Daily Archives: 2011/07/13



This is Kim Junsu, the captain of FC Men team

The 5th anniversary of Peace Star Cup celebrity soccer tournament has come

Though, we haven’t had any much experiences, we have hearts that loved to play soccer and that we think it will not be our barriers.

So we’re very excited to be participating in this year’s Peace Cup match

It’s a very good start for us and we are very happy that we get to participate

There are so many hyungs and many professionals soccer players that I have much respect for, that will be playing so that makes me very nervous

I hope that we will only have fun playing and no one will get hurt

I wish that I can participate in the Peace Cup next year and all the years to come too

Please give your love to the Peace Star Cap and please cheer for our team, ‘FC Men’ also please give your love to all other teams as well.

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On March 11th, there was a disastrous earthquake that occurred in the North East areas of Japan, also affecting areas in Tokyo. Thinking about all the victims who had been hurt in their hearts, JYJ donated 600 million won to the victims of the earthquake through the International World Vision Relief Agency. Yet they felt that they wanted to do something more for Japan these victims, so they have decided to hold a charity event where all the proceeds will go to the victims of the earthquake. It has been decided that this charity event will take place on June 7th in Saitama Super Arena. JYJ’s Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu will be holding their “ Great Kantou Earthquake Victims Charity Event”.

Updates for buying the tickets to this event:

We are sorry to inform that all the tickets for JYJ’s “Great Kantou Earthquake Victims Charity Event” have all been sold out.

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I can’t spot Changmin, but the news did mention him.

The thing that you’re not likely to see everywhere, Yoon Dohyun, TVXQ, and Lee Hyori all gathered in one place.

Through anicare’s twitter on the 5th, the two pictures of these superstars gathering together was uploaded along with line: ‘The guardian angels of animal care today’ to everyone’s eye candy.

In the picture there are Lee Hyori, TVXQ members U-Know Yunho and Choikang Changmin, model Lee Suhyuk, composer Jung Jae Hyung and more. All of them were spotted wearing comfortable pants and T-shirts in various colors, sporting an overall natural look.

Netizens who saw these pictures of the people who gathered to save animals commented, “This is a true superstars gathering” and “These are only group of people wearing T-shirts, but they still force charms of models.”

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Drama ‘Poseidon’ is on the verge of being canceled. ‘Poseidon’, a drama whose story is dedicated to special rescue team in marine police that includes casts such as Eric Moon, Kim Kang Woo, Kim Ok Bin, U-Know Yunho (TVXQ), and Jun Hyebin–was gathering a round of attention earlier for its luxury casts.

The drama had started to film late last year in December, however due to weather problem and Yeonpyeong-do island attack incident, the filming was put in a halt. SBS is in midst of discussion of the drama’s possible airing in the middle of May yet the unstable condition of broadcast schedule during that period gives even more problem to the drama’s production.

Making even worse, during the production discussion, most of ‘Poseidon”s lead actors were said to lay off their casts in the drama. During the end of last year, Eric and the other lead actors had filmed for 1 week that captured about 20% of the drama’s storyline, but Kim Kang Woo and Kim Ok Bin had announced their exit from the production.

Eric’s official revealed on the 6th, “The filming that was scheduled to resume in March had been delayed again, thus leads to a frustrating condition. We don’t know what is happening now neither when we’re going to continue the filming. For now we’ll be waiting for the production notification first.”

U-Know Yunho official from his agency also said, “We haven’t made any decision to get out from the production.”

Meanwhile Poseidon drama official confirmed, “We’ve delayed to resume filming in March it’s true. Currently we’re in the middle of organizing shooting schedule in April and also schedule to retake some filming scenes. The drama is not yet collapsed now. We’re also in negotiation to cast new actors and re-organize the drama’s scripts.”

‘Poseidon’ was priorly scheduled to air in May as the successor of current broadcast drama ‘Midas’.

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On April 5th, TVXQ attended the press conference for tvN’s newly reformed talk show, “Taxi“, and completed their filming as the first guests of the show.

Before getting in the taxi for their interview, Yunho stated, “I want to show sides to myself that express who I am as a 20-year-old man. I’m sure that a lot of people are curious about what’s going on with our team, so we’ll be revealing everything inside of us. Please watch on with a generous attitude.”

Changmin added, “We did not disturb society, nor did we commit a crime. I believe we have the right to speak as honestly and as thoughtfully as we can.”

Their full in-taxi interview can be seen on April 14th at 12 AM KST.

For those familiar with the old “Taxi”, the only changes made to the show are an upgrade in the car used and the addition of interior HD cameras. The MCs remain the same.

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Bangkok Concert with Jaejoong as Executive Director Receives Large Response; Plans Tour of Taiwan, China, and North America in April through June.

Anyway, we suffered but working hard and life is good.
Despite someone’s torments, we try to really smile.

Our efforts are certainly not as a commodity
As a human being, the day I die
I don’t want regrets– to that is our efforts.

Yes, in the end, JYJ.

They poured out the rap as if they were pulling out the lumps from inside. The audience numbering around 11,000 and filling Bangkok, Thailand’s Impact Arena on the 3rd answered JYJ’s cries with a heated roar. On the inaugurating stage of the JYJ World Tour, JYJ for the first time showed off the live version of the Nameless Song, Part 1. As a song included in the Music Essay “Their Rooms” which was released in January, the lyrics which describe the process through which Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu stepped out from TVXQ to form JYJ gathered attention.

The uber-large stage that claimed the entirety of the (concert venue) floor was formed in the shape of the Chinese character Field (田). The small squares within the large square were filled to the brim by the audience. The three members who went and travelled all over the lines of the Field to sing and dance could be seen up close not only by the audience on the floor level but also on the second and third levels. When they sang the audience also sang, and when they danced the audience also danced. The border between the stage and the seats seemed thinner than a single sheet of paper.

This day’s performance was directed in its entirety by Jaejoong. In November of last year, he had stepped a bit into the world of directing the stage by taking on the function of tuning the (communications and the workings) of the multi-national staff from Korea, the US, and Japan for the Seoul Jamshil Olympic Competition Arena Concert. This time, he had pulled up his sleeves to lead. On top of (taking care of) the stage, sound, video, lights, and choreography, Jaejoong put his attention to even the minutiae— for instance, he himself picked the fabric of the stage costumes from Dong Dae Moon Market. The other members called such Jaejoong “Kim Director.”

“Until now, there were not many among the directorial staff who could know well the minds (and thoughts) of the singer. To merely create the stage and to command that the singer “follow the directions that I’ve created” is not the answer from the perspective of the singer. The ideal dream is that the direction adjusts to the singer and the singer adjusts to the direction to create one performance. Although today’s stage is definitely not on the final level of actualization (of that ideal), I feel satisfied to see the members sing with a reassured and confident heart.

On these words by Jaejoong, the other two members nodded. Yoochun said: “I felt more confident than in any other concert.” Junsu said: “I think I went on the stage with a heart that was more reassured than on any other occasion. I am so very thankful to Jaejoong Hyung.”

With the Thailand performance on the 2nd and 3rd as the start, JYJ will continue the tour with the Taiwan performance on April 23 and the Beijing, China performance on May 7th. Furthermore, after finishing the North American Tour that will visit four or more cities in the US and Canada, JYJ will finish off its big run with the Pusan performance on June 11th and 12th. This World Tour is the last stop and the highlight which wraps up the activities of “The Beginning,” their first World Wide Album that was released in October of last year.

Junsu, looking back at the past few months in which they had struggled alone against the difficult circumstances involving the blocking of their TV appearances and the like, said: “That although we received a song from Kanye West for our album, no one knows this fact except us and our fans; That although our album was #5 in the “Albums of this Year” (list) that Billboard readers picked last year, no one knows this fact but us; that we were not able to show (to the Korean audience) this album on a Korean stage. On these points I feel regretful. These are mountains we need to climb in the future. I feel that we’ve all become more solid. Today’s performance, too, was only possible because our members trusted and depended on each other. I am lucky to have met such members.

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The following is the Question and Answer Session with the members of JYJ.

Q: How do you feel after the kick-off concert yesterday?

Yoochun: After it was finished I felt satisfied. During the preparation of the concert there were some parts that were lacking due to my schedule and I did not feel very confident. Normally when there arises occasions which are wanting you feel anxious because you know that such mistakes will happen. Yesterday, however, there were of course mistakes but I think it was a concert that had a high degree of completion.

Junsu: I wish that we had more room time-wise and on that I feel regretful. Because I had been doing musicals and had been preparing for many things there was some stress and I felt pressured. Even though the duration of the preparation was not long, because I had discussed a lot with Jaejoong Hyung on the phone as he prepared for the directing of the tour, and because I had such direct conversation (with the director himself), I rose to the stage with the full understanding of the concert at large. Because I did that, I felt so comfortable. If I recall my memories of kickoff concerts, this was the concert in which I felt the most reassured and comfortable. Among our kickoff performances, this was the best.

Q: How do you feel after having finished the first concert in Thailand as a director?

Jaejoong: I feel moved anew and because this was my first challenge as a director my heart fluttered and I felt tense. Because this was the first time I was in charge of directing I also learned very much. It was also a chance to experience firsthand the agony and the hardship of the directorial staff and other staff. In terms of scale, it is probably smaller than when we were debuting. But I tried hard to reinforce the aspects which, I felt, were uncomfortable for singers. I think one can tell that “he prepared quite hard.” The members themselves were satisfied.

Q: Was there a particular background or something that prompted you to take charge of directing?

Jaejoong: Until now many people took charge of directing the stage but I feel that there weren’t people who knew the best the mind of the singer. The (typical) method was to set the stage and then to tell (the singer) to “follow,” and I thought that such was not the answer. I thought the stage in which the singer and the director adjust to each other was the ideal one, and I wanted to make such a stage. It is not yet on the final level of actualization (of that ideal), but I think that it was a satisfying stage.

Q: How do the other members feel about Jaejoong’s directing the stage?

Yoochun: I totally love it. Even when I just heard that he will take on the role of the executive director I thought that “if it is Jaejoong Hyung he will surely do well.” He himself prepared all of the stages (of directing)– the songs, the singing, the choreography.

Junsu: Jaejoong prepared everything himself—even the fabric of the outfits. Actually, if you stand on the stage, there are some aspects which only those who stand on the stage themselves can feel. Jaejoong Hyung knew well the know-how that he had felt so I felt comfortable. He had always been very interested in such directing and therefore had a nickname as “Kim Direct,” and this time he really became Kim Director.

Q: Are there episodes that happened in the preparation of this concert?

Yoochun: In fact there was one yesterday. Because Jaejoong was paying attention to his role as director he couldn’t pay attention to his role as a singer. *laugh*

Junsu: When you change the outfit and there is a minute you should prepare your performance, but he was thinking only of the stage directing. “The light was wrong in this way,” and such—he paid attention to only those things.

Jaejoong: In truth, because of the detailed aspects of the stage I wasn’t able to pay attention to the songs and the dances (as much as I would have liked). Because I was the director the range of the areas that I needed to do was wide. The design of the outfits and such aspects, I have to pay attention obviously. But because the mixing, writing of the songs, and the composition of the songs, each of them, were not up to my liking I paid even more attention to them, and it is also true that there was no room in terms of time.

Q: Was there something that prompted Thailand to be the start of the World Tour?

Jaejoong: There is no particular reason. For any country (in which we had performed) there are memories of its own.

Q: In the concert you show off four new songs. What kind of songs are they?

Jaejoong: Among the new songs, Yoochun and I wrote together the lyrics of ‘Get Out.’ ‘Get Out’ means ‘Piss off’ in Korean and the lyrics occurred (to us) while I was working in Yoochun’s house. The lyrics are very direct. I see right in front of my eyes the scene of love between the person I love and another man, and I put the words that I want to say to those two. The listener first gets the feeling that the song may be a ballad but then it goes to a high tempo dance beat. It is an upbeat, fun song.

Yoochun: ‘In Heaven’ is extremely moving and the harmony of the three members is very good. The lyrics are meant to be sent to a girlfriend who has died and is in heaven—it is a song with sad lyrics.

Q: The meaning of the current ‘World Tour’?

Jaejoong: Because over 80% of the songs of the concert are songs in which the members themselves participated to create, there is much meaning. If we are looking at just the performance itself, it is not a fancy one that has been created with immense investment of funds. I wanted to show the other side of JYJ’s appeal to the fans. I didn’t do any work that was meant to disperse the sight. I tried to create a stage in which one could concentrate on the songs, in which we could become closer to the fans.

Yoochun: It is JYJ’s first tour abroad. The pride at the fact that ‘now we have enough songs that allow for a concert’ came to me first. I want to leave a strong impression unique to three of us to many fans and also want to show us as competent. I think this concert is going to be one in which I can evaluate for myself—‘I myself am currently at x stage (of life/career) and can go and reach x.’ I think this will be an opportunity for us to grow as artists.

Q: Things that were disappointing or felt difficult while you were preparing for the World Wide Album that was released in October of last year or the showcases abroad last year?

Jaejoong: It was very difficult. That we did not have enough time and the situation that existed were so difficult that it drove one insane. If we can be said to have done the work of putting on the spoon on a set table, this time it was the work of creating something with the staff—it was the first time that we were attempting those things and the process of such creation was difficult. Because the staff and the members did their best I think we have done well so far. There must be many more stages (of these processes) left but I don’t care if the future is even more difficult.

Junsu: What was great about ‘World Wide Album’ was that we went outside of Asia. LA, New York… those American regions were a first for us. Even though the album itself is not even released officially in the United States, it became #5 in Billboard’s Album of the Year and I think that is a big achievement. I felt happy.

But if there is a regret, it is the fact that no one knows of these feats except for us. We received a song from the world-renowned artist Kanye West and released an album, but so many people who were not fans were unaware. We feel confident about the quality of the album but it was regretful that we could not show those good songs on stages of Korea. I think that these aspects are mountains that we will need to climb in the future. We will do our best.

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