Tsuyoshi Kusanagi in La Strada

December 8 through December 28, 2018, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi became Zampano for the stage play adaption of the 1954 Italian film, La Strada, at the Nissay Theater in Tokyo. I was lucky enough to watch the play. Here’s what I thought. The Play – Short Version Tsuyoshi Kusanagi took the role of Zampano, a traveling strongman […]

Tsuyoshi Kusanagi’s Surprise Appearance at U Fes

On November 11, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi made a surprise appearance at U-FES.2018 Premium Stage, a festival for YouTube creators. He performed Ame agari no Step with Ndaho and Peketan from Fischer’s and joined in for the closing ceremony. Notable was Toshimitsu from Tokai On Air (a fellow SMAP fan) completely losing it just by being on […]

Atarashii Chizu, A Year Later

The Launch of Atarashii Chizu On September 22, 2017, an ad appeared in the nation-wide Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun and in Tokyo Shimbun. It was a simple ad that spanned across two full pages. The focal point being a reversed compass rose and the Japanese for new map (atarashii chizu in Japanese) in the bottom […]

Tsuyoshi Kusanagi’s 44th Birthday Twitter Post Collection!

Happy (belated) birthday to the most wonderful SMAP member (to me), Tsuyoshi Kusanagi!! Due to travel, I was unable to properly celebrate, but plenty of his more dedicated and loyal fans did. I’ve gathered links to as much of the wonderful fan art posted over the last two days celebrating.  😀 I’m sure I did […]

ParaSports Donation & 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Goodwill Ambassadors

On July 8th at Tokyo-Daiba Nippon Foundation Para-Arena, Goro, Tsuyoshi, and Shingo presented the donation from the sales of the ParaSports charity support song, Ame Agari no Step (in English: A Step after the Rain.) The sales were from the digital release on sale from March 19 through June 30th. The song was downloaded 99594 times, and […]

Shingo Katori as BMW Brand Friend

On April 16th, the sale of BMW’s new model SAV X2 began in Japan. At the product launch, Shingo Katori was a surprise guest and inaugurated to be BMW’s Brand Friend. The meaning of the X2 UNFOLLOW concept is to “always carve out your own path.” By leaving his former talent agency and going independent, Shingo […]

Ameagari no Step — ParaSports Charity Song

Today, March 19th, is the digital release of Ameagari no Step, the ParaSports support charity song by Goro, Tsuyoshi, and Shingo. I only typed out their names because of their insistence that they aren’t a group. All proceeds will go to the Nippon Foundation Paralympics support center charity. This is 231 yen from every 250 yen sale, […]

Shelved Monster Strike CM. Successful Suntory CM.

I told myself I would avoid more of the gossipy articles, but there’s no denying they’ve been a huge part of being a SMAP fan since the disbanding uproar in 2016. Shelved Monster Strike CM for Tsuyoshi Shinchou Weekly originally reported Tsuyoshi Kusanagi had a commercial for the popular game, Monster Strike. The CM was […]