A tribute to Arashi and the often faceless and nameless people behind them–big love and thank you.
Perhaps they were brave because they stood side by side, hand in hand, through it all—together.
The irony is not lost on me being a fan of one band that’s returning from hiatus and another preparing to go into one.
Songs defining a year in my past bring back fangirl memories of three years ago.
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.