Up to 7000 Japanese fans toured an exhibition by their idol K-Pop star group JYJ on Friday.
The week long JYJ event was staged by C-JES Entertainment and held at the Seoul Trade Exhibition & Convention centre.
Organisers said that of the 15,000 Japanese JYJ fans that had applied for the chance to meet their idols, only about half made the shortlist.An additional 15,000 South Korean fans will get the chance to join the party and attend fan meetings as well.
The Japanese fans saw videos and photos of JYJ members and took part in special events over the weekend, such as fan meetings.JYJ only held two concerts in 2011 in Japan which were not open to the press.
On JYJ members held an opening ceremony and news conference.
The original five-member boyband TVXQ split after the three members now known as JYJ.
There three members, Mickey, Hero, and Xia that form JYJ since their split with SM Entertainment.
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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 show.
“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 three members.”
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 and Malaysia.
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.
Note: Junsu tweeted at 3:29 am KST
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Tears of the Japanese fans, who participated in the 2012 JYJ Membership Week that is held from the 28th to the 1st of next month at SETEC, could be seen.
2012 JYJ Membership Week is a large-scale fan service project with a 3.7 billion won budget by CJES Entertainment for their members.
For an Expo that is like no other, CJES entertainment spent 4 months to prepare for the event by combining state-of-the-art programs with JYJ content. Also, there was no commercial intent as admission was free to fans with things like water, fans, popcorn and etc provided. 10 photo sticker machines were also placed. It was literally a big fan service.
This large-scale Membership Week event is the first fan expo in the country and it has become a huge topic as it is expected to bring 7024 Japanese fans in. On the 28th and 29th, Japanese fans flew in from 14 airports and have started flocking to the exhibition this afternoon. Photos of JYJ and 3D images as well as space displaying personal items gained explosive reactions and cheers of joy from fans who entered the exhibition.
Utaka Kimie (49 years old) said, “This is an event that you cannot find in Japan. I’m touched by the huge effort that was put in. Even though we are unable to see JYJ in Japan often, I am extremely grateful with such an event.” Read More →
On June 28, President at C-JeS Entertainment Baek Chang-joo stated at the “2012 JYJ Membership Week” that the 3.7 billion won event would be held annually.
“This kind of long-term investment will help increase fan loyalty and JYJ’s brand value. The content targeting Korean Wave fans needs to be diversified, breaking from the current performance-centered form. It should no more be compulsory service and become opportunities to truly communicate with fans,” said the president at the JYJ’s agency.
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