It’s finally happened. We all knew that Arashi couldn’t last forever. They’re getting close to their forties, but they all seem so eternally young, like we were forever watching our dear, goofy, older brothers- And now they will be going on hiatus.
I found out by accident. I was scrolling through my LJ friends page and came across a bunch of posts expressing dismay and sorrow and then the phrase ‘hiatus’.
I think I went a bit blank. Then I watched the fan-club message. Then I watched the press conference, which made me choke up a bit. Then I watched Sho, on Zero, and it made me cry. The idea of Arashi just simply stopping in 2021 for an undetermined amount of time is sinking in. It was Sho’s firmness that got me. There was no arrogance in his answers to all the endless questions, but a firm resolve and what feels like a very deep understanding of the responsibility of their position in Japanese culture.
And I think it’s interesting how many fans have started to mourn, as though we’re not just losing a favourite group, but we’re losing a close relative. I can’t speak for Japanese fans, or the nuances of their reactions, but in the English-speaking fan community, people are grieving. Continue reading “Coming out of Hiatus to Talk about a Hiatus”