1. Main Profile
Arashi (岚, Storm) are a group of Japanese boy band whose the members are Satoshi Ohno, Sho Sakurai, Masaki Aiba, Kazunari Ninomiya, and Jun Matsumoto. This group was formed by Johnny & Associates.

The name "Arashi" (storm) is selected as the name of this group in order to "create a storm in the world of the artist." In addition, the name "Arashi" begins with the letter "A" or hiragana characters (あ) Which is always called first in alphabetical order, so that this group has been "always appear number one."

Arashi Group announced on the ship off the coast of Honolulu Hawaii on 15 September 1999 (September 16 Japan time). Their debut appearance at a press conference regarding the formation of the group Arashi.

When the idea arose to form a group Arashi, Johnny Kitagawa of Johnny & Associates only think of 3 people, Sho Sakurai, Kazunari Ninomiya, and Jun Matsumoto. At the request of the three, Masaki Aiba joined in, while Ohno Satoshi recruited by Johnny Kitagawa to prevent exit from Johnny & Associates and personnel Arashi to 5 people as now.

The group was initially signed to Pony Canyon and released one studio album, one greatest hits album and six singles, beginning with their 1999 eponymous debut single, before moving to the Johnny's subsidiary label J Storm in 2001, which was initially set up for their succeeding releases. While their debut single debuted atop the Oricon weekly chart selling a little over half a million copies, the group subsequently faced slowly declining sales.

Johnny & Associates announced the group's debut on September 15, 1999 through a press conference aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Honolulu, Hawaii. Then-president Johnny Kitagawa chose five trainees from the Johnny's Jr. division of the agency to become the members of Arashi, the Japanese word for Storm, and to represent the agency's thrust of "creating a storm throughout the world". On November 3, 1999, they made their CD debut by releasing their eponymous single "Arashi", which became the theme song for the Volleyball World Cup hosted by Japan in 1999. It went on to become a major hit, selling 557,430 copies in its first week and almost a million copies by the end of its chart run.

On February 21, 2007, the group released their first single of the year, "Love So Sweet", the theme song for the high-rating drama Hana Yori Dango 2, which peaked at the number-one spot on the Oricon daily and weekly charts. It is also Arashi's first single to sell more than 200,000 copies in a week in almost five years. Their nineteenth single "We Can Make It!", released on May 2, also charted number-one on the Oricon daily and weekly charts.

The group released two double A-side singles "Believe/Kumorinochi, Kaisei" and "Ashita no Kioku/Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)" on March 4 and May 27 respectively in 2009. Both singles sold over 500,000 copies in first week sales, making Arashi the first artist to have two consecutive singles exceed the 500,000 mark within a week in seven years seven months since Keisuke Kuwata.

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. On January 6, Sakurai announced that Arashi would provide the theme song "Troublemaker" for his then-upcoming comedy drama. The next day, Mezamashi TV aired the first preview of the theme song for the drama special Saigo no Yakusoku, the group's first drama together in nearly ten years. The theme song "Sora Takaku" was announced during the press conference for the drama special on December 15, 2009. Of the three newly recorded songs, only "Troublemaker" and "Yurase, Ima o" were included in the group's first single of the year released on March 3, with "Troublemaker" being the A-side song.

2. Members Profile

Masaki Aiba
Name: Aiba Masaki (相葉雅紀)
Nickname: Aiba-chan
Birthdate: December 24, 1982
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 58 kg
Blood Type: AB
Horoscope: Capricorn
Measurements: B:82 cm; W:70 cm; H:88 cm
Foot: 26.5cm
Family: Mom, Dad, younger brother (Yusuke)
Pets: 2 dogs (Hime and Uran), a parrot, a turtle (Gonta)
Favorite Subjects: none
Least Favorite Subjects: Physical Education (during winter season)
Food: ramen, fried chicken
Color: black and white

Matsumoto Jun
Name: Matsumoto Jun (松本潤)
Nick Name: Matsujun
Profession: actor, singer, host
Date of Birth: August 30, 1983
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 173cm
Weight: 58kg
Blood type: Arh-
Zodiac: Virgo
Interests: acting, music, dance, theatre, photography
Favorite smiley: m(_ _)m
Favorite Sport: baseball
Talent agency: Johnny's Entertainment

Ninomiya Kazunari
Name: Ninomiya Kazunari (二宮和也)
Nickname: Nino (ニノ)
Birthday: June 17, 1983
Height: 168 cm
Weight: 53 kg
Blood Type: A

Sakurai Sho
Name: Ohno Satoshi (大野智)
Nickname: Ohno, Riidaa, Oh-chan, Sammy, Ohji-chan, Captain
Birthdate: November 26, 1980
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 166 cm
Weight: 51 kg
Blood Type: A

Sakurai Sho
Name: Sakurai Sho (櫻井翔)
Nickname: Sho, Sho-kun, Sho-chan, Keio boy
Birthday: January 25, 1982
Height: 171cm
Weight: 58kg
Blood Type: A
Education: Keio University
Profession: Singer, News Caster, Actor

3. Latest News
Arashi has released 9 studio albums, 3 compilation albums, and 34 singles.
  • Their latest studio album was Boku no Miteiru Fūkei, which was released on August 4, 2010. This album is decided into 2 CD, in which the first CD contains 12 songs, while the second CD is 8 songs. It peaked at #1 on the Oricon Chart.
  • And they have released 6 singles in this year, they are "Troublemaker" (March 3, 2010), "Monster" (May 19, 2010), "To Be Free" (July 7, 2010), "Love Rainbow" (September 8, 2010), "Dear Snow" (October 6, 2010), and the last is "Hatenai Sora" (November 10, 2010). All of the singles peaked at #1 on the Oricon chart single.
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November 24, 2010 at 1:54 PM ×

Hello, you've got the pictures of Sakurai Sho and Ohno Satoshi switched. The guy in blue polo is Ohno (the leader) and the one in red shirt is Sho (the rapper). Please interchange them. Thanks.

November 26, 2010 at 3:25 PM ×

ok, thanks for your notice, Lei-san... I've interchanged them... my blog can't grow well without the vistor who gives a comment like you... once again, thnks before...