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from the final episode

At last Yamapi arrived at L.A! He completed his Route 66 trip successfully.

When he saw something new in America, he kept using the word ” sugeee!(which means “Wow great!”, young people’s language in Japan)”It was very funny for me.

Even though it was only a two week trip,  we enjoyed seeing his natural face on the show. Whenever he appeared on a variety program in Japan, he seemed not to express his feelings very much. In contrast here, he talked freely, laughed aloud, raised a cheer, rocked to the music. We could see a variety of his aspects.

The theme of the trip was ” what is the most important thing in the world? ”
Every time he met experienced people on his trip, asked “what do you think is the most important thing in your life? ” and he hung on their answers.
I guessed he might be searching for his own way of life as a talent, because he started the trip right after he had gotten out of the NEWS, a Johnny’s group he had belonged to for long time.
Anyway,  the trip became a memorable work for him as a watershed moment in his life, I think.

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*Yamapi is Yamashita Tomohisa who is a Japanese idol talent belonging to Japanese major talent agency Johnny’s. Arashi and  SMAP also belong to the agency.

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.                I did it!!,  in L.A

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.                   Thank you Akkun! You did a fine job!

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.  Yamapi scratches the surface of his car with a coin” Tomo , 2011,11.15, In L.A

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.                I’m  filled with a feeling of accomplishment

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.                 I could have various meetings on my trip.

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.  Look back at the trip

.            With an elderly couple who run their private museum of Route 66

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.               He’s amazed at the big steak in a restaurant in Texas.

He ordered a steak which could be free if eating up everything of it, but he couldn’t 🙂

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.      The man is a stuff of one of the Route 66 museum in Oklahoma. Yamapi is surprised to look at his full-body tattoo.

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.              At a coin laundry in Oklahoma, it is for the first time in his life. While waiting for finishing the laundry, he is studying English.

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.             At the mysterious Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona

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.                       He’s jumping at the Monument Valley in Arizona

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.                                  viewing the map and checking plan for the day

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.       Quenching  Akkun‘s thirst at a gas station.

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.              Yamapi drives led by the local bikers in Willams, Arizona

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.              Yamapi happens to know them at  restaurant. They say “We have something we want you to see” and they take him to the Grand Canyon.

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.       With the owner of the old souvenir shop along the Route 66. He is 84 years old. Wow!

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.      The old man says ”If you try, you can do it.”

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Matsumoto Jun ,a member of Arashi, and Hollywood star Heyden Christensen look somewhat alike, dont they? they are distinctive-looking handsome guys.

  

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Johnny’s Yamapi and Kaka, a star soccer player. their features are noble, but little bit feminine .

  

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.What a beautiful tender smile both they have! I love them.

  

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A Soccer superstar David Beckham and Takizawa Hideaki ,Johnny’s star. Both are very good-looking guys. They are similar especialy in their eyes and mouths.

 

 

 

.Ninomiya Kzunari, an Arashi member, and Matsuyama kenichi,a Japanese actor.  They are exactly alike but height. People who look them first would almost impossible to tell them apart  😀

Matsu-ken                                   Nino

  

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Needless to say,Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Hartnett. It seems just like father and son. Someday I want to see them as father and son in the screen.

    

    
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The Hollywood popular actress Drew Barrymore and a Japanese comedienne Naomi Matsushima. She is one of the comedy duo ” Othello” The name come from black and white stones of Othello game, Matsushima has white skin, in contrast her partner has a dark complexion. I think Matsushima more looked like Barrymore of her days when she was still less sophisticated.

Drew Barrymore            Naomi Matsushima
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From the late July to September the summer festival is held all around Japan.
Each shrine has its own festival once a year, attended by the people in the area and served by numerous stalls selling a variety of things.
People also enjoy Obon dancing, or Bon odori there.

Thus the people have a deep relationship with shrines, but the majority of Japanese have no interest in the tenets of Shinto, and the influence of the religion on the thought of the Japanese of today is small
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at a hachiman shrine in Mitaka city in the suburbs of Tokyo.

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Every shrine has a gateway called “torii” which consist of two upright pillars connected on top by two beams.
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the precincts of the shrine. many stalls along the sides of approach to main hall.

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a stall selling photos of Arashi

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see the main hall of the shrine at the back of the square

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teenage girls from abroad enjoy this event

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a girl who stares intently at the big drum for the festival.
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this is “Mikoshi”, the star of the festival , in which the spirit of a Shinto shrine god is believed to be in. During the festivals, the people wind through the town carrying the mikoshi on their shoulders.

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the people ,dressed in maching clothes called happi coat, are carrying the mikoshi ,with calling out “seiya!”or “wasshoi!”
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from SMILE by MIKU
http://ameblo.jp/full-smile/

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ARASHI is the most popular Jhonny’s idol group now in japan consisting of
5 cute guys.They are expected to succeed to SMAP who have been top-of-the-line entertainer in Japan for so long.
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Ninomiya Kazunari
He has appeard in lots of dramas and has played with Watanabe Ken in the
Hollywood war film “Letters from Iwo Jima” directed by Clint Eastwood.
He played a young japanese soldier in it and the battle was portrayed
through the soldier’s eyes.
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Matsumoto Jun
Everyone admits he is handsome.He also has appeared in many dramas
and movies so far.
Now he is playing a struggling actor in the drama ,as it called Getsu 9,
titled ”夏の恋は虹色に輝く”(A summer romance sparkles with the colors of
the rainbow)
The word “Getsu 9 ” represents a drama that is broadcasted from 9:00pm
to 10:00pm on every Monday at FujiTV.
As there usually the most popular actor or actresse of the time has
appeared in, almost all Getsu 9 dramas have been successful at getting
high popularity and ratings. So it is very honor for new young actor and actress to play a lead in the getsu 9.

By the way, Getsu 9 is 月9 in Kanji. ”月” is short for “月曜日”, a word for Monday, and ”9” is ”9:00″, the starting time of the drama.
So ”月9(Getsu9)” is ”MONDAY9″
The drama ever have been called it’s nickname “Getsu 9 ” with
expectation and praise by Japanese audience.

This is the first time that any member of Arashi plays a starring lole in the Getsu9. It is for sure an indication of moving up in their career.
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Sakurai Sho
He is famous as a well-educated Jhonny’s idol. Genrally it is still rare for
Jhonny’s idol to go up to a prestigious University. So the people would be
curious on him a bit. He performs a job of newscaster like
on the NTV‘s news program everyday at night besides his regular work as
an idol.

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Ohno Satoshi
He likes fishing and seems to be a person who want to enjoy the slow life
in nature. His optimistic easygoing attitude may be preferred by ordinary
people.
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Aiba Masaki
He mostly apperes in TBS’s variety program ”志村どうぶつ園(Shimura
Zoo) )”as a regular performer.The program shows such small cute
animals as dogs, cats,monkeys and penguins.He often has a romp with
the dog or monkey cheerfully in the program.
As a whole no Arashi member is so much greedy for everything.
They all seems to be of good will and get along very well.
I think this is one big reason why arashi has come to be such popular
in Japan though any member doesn’t look particularly have distinctive
ability or strong appeal.
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