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 snobbish, cocky superstar but I was surprised to find a down-to-earth dude who loved to troll his hosts.
This episode returned to the core of what ARASHI NI SHIYAGARE is all about: Arashi learning from their aniki (brother) guest. While as a concept that is very limiting especially on the guests they can invite to the show, the fact that it’s still the heart of Shiyagare despite changes over the years makes the Nagabuchi sensei episode very special.
Nagabuchi-san, who has a deity status in Japan, brought some of his precious guitars with their rich history to the studio, made Arashi pick what they want to use, taught them guitar techniques and some harmonica too, composed a short song with them and performed it with the five dorks at the end of the show.
Some screencaps to show why the episode is a must-watch (screencaps credit to @deshow_k @ Twitter):
All in all, it was a very entertaining episode that showcased a lot of dorkiness, trolling (especially on Riida and Jun), laughter, spontaneity (which is a gift that never stops giving when it comes to Arashi) and music.
By the end of the show, I have become a fan of Nagabuchi sensei too.
And while they may be from different generations–Nagabuchi-san is 58 while Arashi are in their early 30s–they have many things in common, foremost of which is their ability to transcend their fame and be ordinary.
That was on display with the work they did post-2011 Great East Japan earthquake. The way they reached out to the affected areas in their professional and personal capacities (Arashi’s personal endeavors though were not covered and only through eyewitness accounts) and the way ordinary people can relate to them is something that I find interesting.
Nagabuchi-san’s fans range from kids to oldies. The same is true with Arashi. Their appeal cuts across ages and gender. But it’s even more amazing for Nagabuchi-san considering he’s not exactly a young idol and yet he is still able to pull in thousands of people to his concerts. He has made his work socially relevant too and part of that largely comes from the foundation he has built and the years he has spent in the industry that earned him admiration and respect from the public even to the point of being accorded deity status. I would wish for Arashi to have that stature when they’re his age (not sure though about the deity part because it’s difficult to imagine them especially Nino being accorded that LOL), BUT only if they want it.
And that makes me wonder, will I still love Arashi when they’re 58?
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