Arashi (嵐) literally means “Storm” in Japanese. This is the name of a popular Japanese idol group consisting of five members: Satoshi Ono, Sho Sakurai, Masaki Aiba, Kazunari Ninomiya and Jun Matsumoto.
They are so popular that most of the albums they release are pretty much guaranteed to hit number one on the Japanese music charts. Let’s get to know them more!
Arashi was officially formed on September 15, 1999 in Honolulu, Hawaii. They often return to Hawaii with a series of fan tours and concerts. On November 3, 1999, they were successful in making their first debut CD. With the release, they initially signed to a Japanese company known as Pony Canyon. This is a subsidiary of Fujisankei Communications Group known for publishing music, DVD and VHS videos. They were then able to release one studio album with six singles. In 2001, they moved on to another Japanese music and film company, J. Storm Inc. This was the company that helped release their successful hits.
It was only upon the release of their single, “Love so Sweet” that the idol group rose to fame. During that time, a popular drama, Hana Yori Dango Returns, was being aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS). “Love so Sweet” was used as the opening theme song. This song helped the group become part of the top-five best-selling singles in 2007. This sparked public interest to them. Their continued success allowed them to release more albums and tour around more often.
The group gets along very well.
Apart from Arashi’s good looks, many of the fans out there, especially the girls, seem to be attracted to the group’s personalities toward each other. The endearing interaction amongst members enables many fans to see another, even more attractive side of them. Through this their team synergy is well-received and adds to their popularity amongst fans of all ages.
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