27 Facts About Arashi


In 2010, all six of Arashi's singles ranked within the top ten of the Oricon singles yearly chart, and their million-selling studio album Boku no Miteiru Fukei was named the best-selling album of the year in Japan.

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Since then, Arashi has continued to release chart-topping singles and albums, perform in sold-out concert tours, host a number of variety shows, and remain an influential figure in Japanese media.

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Arashi began 2002 by releasing their first single under J Storm.

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Sakurai, who is the designated rapper of Arashi, has since written all the incorporated rap lyrics of the group's releases.

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Arashi attended the 60th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve, making it not only the group's first time performing on the show but the first time in twenty-one years another group from Johnny's other than SMAP and Tokio, the two traditional participants, performed at Kohaku.

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On January 5, it was announced that Arashi would provide the song "Yurase, Ima o" as the theme song for the 2010 Winter Olympics news coverage on NTV.

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Arashi provided the theme song "Dear Snow" for the live-action movie adaptation of the award-winning Ooku: The Inner Chambers manga starring Ninomiya and Kou Shibasaki.

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In December 2011, it was announced that Arashi topped four categories in the 2011 Oricon yearly rankings.

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Later in March, Arashi revealed their second single for 2012 and 38th in total, "Face Down".

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Arashi hosted the 63rd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve for their third consecutive year with actress Maki Horikita.

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Arashi hosted the 64th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve for their 4th consecutive year with actress Haruka Ayase.

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Still to celebrate their anniversary, all five members of Arashi starred in a spin-off movie of the Pikanchi series, 10 years after the previous release.

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Arashi released their thirteenth studio album, The Digitalian, in October 2014.

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Arashi hosted the 65th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve for their fifth consecutive year with actress Yuriko Yoshitaka.

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Arashi released their first single of 2017, "I'll Be There", on April 19, which served as the theme song for the drama Kizoku Tantei starring Masaki Aiba.

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In November 2018, Arashi began their 20th Anniversary tour, the Arashi Anniversary Tour 5x20.

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Apart from Ohno who wishes to be absent from public appearances, the remaining Arashi members are continuing activities but as individuals, whether through variety shows, acting or on YouTube.

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Since 2001, Arashi has hosted their own variety shows, starting with Mayonaka no Arashi on NTV.

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Since 2008, Arashi has been appearing in au by KDDI's exclusive mobile phone commercials.

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In 2010, Arashi began to endorse for Nintendo by appearing in all of the Wii Party commercials to promote the game.

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Arashi appeared in commercials, which aired in East Asia, to encourage people from overseas to visit Japan.

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In December 2019, Arashi was appointed goodwill ambassador to China, to help promote cultural and sports exchanges with them, before the Olympics, from January 2020 until the end of the year.

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In 2008, Arashi was the main personality supporters for the telethon.

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In 2012, Arashi was chosen to host the annual telethon, making it their third time being appointed as the main personality for the program.

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In 2013, Arashi was chosen as the main personalities of the telethon, making them the first to take this role for two consecutive years and their fourth overall.

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In 2009, Oricon declared Arashi the best-selling artist of the year and awarded them the "Artist Top Sales" award with 14.

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In 2010, Arashi became Japan's top-selling artist for the second year in a row, with more than 17.

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