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Previously I wrote a detailed account on the Nagoya concert on the 28th November (here) however, that was me, objectively translating and recounting on what Junsu said during his talk ments. Through this post I wanted to share about a few things I observed while attending first hand and will try my best to describe adequately how the atmosphere was like and how it felt to be there.
Every single second, I feel blessed to be able to attend a concert and to be able to understand what JYJ are talking about without having the need for a translator. Been that road before.. wasn’t fun.. Having a translator at the venue only complicates things and sometimes a few things are missed out during the transition of languages.
Junsu dances so well, but this is something I realised even more after seeing the IDMYO dance crew dancing live. Their level of dance and technique is definitely pro (but of course) however, our Junsu even huddled between them dances so well that you’d actually downplay the pro dancers ability (I know i did). When Junsu appeared for the first time on stage and performed Out of Control and Turn it up back to back, he was panting very heavily and had to wait for a minute or two so he could speak (this was the start of Ment 1).
I previously attended the 2015 XIA 3rd Asia Tour Concert in Japan, and compared to that time I felt a bit of a difference in Junsu. However, it might just be because of the different city venue and the difference in the progression of the tour, previous concert was in the first leg of the tour. Junsu was more chatty this time around and he interacted more with the fans. Usually he interacts and talks to fan most during genie time however, in Nagoya (day 1) he pretty much interacted with once during each ment.
Talk recount recap:
1. During the age group check, Junsu said the people in the front are making faces during the teens fan chant. And when he moved to the 30s, he said those same people’s facial expression has become better.
2. Junsu said sorry to the woman who said ‘I’m healthy!’ when Junsu said people in their fifties and above don’t need to overexert themselves.
Even though Junsu did not interact personally, these two occasions clearly shows that he is looking at everyone properly, he is listening. But during the Japan concerts you get to see Junsu struggling with Japanese and he honestly asks everyone to help him, and is literally learning on stage. This adds to his interaction with the Japanese fans.
Story from the moving tram on the corridors between 2F and 3F
Everyone was super excited when Junsu went around the hall on this tram, during incredible, making him near to the people in the 3F seats. However, to get to the tram, Junsu himself walked up the stairs from the stage to the 2F corridors, and those stairs were just beside the fans sitting in that 2 F block seats (basically he went by super close from me :p). There was a staff (or security) standing on each step and they had their arms up, basically blocking any physical contact between the fans and Junsu (and you could say a bit of vision as well). However! Junsu’s facial expression at that time was priceless. He had such a bright smile on his face while he quickly climbed up and into the tram. And the funny thing is, when Junsu was approaching toward us he had this oddest expression while smiling, I thought he’d be moving back towards the centre of the stage anytime soon, like he previously did during turn it up (if i’m not mistaken), when he flashed a big smile and headed even further towards us and up the stairs. Totally caught me off guard. He came, conquered and left XD.
Junsu singing live
Here, i didn’t wanted to point out how Junsu singing live is tens of thousand times better than studio version, but I wanted to highlight Junsu singing live during genie time with no background music. When he started singing Jinaganda (It Will Pass) during genie time, the whole crowd went pin drop silent and the only thing reverberating in the hall was Junsu’s beautiful voice. It was beyond perfect.
On that note, attending a concert in Japan is highly advantages, as during ballads the whole crowd sits down and remains quiet. You can appreciate the beauty of the voice even more.
I mentioned this in my previous post that all the concert VCR had Lee Re, fellow CJes child actress, in them. But to be more descriptive, the first VCR was played before Junsu made his entrance. At first there was a woman who was working overtime at her office and seemed tired. Then in the next scene Lee Re was seen in her room, when she finds a snow globe and touches it. After touching the globe she is transferred to a different dimension where Junsu appears standing on some kind of a podium steps and extends his hand to her. That is the same setting with which Junsu makes his appearance, he was standing on a similar podium steps as shown in the VCR.
In the second VCR they showed Lee Re going through a scrapbook with pictures and captions of all the things Junsu did and achieved from the time of his first album till the third. In the third and last, the adult woman joins with Lee Re and Lee Re brings the globe to her. Basically i don’t know exactly what was going on but it seemed Lee Re and the woman were happy (laugh).
How different was Junsu in his solo concert as compared to JYJ concert?
Basically not really different at all. But he interacted a tad bit less in JYJ concert as he was interacting with his members as well. In his solo concert if he spots a fanboy, he immediately stops to talk to him and ask him how he came here, how did he become a fan etc. But in the JYJ concert, I saw him being curious about a male fan, and he did mention about him but then moved past it. I think Junsu couldn’t contain his curiosity anymore as he stopped yoochun and jaejoong from talking mid way and said ‘sorry but i really want to ask him’, and went through with his questions.
The Special Stage: Genie Time
Everyone knows how special Genie Time is, but experiencing it is beyond amazing. Junsu’s solo concert lacks the special touch of JYJ talks but I feel Genie Time makes up for it equally. You can literally feel Junsu sweating during Genie Time, and after he finishes one request successfully, he’s always in a hurry to get done with it quickly. He went like ‘okay okay next one, quickly lets finish this’.
Watching Junsu drop to his knees with embarrassment, watching him go eukyangkyang, seeing and hearing him practice on stage, it’s an unforgettable moment.
In the Nagoya concert, after genie time was done, Junsu let our a sigh of relief and was super excited as he survived through it. And he very relaxed and cockily went “okay, I feel like the whole concert is done now with this segment done with, rest is all easy now.” Genie time must weigh the same burden as a whole concert for Junsu then..?
Genie time first wish
The person who was selected for the first wish was Korean and her Japanese seemed to be pretty weak. Junsu couldn’t properly read what her request was so he went to ask her and she replied in Korean and Junsu said in Korean, ‘oh are you Korean?’. He could have simply continued to ask her what her request was in Korean, but he asked her in Japanese and she tried her best to say it in Japanese however, the end result was that Junsu still didn’t understand the request and told her that she should learn Japanese together with him (laugh). In the end with the help of the Japanese fans, Junsu figured out what her request was. -> wake up in a sexy and romantic voice. The Korean fan wrote a wrong work for the verb ‘wake up’, leading to the confusion.
It’s all in the ‘Eukyangkyang’ for me
I have an absolute time just hearing Junsu laugh. Those three hours in Nagoya, he entertained us so much and I laughed so hard with him. He was super happy, energetic the whole time. Easily joking around, the atmosphere was really hyped up. The crowd was super passionate and Junsu said he ate hitsumabushi to not loose his strength but he has lost to everyone’s passion and power.
Tourist Guide Junsu
Approaching the end of the concert, Junsu mentioned about all the places in Japan and the food they are famous for. While he himself started the topic listing Nagoya, Tokyo and Osaka, after the fans in the crowd started screaming other places in Japan (basically i am assuming, their hometown). Someone mentioned Niigata, which he heard. When he heard someone say fukuoka and talk about it, two girls sitting behind me screamed saying that they are happy that Junsu mentioned their hometown. This I feel was a way for Junsu to interact with the fans and the fans were very happy. Though Junsu loves to eat, for him each different place in Japan is associated with the food.
Junsu in Korea and Junsu in Japan
Looking at Seoul fancams I’ve always felt how different Junsu is in concerts held in Japan and in Korea. However, this time around Junsu has opened up a bit more and gotten comfortable with his Japanese as well. He was shouting back at the fans, reacting to the fans screams and being playful as well. So, I enjoyed that a lot since I was pretty envious of the Korean fans as Junsu interacted with them like they were his friends.
Back Seat Jazz version
I love these kinds of performances by Junsu. He always tries to show something new. He introduced Back Seat while introducing his group JYJ. I feel maybe on of the reasons why he decided to perform it was for JYJ. He mentioned Jaejoong and Yoochun and was even replying back when fans asked him questions like ‘when will you meet them next?’.
I hope I wrote this account well for everyone to enjoy. This post contains my personal opinion and the things i feel were important, others may have a different view. Forgive me for any grammatical errors. Thanks for reading. ^^