This is just a short drabble about JUMP’s last show in 2017. The last bit is a translation of Inochan’s actual closing aisatsu from that day, and the title is taken from the original Japanese of what he said.
In a few minutes, Inoo knows, the show— the group’s very last concert in 2017, to be precise— will be over. The fact that it’s their final show in their anniversary year is a big deal, but at the same time, realistically, it’s not their first show in Tokyo Dome or the show that will have the highest impact on the group’s popularity or even their last show in this tour, and tonight is hardly even the biggest event of the year, with their very first Kohaku appearance on the horizon and Johnny’s Countdown tomorrow night. Inoo has always been one to try to look at things through a realistic lens, and even when he does get caught up in the feelings of things, he’s never really had a tendency to let it show. Still, standing here on his little personal platform dead-center, looking out into the sea of fans filling Tokyo Dome as the last few bars of H.our Time play, he can’t help but feel like time is standing still. It’s been a crazy year, their tenth anniversary year, with his first movie release and his first long-term segment on Meringue no Kimochi and the group’s first dome tour on top of their usual multiple CD releases and regular variety shows, and while he’s exhausted, he also feels as if it all went by in the blink of an eye. Ten is a special year for Johnny’s groups; making it to ten means that you’ve made it, you’ve overcome all the obstacles and the interpersonal issues and bumps in the road that their senpai have overcome before them and Inoo can still vividly remember their group overcoming over the past decade. Ten is so important that he’d really intended to savor it for all that it was worth, and yet, now, here he is on December 30th, about to say his final closing greeting of 2017, and it feels a little surreal.
But even if this year has been packed with activities, even if it’s been full of ups and downs (but mostly ups), and even though he knows that he needs to head home and get as much sleep as possible before tomorrow’s early morning last-minute Kohaku and Johnny’s Countdown rehearsals, right now, staring out at fifty thousand of the people who have supported JUMP through the past ten years, he feels at peace. Singing the lyrics the nine of them had written together, breathing in the atmosphere of love and celebration, seeing all the uchiwa with his name and the names of his group mates at past venues had brought tears to his eyes, but right now, the sea of penlights moving in unison, the smiling faces of the fans, and the constant presence of his fellow members is, more than anything, comforting. It envelops him and soaks in through his skin, it takes away the ache of his muscles and the tiredness of his body and makes him feel as if he could do a whole second concert tonight. He can’t, he knows that, but sometimes, just having the members and the fans and the staff who have brought him this far all around him makes him feel as if he could do practically anything.
The year has gone by in a flash, and he has a sneaking suspicion that tomorrow, important as it is, will also be done before he knows it, and in just a few seconds, he’ll need to get himself together to give his closing speech and then change for the encore, but, he thinks, in his last few seconds of zen, that’s okay. Being an idol means being busy, means not always having time to reflect on the ins and outs of each day. But in about twenty four hours, it will be the start of a new year, with new challenges, and so he feels lucky to have this moment to take in the right here and right now.
And so, with a deep breath, he takes one last look around the dome as his platform lowers back down to stage level before gathering his thoughts and pulling out one ear monitor as he faces the audience. He’s usually nervous giving speeches, but knowing that the staff and the fans and the fellow members have had his back for ten years now, he feels unusually calm as he smiles genuinely and begins to speak.
Thank you, everyone, for coming today; I had a truly wonderful time with all of you. Hey! Say! JUMP reached our 10th anniversary this year, but I honestly believe that it was only because of all of our fans that we were able to come this far. This year is already coming to an end, but I want to try my best next year to be able to give back all the energy, courage, and love that our fans have given us. Thank you so much for everything.
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