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Posted by ustar TH STAFF Saturday, September 10, 2011

SMAP holds a fan meeting with 10,000 fans to celebrate their 20th anniversary


On September 9th, SMAP held a fan meeting at Seibuen Amusement Park in Saitama with 10,000 fans to celebrate their 20th anniversary!

20 years ago on this day, the boys made their debut with, "Can't Stop!! -LOVING-". The day before, they held their debut event at the same amusement park. Member†Kimura Takuya (38) expressed, "We've returned to the beginning. I am excited for our next step."

The event kicked off with leader Nakai Masahiro (39) shouting, "It's been 20 years since we held an event here. Once again, we are SMAP~!" As the crowd gave a loud cheer, he continued, "It's been 20 years, I never thought we would be so active."

SMAP appeared in outfits that resembled the clothes they wore from their debut event. When Nakai said, "It's so nostalgic~",†Katori Shingo (34) responded, "I was a junior high school student at the time. I've grown up so much."

During the Q&A segment of the event, a fan asked, "During these 20 years, what was the number one accident?" Nakai answered, "Wasn't it Mori-kun?", mentioning former member Mori Katsuyuki (37), who left SMAP in 1996 to become an auto racer. Then, Katori revealed an unknown story, saying, "On the day of the meeting before we started 'SMAP◊SMAP', he said 'I'm going to quit'." Kimura also added, "There were rumors of disbandment at least once every two years."

At the event, SMAP enjoyed an 'idol game' with their fans, where two people pressed against each other to pop a balloon. After singing four songs, including "Can't Stop!! -LOVING-" and "Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana", they held a surprise handshake event, and shook hands with each and every fan, which took three hours.

Inagaki Goro (37) commented, "Everyone is family. We want to live with you for 20, 30, 40 more years."

Source: Sanspo

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