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Skybanner for Jaebom

This is indeed ambitious but you gotta admit that it is a good idea. Scratch that, it is a terrific idea.

The sky banner will be flown at 2-4 pm in Seattle, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds on the 28th.

It will look like this:

And if you’re wondering if Jaebom will be able to read the message, well, the ones spearheading this project said that they know people, who know people, who know Jay who will ensure that he will get to read the message on the banner.

Donation is still needed and that’s why I’m posting this on my blog. If you are willing to do so, then go here.

I’m not a 2PM fan however, how can I pass up something as big as this?

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Finally! Seung Gi’s MV for Let’s Break Up is out. This song is his title song for his fourth album, Shadow.

God, am I so damn glad that he is back as a singer. Though I tremendously enjoyed his amazing performance in Shining Inheritance, I still miss his voice. He is one of the best solo singer and balladeer in Korea. (And for me he is the best male solo singer, okay?)

And thank God, he wasn’t beaten up in this video. LOL.

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Saw a post in allkpop regarding CDTV’s poll “What Artists do you want to see most live?” Well, actually their article mainly concerns DBSK (which I also like, btw) saying that DBSK is Number 2 in Japan for this poll. However, I haven’t even finished the article and I already have the feeling who got ahead of DBSK.

Well, of course, no other than ARASHI.

Seriously, that is not a surprise. I haven’t been to any of their concerts but I have their concert DVDs and their concerts are just so awesome. It’s indescribable. So energetic with lots of running around and they can still sing after all that?

I think another thing about Arashi’s concerts is that it’s just so much fun. Not only the audience is having fun but they themselves are having fun. They even play on stage even though they’re seriously performing.

And what’s with those comments that Arashi cannot dance? I don’t know if those who commented even watched Arashi. However, maybe it’s because their dance steps are not conventional, not mainstream popular dance moves. But oh well, I’m not gonna go around bashing other people’s opinions. LOL.

Here’s the video of the poll. I wonder why NewS didn’t even make the cut? Actually, I can think of a dozen more Japanese artists who I think deserved to be in the top ten but nevertheless, Arashi’s already there so I’m happy.

And for a glimpse of how Arashi is live, here are some videos.
About their outfits, well they’re from Johnny’s and they do that so people sitting from afar can still see them.
JE has always have the weirdest outfits.

Let’s start with A.RA.SHI

CRAZY MOON – KIMI WA MUTEKI

I love LA TORMENTA. The way they introduce each of their members is so cute.

OH YEAH!

The amazing TRUTH

And seriously, you have to see this is you’re a Matsujun fan. So funny. Poor Jun, being hoisted up like that. That was scary. FIGHT SONG.

And finally, SAKURA SAKE. The one I said before, the song that never ceased to amaze me when they performed it live.

I’m gonna state one of the comments I’ve read in YT about their concerts.

NOBODY DOES BETTER CONCERTS THAN ARASHI.

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I’ve known about these videos for a long time but I only remember to post it here today.

For those who doesn’t know T-Max, they are the guys who sang two BOF Osts, “Almost Paradise” and “Wish You’re My Love.” Kim Joon, one of the member, played Song Woo Bin (F4 member) in Boys Over Flowers.

According to HiddenSkyLight, T-Max is a Jpop-inspired Kpop trio. I never heard of anything like that but I really thought that was cool.

I love these videos. A lot of vids in YT try to compare Korean and Japanese idol groups. It’s kinda nice to know that these guys appreciate Jpop.

I’ve always wondered about that. I wonder if these idol groups also like other idol groups, expecially not from their own country. (I know Jung Min of SS501 likes Yamapi XD)

Okay, this is kinda a bit off topic (SKIP IF YOU MAY) but I really want to talk about this a little bit. Korea acknowledges the power of the Japanese market and they try very hard to penetrate in that country. However, they can never succeed unless they learn the language. Their own kpop song (in Korean) will never be successful in Japan unless it’s in Nihongo. They can only enter the very competitive and difficult to enter Oricon Chart if their song is in Japanese. So, they make their talents learn the language like BOA, DBSK, Suju, SS501 and many others.

Actually, not only the Koreans but the Taiwanese as well. Fahrenheit has a couple of Japanese songs for the Japanese market. Even Vanness Wu has a Japanese single currently on the 12th spot of the Oricon chart.

On the other hand, Japanese idol groups don’t try that hard to capture the Korean and Taiwanese market. Well, they acknowledge it but they don’t go as far as to learning the language extensively and recording songs in these languages. I don’t really know but it’s always the Korean and Taiwanese groups who want to very much enter the Japanese market. Arashi had only one concert in Seoul (aside from the Asia Song Festival), Taipei and Shanghai despite Matsujun saying that they’ve been receiving a lot of fan letters for so many years asking them to perform in other places (other than Japan, that is.)

And when they do perform, they sing their Japanese songs, not one song in another language. Correct me if I’m wrong but I have some of their concert DVDs and I don’t hear them singing other than their Japanese songs. Meaning, they actually don’t need to sing in another language to be successful in another place. But I guess, Japanese are just really loyal to their language. While some Jap may appreciate kpop, cpop but if they’re not going to sing in Japanese then they won’t get really famous. Just take a look at DBSK, the first Korean group to have a concert in Tokyo Dome, they had 4 Japanese studio albums.

Well, anyway back to topic. Here are the videos of T-Max singing and dancing to Arashi’s Love So Sweet. It’s amazing how they know the steps very well. They must be really die-hard fans. I’m starting to like them now because they’ve got good taste in music. XD

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Jaebom of 2PM leaves Korea

This is my own post.

As of now, most of you probably know what happened to 2PM’s Jaebom.

It all started when someone (most prolly an anti-fan) dug up his MySpace comments from 4 years ago and posted it online. He quickly apologized for it, stating it was during his training days and his opinions have changed.

But well, too late. His comments already caused an uproar and an outrage  among Korean netizens leading to petitions asking him to quit, blah blah blah. One even going overboard by starting a petition asking Jaebom to commit suicide.

So, yesterday, after all the drama, Jaebom decided to leave Korea. For good? We don’t know yet.

I wasn’t supposed to make a post out of this issue and I am not a 2PM fan to be affected but seriously after reading news about this controversy (they are all over),  I can’t help but make this post.

Forgive me for saying but I think, Korean netizens are CRAAAZZZYYYY and SCARY!!! Embarrassingly so.  Some of them are even SICK, especially the one who created the petition asking Jaebom to commit suicide. Seriously, that was way way way over the top.

They are also very powerful that they can drive a celebrity to do something like quitting and leaving. Woah, really really scary. Don’t they have something better to do with their lives???

Now, Jaebom’s gone back home to America. Good for him, then, I think.

I wonder if on the way he was thinking, “I was right, thinking like that about Korea back then.”

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This is exactly why I love them.

THEM meaning ARASHI.

They are so not like any other idol groups. They’re just awesome. And this video is pretty amazing because it features Arashi members in a lot of variety shows, some of their own. They’re funny, cute and just adorable.

I mean, they’re idols but they are not afraid to look like dorks. They love having fun. And I’m having fun watching them too.

The song is Attack It. A hidden track in their 5×10 album.

Lyrics below.

Favorite line:
“Kokoro nusunda orera wa hannin”
translates to
“We are criminals for stealing your heart.”

And this is said by Matsujun no less. PERFECT.

Lyrics

ATTACK IT!

We’re gonna jump Towa ni sakuhazu
Kokoro namidatsu Mazariau music
five! live! move! step Fumu shoes
Umidasu Rollin’ Rollin’ goin’ Rollin’
We make storm

one two san shi gonin de gacchiri kunde susunde ikunde
Kantsuu Anata no kokoro gattsuri itadaku you ni shikunderu
Shigamitsuite koi yo Kasabaru uwagi wa nuide koi yo
Shitataru ase nado fuite koi yo hitokawa futakawa muite ikouze

We’re running Tomenaide kannin
Kokoro nusunda orera wa hannin
Mawari ga kanshin “Anshin no danshi” Tsudotte joshi Jumping

A~ moumou gaman no genkai nenkai [enkai] okosu tensai
Joukuu kara gekai made no zentai Mina no shuu say loud!

Akuru ban mo mada mada Hold me tight
Kara matte kono mama sawagou de doushitachi? you see

Taiyou to tsuki datte ouu Kumo ga atsumaru kanaderu boufuu
Oto ni karada wo makaseru choushuu

We’re gonna goal! Tsukisusumu course
Kawaranai soul Tomaranai music
five! live! move! Step[up chuu]
[Tokedasu] Rollin’ Rollin’ goin’ Rollin’
We make storm

A to the R A Sora yo haresare
Ame Kaze Taenai car chase
Kono shizukesa no naka setting Minami kita kara sekkinchuu

Imada ni seiryoku mada kakudaichuu tomatte iru dake nado tada taikutsu
Zenshin aru nomi nani yori aisuru Egao ni magireta daikaijuu

Toida tsume kakushi kiba wo muku
Gaiya no kotoba wa shikato suru! haha

Mukau wa choujou sakebe yo go go
Agare yo go go Mina no shuu say loud!

Akuru ban mo mada mada mou iikai?
Tada matte kureru yakara nado sou inai you see
Kotae wa kantan Tada tada jump jump
Ude age jump jump jump jump

We’re gonna jump Towa ni sakuhazu
Kokoro namidatsu Mazariau music
I’m gonna goal Tsukisusumu course
Kawaranai soul Tomaranai music

We’re gonna jump Towa ni sakuhazu
Kokoro namidatsu Mazariau music
five! live! move! step Fumu shoes
Umidasu Rollin’ Rollin’ goin’ Rollin’
We make storm


Translations:

We’re gonna jump, Surely going to blossom for eternity
The rippling waves of the heart blends together the music
five! live! move! step forward shoes
Creating Rollin’ Rollin’ goin’ Rollin’
We make storm

one two three four, the five of us progress, firmly holding hands
We’re planning on receiving your heart penetratingly
Come cling onto us. Go take off your bulky outer garment.
Wipe your dripping sweat. Peel off one layer, two layers.

We’re running Sorry but don’t stop us.
We are criminals for stealing your heart.
People around us show interest. “Relieved boys” and Girls gather Jumping

A~ we can’t wait anymore, it’s already the limit. A disaster arises at [a conference], a party
A full opening from the heavens to the world below. The mass amount of people say loud!

Tomorrow night isn’t coming yet, Hold me tight.
So let’s wait and make noise/party with you fellow comrades, you see

The sun and moon even covers clouds that gather and play to make a storm
We leave it for our bodies to play for the audience

We’re gonna goal! Pushing through the course
Unchanging soul Unstopping music
five! live! move! [In the midst of] Stepping up
[Melting] Rollin’ Rollin’ goin’ Rollin’
We make storm

A to the R A The sunny clear skies goes away
A car chase that can’t keep going because of the rain and wind
A setting inside this silence. Drawing closer from the south and north

Even now, the power is still growing bigger. It’s boring if we just stop here.
We only advance forward and really have love. A diverted big monster/dinosaur with a smile.

Hide the sharpened claws and show our fangs.
Ignore what other people say! haha

Go towards the top, Shout go go
Go up go go, The mass amount of people say loud!

Tomorrow night isn’t coming yet, isn’t it okay already?
It seems like there aren’t any comrades that’ll wait for us [like you], you see

The answer is easy. Just just jump jump
Raise your hands jump jump jump jump

We’re gonna jump, Surely going to blossom for eternity
The rippling waves of the heart blends together the music
I’m gonna goal! Pushing through the course
Unchanging soul Unstopping music

We’re gonna jump, Surely going to blossom for eternity
The rippling waves of the heart blends together the music
five! live! move! step forward shoes
Creating Rollin’ Rollin’ goin’ Rollin’
We make storm

video credits to leenoux@YT

lyrics credits to sakuratika@LJ

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Arashi – 5×10 (subbed)

I wish I can express my profound love for 5×10 but I can’t. It just goes beyond words. This song is like Arashi’s love letter to fans. They wrote this themselves.

The first few times that I heard this song, I cannot help but cry every time. Then I sort of put it on repeat in my player to the point that I memorized the song without the help of written lyrics, just by listening to it. I thought I was already immune to it.

However, I found this amazing video with lyrics and subs too. The clips are amazing. It’s 10 years of Arashi awesomeness. I cried again.

I swear, how many times do I have to cry??? I’m running out of tissues.

I want to put my fave parts/lines from the song but it’s very very very hard to choose because I love every line. Like I said before, every line speaks to my heart. So, I’m going to put the lyrics again and just bold some.

5×10

A few years after we met
It seemed like it had been a coincidence
And before we knew it it’d been ten years
A balloon flies up into the sky
And together as an unsteady five we board a rocking boat
“Just laugh” “Surely this is where dreams will come true”
We hold the time we were told this in our hearts even now

There were days we felt only things like impatience and uncertainty and resentment
But because you were there for us and your smiles were warm
We managed to walk our way here, with hands at our side to hold
Even with this time we’ve spent together, somehow
Even now we still are just humbled

We who collected the wind within ourselvees
And the sadness too great to shoulder
Because you were there, we could turn it into smiles

There was a dissonance innocently played
That got to visit many worlds
And before we knew it, suddenly
It had turned into us

We honestly cried (These many words of love from us)
And honestly laughed (Are absolutely all we have)
And honestly worried (So we put once more to song)
And honestly lived (All the love that’s grown so great)
And we’re proud of where we are now.

We honestly cried (These many words of love from us)
And honestly laughed (Are absolutely all we have)
And honestly worried (So we put once more to song)
And honestly lived (All the love that’s grown so great)
And we’re proud of where we are now.

Step by step, If there’s no path nearby that you can take
Then your only choice is to walk the path you believe in
And if by some chance you cry then let’s meet here again
These unchangeable rascals that will simply send you their love
Together we’ll wish for a future for you

Using the wind to cross the mountain ahead, we can fly
And we will paint the place with our colors

By ourselves we glanced up at this sky
And perhaps you’re seeing it too
If you are then face the sky and sing
Yes, with everything you have.

We honestly cried (These many words of love from us)
And honestly laughed (Are absolutely all we have)
And honestly worried (So we put once more to song)
And honestly lived (All the love that’s grown so great)
And we’re proud of where we are now.

If these voices we’ve shared don’t disappear
Then we swear this love forever onwards
And we hope that it makes smiles blossom

It’s always always in our hearts
And that’s why we want to try to tell you
Thank you
And from now on, thank you

The reason we stand here now shining
Is because you’re there
We’ll be five, forever here

We’ll turn everything up till now into our strength
And if it’s wrapped in our unchanging love
Eternity, you see, eternity
Was born just for you and I

La La La La
La La La La
La La La La
La La La La
Love
Love for you

video credit to leenoux@YT

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