Translator’s Note: This interview was taken by Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, (T/N: shimbun meaning newspaper) which is widely regarded for its journalism as the most respected daily newspaper in Japan.
[Prepare the time to always answer the various requests from the audiences at the concert. The conversation with the fans became enjoyable = Osaka-jo Hall, C-JeS Entertainment credit]
Kim Junsu of the South Korean artist group ‘JYJ’ in December held, going to become his last before enlisting, solo concert ‘BALLAD MUSICAL CONCERT vol.5’ (T/N: in the source the concert title was written like this) in Saitama and Osaka. In total around 60,000 people were mobilised and during the tour he greeted his 30th birthday as well. Junsu, who went from an idol to an adult artist and added an year to his age, talked about his celebrity activities of till now and his thoughts before his military enlistment.
In February you will be enlisting into the military, this past one year with what thoughts have you been (doing your) activities?
In the remaining 1 year, formed a clear plan and worked with it. It was an extremely hectic and busy days as compared to usual. When I go to military, my activities as a singer and musical actor would be suspended for a while. Feelings of wanting to securely organise the last of the 7 years (as JYJ) and to adorn the ‘Crowning glory’, came about working hard exhausting my utmost best.
If I do proper activities till the end then the 2 years while enlisting, I also had this thought that wouldn’t then the fans wait for me. As I still have one more month, I will work hard securely till the end.
Debuted in South Korea and Japan as ‘Tohoshinki’ member in your teens, big group in Asia. In your twenties, on one hand you withdrew from the group and on the other broadened the width of your activities with solo activities and appearing in musicals. Was the 12 years of celebrity activities [feels] like a blink of an eye?
It wasn’t like a blink of an eye. The activities of the time of ‘Tohoshinki’ were like a blink of an eye but the activities after that were challenging towards new things or overcoming things, there was a lot of pressure. (Circling the celebrity activities) there were various trials as well. To the point of thinking were there any other celebrities in their twenties who experienced through that. However, from overcoming each one, you can feel that no matter what comes you are endowed with the power to overcome it. In that meaning it also made me think, ‘it was a good experience’.
ah.. everyone. ah.. umm..
ah, really.. (Fans: we’re waiting)
The real. Every time i’ve come along doing uncountable numbers of concert, that’s why every time I have said the line, ‘only the last song is remaining’, but Today’s, right now, when I’m going to say the line that ‘only the last song is remaining’ is a bit different right (voice breaks). ㅠㅠ
(while holding back tears) But, really. 7 years ago, for my life there was a really big change, I was quite lost (T/N: and confused), had many worries as well and thought of giving up, and thought like well from now on I won’t be able to sing. Many various, various well, regarding various [things] I was lost (T/N: and confused). At that time, every time, ‘don’t give up, don’t give up’, us and my hand, who held it was truly everyone. And, till now, really. well. An artist, whoever it may be, live on from the love from their fans. But JYJ and I am different from other artists. As we can’t do any activities or come on shows as artists, that’s why without everyone we can’t do anything, at all. As we can’t do, like releasing an album or making any projects, we can’t do anything. But that, we were able to do continuously till now and till today, without giving up we were able to come, I believe was all thanks to everyone. (Applause, Fans: thank you)
Forever, for forever, really even if I work hard forever in order to return back thought I believe I definitely will not be able to. After two years, so that I am able to answer back to you, as much as possible, really, I will work hard so. Really, I was able to come till now, well even if not till now, this is like a miracle, I never imagined that I would be able to come till now, really. That’s why after this, some day, everyone’s love was so much. Even though I totally can not do anything but the (love) given to me was so much, I will remember it. My feelings of gratitude towards everyone, I will never forget for eternity. Really, Thanks to everyone, I was happy. Well even after 2 years, I will work hard so that everyone becomes happy. (smile)
Thank you very much (bows)
Lets meet quickly. I will come (back) healthy.
ah, now, the everyone of now, each one, faces, eyes, everyday while remembering it I will (go to) sleep. And on the 30th Jaejoong will be coming, Please support (and cheer on) Jaejoong.
Kim Junsu’s 2016 Musical&Ballad Concert to watch again!
5th Mu[sical]&Bal[lad] Con[cert] ‘I Am, I Am Music’ ▶ http://www.vlive.tv/video/19972
Special #EVENT to usher in the New Year of 2017
– Let’s find the first-place winner who can express the lyrics! –
Please leave a comment in the post with you newly expressing in your own style attuned to the lyrics of musical <Mozart!>’s ‘I Am, I Am Music’!
We are giving an invitation (2 tickets for 1 person) to musical <Death Note> which was picked the biggest work with ingenuity of this area and its program [booklet] with Kim Junsu’s sign on it~!
– Participation Period : January 1st ~ January 5th
– Winner announcement : January 6th
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Note: After finishing the encore stage, Junsu came out again.
Everyone. I knew that today everyone wouldn’t leave. Thank you very much.
For one, really today, really I cried, with the event as well.
Well, a bit, about 2 years we’ll be separated but they say that the me who will be inside (T/N: in the army) feel it longer.
but the audience who are outside don’t (feel it) so long. When I look at Jaejoong and think ahh that’s quite fast, Jaejoong says IT’S NOT FAST! IT’S SLOW! The time doesn’t seem to move, he said. He said it felt like twice or thrice (the time). For me maybe I will feel it’s long but i think I will come faster than what everyone thought. (Applause)
In those 2 years, if you were not able to do things like dating, umm studying, hobbies, while doing those. Me? ah, Junsu is your hobby?
When I return make [your hobby] again me, increase it one more (T/N: I’m assuming increasing your hobby) Other artists is prohibited. Honestly, over here all the women, go to and fro with KPOP, but honestly I am fine with that. I am quite fine with that. It is okay to go (T/N: to other artists). You can go, but when I come [back], going back and forth, ah. going back and forth is not allowed. But other artists.. well… umm.. it’s okay if you go (to them). But the time when I return, you have to Paaa! (T/N: in Osaka con day 1, Junsu used Paa to illustrate break up, so I’m assuming that’s what he means here). There is No Problem then! (Applause)
xiahjunjjyu side note: This is very true, in Japan at least. Most of the fans are essentially KPOP fans, they support many other KPOP artists as well though there will be many of those who only support one artist. Junsu really knows many things.
Ah, this Paa is nice, everything can be conveyed. A conversation this long, with Paa! everything with just Paa! (laughs) Ya, because I will become like an idiot.
Anyways, but well the concert has ended, but the real last work is the Death note musical work, it’s now very soon, from January 3rd for only 3 weeks, When that ends, I will immediately go, well really I will go all in and do it.
If you want to meet me, please come to see it. I will come back quickly, I will return quickly so please wait for me!
Marriage is also okay. it’s okay to have children, If you have children come together with them. If you get married come together with your husband. I will be a bit jealous but.. If you date then come with your boyfriend.
Bye Bye. Please return back safely. Let’s meet quickly [again]