Before the screening started, the staff tried to get us excited (so not needed) by making us shout "Arashi!" to the camera, while they did sound checks. Most of us were grinning like loons and shouting half-heartedly, since the event hasn't really started, and it was the first day of puasa, and we wanted to save our voices for later. Since this is a Tokyo event after all, it started exactly on time. First the screen still showed the same placeholder pictured above, but we heard one of them call out experimentally, "ya-ho-!" We shouted back, and another member shouted back to us. After all five of them had done so, the screen changed to show the inside of Tokyo Dome. Arashi drove into the stadium in the cutest minibus ever. When they got on stage and greeted the audience/students in Tokyo, they informed everyone that this class is different because they were joined by students from Shanghai and Singapore. They called out to us, and the screen changed first to the Shanghai students (they were in a live house of some sort, it looked like), and then us in Singapore. The theme for this year's class is "friendship", hence the inclusion of students from other countries.
Ninomiya-sensei went first, teaching us about sheep-herding, and the kind of teamwork that goes into it. As a demonstration, the other members separated into two teams (Sho/Ohno as the "ojiichan" team, and Jun/Aiba as the "oniisan" team) and had to herd sheep back into their pens. Nino was followed up by Sakurai-sensei. Sho's lesson was about making friends, and the psychology behind it. He used tips from a psychologist on how to break the ice when you want to get to know someone, and showed a VTR of him testing it out by attempting to be friends with someone at a carp-fishing place. Waku2 is one of the events in which Sho shines more, and it's the same here. I liked his final conclusion a lot. After Sho, it's Aiba-sensei's turn - which means, break time.
Aiba had requested for the audience to bring bentos for break time, and they featured all the yummy food that various students brought. Us in Singapore yang berpuasa ni, terliur je la. Then they drew lots to figure out what the members are eating, and Aiba won - which means a bento from his childhood! His mother prepared him the same bento she used to when he was in elementary school - rice and karaage. (Yum!) Karaage was his favourite food (still is), and his mom said in a letter Nino read out loud that he always left behind the tomatoes. The other special point was that his bento box featured a really old anime character that none of the other members had heard of. When they asked Aiba about it, he turned the box around and showed the name scratched unto the box - Aiba Katsuhisa, his father. Yup, he used the same bento box his father used, and his brother used it after him. As he got older, his mom began making yakisoba for him, and he showed Nino how to make it.
After lunch, Ohno decided that it's nap time. So they laid out futons and told us to get some shut-eye as well. They had an alarm clock to wake them up. When it rang, they ignored it and continued napping, but then the sound changed to a mechanical version of the GUTS! intro. That made them wake up, and they started performing the song. Yay! One of my favourites from their newer stuff.
Then it's Matsumoto-sensei's turn. Jun's lesson was about getting to know your friends better. He demonstrated Arashi's supposed close friendship with a quiz show thing, in which the other members were supposed to guess what he wanted the most. Nino was the only one that guessed right, with Aiba being a close second XD But I suppose I'm not that surprised - Nino seemed like the type to really pay attention to these things.
The final lesson is by Ohno-sensei, and to be honest, I don't exactly know what we were supposed to learn. Ohno's lessons were always like that, from the first Waku2 even when he introduced the Ohno-beam. This year, he taught us a weird campfire song he made up in which we had to sing along by shouting "friendship fire!" and "high touch!" or something like that. He even insisted to Matsumoto-kun, who had been pronouncing the word the Japanese way, that it's "fai-ER, not fai-YAH!" O-kay, Ohno-sensei. Whatever you say! :D
At the end, of course we sang along to "Furusato" and they told us that on Friendship Day (July 20th), the minibus they drove into the stadium in will be driven around Japan to tell people to cherish and celebrate their friends. After they left the stage, they showed a VTR of them turning the minibus into the cute thing it became.
I'm really, really glad I went to the event, as Waku2 is one of my favourite things that Arashi does. It's different from what other groups are doing, and each year, we learn something new (usually from Sho) or get a new recipe (from Aiba) out of it. I can't be there to see the van on July 20th, but it's journey will be filmed and shown on the J-Storm website!
ALSO: THEY ANNOUNCED THEIR NEW ALBUM AND 5-DOME TOUR, FINALLY! Details are up on J-Net.