Arashi is more than just faces on a billboard, the first spot on the Oricon charts, a regular show on prime time TV, or even their title “national idol group.”
Other people have hobbies like sports, interests like fashion or vices like alcohol or drugs. I have Arashi.
Even when they are going on hiatus, the spotlight shows no signs of fading or shifting any time, but is instead shining even brighter on them.
Will Riida fish? Do art? Put up a bakery? Whatever he does, I hope he enjoys himself, but not too much that he wouldn’t want to come back, someday.
It’s going to be quite a long goodbye, but short, if like me, you will never ever be prepared to lose a constant presence in your life
Day 1 of trying to come to terms with their decision to go on hiatus starting Jan. 1, 2021
Some lessons are learned the hard way but they hopefully teach us ways to better navigate the tricky turns and unseen traps of fandoms.
The joys of being a Jpop fan, or an Arashi fan in particular, far outweighs the pains. But to stay engaged, interested and excited, there are some do’s and don’ts.