YARAKASHI : This term has been taken from the Japanese language. It describes agressive fans who have bad manners on the internet, concerts and threaten lives concerning Johnny’s (A Japan entertainment agency which focuses on males).
They even plan an attack on a group of JEs, because they like the other group more. They’ll go as far as bringing knives to demonstrate their support.Examples:Rumor: Nino’s thumb was once broken because of a yarakashi.
Rumor: Yarakashi’s love to insult aiba during concerts because they think he is ‘stupid’.
As define above, Yarakashi are aggressive fans so the agency have made a set of countermeasures to deal with these kind of aggressive behavior. However, rumor has it that countermeasures differs on each Johnny’s talent.
Here are some noted incidents:
During V6‘s Junichi Okada‘s promotional activities for his movie “Techi Meisatsu“, he guested in NHK’s “Hello from Studio Park” where fans from outside can seen through a glass. Most fans who were watching the interview were middle-age women, one of which raised a board with a message: “I will come and meet you in the night“. The said woman looks pleasing enough and was seen wearing a pretty dress.
Although the woman seem harmless enough, her eyes were pretty scary, the network noted.
Aside from the Okada’s incident, there were also rumored cases wherein female fans would flash/show their boobs when they see a member of Kanjani8 and KAT-TUN, simply because the members mentioned in a magazine interview that they were “boob lovers“. (An Entertainment)
During Jin Akanishi‘s withdrawal from KAT-TUN, KAT-TUN went on with their 2010 tour. However, some fans who attended the concert did some troublesome act, such as writing curses on uchiwas or pointing lasers to the eyes of the members during performances. Apparently, some Akanishi fans were enraged over KAT-TUN’s statement that they’re “bond has gotten stronger” after Akanishi’s withdrawal.
In another performance, Koki Tanaka got almost hit in the eye by a blowgun. It was the first time that such incident could have caused the artist a body harm.
Another incident was during a Kanjani8‘s concert in Yokohama wherein a part of the ceiling fell.One spectator got injured while two spectators testified that they saw something like a foot or a leg from the hole above. Some have guessed that an enthusiastic yarakashi must have done it.
There are also yarakashi’s who have crazy beliefs such as Hideaki Takizawa being an “evil spirit“. A woman was stopped by the security when she tried to approach Takizawa during a performance back in 2007. The woman claimed that she will only give Takizawa an “apple“. Investigations lead to the woman’s blog where she mentioned, “…because Ryuk of Death Note loves apples“.
The said woman have caused lots of trouble to Johnny’s & Associates even though she got banned from any live performances. She reportedly got arrested back in 2007 for trespassing in Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima.
CyzoMen via Johnny’s Watcher
Aside from Okada, Akinishi, KAT-TUN, and Takizawa, other members of Johnny’s have also experienced the wrath of yarakashi’s. These people often “lounging-out” at places where a certain talent is usually seen. They have no manners, and they stalked and harrassed talents personally or at net.
So, some Johnny’s talents have their own set of countermeasures to evade yarakashi’s.
Some Arashi fans said that the likes of Ninomiya Kazunari and Aiba Masaki would just “run away“. As the saying goes, “let sleeping dogs lie” or “leave something alone if it will just cause trouble”.
While NEWS‘ Masuda Takahisa and Kanjani8‘s Yasuda Shota try to be nice and would even posed for pictures , KAT-TUN‘s Koki Tanaka would intimidate yarakashi’s by kicking a garbage can when he gets approach in the streets.
Takizawa Hideaki also tries to be nice back in Yokohama be talking to fans that includes yarakashi’s. The outcome did him good as some yarakashi’s become friendlier.
Yet, there are also those who do unusual countermeasures especially this KAT-TUN members.
Kazuya Kamenashi reportedly gave a yarakashi a 10,000 Yen taxi fare just to leave him alone. Junno Taguchi grinned when a yarakashi took a picture of him using his/her phone’s camera. While Ueda Tetsuya would say never to bother him if he will be seen eating a hot pot.
Tokyo Sports via Johnnys-Watcher
*This is a rumor post from tabloids, you can believe it or not, though it’s easy to spot the bogus.*