SMAP is a disbanded Japanese boy band, composed of Masahiro Nakai, Takuya Kimura, Goro Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, and Shingo Katori. The group was created in 1988 by music producer Johnny Kitagawa, founder of Johnny & Associates, originally as a six-piece with Katsuyuki Mori, until his departure from the band in 1996. After making their debut in 1991, the group took the Japanese entertainment industry by storm, becoming the most successful boy band in Japanese history and the best selling band in Asia, often referred to as a “national treasure” and a “fortune and property of the country” in Japan.

SMAP is regarded as an iconic figure in Japan, after achieving an unprecedented level of success in numerous genres in the entertainment industry, including music, television, film, radio, and theater, as a group and individually. Being the first boy band to have a career for more than twenty years and to have extended its activities into various fields outside of music, SMAP is credited for changing the Japanese entertainment and music industry, in terms of prolonging longevity of boy bands and broadening careers by creating new opportunities for bands that followed. After starting out as a typical boy band, with a fan base predominantly female teens, they gradually transformed into a band with a wider audience, expanding their fan base to preteens, male adults, and even the elderly, after their success as actors and television personalities.

One of the 1st boy band I’ve listened to when I was in Secondary School and of course it was because of the Takuya Kimura who was my favourite Japanese Singer/Actor. This song was released in 2000. Here’s the translation of the lyrics:

You’re always my medicine box
No matter how I am, you heal me
Laughing next to me, look, that smile
When you cry, you really do cry

What’s with this ordinary love?

To protect you, that’s why I was born
Yes, you’ll be amazed at how I stay at your side
Your sleeping face shakes my heart, lion heart

If we a child someday
I’ll tell him that I love him second best in the world
And that soon you’ll meet someone too
Just like I met your mother

Your past, full of lies about false love

I’ll make up for everything that you’ve lost
The warmth that taught me love
The unchanging morning is your small heart, angel heart

Your past, full of lies about false love

I’ll make up for everything that you’ve lost
The warmth that taught me love
To protect you, that’s why I was born
Yes, you’ll be amazed at how I stay at your side
Your sleeping face shakes my heart, lion heart

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