[5×15 tribute series]
Celebrities are usually referred to as role models though not all of them deserve to be.
But I’d like to think that we do learn from the people we idolize and I hope it’s mostly good and not bad habits.
In celebration of Arashi’s 15th year, I did some kind of crowd sourcing on Twitter on the things that we have learned from Arashi. I was pleasantly surprised at the response I got and touched by the answers. I have to note that many of the answers that came in were along the same vein, which only goes to show that we have all been attending the same class being taught by our Arashi senseis.
Thank you to everyone who helped me compile this list, your individual contributions are duly quoted below.
1. Idols are not gods
Idols need not be perfect. They’re human and they have human foibles as well, just like you and me.
They also need not go for plastic surgery just to be appealing to fans. It’s okay to have acne scars or snaggle tooth.
It’s okay to look like idiots as long as you’re earning millions and billions. – @VyLeTtE070111
2. Get along with others
Even people with extremely different personalities need not be in conflict and can in fact get along and build a strong team. – @ailamarie
Five different persons, five different personalities, five different interests but it’s possible to get along very well. – @VyLeTtE070111
3. Be a good son (or daughter)
There are lots of stories that they occasionally share on how they are especially with their parents. (Example: Sho takes his parents to watch Sir Paul McCartney. Jun takes his mother to the chiropractor.) Despite their busy schedules, they make time for family.
Make time to bond with loved ones. – @zahirah_riida
They may look like they always have fun and troll each other on their variety shows but they know when to take things seriously. (Example: The charity reception line at 24HRTV where there were even rumors of Sho refusing to shake hands with fans who came to donate and was criticized for this.)
To smile, to laugh in appropriate time, situation and place. – @yuui1010
5. Be a good employee
Respect authority, follow the boss and give your all to every work that is given to you. (So many examples for this one including projects that did not fit them and yet they still accepted wholeheartedly.) – @ailamarie
6. Have a positive outlook
It’s okay to cry and be weak at times but always remember that you have the future ahead of you so you should always move forward. – @neji_sorariku
From 嵐, I learned to laugh at my mistakes rather than be pulled down by it. That there are always things to look forward to. – @MekMek
It’s okay to just be who you are
It’s best to not say anything
You can start again from there, right?
This is what suits you best – Fight Song/Arashi
I learned how to be happy. There’s a rainbow always after the rain. – @jhingnigami
Always smile because positive things will surely come. – @zahirah_riida
Fight Song and 5×10 made big impact on me. Taught me about positivity, gratitude, respect and “Ganbare”. – @ShayMujan
7. Have a good attitude towards work
Patience and perseverance. Everything that they have right now, they worked hard for with blood, sweat and tears. They did not take any shortcuts and went through every ups and downs. – @jhingnigami
Work hard to achieve your goals. – @zahirah_riida
Always give your best performance because you don’t know if it’s the last or the chance will never come again. (Case in point, the first time they performed in Kokuritsu in 2008, they treated it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience; who knew, they’d turn the National Stadium into their home stage for six years.) – @jhingnigami
Work hard, play hard! – @ShayMujan
No need for professional jealousy. Everyone will have a chance to shine. One’s success is everyone else’s.
They’re like a well-oiled machine, they know their place and are loyal to the group and protect it. (Example: Rumors of Aiba in danger of being kicked out because of his scandal but the other four opposed it.) – @VyLeTtE070111
The team leader is there for a reason, and not to make decisions for the group unilaterally but to get a consensus and let the members explore their own interests. (Stories have it that Ohno only comes in to make decisions when they can’t agree on anything or there is a deadlock.) – @VyLeTtE070111
If all else fails, there’s alwayus janken. (Thank you @MekMek)
9. Strength and weakness
It’s okay to have weak points as there will be areas you’d be good at. No one’s perfect. (Example: Sho can’t draw to save his life but he’s smart; Jun ain’t the best singer of the lot but he can produce a concert you won’t forget.) – @VyLeTtE070111
Despite their stature, they remain humble. (Accounts from industry insiders say how Arashi is a friendly group and easy to deal with.; Another example is when Aiba was late once and Nino went down on his knees to apologize to the staff.) – @VyLeTtE070111
11. Be careful with your money
One word, or rather, name: Nino.
It does not mean that just because you earn money, you’re going to spend it all.
This is not just their personal philosophy (except for Jun who spends his money on fashionable clothes), but they apply it with the fans as well. They have had long discussions with their production staff to lower the price of their DVDs, in particular, because they don’t want the fans to earn money just so they can buy their merchandise. Nino even advised fans to spend their money on more important things.
12. Be practical
Arashi has no illusion of grandeur when it comes to idolhood. They rather have a practical outlook at things in general. They know that one day, everything will come to pass and their time in the spotlight will be over. Nino has been very vocal about discussing retirement, for one.
They know that in just one snap of a finger, the feelings of fans may change. – @VyLeTtE070111
13. Cherish friendships
Arashi members have very good relationships with other people in the industry (Tsumabuki Satoshi and Oguri Shun are among well-known Arashi bffs) but they also have maintained friends since their middle school/university days (in the case of Jun and Sho).
They haven’t forgotten their friends back when they were still not famous. – @VyLeTtE070111
Friendship, respect each other and not compare yourself with someone else. – @adnid
… Never stop having fun (i.e. being dorks) and tease while helping each other–this is when they teach you about friendship. – @ShayMujan
People are people, and you are you
The moment you compare the two, you’ve lost
The strength to not lose to yourself
Will break down any wall – Fight Song/Arashi
14. Be a good fan
It’s well known how Arashi can be strict ojisans when it comes to fan behavior. They hate being stalked or followed, they even frown at fans meeting them at airports or taking the same ride as them.
I personally learned that as a good fan, I don’t need to give them anything. As Nino said, celebrities have most everything, what else can I give them that their sponsors haven’t given them or they can’t afford to buy themselves? I personally frown on giving fan gifts, it’s a pointless exercise.
The best way to be a fan is to buy their albums, DVDs/BDs, watch their concerts, dramas or films. In short, patronize their projects because they do that for the fans. That’s the best gift we can give them, by supporting their endeavors and then letting them live their life away from the spotlight.
Arashi respect one another’s privacy and in turn, fans learn to respect that. – @VyLeTtE070111
15. Simple joys
Not everything in life need to be complicated or full of drama, especially fangirling.
I learned to be appreciative even with little things. – @jhingnigami
Thank you, Arashi, for teaching us how to live life, for showing us that it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them, to brush ourselves off after every fall and move forward never looking back because the future is ahead and not behind us.
Most of all, thank you for being you, scars, faults, charm and all.
Congratulations on your 15th year and wishing for more years of Arashi goodness to come!!!
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