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w-inds. worldwide UPDATES!!

w-inds. worldwide updates – 3/22/2011

Due to the Earthquake, w-inds. worldwide suspended its activities for a short period. We’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of you for being patient and understanding during this trying time in Japan. Before we continue talking about ourselves, we want to list the charity information we received over the past few weeks.

HOW TO DONATE:

Some Japanese charity sites:
w-inds.POWER 
http://justgiving.jp/c/2042
w-inds. POWER is a fundraising drive started by a w-inds. fan for w-inds. fans. The w-inds. members themselves have endorsed this group and have been rumored to have donated to it as well.

Tiny Voice Productions 
https://justgiving.jp/c/1729
w-inds. producer Ryosuke Imai also started a fundraising drive on the same website. Many w-inds. fans have donated here.

**You must pay by mastercard or visa to donate to these sites. You can read the English guide here: http://justgiving.jp/pdf/justgiving-man.pdf?110318

For foreigners in Japan:
To donate at FamilyMart, go to the FamiPort. Click 募金. Push 日本赤十字社 button. Then enter the amount & take receipt to counter.

Some foreign charity sites:
American Red Cross: http://bit.ly/9vB6io

Salvation Army US Japan Disaster Relief fund: http://bit.ly/fBXzvT
(pay by paypal or credit card)

Mercy Corps: http://ow.ly/4dqHf

香港救世軍捐款:www.salvation.org.hk/Chinese/index.htm !請大家登入網站並按網站中的指示捐款!一同為日本受害的大家打氣,多與少也可!

Feel free to leave a comment listing other charities!

PHOTOBOOKS

Those of you who ordered a photobook from us: We’ve received them, but we’ve been waiting for our Paypal limit to be reset. We’re really sorry for the inconvenience and we’ll be taking measures from now on to make sure this doesn’t happen again in the future. We’ll be sending out invoices soon for shipment costs.

VIDEOS


We will start working on videos again this week. We didn’t find it appropriate to keep uploading them at a time when everyone’s attention should have been elsewhere, but we’re ready to get back in the saddle.

BOUQUET

Unfortunately, the w-inds. worldwide bouquet had already been finished prior to the cancelation of the Three Fourteen concert and therefore we couldn’t get a refund for it. However, we’ve made a deal with the florist and Melissa and Ash will pay to have it remade for 428 provided that the concert still takes place.

MESSAGE PROJECT


We’re going to start a message project for worldwide fans to e-mail us a message to deliver to w-inds.’s present box on 4/28. We’ll have more information about this soon.

GOODS

As we said before, due to our banks and paypal’s policies, we’re going to have to work on a more efficient system for goods and money collection. This will mean some limitations are going to have to be put on how much people can order or spend. We haven’t worked out the system yet, but we’ll let you know in the near future.

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w-inds. worldwide fan questionnaire video response RAFFLE!

Published on febrero 24, 2011, by in Uncategorized.
We were informed by some people that they were unable to make the submission deadline for Series 2 of the questionnaire videos, but they still wanted to participate. It also came to our attention that people in some countries were unable to access YouTube and therefore unable to partake in the project. 
We wanted to do something to get more people involved in the video project, so we’ve decided to have a raffle. The prize will be this postcard received from the special high-touch single release event held in Osaka (and just so there is no confusion, those are computer printed signatures, not real). 

So, here’s how it works. Make a video response directly to our videos on Youtube, or upload your videos to Tudou or Youku answering the following questions:

2/16 Describe w-inds. in one word. 

2/23 Have you ever tried something because of w-inds.? 

(For example “I tried mountain climbing because Ryuichi loves it”)

3/02 What’s your favorite w-inds. lyric?

3/09 10th YEAR ANNIVERSARY MESSAGE TO W-INDS.

3/16 FOREVER MEMORIES: What’s your greatest memory involving w-inds.?

3/23 What artist would you like to introduce to w-inds.?

3/30 What song would you like w-inds. to cover?

4/06 What’s your favorite era of w-inds.?

(You can talk about their fashion, music, hair, whatever. For example “I liked Ageha era Keita’s hair”)

4/13 What would you recommend to w-inds. from your country?

(Food, place, etc)

4/20 What w-inds. song would you love to see live? 





At the end of the series, we will write down the names/usernames of the people who submitted video responses to the videos and draw one name at random. We will then send that person the postcard. It’s not a big prize, but it’s kind of a rare good. The more times you submit a video response, the bigger your chances are of winning.

RULES

  1. Please only make ONE video response per question. Only one video per question will be counted toward the raffle.
  2. IF YOU USE A WEBSITE OTHER THAN YOUTUBE, YOU NEED TO SEND US THE LINK TO YOUR VIDEO OR WE WON’T KNOW ABOUT IT. You can send us the link on twitter or through our e-mail.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

-Ash and Melissa

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w-inds. worldwide fan questionnaire series 2 WEEK 2!

This week’s question was “Have you ever tried something because of w-inds?”

As always, please feel free to leave a comment or video response giving your answer to the question!

-Ash and Melissa

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w-inds. 推特禮儀指南 (GUIDE TO TWITTER ETIQUETTE AND W-INDS.)

Published on febrero 19, 2011, by in Uncategorized.
w-inds. 推特禮儀指南
近日在w-inds.的推特上發生了一些相當不妥的行為,
根據橘慶太最近的一則推特,我們希望藉由這個機會
呼籲這個令我們洩氣的行為。
我們無法要求w-inds.,但我們應該自律,做好歌迷們應該做的事。
在w-inds.的歌迷們當中擁有著許多不同的文化差異,
或許這些事情在你們的國家事允許的,
但是通常來說這是不能接受的。
**以下文中的”你”僅只對那些犯錯的人,
如果你沒有做過這些事情,也請不要冒犯。
**不要**
1)**不要**推「為什麼你都忽略我?」(在回復的開頭)
在之前的任何一天,
一定會出現非常非常多次這則特別的推。
然而這十分無禮。
當大家興奮地收到w-inds.成員的回復時,
你沒有那個資格得到他們的回復。
再次重聲,**你沒有那個資格得到w-inds.的回復**。
有些人非常幸運且收到不只一則回復,
這一點,會產生嫉妒心是可以理解的。
但是你不應該直接將這個情緒傳達給w-inds.,那很幼稚。
大家都應該知道,這三個人是多麼的忙碌,
他們都是抽出私人的時間來使用推特,
這是他們應該要放鬆、休息的時間。
他們**沒有必要**因為回復你而使用推特。
所以請不要讓這裡形成一個有壓力的環境。
2)**不要**推「我討厭你」(嚴厲批評和說出傷人的話)
很多時候,由於上一項所提及的「忽略」,
大家開始對w-inds.發脾氣。
已經出現無數次「我討厭你」這樣的字句針對w-inds.成員,
多數都是會了吸引他們的注意。
有些人會不擇手段地從他們那裡得到關注,即使這是負面行為。
如果你非常在乎一個人,你怎麼可能對他說出這麼重的話?
當你經過忙碌的一天,終於有機會休息,帶著輕鬆的心情,
看到你的推特上出現三十則慶太說「我討厭你」「你很差勁」「你很噁」,你做何感想?
試著站在對方的處境想一想,做到將心比心。
對於那些不喜歡w-inds.的人來說,他們當然有權發表他們的意見,
但是當他們宣稱自己是歌迷,卻因為自己的任性而說出這些傷人且嚴厲的批評,
這真是令人作嘔。這些人應該要非常的慚愧。
3)**不要**攻擊任何跟w-inds.有交集的人
有些人會對和w-inds.有交集或是和w-inds.一起工作的人吃醋,
因而說出對他們有攻擊性的話語或是威脅他們。
通常目標為女性居多,部分歌迷非常嫉妒他們的關係。
這種神經病的行為是無法接受的。
4)**不要**推「你應該馬上上床睡覺嘍!!!」「不要吃那個,你會變胖!」(如同母親照顧孩子的的推)
就算這是能夠理解你很貼心、很照顧w-inds.,
但你不是他們的媽媽、妻子或是女朋友,所以請不要自行扮演這樣的角色。
他們已經25、26歲了,他們成功地在這星球上存活黑很久了,
他們不需要任何的幫助,除非他們要求。
他們能夠自由的過他們想要的生活,是好是壞都不需要任何人的許可。
5)**不要**推「嗯…你很棒,但是OOO(其他藝人)更棒。」或是「你們應該要做的比OOO更好。」
w-inds.是組自我意識非常清楚的藝人。
他們完全了解自己的缺點、短處,
而且每天都非常努力地在克服那些短處。
這種類似的推沒有任何作用,僅是讓他們變得消極而已。
在你說出這些話的時候,請先用你們的腦袋想一想他們會是做何感想,再說出口。
6)**不要**濫發垃圾訊息給w-inds.
在某種程度上,我們都犯了這樣的錯。
當我們興奮起來的時候,我們都推了不少則給w-inds.。
像是標記著#自的串連,這就是垃圾訊息。
這是好的,但當你重複看到一模一樣的推,
甚至是在我們自己的推特頁面,也可能會有一點惱人。
他們會看@給他們的回應,也會看你說了些什麼。
如果他們不想要回復,他們就不會回復。
不要糾纏他們。
7)**不要**推「這是真的嗎?」(關於緋聞的推) 02.18.2011新增
名人總是會有這種經歷,像是被八卦雜誌拍到傳出緋聞或是被針對。
當這些事情發生在w-inds.身上的時候,
最好的行動方式就是不要提到任何有關這些的事情,特別是不要跟他們本人提到!
如果他們沒有公開談論到他們的緋聞,這就表示他們不想處理這件事。
即使你是好意,告訴他你支持他們,他們實際上可能在一開始就寧願不要吸引你們的注意。
說真的,這是他們的私生活。
雖然我們很好奇,但他們可以做他們想做的事,且不需要任何人的許可。
我們沒有權力知道他們在私底下的生活,他是他們自己的事。
我們應該把視線放在他們的音樂和表演,
並且在那方面支持他們。
請大家盡我們所能去尊重他們的隱私。
**請**
1)請推一些有趣的事情給他們
如果你想得到他們的回應,
最好的方式就是確實地給他們一些他們可以回復的東西。
問他們一些問題、告訴他們你對音樂的一些意見(要有禮貌)
給他們看一些有趣的東西。
2)請注意,因為語言的隔閡,你所認為的幽默或是玩笑可能沒有辦法完整的翻譯。
有時候,你覺得這只是玩笑話,卻會被認為是非常無禮的。
如果你沒有辦法確定他們到底能不能夠了解這個玩笑,
請在句尾或最後加上「開個玩笑而已」(Just kidding),表示清楚。
3)請鼓勵他們
在他們有任何的演出之前祝福他們,
給他們一點鼓勵和能量讓他們能繼續的工作。
4)請對待w-inds.就像你想要怎麼被對待
他們是名人,但卸下了工作之後,他們也和大家一樣都是一般人。
你尊重對方,對方就尊重你;你討厭對方,他也會討厭你。
請為對方著想。
5)請記得,英文不是他們的母語
他們使用英文是為了海外的歌迷,
所以請體諒和支持他們努力學習英文,
且不要過度挑剔他們的錯誤。
我希望從現在開始,我們都可以做到尊重w-inds.、尊重每一個人。
感謝你願意花時間閱讀這篇文章。
原文:Ash and Melissa
翻譯:Jie
*若翻譯有任何的錯誤,或對於翻譯有任何的問題,歡迎批評指教。 e-mail:j2255201@gmail.com
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ETIQUETTE GUIDE UPDATE (2/18/2011)

Published on febrero 17, 2011, by in etiquette, guide, manners.

As per fan request, we’ve added another clause to the DO NOT section of the etiquette guide. Please read and give it some thought.

Please click here to read the rest of the guide and please make sure to show it (POLITELY) to anyone who you think behaves inappropriately to give them a chance to think about their actions.

7) DO NOT tweet “Is it true???” (Tweets about rumors) added 2.18.2011
There comes a time in every famous person’s career when he or she is the subject of rumors and/or is targeted by tabloids. When this happens to w-inds., the best course of action is to NOT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL, especially NOT to w-inds. themselves! If they aren’t talking about the rumor publicly, it means they don’t want to address it. And even if you mean well by telling them you support them in the matter, they’d actually probably prefer not to have drawn your attention to it in the first place. And honestly, it’s their PRIVATE life… while we’re curious, they can do whatever they want with or without anyone’s permission. We don’t have any right to know what they do off stage, it’s completely their business. It’s better to focus on the music and their performances and support them that way. Let’s do our best to respect their privacy. 
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w-inds. worldwide Fan Questionnaire Series 2 Week 1!

We are pleased to bring you the first week of the w-inds. worldwide Fan Questionnaire Series 2! This week’s question was how would you describe w-inds. in one word? We had so many participants that we had to break the video into two parts, so please feel free to watch! Comments and video responses are more than welcome!

PART ONE

PART TWO

Thank you!

-Melissa and Ash

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GUIDE TO TWITTER ETIQUETTE AND W-INDS.

GUIDE TO TWITTER ETIQUETTE AND W-INDS. 

Recently, there’s been some really inappropriate behavior happening in the w-inds. twitter world. In light of Keita’s recent tweet, we want to take the opportunity to address behaviors that we ourselves find upsetting. We cannot speak for w-inds., but just as decent human beings and fans.

Among the w-inds. world, there are lots of cultural differences. Maybe these kinds of things are okay where you live, but in general they are unacceptable.

**The “you” in this guide is directed at guilty people only. If you haven’t done any of this, you shouldn’t be offended.

DO NOTs:

1) DO NOT tweet “Why are you ignoring me?” (begging for replies)

Previously, on any given day, this particular tweet could be seen many, many times. And it’s rude. While it is exciting to receive a reply from a member of w-inds., you are not entitled to getting a reply from them. Again, YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO GETTING A REPLY FROM W-INDS.! Some people are lucky and receive more than one reply from them. To a point, feelings of envy are understandable, but you should never express that to w-inds. themselves. That’s childish.

Everyone needs to understand that these three guys are ridiculously busy and any time they take out for “Twitter Time” is usually out of their own personal time they should be using to relax. They don’t HAVE to use twitter, therefore they don’t HAVE to reply to you. So please, don’t create a stressful atmosphere for them here.

2) DO NOT tweet “I hate you” (bashing and saying hurtful things)

Often times as a result of the “ignoring” mentioned above, people start to write angry tweets to w-inds. Countless times the words “I hate you” have been directed at the w-inds. members, mostly in an attempt to grab their attention. Some people would stop at nothing to get attention from them, even if it’s negative. If you care about someone, how could you say such mean things to them? How would you feel if you went on twitter to relax after a hard day of work and you had thirty tweets from Keita saying “I hate you” “You’re the worst” “You suck”? Try to put yourself in their shoes.

For people who don’t like w-inds., of course they are entitled to their opinions, but when people who claim to be fans say hurtful things and bash them out of their own selfishness, it’s sickening. Those people should be very ashamed.

3) DO NOT ATTACK PEOPLE WHO ARE ASSOCIATED WITH W-INDS.!!

There are some people with a jealous streak that like to say threatening things or harass people who associate or work with w-inds. Usually those targeted are females, and some fans get jealous of their relationship. This is psychopathic behavior and is unacceptable. Period.

4) DO NOT tweet “You should go to bed now!!!” “Don’t eat that, you’ll get fat!” (Mothering tweets) 
While it’s understandable and even sweet that people care so much about w-inds.’s well-being, you are not their mother, wife, or girlfriend, so please don’t act like you are. They are 25 and 26 years old, they’ve survived life on this planet successfully so far, they don’t need anyone’s help unless they ask for it. They are free to live life how they want to do it, for better or for worse, and they don’t need anybody’s approval.

5) DO NOT tweet “Yeah…you’re good, but [insert artist name] is better.” or “You guys could have done ____ better.”

w-inds. is the most self-aware artist there is. They are completely aware of their own shortcomings and they are working very hard every day to overcome them. These kinds of tweets do nothing but demotivate them. Think about how what you’re saying would make them feel before you say it.

6) DO NOT spam w-inds.
To a degree, we’re all guilty of this. We get excited and we tweet w-inds. a lot. Hashtag projects? Complete spam. This is fine, but what might be a little annoying is seeing the same exact tweet over and over and over again, even on our own timelines. They check their @ replies. They see what you’re saying. If they don’t wish to reply, they aren’t going to do so. Don’t pester them.

7) DO NOT tweet “Is it true???” (Tweets about rumors) added 2.18.2011
There comes a time in every famous person’s career when he or she is the subject of rumors and/or is targeted by tabloids. When this happens to w-inds., the best course of action is to NOT SAY ANYTHING AT ALL, especially NOT to w-inds. themselves! If they aren’t talking about the rumor publicly, it means they don’t want to address it. And even if you mean well by telling them you support them in the matter, they’d actually probably prefer not to have drawn your attention to it in the first place. And honestly, it’s their PRIVATE life… while we’re curious, they can do whatever they want with or without anyone’s permission. We don’t have any right to know what they do off stage, it’s completely their business. It’s better to focus on the music and their performances and support them that way. Let’s do our best to respect their privacy.

DOs:

1)DO tweet interesting things at them.
If you want a reply, the best way to get one is to actually give them something to which they actually CAN reply. Ask them a question, tell them your opinions about their music (politely). Show them something funny.

2) Please DO be aware that due to language barriers, your humor or jokes may not translate well.
Something you might mean to say as a joke might actually be considered to be really rude. If you’re not sure if they will understand that what you’re saying is a joke, put “Just kidding” after it. Make it clear.

3) Please DO be supportive. 
Wish them luck before their performances, give them encouragement and energy to go on with their work.

4) Please DO treat w-inds. how you as a person would like to be treated.
Yes, they are celebrities, but at the end of the day, they’re people too. Respect breeds respect, hate breeds hate. Just be considerate.

5) Please DO remember that English is NOT their native language and they use it as a service to foreign fans, so please be understanding and SUPPORTIVE of their efforts to use English without being overly critical of their mistakes.

I hope we all can be respectful to w-inds. and to each other from now on.

Thank you for reading this.

-Ash and Melissa

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w-inds. worldwide Flowers to Budokan!

Published on febrero 3, 2011, by in Uncategorized.

Hello everyone! I don’t know if you remember, but a month or so ago we asked if anybody was interested in sending a large standing bouquet of flowers to w-inds.’s anniversary concert at Budokan on 3/14.

Quite a few people were interested, so let me fill everyone in on the details!

We want to send a large bouquet of flowers to w-inds. from “w-inds. worldwide” for their anniversary concert. This is a very common practice in Japan and many florists offer special arrangements just for this sort of event!

Typical large standing bouquets start at about 14,000 yen, and the sky is the limit as far as upper costs. We think this would be a really wonderful way to show our worldwide support and love for the boys, and to congratulate them on their 10th anniversary!

Below is a picture, taken by Priya from Canada, of some flowers outside a Sweet Fantasy Live Tour 2009 concert:

If you would like to contribute financially to the project, please e-mail futarigafutaride@gmail.com with the following:

1) Your name, of course!
2) How much you’d like to contribute — no amount is too small! Everything is appreciated!
3) Your preferred payment method.

We usually only take Paypal for these sorts of projects, but we realize that Paypal is not possible for everybody. If you have another form of international payment that you prefer, please don’t hestiate to let us know and we’ll try to work with you!

We will be ordering the bouquet about two weeks before the concert. We won’t know which one we can get until we know how much we have to work with, but we will definitely pick the most beautiful one we can find!

Also, if possible, I’d like to offer some small rewards for those of you who participate. This will depend on various factors, but just please trust me that your kindness won’t be taken for granted! :)

We’re looking forward to hearing from you all!

-Melissa and Ash

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w-inds. worldwide questionnaire video series 2 questions!

We’ve picked the questions for the next series. We’ll get to those in a second, but first I want to ask for your cooperation in adhering to some rules that will make the whole process a lot, lot easier for Melissa and I:





RULES

1) Please DO NOT send .wmv files. Please convert them to either .mov, .mp4, or .avi before sending them. This will save us a lot of time! 😀

2) Please subtitle your videos in English if you are speaking a language other than English. Monica and Irene from Mexico did this and it really helped a lot! If you can’t subtitle, please send us an English translation in your e-mail when you send us the video. 

3)Please make your answers clear. Please, please, please think about what you’re saying and try to make your answers as clear as possible without using a lot of fillers (uhh…umm….etc). I know, this is hard for me too. I tried to cut out a lot of it last time but when the fillers were in the middle of an important thought, it was hard to maneuver around it. 

4)Remember that you can do more than one take of a question. If you want to send me each question in a separate video file, that’s fine! If you were going to do this, though, I’d appreciate it if you could send them in a .zip file!

5)PLEASE DO NOT USE COPYWRITTEN MATERIALS IN YOUR VIDEO. I know that background music and such adds a nice touch, but it also puts the video in danger of being flagged for removal. Also sometimes it’s difficult to hear what you’re saying with the BG music. 

6)PLEASE KEEP EDITING TO A MINIMUM. This means try not to use fancy transitions and things like that that might make it difficult for me to smoothly put your video into the lineup. But of course feel free to edit out things that you said but didn’t like, etc. 

7)Please be aware that if we receive a ton of videos, we might rotate who gets to be in a video or not each week. I don’t foresee this being a problem, but just in case please don’t get angry.

So the deadline for the QUESTIONNAIRE VIDEOS: Japan Time February 5th, 2010! Please e-mail us with any concerns. 

Send your videos to futarigafutaride@gmail.com. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND COUNTRY WITH YOUR MAIL.



Please have a look at the questions/topics:


QUESTIONS

***THIS IS THE SCHEDULE OF WHEN THE VIDEOS WILL BE UPLOADED, NOT WHEN THE QUESTIONS ARE DUE***

2/16 Describe w-inds. in one word. 
(And then you can explain why you chose that word 😛 )
(Also please introduce yourself xD)

2/23 Have you ever tried something because of w-inds.? 
(For example “I tried mountain climbing because Ryuichi loves it”)

3/02 What’s your favorite w-inds. lyric?

3/09 10th YEAR ANNIVERSARY MESSAGE TO W-INDS.

3/16 FOREVER MEMORIES: What’s your greatest memory involving w-inds.?

3/23 What artist would you like to introduce to w-inds.?

3/30 What song would you like w-inds. to cover?

4/06 What’s your favorite era of w-inds.?
(You can talk about their fashion, music, hair, whatever. For example “I liked Ageha era Keita’s hair”)

4/13 What would you recommend to w-inds. from your country?
(Food, place, etc)

4/20 What w-inds. song would you love to see live? 
(And you can include your goodbye greetings)


Remember that anyone is allowed to submit a video! Please tell your friends! I look forward to seeing what you guys say this time! 

-Ash and Melissa