22.01.11ANNIzumisano explains what's so special about tonight's show;
For anyone interested, today's show was all about the Great Hanshin earthquake (aka Kobe earthquake) of 17.01.1995, 16 years ago. Masha also talked about it in that Music Fair 21 show we looked at a few days ago, before he sang Naitari Shinaide .If I remember correctly, the ANN request last year same time was specially recorded in a studio in memory of the Earthquake as well. masha was in osaka at that time and experienced this earthquake"
yes, he did mention it last night, actually in ANN every year near 17 Jan. The official name of this earthquake is Hanshin earthquake, Han here refers to Osaka. Compared with Kobe, the destruction to Osaka was less serious, but masha still experienced that when he was in osaka on that day.
He said he had drinking with the staff after work till midnight on that day. When they were on the way back to hotel, they felt the shake but at that time they did not realise it's earthquake. When they returned to hotel, Ichige-san (amuse's management) who did not join the drinking told them what had happened, and she was very nervous. Masha said he took out beer from the refrigerator to calm her down, but she scolded at him angrily and said it's not the right time to have drink.
Since the fans knew masha was in osaka, they were all very worried about his safety. Right after he was back to Tokyo and did the ANN in that week, masha started the ANN request song section, as he said, that's the thing he could do to give some encouragement and cheer to those people suffering from the earthquake.
Maybe because masha himself experienced this earthquake, he is still doing earthquake special in ANN even after all these years. Every year near 17 Jan, he would talk about this earthquake and this year he invited the two guests who have drama which is about this earthquake.
Some fans who have experienced this earthquake left posts in 2ch and said they really appreciated masha for doing this because in recent years, while even the local news do not have much coverage on this earthquake and people seems to be forgetting about it, masha is still doing the special as a memorial to this incident.