After participating in the Marching J event we saw that there were many newspapers with articles about the first day. So, on Saturday after the event we checked the local combinis to see if there were any left and I was able to buy three different newspapers that had the event on the front page. The articles included messages from all our boys so I decided to translate them and post for everyone :D
Also, since we couldn't actually hear what half the people were saying during the opening ceremony it was nice to be able to read a little bit of each speech, hehe.
Anyway, I've got three newspapers and translated the articles from two of them, and just the messages from the last one (since the article part is pretty much all saying the same stuff anyway).
A total of 115 Johnny’s members say “Let’s do our best”
It’s Macchy! It’s Arashi! 100,000 fans donate!
TOKIO, Kinki, Tackey&Tsubasa, NEWS, KAT-TUN in Yoyogi!
SMAP to appear today!
On April 1st, the giant talent agency Johnny’s Jimusho held a charity event to support those effected by the Great Earthquake of Eastern Japan. The event was held in Tokyo, in the courtyard in front of the entrance to the Yoyogi 1st Gymnasium. A total of 115 popular idols including Kondo Masahiko (46), TOKIO, Arashi and NEWS participated, while 101,000 people rushed to the event. “I don’t want March 11th (the day of the earthquake) to be remembered only as a tragic day. I hope we can do our best to continue sending a message of hope to those in the Tohoku area” said Macchy as he revealed plans to continue conducting charity events each month.
(NEWS’s Yamashita Tomohisa (25) “I believe that even a very small action will be able to influence others. I want to accept all of your warm feelings and send them to the people of the Tohoku region”)
(TOKIO’s Nagase Tomoya (32) “Seeing all of the many fans who have gathered here today I feel full of happiness and encouragement. I am sure that there are many people who have seen the images of the devastated areas and are feeling helpless to do anything. I am one of those people. Now is the time that we need to come together in order to move forward and help rebuild.”)
A huge line stretching to Harajuku station:
“Thank you! Thank you so much!” “Now is the time to make our feelings one!!”
Popular members of Johnny’s Jimusho, such as Arashi’s Sakurai Sho (29), Tackey&Tsubasa’s Takizawa Hideaki (29), and NEWS’s Yamashita Tomohisa (25), lined up together to call out words of thanks to each and every person.
Not only female fans, but also young men, and whole families, a wide range of fans showed up, forming a line which snaked back and forth and stretched over 250 meters to Harajuku Station. The support from fans could easily be seen in this huge surge of people.
Over the course of three days, over 100 Johnny’s stars will work together to collect donations in this disaster aid project called “Marching J”. Macchy, the oldest member of Johnny’s, explained that the name has two meanings, “That we will never forget March 11th, and that we will continue to “march” forward for the future.”
Sakurai expressed his deep feelings that went into this project, saying “After March 11th, I tried to think of what I could do. What each of us can do on our own is very small, but I hope that our feelings will be able to reach those in the devastated areas.”
On the first day, 55 talents, including Arashi, plus 60 Johnny’s Junior members gathered. From today, SMAP, who have already donated more than 400 million yen and 84 other Johnny’s members, plus 108 Juniors are expected to appear. This is the first time in the history of the agency, which was established in 1962, that such a huge event has been carried out.
As “leader”, Macchy was the first to put his donation into the boxes. “It’s not as though I brought them all along, their feeling of wanting to come was much stronger” he said proudly of all his junior members, and as expected of a father of one he announced that he hoped this event would help bring smiles back to the faces of all the children in the devastated areas.
The event was held outside the entrance to the Yoyogi 1st Gymnasium, a Johnny’s “Mecca” where many concerts have been held. From 4:30 in the morning, even before the sun rose, over 3,000 people were lined up, and by the time the gates closed at 5:25pm 101,000 people had gathered. The 50 donation boxes which had been prepared for the event were all filled to the brim.
A fan from Sendai:
Hayasaka Haruka-san (18), a first year university student from Wakabayashi-ku, in Sendai, which was devastated by the tsunami raised her hand to say “I came from Sendai”. To which Tackey replied with an encouraging “Ganbatte!!”
“I was really happy. There are many fans in the devastated areas, and it really lifted my spirits” she said, feeling overjoyed.
In closing, Macchy announced his promise, “This is the start, we will be conducting events each month until March of next year” and gave his cheer of “Ganbare Nippon!” The message that Johnny’s gave out today will continue to spread around the whole country.
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“Sending hope for high spirits in the devastated areas” 101,000 fans donate at Johnny’s charity event!
Macchy, TOKIO, Arashi, and all their fans come together at Yoyogi!
The first day of Marching J
A large scale charity event to support those effected by the Great Earthquake of Eastern Japan at which all members of Johnny’s Jimusho are schedules to attend started on April 1st in the courtyard in front of the Yoyogi 1st Gymnasium. On the first day Macchy (46), Arashi, TOKIO, Kinki Kids, Tackey&Tsubasa, NEWS, etc., a total of 16 groups and 55 members gathered. From the early morning until sunset, fans made a long snaking line, and in just this one day 101,000 people donated. The event will be held at the same venue on the 2nd and 3rd.
Huge line, 1 kilometer long:
Johnny’s idols mobilize 101,000 fans.
At 10am, with Macchy as leader, TOKIO, Arashi, NEWS and KAT-TUN appeared all at once inciting huge screams from all the fans who had gathered. It was the kick-off of Marching J, a rebuilding project involving all members of Johnny’s Jimusho. “Today, now is the beginning. I’m sure that rebuilding will take quite some time, but we will continue to do our best with Marching J!”, Macchy announced the beginning of this support project.
60 members of Johnny’s junior held donation boxes, as a total of 16 groups and 55 members took to the stage switching off every 2 to 3 hours. Nagase Tomoya (32) of TOKIO called out “Let’s keep believing that the days of happiness we’ve always had will come back, and keep doing our best”. Arashi’s MatsuJun expressed his feelings that “We want to send a message to cheer up those who are living under the same sky, doing their best in the devastated areas”.
Fans began to gather even before the sun rose, and at 4:30am there were already 3,000 people waiting. By 6:30 when the gates opened it had expanded to 8,000, and the event began at 10. At 11:30 the number had already exceeded 34,000 people. The long snaking line never cut off and extended over 1 kilometer with waits of over 4 hours. Over 400 staff members, as well as police from the nearby Shibuya and Harajuku police departments worked together to control the event. At one point fans rushed the stage resulting in the talents having to leave the stage for a period of time, however no big problems occurred and by 5:25pm all the fans were able to donate. The charity event will be held on the 2nd and 3rd as well, with SMAP and V6 expected to appear. Staff held meetings after the event to plan for the weekend, expecting a much larger number of fans to appear.
This is the first event since the establishment of the agency in 1962 in which all members will appear. Since directly after the earthquake many of the talents strongly urged the agency to conduct a charity event, resulting in this 3day event with a total of 27 groups and 84 members appearing. From the early morning, founder and president Johnny Kitagawa watched the line grow, saying “This is the most moving thing I have seen in all my life. It’s important to keep this going”. After this event there will be a charity baseball game on May 29th at Tokyo Dome featuring many Johnny’s Junior members, and plans for at least one event each month following.
The amount of donations gathered will be announced at the start of next week and will be donated to help children in the devastated areas. Even if each person donated 100 yen, within the 7 and ½ hours of the first day of this event it would mean a total of 10,100,000 yen. A college student who came down from Sendai, one of the areas greatly affected by the disaster, was deeply moved, saying “I am grateful that this event is happening”. The first step towards helping rebuild was seen today at Yoyogi.
“We will continue to give our support for years to come”
Kokubun Taichi (TOKIO)
This event will only last three days, but the things we have to do will no doubt last years, we need to continue to support the Tohoku region. I hope we can continue to lift their spirits.
“Come together and raise your voice”
Ohno Satoshi (Arashi)
When the earthquake happened I was at home. It was incredibly long and the first time I’ve ever experienced such an earthquake. At first I couldn’t contact the other members or my parents so I was very worried. But now I have this opportunity to come together with all of you and put our voices together. I hope our voices can reach those in the devastated areas help them regain even a bit of reassurance and bring the smiles back to their faces.
“Don’t be swayed by false information”
Ninomiya Kazunari (Arashi)
I was at home when the earthquake happened, and the first thing I did was contact the other members to make sure they were OK. After that I received many messages with misleading information but was able to stay calm and cope with them. I hope that we will be able to continue these efforts over a long period of time and continue these activities to support those in need.
“Send our feelings to those in the devastated areas”
Sakurai Sho (Arashi)
What we can each do on our own may be very small, but I hope to be able to borrow all of your strength, and deliver our feelings to those in the devastated areas.
“I hope everyone can smile again”
Takizawa Hideaki (Tackey&Tsubasa)
I hope we can all put our strength together and bring back the smiles to the people of Japan. The things that we can do will change over time. Right now we have canceled some concerts in order to save electricity, but our concerts are also the time where we can come together with the fans and be one.
“An endless circle of support”
Taguchi Junnosuke (KAT-TUN)
This is just the start, if we can spread this circle 10 times bigger, 100 times bigger, eventually it will become infinitely large.
“We can overcome this”
Kamenashi Kazuya (KAT-TUN)
I personally feel that God only presents us challenges that we can overcome. I hope that we can all overcome this together.
“We will continue our support”
Doumoto Kouichi (Kinki Kids)
Though I was ready to go on stage, I feel having the performances canceled was the correct choice. It’s important for us to continue this support for as long as we can.
“This time I will give my support”
Murakami Shingo (Kanjani8)
During the time of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, I was supported by the J-friends project. I feel that now it’s the time for us to support all of you.
“The people of Kobe were able to regain their spirits”
Yokoyama Yuu (Kanjani8)
Even now I can still remember all the screams I heard during the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. But both Kobe and Osaka were able to regain their spirits. Let’s all work together to deliver our feelings to those in the Tohoku area.
“Everyone will get stronger”
Nishikido Ryo (NEWS, Kanjani8)
This is the biggest thing that has ever happened in my life. But if we can over come this I am sure that Japan will become greater, and our people will become stronger.
“Even the smallest action is important”
Yamashita Tomohisa (NEWS)
Even the smallest action can have great impact. Just turning off lights or sending less text messages. I hope we can send our warm feelings to those in the affected areas.
This one was the biggest spread, but with the shortest actual article... so I just translated all the messages which are by each picture.
Also, here's a bit closer look at each half of the spread...
“I know that it will take time to rebuild. And during that time we will give forth all our efforts. With this Marching J, I hope that we can send a message of warmth to all the children affected by this disaster”
“I hope to be able to lift the spirits of those who are living under the same sky, doing their best to survive in the devastated areas. I would be happy if when those people who were affected by the disaster see what we have done here today they will feel that they are not alone.”
“Become one with everyone here today to show our support, I hope that we can help those in the Tohoku region to regain a sense of reassurance and bring back the smiles to their faces. I want to continue doing everything that we can, so please continue to help us work towards rebuilding.”
“I thought long and hard about what it is that we can each do. Even though the power that each of us has may be small, I hope that we can combine that power all into one and make it reach to all the people in the Tohoku area, all the people who were affected by this disaster, and to all the people who are suffering.”
“We are always being given such great support from everyone on a regular basis, so starting this project of “Marching J” is one way that we can give back to all those who support us. We plan to continue doing many projects over a long period of time, so please continue to support us and give your cooperation.”
“From the day of the earthquake I have been thinking of what we can do. What each and every one of us can do may be small, but with all of our Johnny’s family coming together, we hope to borrow all of your strength and send our feelings to those in the devastated areas.”
“Seeing all of you who have gathered here today I feel full of reassurance and happiness. I want to believe that kinder and more enjoyable times will come for those in the devastated areas.”
“What we need to do now is continue to support the Tohoku area for years to come and continue to help lift their spirits.”
“All the members of Johnny’s family have come together now and all of you have come here feeling that you want to do something to help. Let’s keep sending our support to those in the Tohoku region”
“I am full of gratitude to all of you who have come out to see us today. I want to keep thinking about what it is that we can do right now.”
“It’s a wonderful thing that all the members of Johnny’s family can come together like this. If we can send even a little bit of power to those in the devastated areas doing this will have great meaning”
“Everyday I try to think of what it is I can do. I hope that we can combine our power with all of you and send our smiles to raise the spirits of those in need”
“I am sure that if each of your feelings comes together it will become a great thing. If we do all that we can, I’m sure that our feelings will be conveyed”
“I am sure that even the smallest action will have influence to help those in need. Just turning off lights or using cell phones less. I hope we can send our warm feelings to those in the affected areas.”
“I hope that our Johnny’s family and all of you can hold hand and move forward. I’m sure that if we can overcome this the people of Japan will become stronger.”
“Those we have seen many things that make us want to cover our eyes, I hope that we can all work together to lift the spirits of those in the devastated areas and to send them dreams and hope.”
“I would have for Japan to become a dark place, so we will do our best to send our smiles and power, I want to continue to dance and sing from now on”
“A terrible thing has happened, but I personally feel that God only presents us challenges that we can overcome. I hope that all of your support will come together to become a great thing and help those in the devastated areas to over this ordeal”
“What is it that we can do… just one second, just one yen can turn into something great. This is the time that I want to ask for your help and cooperation.”
“I hope that all of us together can lift the spirits of those in the devastated areas, and that they will be able to be free of anxiety and move forward as soon as possible.”
“This project is just one starting point. It moves from one person to ten, then to a hundred and on until it can become infinitely large. So please continue to help spread it.”
“This is the first step in Marching J. It will continue on for a long time, but I hope to continue moving forward each step and help out as much as I can.”
“Let’s do our best to bring back the smiles to the faces of everyone in Japan”
“I hope we can send our smiles and raise the spirits of those in the affected areas”
“Let’s do our best so that all our strength will come together into one big power”
“I hope that we can all become one and send our feelings to each and every person in the devastated areas”
“I think that the warmth between each and ever person will be what saves us in this situation. The world is nothing without love, lets all work together and make Japan a better place”
“After the Great Earthquake of Eastern Japan, when I went back to my home in Osaka it felt like something that had happened in such a far away place. But it’s happening in our own country. As we stand here before you, I hope that this will be the starting point for everyone in Japan to come together”
“The reason we were all able to come together for this project is because of all the love you all have. With everyone’s kindness and strength I hope that we will be able to go towards the light and overcome this”
“Raising money is very important, but more so than that I feel that it’s amazing that everyone here has come together as one. It’s important to continue these efforts as long as possible”
“Doing what each of us can is our duty as those who live on”
“Personally and as Johnny’s as a whole what we can do is to put our strength together. I hope that we can work together with all of you fans to do our best”