January 25th was my current favorite of Arashi Sakurai Sho-kun's birthday! Many fans of Arashi that I have met and conversed with online are considered *Jun-batited.* For me, I was Sho-baited. The first time I learned of Arashi was in late 2002 when I watched the Jdrama Kisarazu Cat's Eye. I have been listening to Arashi since then, but wasn't a fangirl. I enjoyed their music, but at that time I was really into Hard Rock and Anime. Arashi was just another one of the many artists in my iTunes. A few years ago I started getting bored of a lot of the music that was being released here in America, so I started listening to my JPop and KPop a lot more. It was then that I became a huge fan of Arashi and started turning into another one of the many fangirls across the world! To celebrate Sho-kun's birthday, I watched Kisarazu Cat's Eye: World Series (the second movie). I would like to thank Sho-kun for introducing me to Arashi. I have become influenced and inspired by the friendship you all share. As for Sho-kun, you have given me motivation to continue. With redefining what it was to be not only an Idol but a Johnny's Idol, you have not only given me the courage, but to people around the world. I will continue to support you in your dramas, news-casting (especially at the Winter Olympics!!), acting, performing, and any other ventures you decide to go on in your life. I wish you a Happy Birthday. I hope that the next year is wonderful for you and brings you many spectacular things. Thank you, and Happy Birthday Sho-kun! As a treat to all the other fangirls out there, I will share one of the magnificent scans of the January 2010 AnAn that has very revealing shots of Mr. Perfect himself! XD (credits go to jesychan @ livejournal for the scans!)
To continue along the thoughts of being an Arashi fangirl, I have a story! A couple weekends ago I kind of forced/persuaded my Mom, Sister, and Brother to watch the Arashi Around Asia Tour 2008 at the Tokyo Dome. It was absolutely amazing. Last time I watched it, it was on my computer screen, which is nice, but not as nice as on the wonderful LCD TV we have in the living room. I think my sister got bored after a little while, but my Mom actually watched it all. My mom's favorites are Riida and Nino. She loves Riida's voice and thinks Nino is cute! XD I talked to her about it after it was done. I didn't think that anyone enjoyed it and apologized to my Mom for making her watch something she wasn't really interested in. My Mom pretty much enjoyed the concert more than she thought she would, understands a lot of why I am such a fangirl, and had a lot of the songs stuck in her head for days. For like four days straight I would get text messages that were complaining about having an Arashi song stuck in her head. I find it kind of funny though. She doesn't really know the words, but she knows the melodies and the all the breaks and English words! Since watching the concert she has been asking me almost every day to give her my Arashi songs! It's kind of wonderful that I have made another fan of Arashi! I feel that I have helped the fandom grow. Oh and my Mom also likes Aiba, although she gets tired watching him because he has so much energy. I've shown her bits and pieces of TSD (Tensai Shimura Doubutsuen Variety Show) and so she got to see even more how much energy he has! XD (Picture credit goes to ll13jl @ livejournal!)
The next day, January 26th, is Hero a.k.a. Kim Jaejoong's birthday. He is my favorite from TVXQ/DBSK/Tohoshinki. I am a DBSK fangirl, but I do have to admit that Arashi is number 1 on my list. But anyway, I absolutely adore Hero's voice and lips! XD I'm still pretty new to the KPop fandoms, especially when compared to my time with Arashi, but I have to say I was hooked the first time I heard it. The first Korean band I had heard was Big Bang and it from randomly finding them on Youtube one day. I wiki'ed them and then started checking out other Korean Boy Bands. DBSK was my second. In 2007 I heard about the boy band Super Junior, through the unfortunate car accident, and checked them out. I quickly became a fan and they are my #1 Korean boy band now! But, back to Jaejoong! I would like to thank Jaejoong for bring me many wonderful fangirl squeals and moments, especially when they are shared with Bea and Sami! XD I wish that the next year for you is wonderful and the law suit gets resolved quickly
and without breaking up DBSK. I also would like to congratulate you and the rest of the boys on being the most anticipated band of 2010 in Japan! XD Happy Birthday Jaejoong! XD
To continue with Korean fandom, I will share some interesting news. I have been listening a lot to Rain/Bi again lately. I am currently obsessed with his songs "Rainism," "Love Story," and "내여자 (My Lady)" (especially the acoustic version!). Rain is just magnificent and I wish I could have seen him on tour the end of last year. I look forward to what he comes out with next and have watched Full House and A Love to Kill again to get my fix! XD As a treat, I have "내여자" in a YouTube video below! XD
So most of my blog updates are sporadic enough that I have a new chapter of Skip Beat! to rant about, but I still have to wait until February 5th. It's sad and the lack of Skip Beat! on the blog is weird and a little uncomfortable! I'll post a Skip Beat! picture though just for fun!! XD
For my last rant, I haven't really been sleeping well. I go to bed at a normal time (sometime between 10 and 11, but closer to 10 most nights) but can't go to sleep until around midnight or later. It has really started to suck. Last night I was in bed before 11, but I didn't end up falling asleep until after 3am. I'm getting really tired of not being able to sleep. I don't want to take pills though and become dependent on them. So, if anyone has any suggestions please comment and let me know! I would greatly appreciate it!
So I probably won't update again until the new Skip Beat! chapter, so I hope January ends nicely for everyone and February goes well! I can't believe we're almost done with January in 2010. How time flies!