Arashi – Sho Sakurai


Sho Sakurai (櫻井 翔, Sakurai Shō) (born January 25, 1982) is a Japanese idol, singer, rapper, actor, newscaster, host and former radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi.

Sakurai began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1995 at the age of 13. About seven years after his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, he became a newscaster in 2006, appearing in the news program News Zero every Monday. In 2008, he was appointed the official newscaster for the news coverage of the Olympic Games in Beijing on NTV. For his work as an actor, singer and newscaster, Sakurai became one of the recipients of GQ Japan’s Men of the Year award in 2009.

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Arashi – Jun Matsumoto




Jun Matsumoto (松本 潤, Matsumoto Jun) (born August 30, 1983), often called by the portmanteau nickname MatsuJun (松潤), is a Japanese idol, singer, actor and radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi and is best known to Japanese television drama audiences for his portrayal as Tsukasa Dōmyōji in the Hana Yori Dango series, in which he won GQ Japan’s Man Of The Year Award under the singer/actor category for his work in the drama.

Matsumoto began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 12. Prior to his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, Matsumoto started an acting career when he was cast as Teddy Duchamp for the stage play Stand by Me, which was based on the film of the same name. Since then, he has went on to appear in numerous dramas and movies, receiving a number of awards and nominations for his roles.

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Jangan Benci Vuvuzela


Ini Piala Dunia pertama yang pertandingannya konstan diiringi suara lebah. Jutaan lebah. Mirip lalat juga. Bukan karena stadion letaknya dengan tempat pembuangan akhir sampah di Afrika Selatan, tapi bunyi dengung itu berasal dari vuvuzela, semacam terompet khas sana. Bahannya dari plastik.

Bunyinya sih tak beda jauh dari terompet yang biasa dipakai pendukung The Jak di sini. Tapi, ketika berbunyi berbarengan sestadion, suaranya luar biasa bising.

Nah, jadilah vuvuzela kontroversial. Ada yang bilang vuvuzela bisa merusak pendengaran, karena bunyi bising konstan menderu gendang telinga. Ada juga yang khawatir tak bisa mendengar pengumuman bila, amit-amit, stadion harus dievakuasi. Ruth MecNerney, dokter asal Inggris, kepada AP mengatakan vuvuzela berpotensi menyebarkan virus demam dan flu, “Mengingat banyaknya udara yang ditiupkan lewat vuvuzela,” kata dia.

Kebisingan vuvuzela juga bisa mengganggu pemain. Pelatih harus berteriak lebih keras ke anak-anak yang tengah merumput di lapangan. Tim Denmark misalnya, jadi tak bisa berkomunikasi. “Kami harus menggunakan kontak mata,” kata kiper Thomas Sorensen.

Kata Sorensen, apa pun yang ia teriakkan kepada para bek tak bisa terdengar. Bermain untuk Stoke City di Inggris, ia sudah terbiasa dengan kebisingan chant para pendukung. Tapi vuvuzela, wah beda lagi. Ah, mungkin itu sebabnya dua kali bola nyelonong ke gawangnya saat melawan Belanda.

Andres Iniesta menjajal vuvuzela.

Tapi, keinginan sejumlah pihak untuk menyingkirkan bahkan melenyapkan vuvuzela dari ritual Piala Dunia, setidaknya di Afrika Selatan, segera pupus. Dengan alasan vuvuzela adalah ikon sepakbola setempat, maka Presiden FIFA Sepp Blatter pun menegaskan menolak permintaan melarang vuvuzela.

Di sebuah wawancara, pemain tengah Spanyol Andres Iniesta diminta mencoba vuvuzela. Ragu-ragu, ia mencoba. Sudah siap ia mengumandangkan bunyi membahana kepada pemirsa televisi yang menanti-nanti dengan cemas (mungkin). Tapi hasilnya, bah, bunyi ‘ngok’ pun tak keluar.

Iniesta menyerah! Ia memulangkan si vuvuzela ke tangan pembawa acara, yang dengan mudah membunyikan vuvuzela. Sebagai seorang atlet dengan determinasi tinggi, Iniesta tentu mencoba untuk kedua kalinya. Pfhuuuuuttt!!! Lagi-lagi ia gagal.

Vuvuzela vs Iniesta? 2-0!

Foto:  Para pendukung meniup vuvuzela di pantai Durban, pada hari pertama gelaran Piala Dunia 2010. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
From : Jangan Benci Vuvuzela, Yahoo Indonesia – Sport oleh Dodi Ibnu Rusydi

Arashi – Kazunari Ninomiya


Kazunari Ninomiya (二宮 和也 Ninomiya Kazunari) (born June 17, 1983), often called Nino (ニノ), is a Japanese idol, singer, songwriter, actor, seiyū and radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi and is best known to movie audiences for his portrayal as Private Saigo in the 2006 Clint Eastwood war film Letters from Iwo Jima.

Ninomiya began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 13. Prior to his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, Ninomiya started an acting career when he was cast as Chris for the stage play Stand by Me, which was based on the film of the same name. Since then, he has went on to appear in numerous drama, movie and stage productions, making him known as the actor of Arashi. Described as an actor who can act with his mouth and eyes, Ninomiya has won a number of awards and nominations for his roles.

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Arashi – Masaki Aiba


Masaki Aiba (相葉 雅紀 Aiba Masaki) (born December 24, 1982) is a Japanese idol, singer, actor, television personality and radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi.

Aiba began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 13. Prior to his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, Aiba started an acting career when he was cast as the lead role of Gordie for the stage play Stand by Me, which was based on the film of the same name. About five years after his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, he became one of the co-hosts of the variety show Tensai Shimura Dōbutsuen (天才!志村どうぶつ園 Genius! Shimura Zoo) in 2004, making him the first member of Arashi to regularly participate in a variety show not primarily hosted by Arashi.

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Arashi – Satoshi Ohno


Satoshi Ohno (大野 智 Ōno Satoshi) (born November 26, 1980) is a Japanese idol, singer, actor, artist and radio host. He is the lead vocalist and leader of Japanese boy band Arashi, hence his nickname Leader (リーダー Riidaa).

Born in Mitaka, Tokyo, Ohno began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1994 at the age of 13. Ohno started an acting career in 1997 when he was cast to be part of the stage play Kyo to Kyo. In 2008, almost nine years since his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, Ohno became the first and the only artist from Johnny’s to hold and opened his own an art exhibit titled “Freestyle” and received his first starring role in a drama, for which he earned a handful of Best Actor awards.

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