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Happening just this time? 「STAY HOME HOME-TE」
Episode #12 blog

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HARUNA: You probably won't understand the word "home-te" (ホメテ; home technology--more specifically referring to technology around you that makes your life easier) just by hearing it. If you were to write it out...

MAMI: "Home" is read in the same way as in "stay home," and then add "te."

HARUNA: We've been staying at home for two months now, and I'm sure there are people wondering if we each learned how to do something or discovered a new side of ourselves during this time. During this segment we'll reveal how we've grown.

TOMOMI: What does that even mean...

MAMI: How we've grown...I don't know if I have.

RINA: This is kind of embarrassing...

HARUNA: One thing is that we made a new song!

MAMI: Praise us for that!

TOMOMI: As a band, right?

MAMI: I really want us to be praised.

HARUNA: We attempted something totally new, for one. Please just advocate for yourself.

MAMI: All right; how have I grown...

HARUNA: It could be something small.

RINA: HARUNA, you should start things off.

HARUNA: All right. I'm sure this is the same for people around the world...but I feel like I've gotten better at cooking. I live alone, and in the past there had been a lot of times after getting off work when I couldn't be bothered to cook and ordered delivery instead. But during quarantine I've been cooking for myself every day. That's been a big change for me.

TOMOMI: Good job!

RINA: We're proud of you!

TOMOMI: You did so well, HARU-chan!

RINA: So healthy!

HARUNA: You feel really good when you cook for yourself, don't you?

All: Right?

MAMI: You get to eat a well-balanced meal.

HARUNA: I feel like I can sleep well at night. It's nice waking up in the morning and feeling hungry. I think I'll be able to keep this up even after quarantine.

MAMI: Cooking's now more fun to do.

HARUNA: You're next, TOMO-chan!

TOMOMI: For me...well, I can now play the main theme of "Animal Crossing" (the game) on the ukulele.

All: (Laughs loudly)

TOMOMI: I thought I could copy it by ear on the ukulele... The nylon strings are really hard and are completely different from bass strings. The thinner the string, the more it hurts and digs into your fingertips. I realized once again how great guitartists are and made me want to complement them.

MAMI: What? Are we supposed to praise you, TOMO-chan?

TOMOMI: Ah, is that what it is...

HARUNA: You're not just playing a game.

MAMI: You're studying music.

TOMOMI: I didn't think playing the ukulele would be this hard.

MAMI: You're doing so well, TOMO-chan.

HARUNA: You're doing great!

RINA: That's a musician for you!

TOMOMI: It's such a good track! Maybe I'll play it somewhere if I get a little better at it...

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『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 11

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•The episode starts off with TOMO introducing their new song "Living in the city."

•TOMO: "Bassist TOMOMI here. We've decided to release our new song 'Living in the city' on June 3rd. This song had previously been an unused demo, but we thought it'd be great if we could send it out to everyone while we're all staying at home and decided to release it. It's a song about Tokyo. It's been over 10 years since I moved here, and it became my home before I knew it. It's a place that has become very important to me without me realizing it. The song is about living in Tokyo. During this time, I've realized that these lyrics miraculously reflect how much I've missed living everyday life here. I never thought we'd be releasing a song in this way, but I'm very happy we get to do so. This is our first ever home-recorded song. It's very demo-like and rough in places, but we'd be very happy if you gave it a listen."

•After the song plays, they read this message.

•They then start their love advice segment, which is titled "LOVE SURVIVE - SCANDAL's love advice." RINA reads the message from a listener who can't get over their ex-boyfriend whom they recently broke up with. She's been listening to SCANDAL's song "Kan Biiru," and like the song, the ex often left canned beer and high balls in the refrigerator. She also says that she can't bring themselves to throw away stuff like pictures of him or things that have memories attached to them. She asks the band if they're the type to throw away things like that right after breaking up, or if they're the type to keep them. HARU says, "Probably for me I wouldn't throw them away right after breaking up, but six months later I might suddenly be like, 'I don't need them anymore.' I might throw them away all at once. I don't think I'd be able to change my feelings right away, but after three or six months I might realize I no longer need them." RINA says that even if a woman was deeply in love with their ex, women are usually able to get over it in about three months. The band agrees with this. RINA: "Women are super strong!" MAMI says you'll forget about things when it comes to forgetting them, but there will be times when you suddenly remember things. TOMO says there might be a time when you do eventually forget about memories you had with them, but you don't need to intentionally get rid of them. She also thinks you don't need to think too hard about physical items; if you think they're cute and you like them, then wear them. MAMI goes back to the "alcohol left in the fridge" dilemma and says that you should just throw those out. TOMO says you could instead give it to a friend when they come over. She also says that memories are one thing while physical items are another. RINA says that she wouldn't use stuff she could wear, such as accessories, since they have memories and stuff attached to them; like if her ex happens to see her while she's wearing those accessories, he could be like, "Oh, that's what I gave her," and she wouldn't like that. It might give them the message that she's not over them. She also thinks that it's okay to not be able to forget any memories they had together, but she wouldn't wear wearable things again. She thinks that it's best to do what you want to do. It's okay to keep things, and it's okay to keep things in the fridge until you're ready to clear them out and reset things. HARU says you can have a friend open that beer in the fridge instead; that way it won't go to waste.

•MAMI reads the next message from a 20-year-old listener who isn't really experienced with dealing with men as she went to an all-girl high school and college, and her co-workers at her part-time job are mainly all women. A friend from her hometown says they can introduce her to people, but she still feels like a kid, and also doesn't see her friend as a love interest. Those around her tell her to just take it easy. She asks the band how she could meet someone [she'd be romantically interested in]. HARU says she also wants to know. RINA says that since the listener only really knows women, she seems to be asking how to meet men her age. TOMO says that if she comes to one of their shows, she'll only see old rock guys (HARU: "That might be too much of an age gap!"). HARU says that rather than have the listener's hometown friend introduce her to someone, it might be better to find someone on their own. To sum it up, the band says she doesn't need to rush since she's only 20, and they're sure she'll meet someone.

•RINA reads the last message which is from a listener who is studying to get their teaching certification and says that their favorite SCANDAL song is "SCANDAL BABY." They often listen to it when their confidence in themselves is low, and when they need to work hard. It's been five years since they became a working adult, and their chances to meet a love interest have lessened. They've joined a dating app that was recommended to them, although they're a little against it. They ask the band if they know any times when a dating app has worked out well for someone they know. TOMO says that recently some of her friends have been dating people they've met via dating apps. She mentions one girl friend whose boyfriend turned out to be the older brother of another one of her girl friends, and if they get married then her friend and her would not just be friends but family as well. She says that since you're able to list even small details on your dating profile, it's easy to meet people close to you. She also says that she used to be against these apps at first, but after talking to her friends about it, they seem very commonplace right now. RINA says that those who sign up for paid dating apps are usually ones that are serious about it. TOMO agrees and says that there's a big difference between free vs. paid ones, with those serious about finding love signing up for the paid ones. MAMI mentions that there are even ads for these apps on TV. She also says that she has friends who have tried these apps but hasn't heard of a relationship working out. She then talks about how by using these apps you might realize that you have a certain type of person you tend to date, and you could realize that dating these types don't work out for you and adjust that; you're not just selecting a partner, but also changing your ownself.

Happy birthday, TOMOMI & MAMI! Unveiling the full version of the new song "Living in the city"
Episode #11 blog

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-May means that it's TOMOMI and MAMI's birthdays!
-A congratulatory message from an overseas fan has arrived.

HARUNA: Here's the first message. It's from Joe, an overseas fan.

May is a very lovely time. Flowers bloom and crops grow.
The natures factory is fully operational.
It's a pity that we can't do the same with Team Scandal Factory,
But there will be other years. Many harvests over the years.
Happy birthday this month. For me, 30 years was a big milestone, and I felt that my 30s were wonderful. I have been treated more respectfully and have more control over my life. I'm sure you will feel that way too. You are now in the summer of your life. You grow so much! I am 65 years old now. Life is certainly a journey. Your car is new and beautiful.
Enjoy your journey. Roll the window down and sing!
Best wishes - Joe Doran, Seattle*

HARUNA: The listener's from Seattle. We do get what he means. Happy birthday to MAMI and TOMO!

MAMI: We were congratulated from people overseas too!

TOMOMI: What a lovely and romantic composition.

MAMI: I didn't think we'd get one from someone who's 65 years old...

HARUNA: [Overseas fans] send messages using translation software.

RINA: But we do understand them.

TOMOMI: "You are now in the summer of your life" is a lovely way to put it. Your 30s is definitely a time for growth. Everyone says their 30s are a lot of fun.

HARUNA: It is fun.

TOMOMI: Even HARUNA says so.

MAMI: They're finally here.

HARUNA: What kind of year do you want your 30th year to be like?

MAMI: Hm, I wonder. Every year I go, "What do I want it to be like," but I'm always like, "I wonder..."

All: ...what??

MAMI: I've always wanted to do something specific...well, I hope to stay healthy in my 30s too (laughs).

HARUNA: You want things to stay as they are. What about you, TOMO?

TOMOMI: Hm, maybe to travel by myself. It'd be nice to be able to see things from a different angle.

HARUNA: They're telling us that we're entering the summer of our lives and will see a lot of growth, so let's do our best.

We get messages from people all over the world. We receive messages from overseas fans on a daily basis, don't we?

All: Yeah!

HARUNA: A lot of the time they use translation software to translate their words into Japanese, so it may sound a little weird because they use expressions we don't normally use, but we've gotten used to it.

RINA: We're used to it. I wonder if messages like these are heard on other programs, or if it's specific to our fans. I'd love to actively keep reading messages from our overseas fans.

HARUNA: The way they express themselves is completely different and makes us go, "So that's how they express themselves overseas." The expressions used overseas are adorable and interesting.

TOMOMI: I think it's wonderful.

HARUNA: I mean, we don't say things like, "Your car is new and beautiful" [HARU, I'm pretty sure we also don't use that expression in the].

MAMI: We only say that when buying a new car.

*Since the listener used translation software to translate their message from English to Japanese, I did the same and re-translated the message from Japanese to English via Google Translate. I think it did help highlight the clunkiness of translation software. Tongue

Also, I won't name names, but I think this listener is an SH user...

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 10

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•The band mentions that this is the tenth episode of the podcast, and that this is another ep recorded remotely. They also talk about what Meiji snacks they have.

•After "Masterpiece" plays, HARU announces the new segment titled "Life Before SCANDAL." The rest that follows is as talked about here.

•RINA reads the next message which comes from a 61-year-old man who has been listening to rock since he was in middle/high school, starting with bands like T. Rex and Led Zeppelin, and then Hound Dog , Maki Ohguro , and now SCANDAL (TOMO: "That's so strange!"). He said his first concert was Yellow Magic Orchestra at the Nippon Budokan, and he hopes that his last concert will be SCANDAL's. MAMI says, "Well, that's another new angle," but she kind of understands. They comment about how they went from listening to heavy rock to their music. MAMI says that perhaps their lyrics, songs, and how HARU sings have the same things in common with the other artists. HARU laughs and says, "You think it's me?" The band agrees that this is also an honor for them, and that they'd love for older guys to come out to their shows too.

•TOMO reads the next message from a listener whose submitted name is "Oyaji (father/old guy)," which the band laughs about. They say that their listeners can stop using names like that and just use their real names. The listener says they've liked too many bands to list before they found out about SCANDAL, such as YMO (Yellow Magic Orchestra) when they were in elementary school, and Sex Pistols when they were in middle school. They found out about SCANDAL when they heard the intro to "DOLL" on the radio, and the vibe they got from it was similar to the Sex Pistols (SCANDAL: "Seriously?!"). RINA goes, "His submitted name was 'Oyaji,' but he writes pretty well!" TOMO says it's so stylish how they were a YMO fan in elementary school. HARU mentions that the previous listener also said that they're a YMO fan. TOMO says that she's can't find the connection between liking YMO and SCANDAL, and they rest laugh and agree. HARU says that maybe it was the makeup they wore back when they released "DOLL" (YMO keyboardist Ryuichi Sakamoto used to wear makeup ). TOMO says that "DOLL" is perhaps a little bit punk-sounding. The band says back then they didn't really know about punk, so they weren't quite aware of it sounding punkish at the time. RINA says that if they were aware, they probably wouldn't have been able to play it, which is why she's glad they didn't realize it then. MAMI says that there was a mental aspect to it as well; they were just doing what they were able to do with all their might, so there weren't many things they were afraid to do. RINA agrees, and mentions that it had only been two years since they started playing instruments, but they were like, "We can totally do this!" and felt invincible.

•TOMO reads the last message which is from a high school student who wants to be a teacher in the future and mentions that there are teachers at their cram school who are SCANDAL fans. Since they want to be a teacher, they wonder if they're being guided SCANDAL as well. MAMI goes, "Not only are teachers fans of ours, we're also making people want to be teachers?!" (SCANDAL: "We have so much responsibility") TOMO quips that their fanbase seems to primarily be made up of teachers and old guys who like rock.

New segment called "Life Before SCANDAL"!
Episode #10 blog

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HARUNA: We have a new segment called "SCANDAL, Sono Mae ni" (Life Before SCANDAL)!

TOMOMI: What does that mean?

HARUNA: Like the "HARU-kakka" or "HARU-rock" thing. We got the title from that. That being said, we've gotten a lot of messages. There's a lot of them...

RINA: Can't wait. I like these a lot!

MAMI: (*Reading a message) "Before SCANDAL, I was an X-JAPAN stan. When I went to the HONEY tour in 2018 after being a SCANDAL fan for one month and saw MAMI with pink hair wearing an all-red outfit playing a custom guitar, I thought she looked just like hide-san and felt so moved.

TOMOMI: We've heard that MAMI/hide theory quite often.

MAMI: Yeah, we have.

RINA: It's really an honor.

MAMI: We've been told so many times in fan letters or Twitter that our songs resemble hide-san's.

HARUNA: We totally get that.

RINA: Totally.

TOMOMI: Their guitars have a colorful, pop-like feel to them too.

HARUNA: Like, when I saw a documentary on YOSHIKI-san on TV, I thought that a part of YOSHIKI-san reminded me of RINA.

RINA: Really? YOSHIKI-san goes all over the place because of music; he's like an outgoing arrow. I really sympathize with his spirit. That way of life is really cool.

HARUNA: We have a lot of lyrics written by RINA, and when it comes to songs, RINA is often the core part of the song, so I thought that was something similar to us.

RINA: I'm grateful. I'll keep working hard.

MAMI: Doesn't that mean you're aware of your unconsciousness?

HARUNA: There it is!

RINA: Yeah, I get that.

MAMI: The more you're told that, the more you see it and are aware of it, right? After all, there's a reason why you're being told that...

HARUNA: This was very empathetic.

RINA: It's an honor.

TOMOMI: Truly.

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 9

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•Once more, HARU opens the episode by talking about how this is another ep recorded remotely. She's once again at their managing office while the other members are recording at home, and says that they've gotten quite used to this. She then mentions that they received a lot of messages yet again, with many from teachers.

•After "Masterpiece" plays, they begin their "Hey! Teacher" segment as talked about here. The second message comes from a high school teacher who is the same age as TOMO and MAMI and also lists "Your song" as a good supportive song. The band says that it seems to be a popular song among teachers and mentions that all four of them were all a part of writing the song. The teacher also wrote lyrics from the song ("It's a once-in-a-lifetime journey - With those worn-down heels - But they're not laughing at you") with a brush for their teacher certification anthology, which the band said was really cool.

•RINA reads the next message after "Ceramic Blue" plays. The woman listener, who is married with kids, loves their husband and lives a fulfilling life, but she can't forget about their ex-boyfriend. It's not because she can't get over him, but because they miss the feelings of youth and the beautiful love they had back then...and because his looks were exactly her type. She also first discovered SCANDAL through their ex, which makes her feel all emotional when she hears "Aitai" being played at their shows. She then asks the band if they have any backstories or songs about unforgettable love or memories. The band is pretty surprised by this message, but they find the concept of an unforgettable love lovely. HARU also like the "looks" comment (MAMI: "[The listener's] honest!") and says that that's understandable. MAMI mentions that she knows that this listener often attends their shows and events (she recognizes the nickname they used), so she jokes that they might start calling her "Emotional-chan" when they see her at future events. TOMO also says that they might just add in "Aitai" to their setlists (RINA: "We'll change our setlists for her").

•They then start answering the listener's question. MAMI talks about something that happened in middle that was pretty memorable, which was the first time she experienced something related to love where she was like, "I can't handle this!" She and her boyfriend at the time agreed to meet at a park to walk home together. She arrived first. When he arrived later and thanked her for waiting, she turned around and saw him doing a roundoff . She was surprised and was wondering why he would have his girlfriend wait at the park and do that in front of her. She saw a little of his midsection peeking out when he did that, which made her go, "I can't handle this!" Then she mentioned something about how when they were walking back home there were a lot of spiderwebs around where she lives, which she didn't see, and the guy was telling her to watch out for them. She was like, "How do you know they're around?" and he said he has a sixth sense for them. This too made her go, "I can't handle this!" RINA asks how long they went out for. MAMI says it was really short, like six months (HARU: "Six months?! That's long!"). She says that this all happened in the latter half of their relationship as in the first half they would do things like go to the mall. She also says that now it's memorable and something she can laugh at, but back then she was like, "I can't handle this!" TOMO says that when you're in middle school a lot of things, especially small things, can displease you. She then talks about a boy she went out with around then who hurt his knee, and he took the scab off using his mouth?! The band laughs and is also grossed out by this. TOMO goes, "Middle school boys certainly are interesting." HARU says that hopefully middle school boys can learn from this on what not to do.

•The last message is from a listener who mentions the same kind of stuff as this guy at the end of episode 5 (RINA: "Oh, another one!"), and was supposed to go to SCANDAL's performance in Konan, HARU's hometown, on this tour. HARU wishes that they had been able to play there.

•The band closes out the episode by recapping the ep and saying that the more topics they get to cover, the more fulfilling it becomes.

In the middle of Golden Week ! Conducting a poll as to what school teachers' favorite SCANDAL songs are. Introducing them one after another!
Episode #9 blog

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The members and staff recorded remotely for this episode brought to you in the middle of Golden Week.

HARUNA: Since we get a lot of messages from teachers...this segment's been given the title of 「Hey! Teacher」. It comes from the lyric 「Hey! sister」 in the chorus of our song "Sisters."

RINA: So that's where it's from! I had no idea.

MAMI: "Hey! Teacher - Stand up on your feet"... I suppose?

RINA: So strongー

MAMI: I'll read a message. It's from "Kumanomae-sensei."

→To be frank with you, I too am a high school teacher--I teach math. As for why there are many teachers among SCANDAL fans, you were right on the money when you previously talked about how RINA's lyrics resonate [with us teachers]. I often tell my students to listen to "Your song" and "Sisters" to feel encouraged. Teachers like people who make serious efforts toward their goals because we're people who want to give support. SCANDAL's story so far has moved the teachers' hearts...that is my personal analysis. I've only been a teacher for a few years, but even after I retire I'll keep supporting SCANDAL as long as you're around.

All: Thank you so much!

HARUNA: This teacher's great at writing messages...

MAMI: They write so courteously. They recommend our songs to their students...

RINA: That makes me really happy.

MAMI: I would have been so happy if a high school teacher of mine had recommended songs to listen to.

HARUNA: You never really come across those like that.

MAMI: I don't really connect my time in high school with music...talking about music. It would have really closed the gap for me.

RINA: Yeah, they're really good at communicating.

MAMI: Rightー

TOMOMI: ...this is unrelated, but I got a message yesterday from one of my teachers in high school.


HARUNA: How come?

TOMOMI: They were wondering if the entertainment industry was treating me well...

MAMI: Ah, they're worried about you.

TOMOMI: Yeah, they're worried, and they've been a really good teacher since I was in high school. Right now 70-80% of teachers are on standby at home and it seems like they're trying out new ways of teaching such as holding classes remotely and posting problems online. Teachers are having a tough time too.

RINA: It makes me really happy that we can write songs that reach both teachers and students.

HARUNA: They do proper analyses of them.

RINA: It makes us feel really positive about our music and ourselves.

TOMOMI: Thank you so much...

RINA: Like, it's true that it's cool that [our band name] gives off an impression that we should be a little naughty or bad, and that it feels like going about things in a rough-like way is better than trying really hard. I thought there would be a moment when by trying really hard you would go beyond everything. It's important to go about things diligently and wholesomely!

MAMI: That's right.

HARUNA: I think we give off an impression that we are people who are diligently working toward their goals.

RINA: We get all A's on our report card.

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 8

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•Once again, HARU opens the episode by talking about how this is another ep recorded remotely. She's once again at their managing office while the other members are recording at home. She also mentions that their episode last week went pretty smoothly. She then asks the rest of the band if they have any sweets. She says she has Kajyu Gummies in grape, RINA has THE Chocolate , MAMI has Galbo in strawberry, and TOMO has Poifull Fruit Gummies . HARU then talks about what is mentioned in the first half of the episode blog.

•After "NEON TOWN ESCAPE" plays, they then talk about what's mentioned in the second half of the episode blog. This is what follows after MAMI's last comment: HARU mentions that the listener didn't list their age, and says that if they're a freshman then they would have time to just be and live as a student, but if they're a senior they might be unsure of what to do since they'd be graduating. RINA says it's not like they have to date while still in high school. They could graduate and think about it rationally, since they're no longer in school, and decide if they can still continue the band. She thinks that if they really like them then that could work. MAMI wonders if the listener hasn't told any of the other band members about it. RINA believes so, and TOMO mentions that they did say they're "secretly in love" with the person. MAMI then wonders whether or not the other members have noticed the crush. HARU and RINA don't believe so. MAMI says that maybe the listener could discuss it with the other members (HARU: "This is like a manga!"). The band thinks that the listener shouldn't confess right this instant and instead think it over and make sure of their feelings.

•After "Mabataki" plays, TOMO reads the next message. It's from a middle schooler who says they have a girlfriend (which the band is surprised at), and that they talk every day via Instagram DMs. However, since they've had to stay home, they've run out of things to talk about. The listener feels like they're growing further away from each other, and asks the band if there's something they could suggest that they do. The listener ends the message saying to please take care of yourselves (HARU: "They're so nice!"). The band is surprised that they're so considerate and only in middle school. RINA says that since they're dating, anything at all should be okay for them to talk about, like they could start with, "What time did you get up today?" or, "What did you eat today?" Basically nothing is happening each day, so it's okay to talk about nothing at all. MAMI says that they could ask each other what the other one is doing, and also switch up how they communicate and do video calls instead of through text so that they're able to see each other's faces. TOMO suggests watching a movie digitally together (like on Netflix) by starting it at the same time, and they could chat about what's happening via text. She says that doing the same things at the same time can surprisingly sweet. HARU says that it could be a little hard for them to do things like that since they're in middle school and probably live with their families. MAMI sums it up and says that they suggest to switch up how they communicate with each other.

•They close out the episode after "Tsuki" plays. HARU laughs and says that maybe playing this song after talking about how to overcome something wasn't the best idea to do. MAMI puts a positive spin on it and talks about how they're seeing the same moon (tsuki) while being in separate places.

Little by little - 2020-05-29 (RINA) - Fri May 29, 2020 8:28 am

Little by little

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Since we'll be playing a livestream concert on 8/21,
We've added tour merch that had sold out on our online store〜!

The satin stickers with a backstage pass-like design
That are popular each time we come out with them
Can now also be bought
On our online store〜!
We had planned to sell them at the venues only,
But this time is special☺

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Seeing the venue names lined up
Is really nice〜
Get some as a commemoration◎

Also, meet and greet!
On this tour
We were to invite SCANDAL MANIA members chosen by lottery
To the backyard after each show [in Japan]
And take some time to communicate
With each other☺

I'm sure the winners were worried
About what would happen with this.
We wanted to do something about it,
And we will now be able to do it online
Using Zoom!

Although it's different from what we had planned,
We're making preparations for you to be able to enjoy itー!
We too are happy that we'll get to talk about all sorts of things.
I'm excited☺

Ah, members of our mobile fan club
CLUB SCANDAL will also be able
To apply for M&G
Until 6/3 (Wed) 23:59 JST.
Members, check it out

Little by little
We've recently been able
To make plans such as recording outside our homes
Yep〜, that makes me happy.
It feels like things are progressing little by little.
I can't wait for next month♩


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Going forward

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We released all sorts of new info.
I'll try sorting it out a little at a time.

All of our domestic (Japan) performances on our world tour
Have been canceled.

For 『Kiss from the darkness』,
The first album we completed
After establishing our private record label "her,"
We were able to record many songs
That exude our feelings right now.

We went, 「All right, let's take this with us
And go deliver our music to the world once more〜!」
Shifted into the next gear,
And started preparing for that.

We put together the tour schedule
Around one year ago,
Booked the venues,
Revised the setlist many times,
Did trial and error with our stage production.
We also had videos, the stage set, outfits, lighting,
And new equipment on standby.
As we finished final rehearsals for the tour,
We reviewed recorded footage of us for confirmation.
It seemed like this stage
Was something that we needed to do right now.

That's why
We couldn't just skip this
And move on to what's next.
We wanted to deliver it
In any way we could
To everyone who had been looking forward to the tour,
And we decided
To hold a livestream concert
On 8/21 (Fri), the band's 14th anniversary!

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The title has been updated to
"Kiss from the darkness" Livestream」,
And we are moving again towards this day.

To give you a recent example,
We performed on Choushidoukan, which was streamed on YouTube at the end of March.
At that time,
We started preparing about three weeks before it,
And although everyone was figuring it out as they went,
The limited time, space, and number of people
Felt really great and intimate.

Our livestream on 8/21 will be a different type of stream and on a different scale,
And we've decided to go with a paid livestream.
There will be around 20 cameras,
Which will completely recreate our phantom tour.
We'll do our best to make it worthwhile even through the screen!

Tickets are available here

Our weekly Instagram livestreams titled #水曜日のSCANDAL (Wednesday SCANDAL),
Which we established out of a want to be able to create even a small amount of fun as we stay home,
Came to a close yesterday
Since emergency measures have been liftedー!

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There was a total of eight streams.
Thanks so much〜!
Both the title and the logo came from your ideas,
And it was so much fun
Getting excited every week with our hashtag project,
And also how it felt like we were creating a program together〜!

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Since we had this established,
We wanted to change it up but keep it going...
And we've decided to make it into a program
That will be on the site
Of our fan club "SCANDAL MANIA"!

We'll keep preparing for it
And might be able to start streaming most likely from July〜
(You could even join the fan club now☺︎)
Look forward to this too

And also,
Our 15th anniversary year
Is swiftly approaching,
And we've already begun planning all sorts of things〜!
Although each day is still uncertain,
Thank you for working hard
On all sorts of things today too.
There will be a ton of things
To look forward to


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『Kiss from the darkness』では、





"Kiss from the darkness" Livestream




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SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 “Kiss from the darkness” Update

First, we would like to thank all of our loyal fans for your continued support.

As the domestic performances for SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 “Kiss from the darkness” had been postponed to prevent the spread of COVID-19,we continued to prepare for the rescheduled dates. However, due to restrictions placed on indoor events even after the ending of emergency measures, the difficulty in holding a completely safe tour, as well as the unclear venue schedules, we are announcing that we must unfortunately cancel [the Japan performances on] this tour.

We would like to express our sincere apologies for this unfortunate outcome to all fans who were looking forward to our shows. Information regarding ticket refunds will be available through SCANDAL’s official website. If you are a ticketholder, please be sure to visit our website.

While we are incredibly sad to announce the cancellation of the tour, we will be performing a livestream concert on August 21st (Friday), which also commemorates our 14th anniversary.

SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 “Kiss from the darkness” Livestream
Date: August 21, 2020 (Friday)
Time: 19:00~ (TBD)
Ticket Price: 3,000 yen
Ticket Registration Date and Time: May 27, 2020 (Wednesday) @ 22:00~
Registration URL:

** This will be a paid livestream viewing **
** Ticket information for overseas fans will be announced at a later date **

We will do our utmost best to recreate the same concert experience that we originally planned for the tour, including the setlist, outfits, stage lights and visuals, etc.

Not being able to deliver the best live experience with everyone is heartbreaking, but we look forward to delivering a new and improved experience to all fans. Please join us on this special day.

Additionally, we are excited to announce that we will be kicking off a special tour as we head towards our 15th anniversary.

Lastly, we wish for everyone’s safety, the end to the pandemic, and the return of our everyday lives.

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The domestic (Japan) performances of SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 “Kiss from the darkness” have officially been canceled. No word yet on whether or not the remaining Europe and North America dates will be postponed/canceled.

More info here:

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A spring love advice special! Talking about the band's love lives and the best timing to confess
Episode #8 blog

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The band responded to love advice sought by listeners.

HARUNA: This episode too is being brought to you remotely due to the state of emergency declaration in response to the coronavirus as the members stay home! Has your time while staying at home been fulfilling?

RINA: When I put down small goals, like, "I'll do this today," on a to-do list, I've realized that it makes me feel a little more at ease.

MAMI: I've added quite a bit to my cooking repertoire. I hadn't properly made any standard dishes in the past, like stir-fried vegetables , omurice , and hamburger steak . Like, rather than making my own dish, I'll look up someone else's recipe.

RINA: I totally get that! Like making snacks too.

HARUNA: Yeah! I've started making sweets!

TOMOMI: Yeah, that's true.

RINA: What have you made?

HARUNA: I had two chocolate bars on hand. I saw on Twitter a recipe for yaki chocolate (baked chocolate) made with chocolate bars and wheat flour. It seemed easy to make, so I started making it.

HARUNA: We got a lot of responses to RINA's request to send in love-related messages.

RINA: I'll read one.

「I am in a SCANDAL cover band at school. Regarding love advice, I'm secretly in love with a female member of my band. However, I'm scared that telling her my feelings could break down our band relationship. How should I tell her?」 (Nickname: Mamama-san)

RINA: Ah, a fellow band member.

TOMOMI: How excitingー.

HARUNA: That's so fun!

MAMI: You're so close to each other. You know each other's endeavors, worries, and anxieties... When you talk about things like that, you're apt to fall in love...

RINA: I wonder what they should do...

MAMI: In high school, there was a mixed girls and guys band formed by upperclassmen. They were dating. A female upperclassman on vocals, a male upperclassman on guitar...

HARUNA: That's basically [Ai Yazawa's manga series] "NANA "!

TOMOMI: That is "NANA"...

RINA: Being in love with a fellow band member means that it's important to share with the other members rather than keeping a secret between the pair.

TOMOMI: It's also related to whether or not to seriously continue the band.

RINA: Isn't it important to get a little more of a feel for each other?

HARUNA: What a mature opinion!

RINA: Like, try going out to eat and see how that feels. If you don't feel that it's romantic at all, maybe it's better to refrain for the sake of the band.

MAMI: How long have they liked them?

HARUNA: Wouldn't that mean they like them a lot!? (*Note: This is a Japanese grammar-related thing. MAMI said "どれぐらい" [dore gurai = could mean 'how long' or 'how much'], which in the context of what she said could either mean, "For how long have they liked them?" or "How much do they like them?" HARU thought it was the latter while MAMI meant the former.)

MAMI: Oh, I meant for what length of time have they liked might be recently, or it might have been since last year.

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 7

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•HARU opens the episode by talking about how this is another ep recorded remotely. She's once again at their managing office with a few other staff members (and are doing social distancing) while the other members are recording at home.

•After the first song, "Mabataki," plays, HARU asks RINA to read some fan letters. She reads the first sentence of the first letter before what is mentioned in the episode blog happens. HARU then asks RINA to restart reading the letter. She does, and the first letter consists of a fan telling the band they're a really big fan and sings their songs daily after returning home from their job at a hospital. RINA says that singing music loudly can really make you feel supported and assured. HARU says that she thinks singing (producing sound with your voice) is really important. She also says that she hasn't really used her voice that much ever since she's had to stay at home and isn't able to meet face-to-face with anyone, so when the band's doing their weekly Instagram Lives and laughing really hard, she feels very refreshed. RINA circles back to how the listener says they work at a hospital, says that each day for them must be tough, and all of them say that they're grateful for people like them. MAMI mentions that her mom is also working hard every day, listens to their CDs/plays their DVDs during her breaks, and sings along to them. She says that she thinks that there are people for whom music gives hope and supports them, which makes her happy. She also says that since everyone's at home, it's okay to sing your heart out.

•After the second song, "A.M.D.K.J.", plays, HARU mentions that a fourth-year graduating college student wrote each of the members a letter. They thank them and say that fan letters really give the band strength. HARU also says that they wrote that they were supposed to go see them live for the first time on their now-postponed tour. She then says that although it's still out in the future, the band is still making preparations so that they're able to see everyone again, and that they'd like everyone to come and see them once they're able to play shows again. TOMO says they hope to deliver music that'll cheer everyone up. HARU says that they're currently in the middle of testing out recording at home (*Note: This episode came out on April 20th--we now know that they were in fact successful at trying out home-recording lol), such as trying out different software and making sure they can get the same kind of quality while recording at home. HARU also says that she didn't know something like this, like simultaneous playback, could be done at home. They say they'll do their best.

•TOMO reads the next message, which is from another college student who is aiming to be a teacher and is studying for licensing exams in the summer. TOMO goes, "There are so many teachers [among our fans]!" She also wonders if it would be possible to hold a live show restricted to just teachers. The band laughs and wonders if it would be possible. HARU says it might be if they held it at a live house (which is usually pretty small--a capacity of a couple hundred). MAMI says they'd put together a setlist to encourage teachers, and wonders if they should ask teachers to tell them what songs they like (RINA: "Give out a questionnaire to teachers!"). HARU says that setlist would probably be no different from their current setlists. MAMI says that maybe the teacher-fans should now start including their favorite songs in their messages to the program. HARU says that the songs they're currently making songs that would really stick with teachers. RINA says that she thinks the lyrics she writes might be close to a teacher's mentality. MAMI says that maybe it's RINA herself that's close to being like a teacher's mentality.

•The band closes out the episode after "Masterpiece" plays. HARU again mentions that this was another episode recorded remotely and asks the others how it was. MAMI says it went surprisingly smooth, more or less, and mentions her connections problems from the start during the previous episode. HARU says that they're going to continue recording the program like this for the foreseeable future, asks listeners to keep sending in messages, and says that they'll have an episode where they discuss messages sent in for the love talk topic as established by RINA during the previous episode. HARU also asks teachers to send in their favorite SCANDAL songs. The band laughs and says that they'd love to know.

Recording remotely as SCANDAL stays home... Who exactly is the visitor that suddenly appeared?
Episode #7 blog

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Following the previous episode, this one is also being brought to you remotely due to the state of emergency.

HARUNA: This episode too is being brought to you remotely due to the state of emergency declaration in response to the coronavirus as the members stay home! There may be some noises, but let's have fun.

All: Yeah!

HARUNA: Let's read some messages...RINA, would you do the honors?

RINA: Yes, I will (*She takes a moment to read them...)

HARUNA: (*Surprised at some noises) Ah! Hold on a second. Stop for a second...

RINA: All right.

All: ...what?

HARUNA: A visitor just arrived... (*HARUNA was recording at their office to use the recording equipment)

MAMI: That's what you're talking about?

TOMOMI: Visitor?

HARUNA: Fan letters arrived...

All: Thank you! That makes us happy!

HARUNA: Thank you to the courier too! How fastー; they're bustling aroundー.

A courier arrived just as the recording started. What they delivered were fan letters! They decided to make public a few of those letters. What did they contain? You can listen to the episode for more details on JFN PARK/Spotify, so check it out!

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 6

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•This is the first time the band is recording the program remotely due to the state of emergency declaration in Japan in response to the coronavirus. MAMI has connection troubles right off the bat as mentioned here.

•After the first song plays, it seems like MAMI's connection has gotten better. As HARU announces the song that just played ("Tonight"), meaning that they will be moving on to the rest of the show, MAMI says while laughing, "Oh, we're done with the opening?" They laugh and say yes, and HARU says that they decided play the first song while MAMI's video was frozen.

•HARU asks TOMO how her time staying home has been. She says it's been surprisingly fulfilling, and since it's been getting warmer recently, the plants on her balcony have started to sprout anew. HARU says that TOMO told her the other day about this--more specifically about her rubber tree plants. HARU also mentions mineral candles [that TOMO made during one of her recent IG Lives]. TOMO says that she got hooked on making candles a few years ago, but stopped making them for a while and still had materials leftover, which is why she decided to pick it up again (HARU: "They're really pretty." - TOMO: "Really?"). TOMO mentions the IG Live she did, and that her mineral candle-making wasn't conveyed well (meaning that people couldn't really tell what she was making). The rest of the members tell TOMO to show the candles to them next time they're able to see each other.

•HARU then asks MAMI what she's been doing recently. She says she's been cooking and has been enjoying it. She also mentions that she moved at the beginning of last month, so she's also been setting up stuff. TOMO asks if the cardboard boxes are gone from her place now. She says yes, and TOMO congratulates her on that. She says thanks, and that she had boxes lying around for a while. HARU then asks her what sweets she's eating today--more specifically, she asks what Meiji (the sponsor of this program) sweets she has. She says she has Takenoko no Sato and Kinoko no Yama, Kajyu Fruit Gummies , Galbo Chocolate , Poifull Fruit Gummies . MAMI also mentions that there are DIY kits for making your own Apollo Chocolates , and that these are things that adults can also enjoy, surprisingly. TOMO chimes in that it is a lot of fun, and HARU says that the two of them have made some of these kits before live shows. MAMI says that there's also a kit for Kinoko no Yama . HARU asks if she's made that before. She says yes, and RINA says that they made them at the Namba Hatch venue in Osaka. TOMO says that putting these kits in dressing rooms seems to be a common thing in the Kansai area. HARU says that it would be a fun thing to do while at home during this time.

•HARU asks RINA if she's been doing well. She says yes, and that she's watching all kinds of movies like always. She also says that since her family works in essential jobs, she's been staying in contact with them as much as possible. They're working hard every day amidst this unease, so she wants to talk to them and give them time to have peace of mind each day as much as possible. She says they've been doing this via video calls, and HARU asks if the whole family goes on these calls. She says that she does this with one of her little sisters (the one closest in age to RINA, presumably, who is four years younger than her) and their other siblings are on that same call since two of them are a lot younger (RINA has four siblings in total: Two little sisters, ages 24 and 14; and two little brothers, age unknown for the older one but is younger than the 24-year-old sister, while the youngest is 8). She mentions that it was her youngest brother's birthday the day before this was recorded, and that he had turned 8. HARU goes, "Already?!"

•HARU reiterates that they're all spending time at home differently, and also that MAMI recently sent them a new song. HARU says that they're stockpiling songs while they're not able to perform live shows in front of audiences right now. MAMI says that they're getting all kinds of things ready, and that they hope to make a bunch of good announcements once they get to see everyone again. As they get ready to head into the first break, HARU asks the others what song should be played. TOMO goes, "We didn't choose one beforehand, did we?" MAMI says, "Since we're staying at home, wouldn't 'Laundry Laundry' be good?" The rest agree and HARU asks TOMO to introduce the song. TOMO: "Please listen to this while you're doing laundry: 'Laundry Laundry.'"

•Next, they read a message from a listener. The first listener says they empathized with the person from the previous episode who said that SCANDAL is the first band they've been hooked on since the end of the last century, which is basically the same for them as well. They discovered SCANDAL by chance when watching the channel WOWOW a few years ago and went to a show of theirs, even though they don't really like going to live shows. The first song they had played was "LOVE SURVIVE," which made them start to cry (TOMO: "They cried during 'LOVE SURVIVE'?!"). They say that they think SCANDAL is the coolest band in the world. The band is surprised and thanks the listener. They wonder how many other fans are like them, and why SCANDAL is a common point for them. They circle back to how the listener mentioned crying during "LOVE SURVIVE." RINA says that since they discovered the band through WOWOW, a channel that often plays live shows, they started off knowing about them first through their live shows. HARU wonders if they saw them at their 10th anniversary outdoor show in Osaka in 2016, since LS was the first song they played for that show and they could imagine people tearing up for that. MAMI comments that there are a lot of comments about how cool HARU is. HARU says that since the previous episode, she's been getting a lot of those kinds of tweets and the like.

•The band then closes out the episode. HARU says that even recording this remotely it's fun to read messages from the listeners. She also mentions that they've been doing IG Lives every Wednesday. MAMI says that it feels like they can be more organic since they're doing it from their homes. HARU says that this first remotely recorded episode for this program was kind of hit-or-miss, what with MAMI's connection problems, but they'll keep continuing to record it in this format. They then talk about adding a new topic as mentioned here. They decide to go with the love talk topic and ask people to send in messages.

Recording this program remotely for the first time! Having a few troubles from the start...
Episode #6 blog

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For this week's "Catch up" episode, both the members and staff experienced recording this show for the first time themselves. This first try is being delivered as-is.

HARUNA: This episode is being brought to you remotely due to the state of emergency declaration in response to the coronavirus.

That's right—this was recorded remotely instead of in the studio.

MAMI (in a low voice): It's freezing a lot... (Note: The screens would freeze due to the unstable access to software connecting the members and staff)

RINA: We're at home.

TOMOMI: We're at home.

HARUNA: You okay, MAMI?

MAMI: ...... (*Her screen remains frozen)

RINA: It looks like her screen's frozen. This is the first time we're doing this, after all...

MAMI: I can hear you guys, but my video's frozen.

HARUNA: The other members are in their homes. I'm at our office for recording reasons. The staff and I are keeping a minimum of six feet apart, but it's a little hard to do.

RINA: MAMI just sent a message via LINE that her call's going to drop soon.

HARUNA: It might be a bad connection...if it drops, we'll have her come back.

TOMOMI: Should we keep going?

HARUNA: Yes, shall we?

MAMI: I'm back, but I think it's not going to work out on my end...

HARUNA: It won't, you say...okay, let's deal with it while this song plays. (*The first song plays)


Something happened right at the beginning—what did the rest of the episode turn out like? Look forward to it.

RINA suggested something during the ending.


RINA: I want to add a topic since we have a lot of time to think while we're at home.

HARUNA: Sounds good.

RINA: One thought I had was to do a "love talk" that a lot of radio programs have.

MAMI: We'd talk about our listener's love lives, then.

HARUNA: TOMO can be pretty scathing about that.

TOMOMI: (laughs fearlessly)

That being said, if you have any worries about love or want to boast, please let us know!

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 5

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•The episode starts off with a message from a listener in Hiroshima who calls themselves "Yukiboushi" (translates to "snow cap") who works at a shave ice place, and whose dream is have SCANDAL try their shave ice. They mention how MAMI and TOMO went on a shave ice tour during last year's tour and are wondering if they'll do it on this tour as well [Note: This episode was recorded before they had to postpone the entire Japan leg of the tour]. They also ask MAMI if she eats shave ice even when it's not summer. TOMO says, "We've heard of Yukiboushi, right?" MAMI mentions that it's the name of a shave ice place in Hiroshima , and that the two of them went there when they were in Hiroshima. They mention that it was really good and had espuma foam on it. RINA asks if they're going to go on this tour too. MAMI says it'd be nice if they are able to go. TOMO mentions that the last time they toured it was cold, so they were trembling as they were eating the shave ice.

•They say that since this is the first episode airing after the new fiscal year in Japan has begun (the fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31), they'd like to do an "entrance ceremony" for all new freshmen and new employees. The ceremony begins after "Saishuuheiki, Kimi" plays.

-"First, here are some words that SCANDAL would like to say. To all freshmen and new employees, congratulations on your new lives!"

•They then call a listener who will be a middle school science teacher starting in April. TOMO says that they have a lot of teachers on this program. MAMI mentions last week's bakery-manager-turned-high-school-teacher. The rest that followed is what is mentioned here.

•The next listener they talk to is someone who just graduated as a registered dietician and may have the chance to become a registered dietician in their hometown in April. The listener says "may have the chance" since results will be posted in another three days [from when this episode was recorded], and if she does pass, she'll be starting a job only four days after. TOMO mentions that her friend is a registered dietician and makes really good food. HARU asks the listener if she thinks she passed, and she says yes. TOMO asks if she knows where she would work if she does pass. She says yes, and that she would work at a hospital. MAMI talks about when she was hospitalized [in May 2016], which was around the time of her birthday, and they made her a birthday dish made with jello in place of a cake. That made her really happy, along with the fact that she didn't tell them to celebrate it; they did so themselves. HARU asks the listener if they have any worries about starting a new life, and she mentions driving. The band laughs and goes, "Everyone's worried about driving!" HARU explains to the listener that the person they spoke to before her was also worried about driving. RINA asks how long she's had her license. She said that she got it in her freshman year of college, but lately she's been having her mom in the passenger's seat with her every day. HARU sympathizes and says she used to have her moom do that too, and she and TOMO mention that parking is hard to do (since it's more common to do back-in parking in Japan). They ask her if the car has a back-up camera and monitor. She says it does. MAMI says that using both that and looking around herself should help her park. At the end of the segment, HARU says, "This turned out to be us giving advice on driving!" The band also wishes the listener luck and to let them know how the results turn out.

•As they close out the episode, they talk about how they hope the listener passes, and also that it seems to be common for people starting new lives to be worried about driving.

-RINA: "As the only member of the band without a license, I think just having a license is amazing."
-HARU: "Will you get one?"
-RINA: "I won't."
-HARU: "...Why?!"
-RINA: "(laughs) Please drive me."
-All: (laughs)
-MAMI: "Don't worry; I'll come pick you up."

•The band reads one more message from a listener who says they learned about SCANDAL last year and bought their CDs, and this has been the first time since the end of the last century (in other words, the '90s, I guess? lol) since they've been this hooked on an artist. The band is super surprised. The listener also says that knew about them 10 years ago but wish they had learned more about them, and that they haven't yet seen them live but would like to. They tell the band to take care of themselves and work hard. I'm not quite sure of the connection to the message/listener, but the band starts laughing and saying, "They're calling HARUNA 'kakka' (Your Excellency)?" HARU says that around 10 years ago they were still wearing school uniforms. RINA says they must have liked HARU for herself rather than only for appearances. MAMI says that 10 years ago HARU wasn't yet "Your Excellency"; it took 10 years for her to reach that level. After all the joking, the band says it makes them happy to know that they're the first artist they've been hooked on since the end of the last century, and that it's awesome that people learn about them via many different ways.

SCANDAL gives advice to a listener who has worries about becoming a middle school science teacher in April!
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A listener who has worries about becoming a middle school science teacher this spring

During the episode out on April 6, the band answered concerns from a listener who will become a middle school teacher this April.

Listener: I previously worked at a science museum, and starting in April I will become a middle school science teacher.

TOMOMI: We certainly have a lot of teachers on this program...

RINA: Yeah, the ones replying are teachers.

TOMOMI: I loved science until middle school.

RINA: It's fun to do things like experiments.

HARUNA: Are you worried about your new life?

Listener: I have to drive to go to work and I have my driver's license, but I basically have no driving experience...I'm scared about that.

TOMOMI: But that's unrelated...!

HARUNA: But isn't that also an important factor?

MAMI: You don't have any worries related to science or being a teacher...

RINA: I think it'd be good to do a lot of driving by the end of this month (March).

TOMOMI: When turning left, make sure to watch out for pedestrians and cyclists.

HARUNA: Um, is there anything else? I mean, like, anything school-wise!

Listener: It's difficult to understand the feelings of middle school girls...

HARUNA: Middle school was the toughest for me. I couldn't really fit in with my friends nor couldn't keep up with studying at school. I didn't really want to go to school. It might have been an emotional time for me. I wish I had a teacher who treated me like a friend.

TOMOMI: There might be those who don't want you to pry into their feelings, so I think it's important to find out what kind of child each person is. It's difficult to treat everyone the same way.

MAMI: Maybe try a carrot-and-stick approach. Be tough during class, but talk to them like a friend afterwards. By doing that, they can do well in class and then talk about their troubles after.

TOMOMI: I loved teachers that were super excited for athletic meets or school festivals. Those teachers seem like they're having a lot of fun.

HARUNA: Ah, is it okay if we ask for your age?

Listener: I'm 23.

All: (Shocked!)

RINA: Hold're younger than us! I thought you were 32 or 33 because your voice sounds young, but you're really put-together.

All: Right, right.

RINA: ...Do your best (said with a Kansai dialect intonation)! But you seem like you'll be a popular teacher!

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 4

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•The episode starts off with a message from a listener who used to be a manager at a bakery and will now be a high school teacher starting this spring, which surprises the band (RINA: "They're going from a baker to a teacher?"), and they'll be including SCANDAL in their lesson plans. MAMI wonders if they were studying/training to be a teacher while continuing to work at the bakery. TOMO says that there's a lot of teachers among their fanbase, and HARU agrees and says that they've gotten a lot of messages from teachers so far. RINA wonders if their lyrics resonate with the mentality of teachers. They've had a lot of teachers as fans since their major label debut. TOMO wonders if it's due to their many songs with positive lyrics. HARU says maybe this listener will play SCANDAL songs during lunchtime (MAMI: "Our songs will make the food more delicious").

•After the intro, they talk about how they once again have Meiji Apollo chocolates in front of them, but they have a new item as well: an Apollo collaboration with CLUB HARIE. TOMO enjoys saying that it's made with a type of strawberry called "Senga Sengana." They try it and say that it tastes very rich and has a strong, fresh strawberry flavor.

•Since no graduation ceremonies have been able to be held in Japan due to COVID-19, the band says they're creating space in this episode to conduct a "graduation ceremony" for graduates.

-"First, here are some words that SCANDAL would like to say to graduates. To graduates all around the country, congratulations on graduating! To graduates all around the country, we award you diplomas! We, SCANDAL, hereby certify that you have graduated on this 30th day of March, year of 2020. We will now call a listener who is actually graduating."

•They then call Linda, a listener who graduated from a midwife vocational school and will be a midwife starting in April, who was mentioned here. The band congratulates her for graduating, and HARU says that those four years must have been tough. Linda says that she went to college for four years to be a registered nurse, and then an extra year to become a midwife--"It was such a long time!" HARU asks if she's worried about starting her new life. The rest that followed is what is mentioned here.

•During the next segment, HARU mentions that the materials needed to make an Apollo chocolate-shaped pouch that TOMO wants are right in front of them. They all think a really cute pouch could be made from them. MAMI mentions a fabric with [Apollo? maybe] print all over it, and TOMO says, "We should make items for babies!" They say that making a customizable plastic pouch, using clear plastic or even velvet, would be great. HARU says they should make two different types of pouches. They then wonder how many they should make, if they do make any. RINA says that using colors like red or pink would be best for an Apollo collab, but that would make it less desirable for guys, so she thinks that making one with a big logo on it would be good. They agree and are still unsure, number-wise. HARU says this is only the beginning of the conversation, so they'll keep discussing it. RINA mentions that they should give them out as presents to listeners. HARU says that they should give them out to those whose messages they think should be rewarded.

•The episode closes out with the band talking after the Choushidoukan live stream on YouTube. They mention that seeing all of those messages as they performed made them want to cry, and that it felt like they were one with everyone. HARU says they hope to have more opportunities like this in the future.

Talking on the phone with a listener who will be a midwife starting this spring! What things are they worried about?
Episode #4 blog

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The concerns of a listener who will be a midwife starting this April...

The band talked on the phone with Linda, a listener who graduated from a midwife vocational school. She'll be a midwife starting in April, but she seems to be worried. Although she's a new graduate, she's a little older in age, and thus is worried about being able to fit in. She asked the members of SCANDAL for advice.

TOMOMI: Your co-workers have the same goal, so isn't that okay?

HARUNA: They all have the same starting line.

TOMOMI: Like with bands, if you make the same major label debut, you can get along fine regardless of age.

RINA: But it's amazing how we can reach our goals. You're standing at the same starting line with all of those thoughts and passions, so I think those feelings will be communicated among each other and things could go well.

I transferred schools when I was in my second year of high school. I suddenly went from an all-girls school in Osaka to a co-ed school in Tokyo and had my surroundings change--even the school rules were completely different... I felt really lonely and nervous, but when I talked to those around me about my feelings regarding playing music and moving to Tokyo in pursuit of my dreams, I think was able to be understood right away.

By having good communication, you can understand each other regardless of age. I don't think you have to worry so much.

MAMI: You've been studying for the same amount of time, have the same amount of knowledge, and have a common language, so age shouldn't matter. Those who are younger should be attentive, but I think saying a single thing like, "It's all right; let's all get along" would change everything.

HARUNA: We also have age differences in SCANDAL.

RINA: HARUNA and I are three years apart. Sometimes I really feel the age difference--in a good way. I really enjoy that and only consider that a positive thing. We have no problems there.

HARUNA: That's right; it's all enjoyable!

【Translated Summary】
『SCANDAL Catch up supported by Meiji Apollo』 - Episode 3

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•The band opens up the episode by mentioning that they have a ton of sweets in the studio again.

•RINA says that they recorded music the other day. They're making cool new songs that they feel really good about, and they want their fans to listen to them ASAP. She says that while they're not able to play any live shows and that each day is uncertain, they want their fans to be excited that there's something exciting waiting for them in the future. HARU goes, "Even though we just put out an album." TOMO says this is the time when they would have been on tour, and also that they have no plans to play these new songs on the KFTD tour. HARU: "As of this point in time, at least, but the tour's a long one." - TOMO: "Perhaps the setlist will change."

•HARU mentions that the topic for this week is "A.M.D.K.J." (amidakuji ; ladder lottery), and that they'll be deciding on the topics they'll talk about by doing amidakuji, and wonders how many times they've done amidakuji this year already. TOMO says that they've been doing them since before the song was released, but she has fun each time they do it. She then asks the others how they feel about it. MAMI goes, "Won't we be doing it for as long as we have this song?" TOMO goes, "So we'll be doing it forever!?"

•They start the amidakuji by drawing one line each. They then start at the top and work their way downwards, ending up at #3. The question they are asked is, "Are you 'Team Kinoko no Yama' or 'Team Takenoko no Sato' ?"
-TOMO: That's an age-old question...
-MAMI: But there [are boxes of both of them] right in front of us.
-TOMO: As a matter of principle, both of them are good.
-RINA: They are good...
-TOMO: Kinoko are biscuits while Takenoko are cookies.
-HARU: We did a survey a couple of years ago, and it was 3 to 1. I wonder if that's changed...
-TOMO: Back then it was 3 for Takenoko, 1 for Kinoko.
-MAMI: I like both of them. I really do.
-RINA: If you had to choose...
-All: Ready, go...!

-RINA & MAMI: Takenoko no Sato!
-HARU & TOMO: Kinoko no Yama!

•TOMO used to be on Team Takenoko no Sato (TNS), but she's now Team Kinoko no Yama (KNY) since they're light and you can eat a lot of them. HARU goes, "What a mature answer!" (TOMO: "That's a mature answer?") MAMI goes for texture and likes the cookie-like, crunchy texture of TNS and that eating just 2-3 of them satisfies you. It's great when you're working on something. RINA mentions that you can eat properly chocolate with this one (seemingly because there's more chocolate on them than KNY), and that both are good to eat. TOMO: "And because KNY is KNY, you can eat a lot of them." - MAMI: "True; when I want to eat KNY, I eat a lot of them." TOMO also says that the texture of KNY is enjoyable. RINA says, "Both are good!" HARU says that it's hard to pick one. RINA says it depends on what you want to eat at the time. TOMO says that they help people out and support them; that's what these snacks teach us. MAMI: "What a deep conversation." HARU: "In 2020, the votes are split 2 vs. 2. Well, it's not like it's 'versus' anything."

•MAMI chooses the next topic via amidakuji and ends up on #5. The listener, who works part time, asks about the band's past past part-time jobs (will refer to as PTJ henceforth). MAMI says that they've talked about their PTJs before. RINA mentions that she and TOMO never had part-time jobs (TOMO: "We're ignorant in the ways of the world" - RINA: "I really think that too!"). RINA had joined the band when she was a third-year middle schooler, so the only job she's ever had has been playing in a band, which is why she respects people who have had PTJs. HARU mentions that there was a time when RINA did kind of want to have a PTJ. MAMI asks if there are jobs they wanted to have. Both RINA and TOMO say yes, and that they were several (R&T: "We wanted to try anything"). TOMO says that she'd want to work at an izakaya (MAMI: "I get that"), and also mentions a gas station working on cars (HARU: "Really?"). RINA says that she'd want to work at a bakery. MAMI mentions her PTJ: working at a "quick, cheap, yummy" (Yoshinoya, in other words, since that's their slogan ) beef bowl restaurant (RINA: "She said it!"), and that they didn't really have any industry terms that they used (RINA: "That's surprising"). She says that instead of terms they'd plate certain foods like eggs a certain way depending on what kind of menu item it's part of, like a beef bowl or pork bowl. TOMO says that's kind of like industry terms, and MAMI agrees, saying that she didn't really think of it like that back then.

•RINA mentions tsuyudaku and asks if the rest of the band knows about it. They say they do, and RINA questions when they learned about it. The rest are surprised by the question. She asks MAMI if she knew about it before her PTJ, and MAMI says yes and that her family knows about it. HARU isn't sure when she learned about it, and TOMO says that she learned about it when she had gone to a beef bowl place.

-RINA: "If SCANDAL hadn't formed, I would have lived my life never knowing was 'tsuyudaku' is."
-M+H: "I don't think so!"
-TOMO: "I think you would have learned about it from somewhere else!"
-RINA: "I've learned about so many things from HARUNA! I didn't know about tsuyudaku, and she told me about it. Also, MAMI had taken me to Starbucks for the first time, in Kyobashi, Osaka. She said we should go, and I hadn't gone before since they didn't have any in Nara back then. She was like, 'You don't know what Starbucks is?'"
-MAMI: "That really happened?"
-RINA: "Yeah, you were like, 'Let's go to Starbucks!'"

•TOMO also mentions that she didn't know what bagels were, and that they were a hard food. MAMI talks about how she and HARU used to eat a lot of bagels and go to this bagel place called BAGEL&BAGEL at the Nagoya Parco mall when they were still taking dance/vocal lessons. HARU mentions that it was difficult deciding where to go to eat after practicing, and RINA says how she was scared of foods like bagels and places like Subway because she didn't know anything about them.

•RINA does the next amidakuji and ends up on #9. The listener asks them what they do to feel better when they're feeling down. TOMO says that since she likes plants, it's calming for her when she takes care of them. MAMI mentions making food like onigiri, and TOMO says that she watches a lot of onigiri how-tos on YouTube, which makes her feel relaxed. MAMI says that food videos do make you feel relaxed. HARU says that pets are great for when you're feeling down.

•The other members ask if Lady (HARU's dog) is doing well. HARU says she is. MAMI then mentions that as she saw HARU walking Lady the other day. HARU goes, "No way!" MAMI says that she saw them while she was driving. She mentions that HARU told them that Lady will stop walking if it's too cold outside, and MAMI saw just that: Lady was stopped in the middle of the street and wouldn't move. HARU was talking to her and trying to get her to move, but she refused to. HARU goes, "I'm so embarrassed!" She also says that she was on her way to get Lady groomed, so they were on a different walking route from usual and Lady wasn't used to it at all, which is why she was refusing to move. She ended up having to pick her up and carry her back home.

•They close out the episode by reading one more message from a listener who says that they hope that TOMO's wish to make an Apollo chocolate-shaped pouch comes true, and that the size of an Apollo is the perfect size for a ring. The listener also says that when they listen to the album, they're like, "Ah, so this is what living life is all about," and it relieves their worries. TOMO goes back to the Apollo ring, saying how cute that would be, and that the size of Apollo is perfect for making a lot of things. MAMI: "Wouldn't an Apollo candle be adorable?" - TOMO: "With a strawberry scent? [asks the radio producer] How do these things sound? Ah, they're nodding."

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The Asia leg of SCANDAL's world tour has been postponed.

SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 “Kiss from the darkness” Update

First, we would like to appreciate all of our loyal fans for your constant support.

Due to the current situation involving the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and after deep consideration, we regretfully announce the postponement of the following 5 Asia shows:

May 30 – The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
June 6 – New Frontier Theater, Manila
June 13 – Lido Connect (Hall 2), Bangkok
June 21 – MacPherson Stadium, Hong Kong

We sincerely apologize to all fans who were looking forward to the shows. We are currently working very closely with all parties involved to be able to safely hold this tour. Please do hold on to your tickets and keep an eye out for updates.

Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience. The safety of all fans and staffs are our top priorities.

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The first six April performances of SCANDAL's world tour have just been postponed as well. Rescheduled performances will be announced at a later date.

Re: SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2020 “Kiss from the darkness”

Thank you very much for supporting SCANDAL.

With the spread of the coronavirus and the uncertainty of when it will be resolved, we have decided to postpone the following performances.

April 4 (Sat) Ishikawa Prefecture @ Honda no Mori Hall
April 5 (Sun) Niigata Prefecture @ Niigata Terrsa
April 10 (Fri) Kyoto @ Rohm Theatre Kyoto, Main Hall
April 11 (Sat) Hiroshima @ Ueno Gakuen Hall
April 17 (Fri) Fukuoka Prefecture Fukuoka City Hall
April 18 (Sat) Kumamoto @ Kumamoto Prefectural Theater, Drama Hall

We sincerely apologize to everyone looking forward to the performances.

We will announce the rescheduled dates as soon as they are set, so please keep your tickets in a safe place.

We will continue to exchange information and discuss with officials, and will ascertain when you'll be able to come to our concerts with peace of mind.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Tweets from the band:

HARUNA:「I wonder exactly when we'll be able to start our tour,, We'll be making calls while keeping an eye on the situation. Health is the top priority for us and for everyone too. Although each day's uncertain, let's be positive. We'll do our best for the live stream on the 29th! Look forward to it!」

RINA:「It's painful having to keep making postponement announcements. It's now up to 12 performances. But, as always, we'll look for what we can do right now and continue to dispatch them⁠—we hope you understand. Keep safe for your sake and for the people around you.」

TOMOMI:「I want us to all stay healthy until the next time we can see each other. We will stay healthy.」

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