Thank you for 2 years of precious memories

Today marks 2 years since Arashi announced their decision for the hiatus.
I've already talked about my feelings about the hiatus on a previous post, so I thought I'd just talk about special moments in the 2 years since then.
I've been meaning to write about them for a while now.. time really does go too fast.

On this day, Arashi turned 20. A few days prior we were surprised by Arashi's sudden Youtube clip, saying that "something was going to happen" on 11.3, and to tune in Youtube Live that day.
I think that much of the fandom were slightly anxious about the fact that this was another press conference, given the previous one was about the hiatus. However, Arashi looked joyful in the video so I thought this was pretty unlikely.

Youtube press conference
A few hours before the press conference, we got an fc video message from Arashi, telling us about the press conference.
It was unreal seeing Arashi on a social media platform, on Youtube Live! And knowing that everyone around the whole world could watch this Live streaming. When Arashi appeared they even gave their greetings in English. The press conference lasted around 30 minutes, where Arashi delivered an incredible amount of information!
- the opening of their social media on 6 platforms in order to be closer with their fans
- announcement of Arafes2020 at the new Kokuritsu stadium on May 15th and 16th
- Beijing concert next year
- Jetstorm across 4 countries from 9th November
- 5x20 tour final live viewing to be broadcasted across 520 cinema screens in Japan
- all 64 A-side songs released digitally
- release of new single Turning Up that evening, and that Arashi will participate in the chat prior to the single premiere

I think my mouth was open the whole time I watched this. Everything about it was unbelievable.
There were so many things to look forward to, starting today, in the very close future, and through to next year as well. And the fact that we were able to hear Arashi saying this live to everyone in the world - this was an incredible experience for an international fan. I replayed it several times to make sure I got he information correctly.
After the press conference, Arashi posted on the fc page again and summarised the key information and events of the press conference.
It certainly gave the feeling that "something new is starting to happen" or like "a new storm is starting to stir".
Everything was so so exciting!

Of course after that, I liked Arashi on their SNS accounts and even made SNS accounts that I never used just so I could follow them. Their first post was Arashi holding up a sign which said "Hello" in every language.
I was glad to see that my mothertongue language was also included (as well as English of course).

Arashi first Instalive
Around dinner time, Arashi surprised us by streaming their first Instalive! This was totally unexpected and unannounced!
I was lucky that I was on my computer when I saw someone post that Arashi was doing an Instalive. Almost not believing this was true, I turned on Instagram anyway and was met by all 5 of them sitting at a table with party food decorated with balloons at the back showing "20". I think I entered pretty early, while they were still being surprised about the number of people joining even though they hadn't announced anything.
I can't remember in detail what Arashi talked about, but they answered questions in real time that were posted by fans through Instagram. They asked whether we've listened to Turning Up, and about the MV premiere that was to come. They talked about the things they had announced earlier that day. One clever fan asked them to pose for a screenshot - this was definitely a new experience too! We watched them eat pizza and just have fun with us in a relaxed way. The Instalive lasted almost an hour! I was so surprised that we could spend time LIVE with Arashi like this. 

Turning Up MV Premiere
After Instalive, there was a short break before the Turning Up MV premiere. About 10 minutes before the premiere, Arashi members all joined the Youtube chat. There were so so so many people there. Everyone's messages flew by like a flash! I also added my messages too. Arashi's messages were visible because it remained at the top. The members were all really surprised too - I think Ohno wrote "so fast..."
Then the MV started. Because there were so many people, the streaming was very choppy for me, but it was so fun just knowing that Arashi and so many other people are watching this at the same time. I watched it again after the premiere finished. I loved the MV of Turning Up! It was so beautifully done and held so much excitement and happiness. Arashi were so bright!

And that was how Arashi's 20th debut anniversary day turned out. It was exhilarating! From the press conference in the morning, right through the premiere of Turning Up in the evening. Everything was filled with so much information and energy. It definitely felt that something new was about to start. That the storm that is Arashi has begun to stir again after 20 years, starting to spread it's wings across the whole world.
And most of all, I felt like I was able to spend the whole day with Arashi. I felt so close to Arashi. The feeling of spending a whole day with Arashi, that we were connected in real time and seeing and experiencing the same things together despite being physically far away, was an experience I have never experienced. It was not something I had ever imagined. This day was so precious and so memorable to me. It was so precious to almost the level of attending a live concert. I will never forget it!

Arashi's performance for the Coronation of the new Emperor
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    Kansha Kangeki Ame Arashi

Happy 39th birthday Sho-kun!! (+Subs)

Happy 39th birthday Sho-kun!! <3

Birthday message

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For Sho-kun's birthday, I'm sharing 2 things that I've been working on.
The first is the performance of Johnny's happy live with you (first round). I've been working on this for a while with the help of @clairdwinter who helped me with the timing and karaoke (thank you!!). It took a really long time! I hope you enjoy it! While Arashi originally intended to sing it to encourage the new adults who were starting out on their new journey last year, I think that the lyrics really fit Arashi now. Although it is sad to see them go, I want to send them off with a smile as they start out on their new journey. We will always be waiting here for the day they return.

Link here Happy Live with You

The second thing I subbed was a clip form 24 hour TV when Arashi hosted it in 2019. Sho only appeared in a small part of this clip, for the most part he was doing the narration.
The story is about a young boy who needed a bone marrow transplant, and really looked up to a baseball player. Sho had visited him in 2008 and was now reporting on what he is doing now, 11 years down the track.
It is a really heartwarming story :') Sho's voice throughout it was very warm, and you can see Arashi members in the little panel at the bottom too (at one point MJ also wiped away tears :') )

Link 24 hour TV clip here

On another note, 2021 has just started and it may be harder for some people than others, but I'm sure we're all finding our own ways to deal with it.
Personally I'm still unsure how much of it has really hit me. It's sad not seeing their updates anymore, but I'm still watching old clips every day so I feel like they're still beside me.
By the way, the fc video clip was so lovely! I'm so glad we could see the members (except Ohno ... :'(  in the new year. Even if it's only now and again, just a small clip here and there to know that they're happy and healthy is all I need right now.

Take care everyone!!
Enjoy the clips and hope you all had a great time celebrating Sho-kun's birthday today!!

Mariposa xox

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Happy 37th birthday Matsujun!

Today it is Matsujun's birthday!! Happy 37th birthday!!
It's amazing how another year has gone by so fast! Wishing you the happiest birthday and an amazing year ahead!
I hope you were able to spend an enjoyable day today (even while going to work with Aiba-chan <3). I hope Arashi buy you those pieces of furniture you were looking for >_<
I hope you were able to celebrate your birthday with the important people around you, and eat lots of birthday cake! ^_^
Thanks for reading our messages on SNS and mentioning it in your Enjoy post, I'm glad that our feelings reached him. <3

I want to say thank you to you for always thinking of and caring about Arashi and your fans more than anything else. Thank you for those sleepless nights you spend planning concerts so that everyone can enjoy and have a fun time. With all the thoughts and efforts you put in, it must have been devastating to see your plans disappear one by one. To you who are always so hard on yourself, you must have felt it more than anyone else.
Thank you for continuing to do your best even when you were down. Thank you for always thinking about the things that only you can do. Although it has not been possible to meet directly, I have felt more connected than ever. Your feelings were definitely conveyed.

From your warm messages to the frontliners, to Waku waku gakkou, Johnny's happy live with you, full concerts available online, storybook reading, and regular SNS updates... through this difficult time, I have been able to find an oacis in Arashi. They have become my strength to see everything through. I'm glad that I have Arashi around at a time like this.

Thank you for everything you do for us.
I will always be wishing for your happiness and good health. I will always support your dream, and wish for the day your dreams come true.
I believe that one day Arashi will stand in Kokuritsu again, and Arafes 2020 will draw its curtains finally.

Please keep smiling. :')

Happy birthday!~ <3

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Subbed: music station 2019_02_01

Hi everyone!
How are you doing?

Today I'm sharing the music station talk + performance from a year ago. It was their first performance after the hiatus announcement. I finally learnt how to add new fonts in and do karaoke effects - thank you to the people who helped!
I still remember how strongly they sang that day, and how was it possible for so much feeling to be conveyed through a TV screen :')
Also big thanks to the fans who cheered so loudly that day - if anything could make Arashi feel happy that day, that would be it!
Let's watch and reminisce together!

Link here

I'm planning to keep this link public so that new fans out there can have a listen to Arashi's music too. If you have any favourite performances that you would like subbed, let me know and I'll try to if I can!
Please don't sell/reupload/share of streaming sites/link to official accounts etc. I just want us to be able to have fun and share Arashi's love together.

To everyone who participated in WWG online 2020 today, it was so fun right??
I'm so happy that I've finally been able to attend a WWG!! When I heard that last year was the last time, I was so sad and I thought I'd never get a chance to go... I kept thinking I should have tried harder in 2017 when I had a better chance. I'm so happy that they decided to reopen WWG this year.
If you haven't seen it, you can still purchase tickets! :D
For fc members, sales will start again after 5pm JST, and you can watch Nino's lesson whenever and as many times as you like.
If not a fc member, you can still buy tickets from Johnny's net from 6th May, for the general screening on 8th May.

(There's even homework as well... arrgghh. Are you guys actually thinking of doing it? I want to but I'm too shy to record myself >_<)

P.s. Not too long ago I also subbed WWG 2011 (the first one), if you're interested, check it out too!
Keep safe everyone!

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    Kansha Kangeki Ame Arashi

Concert report Arashi Anniversary Tour 5x20 ~ 2019.11.16

5x20 Sapporo Dome 2019.11.16 – Concert Report

Here is my concert report for last year's concert in Sapporo Dome 2019.11.16. I have (finally) finished it! I really wanted to finish it before the 5x20 DVD comes out. It's more for myself as a way of engraving this beautiful experience into my memory. I really wish I had photographic memory when it comes to things like this... I also translated the MC and speeches, so check it out if you're interested! :D

Before the concert
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The concert
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Second half

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After the concert
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Love, Mariposa xox
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Subbed: Arashi WWG 2011


For those who don't want to read you can skip this...
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Today I'm sharing the longest thing that I have ever subbed!! It took me forever!! (like 6 months or so). I started last year after I heard that Arashi was holding their last WWG :'( and I realised that I will never be able to go to a WWG. They happened to record their first ever WWG in 2011 which was included in their Beautiful World concert DVD.
I have been meaning to release this for a while, but the proof reading and timing and typesetting of something 2 hours long took forever so I couldn't make it on time for any member's birthdays. Anyway, I'm releasing it today on 3/11 which is a fitting time given that WWG was initially started as Arashi were not able to hold a concert after the 2011 Earthquake in Japan, so they decided to open WWG instead and raise money for the disaster areas. And every year after that, it's remained a charity event to raise money. Last year, Aiba-chan donated the money raised to the flood in Chiba, several years before that they donated to the Kumamoto Earthquake.
If you also didn't get a chance to se WWG like me, I hope you will enjoy this!! It was a very thoughtful gesture from Arashi, and goes to show that a kind thought really does go a long way.

I hope you enjoy it!!!! :D

P.s. apologies for the rambling, and also if some of the translations are wrong as I'm still learning.
Feel free to point out any mistakes and as always comments are very welcome!! :D

Hardsub mega
Hardsub MF
Softsub - syncs with raw at Arashigoodies (thanks!)
(I personally recommend the softsub as it is clearer than the hardsub)
After 2 weeks or so I will friend lock the hardsub link as I don't want to get in trouble with Johnny's .. >.<

On another note, the video does have a glitch in the middle of Aiba's lesson so if any one has another raw version they are willing to share I would be very thankful!
Also, if anyone knows where I can get better fonts for subbing please let me know! I really like those pretty fonts that some people use for karaoke effects, but I don't know where to get them.

Anyyyywayy ... enjoy! :D

Mariposa xox

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Happy 38th birthday Sho-chan!!

Happy 38th birthday Sho-chan!

Time really flies since I first knew you guys!! I can't believe you are now 38! :O
I wish you the happiest birthday, filled with many things that you love! I hope Arashi are celebrating with you today!

(.. although a bit sad that we didn't get the ShoxJun birthday selfie.. :P)
It looked like you had lots and lots of cakes to eat from all the staff!! ^_^

Thank you for all your hard work in the last year or so especially after that announcement. To me, Sho-kun was extremely cool during that time, and has been so strong, encouraging and caring throughout all of it. Not just to the fans, but I'm sure towards the rest of the members as well, you were someone they could really rely on.

From the press conference, to the open discussion on News Zero the following day, to the monthly Otonoha blogs, thank you for your detailed, honest and practical, yet hopeful messages. Thank you for persisting throughout the whole year to convey your message to us.

"To you who will definitely read this"

When I read the last Otonoha last year, this line got me. It made me realise that this whole year, you've really spent all that time, every month, conveying your thoughts and trying to help us understand Arashi's decision. For many people, me included, it's not been so easy. Thank you for believing in us. Although you're my second favourite in Arashi, I'm glad that I'm your fan.

I hope this year will be a wonderful one for you, and I wish you all the happiness and good fortune, and for your dreams to continue to come true. I will always be following you and Arashi wherever you go.

I hope that we can meet again this year, and continue to share the same dream. ^_^

翔くんお誕生日おめでとうございます! 最高の誕生日になりますように。 この一年間、翔くんの言葉がすごく励ましてくれました。本当にありがとうございます!これからもずっと応援して、ついていこうと思うので宜しくお願いします!

Mariposa xox


P.S. I've been working on something for about half a year now.. I meant to release it for Jun-kun's birthday, then Arashi's anniversary, Ohno's birthday, Aiba's birthday but it's taken me so long. It will be released soon I promise >_<! Hopefully when I have some time tomorrow or the next day ~ look forward to it!!

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Happy 5x20!! Subbed: PV 5x20

Happy 5x20!!!!!!

Happy 20th anniversary to Arashi!!!
I hope everyone had an great day celebrating Arashi's 20th anniversary!! It really has been 20 years :') What an amazing 20 years!
I'm so thankful I was able to cross paths with them in this whole wide world.
Thank you for the countless dreams you've shown us. I'm glad I met you and I'm glad to be an Arashi fan! <3

I know this song has been subbed before many times, but since I've already worked on it, I thought I'd release in anyway.
If you don't mind having many copies, please check it out!

Softsub (I think the softsub quality is better)

I also made a fanvid a while back, when I got a live audio of the 5x20 song. It contains clips from 5x20 from the news and also some pictures too from the first round of concerts.
It contains some of my memories of 5x20 last year too. Feel free to check it out!


By the way, if anyone can recommend where you can get pretty fonts for subtitles I would really appreciate that!! I wanted to make the video more pretty, but didn't have much fonts to choose from. I want a cute font that moves with the karaoke, and with sparkles around them >_< Please let me know and I'll try and touch the video up to make it better. Thanks!!
Hope you enjoy it!!!

Mariposa xox

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Happy 36th birthday Jun-kun! <3

Happy 36th birthday dear Jun-kun!!!
When I first met Jun-kun, it was through Hana Yori Dango. I thought the character was cute, and was surprised to find the actor's personality was pretty cute and similar to Domyouji too.
I then went to watch other Matsujun dramas, and was gradually pulled into Arashi.
At that time, Jun-kun was 32 years old. I vaguely remembered that Japonism concert was happening at the time. When the next year came 99.9 was aired.  I remember waiting for the double A side single of I seek/Daylight to be released.
When I think about how 4 years have gone by since I first became a fan, it went by like a flash. But when I think about how Jun-kun is now 36 years old, I feel like a long time has gone by...

Chibi Jun-kun with the most intense eyebrows a baby could have.
Cool and rebellious high-school aged Jun-kun
Jun-kun who couldn't hold his tears on 24 hour tv
Jun-kun who stays up all night to prepare for concerts
Jun-kun whose smile and eyes are the happiest during concerts.

I wish that you have an amazing and memorable birthday, and that this is the best concert for you! I hope you get lots of celebrations and surprises. I wonder what Arashi will buy for you this year (a house?? >_<).
I wish that you will always be happy and healthy, and that your dreams continue to come true. I wish that the scenery you want to see will continue into the future. I hope that at that time, you'll want to share it with us too.I wish that you will always continue to shine.
I believe in Arashi and Matsujun, and will always continue to support you.

For all your hard work and dedication, for showing us the strength of dreams, and your warmth and humility, 

Thank you and Happy Birthday!