Today (November 4, 2011), actress Park Shin Hye updated her Official Japanese blog “Ameblo”. She uploaded a photo with a description:
I am Park Shin Hye.
Japanese official fan site opened.
At the same time, Ameblog opened.
I am glad that this is the first blog in Japan.
From now on I will update a lot.
Please visit here frequently.
Pay attentiion to my activities in Japan.
Please do not repost without proper credits. Thank you.
Original Hallyu star Bae Yong Joon and ‘Little Yonsama’, Kim Hyun Joong, successfully held a joint stage together.
Over 3,000 fans attended DATV’s charitable event, called “‘SMILE PROJECT’ charity program ‘Message! to Asia’“, which was held on December 14th in the Tokyo Dome.
Kim Hyun Joong opened the event with his performance of ‘The Strength of a Smile’, which was produced by Japan’s famous producer, Komuro Tetsuya.
Hyun Joong’s performance was followed by stages from artists Hwanhee, D.NA, SHU-I, Joe Cheng, Vanness Wu, GACKT, and of course, Bae Yong Joon.
After this event, Hyun Joong and Bae Yong Joon attended the ceremony held later in the afternoon at the JCB Hall. The ceremony was wrapped up with a special photo-taking session with their fans. The fans were honored to see the two together, and called them ‘Leader‘ (SS501 Leader) and ‘Yong Joon-ssi’, respectively.
Source: CBS News via Nate
4minute held their second live concert in Japan, “4minute LIVE Energy Vol. 2 DIAMOND,” on December 4th amidst the cheering of 4,000 fans.
Fans and Japanese reporters gathered in the concert hall five hours before the official start date, demonstrating the hot interest the Japanese have taken to the Korean girl group.
4minute kicked off their concert by performing their hit tracks, “Muzik,” “HUH,” and “I My Me Mine.”
Gayoon showed off her powerful vocals through her solo performance with “Dejavu” while Jihyunearned the cheers of male fans with her sweet reinvention of “Like A Virgin.”
Maknae Sohyun performed “London Bridge” with a rebellious image, and Hyuna performed her own solo track, “Change.” Jiyoon transformed into a rocker with her smooth, boyish charms for her solo.
4minute wrapped up their concert by stating, “We believe this was the most passionate concert. It’s our second concert, but everyone acted as if we’ve been together for a long time and synchronized so well. Thank you so much for responding so passionately. Please anticipate our future.”
Source + Photos: Star News via Nate
The ladies of SNSD / Girls’ Generation officially debuted in Japan back on September 8th with the release of ‘Genie’ and ever since then, the girls have experienced a lot of popularity in the country. To further their promotions in Japan, the girls recently appeared in the latest issue of SPUR Magazine.
The photo spread is titled “Girls’ Generation in Classic Mode” and they look beautiful as usual. Check out the photos below!
F.T. Island’s 3rd single released in Japan, “So Today,” reached 6th on the Oricon chart yesterday.
F.T. Island’s management agency, FNC Music, stated, “All the singles F.T. Island has released in the major music market in Japan have debuted in the top 10.”
They added, “The fact that they placed 6th on a chart reserved for top artists in Japan means the same as them placing 1st to us.”
Source + Photo: Hankooki
SNSD (‘Shoujo Jidai‘) has been confirmed as a performing act for Japan’s “FNS Music Festival“. Held on December 4th, the festival is an annual music program hosted by Fuji Television.
The girls will be performing alongside other substantial artists, such as AKB48, Arashi, Koda Kumi, and SMAP. It’s more than likely that they’ll be performing their two Japanese singles, ”Genie” and “Gee“.
Stay tuned to allkpop for updates on their performances!
Source: FNS official website
SNSD are dominating the K-pop scene lately, already totaling two K-chart wins and a Mutizen along with ranking #1 in numerous online music and ring tone charts.
But that’s not all – their official advancement into Japan started off with a bang as well, as only a few months into their Japanese debut, the group has already received a double ‘Gold‘ for surpassing 100,000 album sales for both their Japanese ‘Genie‘ and ‘Gee‘ tracks.
The girls recently participated in a photo shoot for Elle Girl Japan, in which they wore luxurious leopard print outfits to match the concept.
Hallyu star Kim Hyun Joong is known for both his swoon-worthy looks and his tasteful style, but was recently granted an award which entrenched his reputation.The multi-talented entertainer won the ‘Best Dresser Award’ from the ‘2010 Sky Perfect TV Awards‘, hosted in Tokyo on November 10th.
Upon receiving this honor, Kim Hyun Joong expressed his utmost feelings of gratitude and happiness.
Kim Hyun Joong will next head to Guangzhou, China where he is scheduled to sing the theme song at the ‘16th Asian Games‘ opening ceremony on November 12th.
Source + Image: Asia Today
According to his agency on November 10th, Jang Geun Suk will be visiting 4 cities in Japan in 5 cycles, starting from Fukuoka on the 12th, and going up towards Kobe, Yokohama, and Sapporo.
Jang Geun Suk said, “Coincidently, this upcoming Japan tour will be clashing with my comeback drama production, ‘Mary Stayed Out All Night”. Since the tour dates run parallel with my filming schedules, I will need very tight time management; however, I’m still happy as I will be able to share news about ‘Mary Stayed Out All Night’ while going on tour.”
A representative of Jang Geun Suk’s agency added, “Ever since we announced the news of his Japanese event, we have been getting countless calls about concert inquiries, and the concerts immediately sold out once tickets became available for sale. Because the server had crashed due to the high traffic, we received numerous calls from fans who were unable to purchase a ticket.”
They continued, “After holding an emergency meeting, we decided to add on an extra concert in Yokohama, but that was sold out right after ticket sales went open too. We are just really thankful for the tremendous amount of interest.”
Jang Geun Suk will be leaving for Fukuoka on the 11th in preparation for his first concert.
Source + Photo: Star News
As of November 9th on the Oricon’s ‘Weekly Singles Chart‘, SNSD’s second single ‘Gee‘ sold 13,320 copies in the first week, and managed to reach the 100,000 milestone by their 3rd week.
What’s interesting to note here is that ‘Gee’ is gaining more popularity than their debut track ‘Genie‘. While ‘Genie’ took 8 weeks to surpass 100,000 sales, ‘Gee’ managed to overcome it in just 3.
The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) will bestow the group with a second ‘Gold‘ disk for ‘Gee’, in recognition of their phenomenal sales. Congratulations, SNSD!
Source: Star News