K-POP SUPER LIVE Concert, Hallyu Wave in Tokyo

February 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Events, Music, Pictures | 3 Comments
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Super Junior Happy at the K-POP SUPER LIVE concert in Tokyo.

The popular Korean wave, or “hallyu,” of Korean dramas may be on thin ice but the hallyu of K-pop is well alive.

Six Korean singers (Shin Hye-sung, Jun Jin, Wheesung, Tei, SG Wannabe, Super Junior-Happy) held the joint concert entitled “3rd K-POP Super Live” in Tokyo on Jan. 31.

The singers talked with the audience in Korean and Japanese and the viewers cheered passionately with glowsticks and signs when their favorite singers came to the stage. Despite the lack of any fancy stage setting or special effects, audience members stood up and cheered from the very first song.

The most spectacular response was for Shin Hye-sung and Jun Jin, members of the Korean idol group Shinhwa, who command a large fan base in Japan. Japanese fans spent the night at the hotel lobby where the two singers stayed and cheered their performance waving luminous orange-lit glowsticks.

Jun Jin, who performed the concert’s closing, showcased powerful dance and ballad numbers including “Wa” and “Love Doesn’t Come” throughout the show. He said, “If Japanese fan support for Korean singers continues, we can continuously visit Japan to perform.” He also earned applause when he promised to learn more Japanese.

Shin Hye-sung took to the stage with a band and sang his hits “Awaken,” “Because It’s You” and “Same Thought.” He said, “I recently shot the second mini album music video for my third album in Sapporo and will visit Japan again with new songs.”

Meanwhile, Super Junior-Happy opened the day’s concert. After delivering greetings in Japanese, they sang “Cooking Cooking!,” “Sunny” and “Pajama Party.”

Tei and SG Wannabe, who have already held solo concerts in Japan and boast a solid fan following, featured their signature powerful vocals. Tei showcased his hits “A Miracle-like Story” and “Love leaves its scent” as well as displayed superb stage manners and fluent Japanese.

Many audience members sang along with SG Wannabe’s “Timeless” and “Partner for Life” in Korean.

Korean and Japanese entertainment business officials at the concert said the event was meaningful in that it showed that K-POP can revive the hallyu boom, which started because of Korean dramas and is said to be losing steam.

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TVXQ-SuJu “Super Concert” Abruptly Canceled 1 Day Before

October 24, 2008 at 8:23 pm | Posted in Music | 4 Comments
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A show involving TVXQ, Super Junior, and other top stars was abruptly canceled one day before the show.

“Super Concert” was scheduled to take place on the afternoon of October 24 in Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province Sports Complex. Artists such as TVXQ, Super Junior, Jun Jin, and Min Kyung Hoon were supposed to appear.

However on the 23rd, the eve of the concert, show organizers suddenly canceled the show. “A refund is currently in progress and will continue.” But they also said, “We will reveal the truth accurately in the future.”

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Jun Jin to Hold Fan Meeting in Japan

October 17, 2008 at 11:22 am | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Jun Jin, who is enjoying a personal renaissance in variety shows, will hold a large scale fan meeting in Japan.

Jun Jin, who is also a member of the group Shinhwa, successfully released his solo debut album and held his first solo concert in Japan this April. His upcoming fan meeting will be held on November 3 at Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo under the title of “Jun Jin’s Fan Meeting; 2008 Autumn Special.”

KNTV, a Japanese network specializing in Korean content and the organizer of the event, said that Jun Jin is enjoying a great deal of popularity not only as a singer, actor and TV host, but also as a regular guests on entertainment programs such as “Highly Ambitious: Season 2,” “Good Sunday,” and “Infinite Challenge.”

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KPop Artists to Hold Benefit Concert for Korean-Japanese

October 13, 2008 at 8:02 am | Posted in Events, Music | 1 Comment
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K-pop stars will hold a concert to raise funds for an annual benefit festival held for ethnic Koreans in Japan. The annual Autumn festival, held in Osaka to promote cultural exchange with Japan and to help ethnic Koreans in Japan, is attended by some 30,000 audience members every year. The 24th annual “One Korea Festival” will be held at the Sun Plaza located within Osaka Park on October 26.

“Super Live 08,” a benefit concert that will be held to support the annual festival, will feature a number of popular K-pop artists including Jun Jin, Park Hyun-bin, Jun Young-rok and Yang Ji-won. Five-member Japanese accapella group “Permanent Fish”, the sibling trio “Cenal” and Park Sung-min from the history drama series “Taewangsashingi” will also make appearances on stage.

Jun Young-rok and Yang Ji-won will also take part in the actual festival that will kick off on October 26. Joining them will be Song Bong-joo from “Scene from A Bicycle,” “Park Bo Band”–made up of Korean-Japanese singers–and the percussion group “Santa.”

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