Arashi’s pre-hiatus documentary series premieres on 31 Dec exclusively on Netflix

Arashi members Ohno Satoshi, Matsumoto Jun, Aiba Masaki, Ninomiya Kazunari and Sakurai Sho meeting fans on 11 Nov, 2019 in Taipei, one day after visiting Singapore. (Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Arashi, the hugely popular Japanese idol group who "made landfall" in Singapore last month, a week after holding their first ever YouTube live session, is due to go on an indefinite hiatus at the end of 2020. The news left many of their fans heartbroken, but it did not stop the group from giving back even more to their fans. From setting up of official social media accounts, to releasing their singles on online music sites, Arashi has one more to add to the list — their documentary.

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The documentary series titled “Arashi’s Diary -Voyage-” is scheduled to premiere globally on 31 December, exclusively on Netflix. Since the boy band’s debut 20 years ago on 3 November 1999, over 40 million CDs have been sold, and over 14 million concertgoers have attended their live tours. Despite having an unprecedented success with the most chart-topping hits in history, Arashi still decided to put a pause to their dazzling idol lives. “Why?” is a question many would have asked, and it seems this documentary is here to answer these doubts and throw light on what is going through their heads.

The documentary series will feature archive footage alongside Arashi’s 21st and final year before the hiatus. It will be an in-depth look at their rise to fame, what it takes to be Japan’s biggest boy band and a revealing look behind the scenes as their hiatus edges closer.

Arashi’s Jun Matsumoto commented, “I can't imagine how next year will unfold as this journey comes to an end. However, I know the series will depict us, in the flesh, in a way fans have never seen before. Teaming up with Netflix means the show will stream in 190 countries. I think it'd be great if people who aren't familiar with us can see the kind of entertainment that exists in Japan. Hopefully, it'll give them the chance to come in contact with the culture and humanity you see in Japan.”

Episodes of this Netflix-exclusive documentary series “Arashi’s Diary -Voyage-” will follow Arashi up until their hiatus on 31 December 2020, and are scheduled for monthly release for a year starting on 31 December 2019.