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“Showbiz Korea” in Arirang on JYJ’s new album press conference
T/N: Asahi Shimbun is one of Japan’s major newspapers
On the 15th and 16th, Korean group JYJ held their Japanese concert that experienced a flood of 80,000 fans and ended in great success.
According to their agency on the 17th, JYJ’s independent concert, titled “JYJ UNFORGETABLE LIVE CONCERT IN JAPAN 2011″, was held once each day on the 15th and 16th at Hitachi Kaihin Park in Ibaraki, Japan.
When the ticket sale was opened in September, it already made a record for being sold out simultaneously. On the dates of the concert,it gathered a great number of not only sponsors but also standing guests, ending in great success.
Their agency also said, “On the day of the concert, there is a flood of JYJ fans riding trains to the concert, causing the trains in the neighboring area to skip and passed through some stops. There is also a rush of cars coming from various places across the country, paralyzing the traffic of the whole area since early morning.
Since their world tour in June, it has been 5 months since JYJ stood on the Japanese stage. During this concert, they introduced to fans a compilation of songs from their world tour album “The beginning” as well as songs from their first Korean album “In Heaven.”
JYJ‘s solo concert at Ibaraki Hitachi Park confirmed their fame in Japan, as they managed to garner more than 80,000 fans over two days!
Concert tickets for ‘JYJ UNFORGETTABLE LIVE CONCERT IN JAPAN 2011‘ sold out as soon as the tickets were available for the general public, and the server crashed due to the influx of visitors. Every seat for the solo concert was sold out, and even standing room at the venue was practically brimming over with excited fans.
On October 3rd, thousands of fans flocked to the park to see JYJ perform. It’s being reported that all parts of the country had been hit with heavy traffic, due to the amount of fans driving to the concert. An associate of the concert commented, “We were already surprised because the tickets have been sold out before, but the associates were surprised again by JYJ’s fame once again when the standing sections (which could hold a capacity of thousands) were full as well.”
JYJ had put on a spectacular show, performing songs from their first Korean album, ‘In Heaven‘, as well other hit songs from their worldwide album, ‘The Beginning‘.
They also had the crowd going wild when they performed OST songs from dramas that JYJ were affiliated with, such as “I Found You” from ‘SungKyunKwan Scandal‘, “Protect You” from ‘Protect the Boss‘, and “You Are So Beautiful” from ‘Scent of a Woman‘.
One 40-year-old fan commented, “I really like JYJ. I’m a housewife so on the day of the ticket site opening, I waited in front of the computer from morning to night waiting for the site to reboot and applied for the lottery to sit towards the front. Luckily, I was given a good seat. The JYJ members are good-looking and they have a great harmony. They are also funny, which makes them even more popular.”
Another fan, aged 45, admitted, “My daughter and wife love JYJ so inevitably, I ended up liking their music as well. The whole family left the house at 3:00 AM to watch their concert, but we couldn’t get to the front of the standing section. I’m so excited, regardless, because I got to see JYJ’s performance.”
*Notes: Abukawa Mihoko is a member of the comic duo Hokuyou that has been in the scene since 1995.
☆I went to the concert by chance☆
Because of work, I thought I wouldn’t be able to go but by chance, I unexpectedly was able to go yesterday.
Things like that can happen!? I was so shocked that my expression was of a pigeon who was shot by a peashooter.
Because it was too sudden, I could only go alone.
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