Remember the 2013 Kotatsu de Arashi where they held a special segment called “10-sec challenges Matsuri”? There’s a backstage story behind the show which is very popular among the Japanese fans.
For the 10-seconds Challenge Matsuri, they asked the viewers to send the games they wanted to see Arashi play, and the senders were invited to watch the filming. They received tons of game requests coming from fans all over the country. But since Arashi’s schedule was extremely packed, they were given a time limit of 30 minutes to complete all of the challenges. Of course, they didn’t make it in time.
After the cameras stopped rolling, Sho suddenly spoke up.
SHO: "How many of you sent the game requests but we didn’t get to play them?"
*audiences raise their hands*
SHO: "We’ll complete all of the challenges, but this won’t be aired. Is that alright?"
*the staffs start panicking*
THE OTHER 4 MEMBERS: "It’s okay. We’ll play".
They ended up playing all of the games even though the filming was supposed to be over, smiling and having fun as if the cameras were still rolling. Sometimes they got carried away and forgot about the audiences, but it’s Sho who always went, “Who sent this game? Please raise your hand. …Thank you so much”.
Before leaving, some audiences had a brief talk with a staff, commenting how kind Arashi was. The staff replied with, “They ARE kind, to the point that it’s unbelievable. Maybe that’s why they have so many fans. They know what their fans want and understand their feelings. They are just a group of very kind people.”
Translating this from Twitter for Sho’s upcoming birthday. He’s often misunderstood, many think of him as a short-tempered guy who tends to treat his fans badly. But if you have ever been to the filming of Arashi shows, you’ll know what kind of person he really is.