So today, July 20, is Friendship Day as “mandated” by the Arashi Senseis with their Friendship Bus going around Tokyo.     The theme of this year’s Waku Waku/Arashi School was Friendship and if there’s a good example of what friendship is like, it would be these five bakas. Despite their personality differences, they managed […]


  Forget useless online polls. Forget technology. Forget even money. Forget crazy fans (#fangirlproblems #6). Those are not really the top fangirl problems, especially if you are a JE/Arashi fan. Because if you are, your numero uno problemo is Johnny Kitagawa. Fine, it’s unfair to put all the blame on a frail old man who […]


Next to Arashi and CNBLUE, I fangirl pandas. They’re stress-free than idols and I guess it’s more embarrassing to be dubbed a panda hater than an anti-fan so the panda fandom is virtually free of negativity. Yesterday, Taipei Zoo’s Yuan Zai turned one. When was it when baby dumpling had to be separated from her […]


When news of the Korean remake of NODAME CANTABILE first came out, I was ambivalent towards it. Time has shown that we can never really stop our beloved dramas and films from being remade and we can only hope that the remakes would do justice to the original. There has been a lot of noise on the […]

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A new Arashi fan recently asked me if there are fanwars and shippers in the Arashi fandom, just like in others. The Arashi fandom, as much as it’s a land of rainbow-colored dreams, does have its share of fanwars and antis, and yes, shippers too. And every fandom has its rotten tomatoes but I’d like […]


There are many facets to being a fan and one of them is being a shipper. Not all fans are shippers though. But being a shipper is one of the most fun or most stressful part of a fandom, depending on how you look at it. When it comes to shipping, I thought I’ve seen […]

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It used to be a drama that would bring me to an idol but it was CNBLUE’s Jung Yonghwa that brought me to HEARTSTRINGS. That was six months ago. Today, HEARTSTRINGS marked its third anniversary and while I’m new to the whole CNBLUE and HEARTSTRINGS fandom, I am amazed at the amount of love that […]


  It took only five months after I became a fan of CNBLUE for me to see them live in concert. I guess I was just lucky that the city of angels was included in their ongoing Can’t Stop tour and I didn’t have to wait for years to finally watch them perform live. Quite […]


BUSAN – It’s CNBLUE Can’t Stop in Busan day and I’m sitting in my room looking out at Haeundae Beach and as my friend said, emotionally and physically preparing myself for tonight. The last time I was in Busan about eight years ago, it wasn’t really a pleasant experience I called it Buwiset Busan (bullshit). […]

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It’s the 31st birthday of Arashi’s resident brat, Ninomiya Kazunari, also known as Nino, Neen, Kazu, Ninomi, Hollywood Sturr, Clint Eastwood’s friend, national gamer… and the list goes on and on.  But even if he is three decades and a year older, he will forever be 17.     So on the occasion of his […]

Isn't he groovy?

Since it was Father’s Day yesterday, I reckon it’s as good a reason to write an appreciation post for the man behind some of Japan’s top male idols, in particular, Arashi. Who else but the man we love to hate, Johnny Kitagawa. How do we hate love Uncle J, let me count the ways. Or […]


(This post was suggested by @ShayMujan) It’s FIFA World Cup season again and for every seasonal football fan like me, it’s a major event. I don’t follow football clubs but I cheer for national teams. I used to cheer for France and Portugal when Zizou and Figo were still playing. But since 2010, I have […]

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Mention PIKANCHI and every Arashi fan would know what you’re referring to. The names Haru, Chu, Shun, Takuma and Bon are relevant just as Riida, Sho, Aiba, Nino and Jun are. The PIKANCHI films are part of Arashi 101 and while it does not make anyone less of a fan if they haven’t watched them, […]

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