As JE’s avid fans, have you ever felt that Johnny’s ikemens are following you wherever you go, even when you’re not in Japan? It’s just an illusion, of course. But it’s fun! We’re super excited when we travel somewhere and suddenly see something that we can relate to Johnny’s. That’s why I made this post, Johnny’s Trivia Around The World. I put #1, because I have the feeling that there will be more posts like this in the future 😀
Let’s start with this one, Straße des 17.Juni or Street of 17th of June. Arashi’s fans might already get what I mean. Yes, 17th of June, it’s the birthday of Ninomiya Kazunari, yay! Nino, otanjobi omedetou!! So, did they made this street to celebrate Nino’s birthday? Or does Nino own this street? Where it is located? And what can we see there?
From its name, one can guess that this street is located somewhere in German-speaking country. It is in Berlin, Germany’s capital city. If you think about Berlin, one of the most popular landmarks of this city is Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate). And if you look for this gate on Berlin’s tourism map, you can see clearly that the gate is exactly at the end of Straße des 17.Juni.
From that picture you can see that it is a wide and long street. But how they came up with the name? Is it really related to Nino? Umm, well, of course not. This street was built many years ago, and got its name in 1953. June 17 of that year, in that wide and long street, East Berliner workers rebelled their military and government following the strikes the day before (kindly look up for its history for more details). Nowadays, the street is famous for its oldest flea market on the weekends where you can buy antique goods and second-hand stuff.
That’s the meaning of June 17 for Berliners. But what it means for Japanese entertainment industry? It is the birthday of Arashi’s yellow guy, Ninomiya Kazunari. Moreover, it is also the day when 4 other idols, actress and actor were born. First, we have Nino’s twin in JE: Kazama Shunsuke!
There is also another Johnny’s who share the same birthday as the twins. It is A.B.C-Z’s Goseki Koichi. Then, there is Haru, a heroine whose popularity is currently rising in Japan. Lastly, we have Suzuki Fuku, the cute child actor who is also a lefty (just like Nino!)
To the five of you, Happy birthday!! I hope someday all of you can come to Berlin, gather on Straße des 17.Juni, and take a commemorative picture below the sign of the street 😉