incomparable album era. But as any Jie-lun fan would tell you, his music over the years has been a process of regurgitation. Not to say that over the years, he has not spat out any good music. JC […]


Blame it on Arashi, or thanks to Arashi, I discovered Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, who was their guest in SHIYAGARE on January 31. Out of curiosity, I looked him up as there was  hoohah over his guesting and boy, was I impressed. He’s a singer-composer, actor, poet and human rights advocate. He is 58. He’s not your […]


[This is the third version of this post. Every time I listen to the album, I notice new elements and so add to my notes.] If I hate sad movies (see previous entry), I have an equal dislike for sad songs. But I guess, if sex sells, sad songs break records. So much so that […]


So I finally sat down to watch MIRACLE IN CELL NO. 7. @jhingnigami: I thought you’ve watched it? Me: I was scared of watching it. @jhingnigami: Why were you scared? It’s not a horror movie. Me: I’m scared of crying.     I hate sad movies. The world is already sad so why torture yourself […]