This will be my first time watching NTV’s 24 Hour TV on real time with the possibility of watching it from start to finish.
I tuned in around 4 PM (5 pm JST), in time to catch some of the TV personalities giving us a glimpse of the preparations taking place just a few hours before the show. From Budokan to off-studio locations, the studio and field reporters gave some shout-outs to express readiness and cheerful anticipation for the 24-hour charity telethon that will officially start at 6:30 pm in Japan.
This year’s marathon runner is 33-year-old Oshima Miyuki of comedian trio Morisanchuu. Oshima-san is of course well-known to us Arashi fangirls as Matsujun’s Number 1 fan, and by that we mean NUMBER 1 FAN in all of sekai. Oshima says she considers running for the charity event a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a chance for her to discover something new. “Even though I weigh 88 kilograms, and fat, I don’t want to say I can’t without trying,” she said. (Source here.) “I will run at my own best, and hope I could send out smiles to everyone.” You, go, Oshima-san! We’re rallying behind you and, like Arashi and Matsujun, will be waiting for you at the finish line and Budokan, with tapioca milk tea even.
Ooshima Miyuki, two hours before she is set to run. According to NTV’s 24-Hour TV wiki page, the running distance depends on the marathon runner’s physical fitness and age. Oshima will run a distance of 88 kilometers.
Arashi hosts this year’s 24-Hour TV for the fourth time (their first was in 2004), and for the second time in two consecutive years (being the main personality hosts last year). Last year, Ohno Satoshi made the shirt-design (in collaboration with artist Yoshitomo Nara) with his handwriting of the kanji “mirai” imprinted at the back of the shirt. This year, Arashi’s leader collaborated with no other than artist Yayoi Kusama-san to create the shirt design. The number of shirts sold has reached more than a million since they went on sale in June. Sugoi, ne. I got myself the summer color, the one Nino’s wearing in the photos below.
Highlights of this year’s telethon would be :
the darts trip segments
Arashi’s corners – Aiba supporting a teenage boy in synchronized swimming, Ohno painting a canvas with kids from the earthquake/tsunami-affected regions, Nino’s man-on-street interviews aka survey on Japan, Sho playing the piano for a high school choir from Iwate who will sing their graduation song, Jun performing tap dance with hearing-impaired children
Ohno’s drama special
Arashi ni Shiyagare SP with Kanjani 8
Arashi’s collaboration performance with high school students
Ueto Aya’s report on father looking for his daughter from 3.11
More details about the program flow here on NTV’s site.
Some screen captures:
A relaxed Oshima with her Morisanchu pals 10 minutes before the program starts.
Arashi announcing the start of the show!
Arashi opening with “Love Rainbow”.
And with that, NTV’s Niju yonjikan Terebi has officially started!