Johnny’s Talk: Why do I love Johnny’s?

Recently, I have been asked by some readers how and why I became interested in Johnny’s and I decided to write down some of my thoughts.

Tegomass no Mahou - Kobe, December 2011

Tegomass no Mahou – Kobe, December 2011

Starting in December, I have reached the point in my life where I am transitioning from school to a full time job and it isn’t the easiest transition. During this transition though, I have been really taking the time to think about why I love the things that I do and prioritizing my time accordingly. As most of you know, Johnny’s is something that I have loved since I was in my first year of University and I have just grown to love it even more over the years and since I have moved to Japan. Why do I love Johnny’s so much? Why do I dedicate so much time to something seemingly just taking my money? I will be explaining some reasons why I love Johnny’s in this post.

Johnny’s makes me smile. Plain and simple as that. Every time I listen to Johnny’s music (which is everyday) I smile. It gives me energy to start my day and calms me down when I am having a bad day. It’s just me and the music at that time. I also have many memories connected to the music and when a particular song comes on; memories of that time in my life flood back and make me smile. Now this can be true of almost any music, but Johnny’s is the music that I have relate the most to.

It’s not just the music that makes me smile, but seeing the boys that I support on TV, doing various projects, working their hardest and seeing them do amazing things makes me happy too. It makes me want to strive and work harder because I see them doing their best in a cut-throat environment and they still smile through it all, but at the same time are close to the fans. They aren’t perfect and can show their more vulnerable side and we know they are human.

Johnny’s gives me someone to support and grow with. After many years of loving Johnny’s, I have settled into whom in the agency I like the most and support the most. For me, that is mostly NEWS, with some other groups that I go and support; mostly the “You and J” groups, which consists of Kanjani8, NEWS, and KAT-TUN. Most of my favorite Johnny’s are not much older than me, normally between 25 and just over 30 years old. Throughout the years, I feel like I have grown with them and seen them accomplish more and more as we all grew towards our dreams. I know it sounds cheezy, but these boys (or I should say men) do amazing things and it makes me want to do amazing things as well. When I see their concerts and performances I am blown away by the quality and the hard work that is put into it. They might not be the most talented people in the entire industry, but you can tell that they work hard, and that is what matters to me. They don’t grow and fit one mold of Johnny’s; they all break off and do what they love to do. Take my favorite group NEWS for example: Koyama is a newscaster, and is an anchor for the news program News Every. Tegoshi loves soccer and is doing work directly related to it, even becoming a main caster for the FIFA World Cup in 2014. Massu loves fashion and now has his own column in a fashion magazine and designs the NEWS tour costumes. Shige wasn’t amazing at literature when he was younger, but he has already written 3 novels and many short stories and is Johnny’s first novel author. Once again, seeing them do amazing things makes me want to do amazing things as well and push myself harder. The best part is that there is a group for everyone to enjoy and there is such a variety of talent in Johnny’s.

Johnny’s lets me be a part of a fandom of amazing fans and being a part of something bigger than just me. Fandom is an amazing thing. I wouldn’t be the person today if it wasn’t for the people that I met through the Johnny’s fandom. Some of my closest friends I have made through this fandom and the experiences of traveling and meeting people from all around the world, are priceless. Fandom isn’t perfect by any means, but it is a mesh pot of amazing people from all around the world coming together that love the same thing. This isn’t just on the internet, but when I go to concerts and I look at the crowd waving their penlights in unison in support of that group, it moves me and I realize I am not alone in what I love. Concerts are one of my greatest joys to attend because I get to interact with fellow fans and I get to see the Johnny’s that I support in person and show my support, even if only I am 1 in thousands.

Tegomassu no Seishun - Fukuoka

Tegomassu no Seishun – Fukuoka, April 2014

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Kanjani8  Jyuusai – Osaka,  August 2014

Last, but not least, Johnny’s gave me a dream. Anime and Manga started me off on my love for Japan, but it wasn’t real to me after a while. When I found Johnny’s, I found a whole new culture and it opened the world to me. I never thought I would want to live in Japan before I entered University, but when I found Johnny’s I wanted to understand what they said, and I wanted to learn more about the Japanese culture. I dived head first into learning Japanese and studied business, and I eventually moved to Japan, then I wrote my business graduate school thesis on the business of Johnny’s. They gave me the motivation to move overseas, away from my family, to open my mind and push myself out of my comfort zone. I realized recently that the thing that I love the most is making people happy and giving them hope in a world that doesn’t do that well. Johnny’s does that for me and lets me find that about myself. From here on out I will be searching for exactly how I want to do it, but I know entertainment and Johnny’s is something that does that for me, along with Japanese Fashion and Music in general. I want to harness what Johnny’s does and let people understand that Johnny’s is more than just pretty boys dancing and singing.

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I hope you all enjoyed this insight into some of my thoughts recently! Why do you like Johnny’s? What makes you happy? Have you found your dream and what is it? Please comment below to let me what you think!

9 thoughts on “Johnny’s Talk: Why do I love Johnny’s?

    • nihonchique says:

      Thank you for your comment! People laugh at me too, even Japanese people, but I just smile and show my passion for it anyway. Johnny’s has helped me get through hard times as well and I think that’s all that matters!

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  1. vanessa says:

    I think the only people who can totally (meaning no prejudice, weird impressions or whatnots) understand our love for the boys will only be our co-fangirls as well. After all, what are the chances that a person who has no idea of what Johnny’s entertainment is could totally grasp the wonders of boys dancing to pop tunes in glittery and feathery costumes at first glance, ne? I have also been a Johnny’s fangirl for quite sometime, but in those 10 years or so I can only count with my fingers the people i have met personally in my country who are into the fandom. Luckily my closest friends and I do dig the same things. And i couldn’t agree more when u said that these boys inspire us in ways that only they can do. I could go on forever as to how and why being a JE fangirl is such a wonderful experience but it would probably warrant a separate blog entry on mine. Lol. Btw i just stumbled upon your blog while doing some random research on a few JE members, and i enjoyed reading it. Let me also say I am amazed as to how brave u were deciding to totally shift the course of ur life and move there which was inspired of the fandom. I wish I could muster that courage too, but alas just moved to a diff timezone as well, but who knows right? Somehow you inspired me to dream again of moving to my dream country. Good luck on your Nippon adventures and here’s to more happy fangirl years for us! 🙂

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    • nihonchique says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! Somehow it got caught up in the spam filter, so I just managed to find it now!
      Thank you for reading my blog. I am glad that I have inspired you somehow with my story and you can relate! Japan isn’t for everyone, but it’s at least worth the try to come and try it for yourself. Good luck! ^_^

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  2. Lucki13ear says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts about why you like Johnny’s. My friends ask me the same questions too about why I like NEWS. For me, I love the group not because that they are handsome. I did not know what they even looked like when I first heard their music.

    When I first heard Sakura girl, I thought it was just a happy song about love. But when I read the translated lyrics, it was actually a sad song. I could relate to that. I also watch videos of NEWS and even though they experience hardship, they see the positive side of things and move forward. It encourages me to stay positive and work hard towards my goals despite the obstacles I encounter. I like them because they work really hard in such a cut throat business and they smile and move forward. They really are strong people and I admire them. Even though they are idols, they break from the mold and still pursue their hobbies.

    I also agree with you that Johnny’s gives me a group to support and to grow with. They don’t make many TV appearance but when they do, they do not fail to make me smile.

    Also, my friend is a huge Arashi fan and I went to the concert with her in Hawaii. I find it amazing to talk with other people who share the same interest and love with you. Meeting fans from different parts of the world and talking with them is so fun. It is an awarding experience. I agree that not all fans are perfect but there are lots of amazing people and I learn so much from them. I really look forward to NEWS concert this year. Trying to convince my friend to go with me and I hope to meet some NEWS fans and have fun. Working on my Japanese so that one day I hold a conversation in Japanese and read Shige’s book!!

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  3. Maggie says:

    Do you like Arashi? If so, who is your favorite member? I like Ohno-kun ^^ I also like Yuya Tegoshi from news. They both have a great voice 🙂

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  4. rd781 says:

    Hello, Lauren-san. I’m a newbie in Johnny’s fandom. Matsumoto Jun was my first love in my high school years. But lately, I can say that I’m an Eighter. I love Eito’ music, band performance and comedy skit. They get along so well. I love their Kansai-ben. I like Eito’s image as they sang in ‘Takoyaki in My Heart’.
    I’m sorry for being late to find your blog. Your posts about Johnny’s enlighten me. Thank you.

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    • nihonchique says:

      Hi there!! Its nice to meet you. Thank you so much for you comment! I love Takoyaki too. Welcome to the Johnnys fandom and I hope that my posts help you out someway. Feel free to ask me anything! ^_^

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