[NEWS] 120630 Japanese fans hop plane to Seoul for chance to meet K-pop boy band idols
SEOUL — Thousands of Japanese fans
flocked to South Korea Friday to see an
exhibition dedicated to boy band JYJ and
meet members of the K-pop group who
have taken Asia by storm.
JYJ has invited 7,000 Japanese and 15,000
South Korean fans to an exhibition center
in southern Seoul featuring performance
costumes, trophies, film footage, pictures
and favorite items of each member.
Holograms of the three band members
were placed to guide fans and explain the
“This event was organized for the fans … I
hope they create many good memories here
with us,” said member Hero Jae-joong at
the show launch Thursday.
The group, which is also winning a fan base
as far away as Latin America, will personally
meet the Japanese fans on Saturday and
South Korean fans Sunday.
According to the band’s publicist, the
Japanese fans paid an average 50,000 yen
(US$630) for a three-day tour to South
Korea after winning a draw held among
15,000 JYJ fans in their country.
“JYJ doesn’t visit Japan often so I came here
myself to see them,” said Saori Oka, 22, who
flew in from Fukuoka.
“Of course I plan to come next year and I’m
thankful such an event is being held to
show the items, photos and footage of all
Naoko Kikuchi brought her daughter with
her from Kanagawa.
“It’s fun and touching to see all the
members here … If I get chosen in the draw
again next year, then I will definitely come
back to see them,” the 40-year-old told AFP.
JYJ began performing as part of the five-
member group TVXQ, which debuted in
2003 and sold more than eight million
records at home and abroad. It held sellout
concerts in countries like China, Thailand
But TVXQ broke up in 2009 amid legal
disputes with its agency.
Three of them — Hero, Micky Yoo-chun and
Xiah Jun-su — went on to form JYJ and
released their first album “The Beginning”
in October 2010.
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