DAIGO

22 Sep

DAIGO is a new celebrity in Japan. (His official blog is here (Japanese only)).
His grandfather was a former Prime Minister of Japan (竹下登 (Takeshita Noboru)).

DAIGO is the singer of a rock band called “Breakerz“, and he often appears on TV and says funny things and does his trademark pose.

Also, his band’s song appears in the Japan showings of the Hollywood movie “Wanted” and DAIGO dubs in Japanese for the lines of James McAvoy in that movie.

Recently, James McAvoy was in Tokyo to promote the movie “Wanted“, and he met DAIGO.
James McAvoy is 29 years old and DAIGO is 30. When James was told DAIGO’s age, he said “I thought he was nineteen!”

Here’s a picture of DAIGO and James McAvoy promoting “Wanted” in Tokyo. They are both doing DAIGO’s trademark pose:

Last week, we found out that DAIGO would be appearing at a shopping mall on the outskirts of Tokyo on September 21 (yesterday).

So we went there yesterday to see him. And it seemed that every other person in Tokyo had the same idea!
It was really crowded!

Here’s the crowd that gathered to see him:

All the girls in the crowd starting screaming once he appeared. Like a rock concert!

We got there too late to get a good spot…we could only hear him. We couldn’t see him past the crowd. But we didn’t really mind…we still had a good time at the mall.

Here are four videos I took (only the immense crowd can be seen):

After DAIGO finished and left, the crowd disappeared and the shopping mall was much more normal:

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At the mall, we went to many stores of course…one of them was the game center (arcade).

Here’s a short video I took in there. At the end of the video, you can see a UFO catcher (crane game) with ice cream in it:

12 Responses to “DAIGO”

  1. tokyo5 November 27, 2008 at 12:14 am #

    malou…

    You watch Japanese TV? Are you in Japan now?

    You study Japanese every Friday? How long have you been studying for?
    Feel free to comment on my blog in 日本語 (Japanese) if you wanna practice!

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  2. malou November 26, 2008 at 11:04 pm #

    hi!i found daigo so amusing although i dont understand much of japanese language and still learning.in fact i go to japanese school every friday jaust to learn how to read and write .
    he seems soo very popoular coz i always seen him on tv and i like him

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  3. tokyo5 September 26, 2008 at 10:48 pm #

    Chris…
    I don’t believe in astrology. But judging a personality by DNA (ie: blood) makes more sense, it would seem, than what year or month a person was born.

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  4. Chris September 26, 2008 at 8:15 am #

    Looks like that’s at least as valid and effective as any other type of astrology. 😉

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  5. tokyo5 September 25, 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    Chris…

    >I’ve always found the blood type being listed as very odd…it’s some sort of astrology-like thing, right?

    Yes. Japanese style.
    Actually I have written a post about it before. Here:
    https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2008/06/19/horoscope/

    >Ha. That site you mentioned also shows Ichiro Suzuki on the front page.

    Really? I don’t see where.
    BTW, I mistyped my earlier comment above (I’ve fixed it now).
    I had meant to mention this link:
    http://image-search.yahoo.co.jp/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=top_ga1&p=DAIGO

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  6. Chris September 25, 2008 at 2:58 am #

    Ha. That site you mentioned also shows Ichiro Suzuki on the front page. I miss the Mariners. They suck now, but they used to rock.

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  7. Chris September 25, 2008 at 2:57 am #

    I’ve always found the blood type being listed as very odd, though I’ve seen it in many different places (like character bios in RPGs and stuff). Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s some sort of astrology-like thing, right?

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  8. tokyo5 September 24, 2008 at 9:55 pm #

    Chris…
    Thanks for commenting on my blog. Comment anytime!

    >give me more shots of DAIGO, there. I’ve always had a weakness for Japanese guys

    Hope you don’t mind if I say…that’s gross! 🙂
    But, anyways, here you go:
    http://talent.yahoo.co.jp/talent/16/m09-0491.html
    This says he was born on April 8, 1978. From Tokyo.
    AB Blood type. 178cm tall.
    Made his pro debut in 2003.

    And…
    http://image-search.yahoo.co.jp/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=top_ga1&p=DAIGO
    The first five pictures on that page are of him.

    By the way, it seems that he went to the Tokyo Dome City a few hours after we left yesterday ( https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/autumn-equinox/ ).

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  9. Chris September 24, 2008 at 6:54 am #

    Crowd, scmowd, give me more shots of DAIGO, there. I’ve always had a weakness for Japanese guys (though not Korean or Chinese. SE Asian is nice, too). 🙂

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  10. tokyo5 September 22, 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    Dad…
    Yes, the crowd was unreal!
    And my kids don’t listen to DAIGO’s band (Breakerz)…but they like DAIGO himself (he’s kinda funny).

    Actually, right now, my kids are watching a TV show with impersonators…and DAIGO is one of the judges. And someone impersonated him…he said 「俺のしゃべり方そんなに遅いっすか?」 (“Do I speak that slow?”)

    bartman905…
    No, I seldom go to Sunshine City.
    This is the first (and best) of the ららぽーと (LaLaPort) malls…the one in 船橋 (Funabashi).

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  11. bartman905 September 22, 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    Yup, that is certainly a crowd, though normal by Tokyo standards.

    This mall looks like Sunshine City in Ikebukuro – of course, I could be wrong as most malls (and game centers) look alike 🙂

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  12. Dad September 22, 2008 at 9:17 am #

    Wow! What a crowd! It doesn’t look like they could fit one more person in that mall. They must be a real popular band.
    Do your girls like them? Give them my love, and by the way my comments aren’t biased even though I’m your Dad they are still true.

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