Japanese group Arashi wants to stay connected to fans during indefinite hiatus

The group’s Jet Storm promotional tour, which started in Jakarta before heading to Singapore, Bangkok and Taipei, is probably the only chance for fans here to meet Arashi in person. Their last tour in 2006 took them to Seoul, Taiwan and Bangkok.

Regional fans were excited about the tour as the group rarely ventures outside their native Japan.

“It’s so surreal,” said Ngeh Chee Yen, 23, from Malaysia. “Although I am disappointed that there is no concert in South East Asia, this reunion is a memory that I will cherish for life.”

Vivien, 25, was among the lucky fans who landed a ticket to the press conference. “I can’t believe I got to meet them and (I’m) excited… I just want to cry a bit too,” she said.

Maya, 30, administrator of a local Arashi fan page, said: “Most of us in Singapore can’t see (Arashi) in person because it’s so hard to get tickets. for their shows, so bringing them here is a big thing for us, ”she said.

The good news is that fans can access all of Arashi’s singles, including their 65th anniversary, Turning Up, on music streaming sites. They were released on November 3, 20e anniversary of their first single, A.RA.SHI.

Arashi, one of the best-selling artists in Japan, is managed by Johnny’s Entertainment, the artistic agency behind male groups such as SMAP and Tokio. In May, they are expected to play two dates at Japan’s new national stadium, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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