Hi dear sisters ....... how are you? Hope you all had a beautiful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones! Nikko is so charming and dreamy, I just can’t wait to introduce it to you (haha, as if I owe it to the Japanese Tourism Board :) Before that, I’d better complete my BSJ Event. Sorry this post is a bit long, please bear with me ;-}
As I last left off, a gigantic wine bottle just walked into the stage. Smart gals like you must have guessed already this was Satovic san. But the question is : How? This was her ‘artistic interpretation’ of what we hope will be Yong Joon’s next drama – Kami no Shizuku.
In the views of BSJ sisters, this was not the end but more of a graduation ceremony. Meaning they are ready to move onto the next level with their love for Yong Joon? The first item on the graduation agenda was singing ‘the’ school song. We’ve all heard or hummed this one point in time, right? Born to be Loved - so appropriate for our prince.
Next came the speech from our Principal – Sir BYJ! Before we got all excited, it’s NOT really another satellite broadcast from Seoul. Satovic just pretended to call Yong Joon live on long distance. They skillfully edited some previous Yong Joon’s Japanese dialogue, teamed it with comically-enhanced pictures to deliver a lively and humorous gig. As our eloquent flowerbossa was translating the dialogue to me (thanks thanks), I was able to laugh heartily along with everyone else, what a brilliant act!
Instead of listing out all the programs, I’d try to pinpoint some fun and original ideas here to share with you, ok? Satovic threw up a chronological chart depicting the history of Japanese family with Yong Joon. From the time when Winter Sonata was first broadcasted in 2004 on NHK creating a Yonsama phenomenon, through the climax of 2 major fan events in Saitama and Osaka, up to his most recent Yokohama satellite gathering. Throughout these 5 years, Satovic highlighted to us that there were disproportionally much more DOWN time than UP time we spent with Yonsama! Hehe, she fittingly labeled these down times as the different ‘Ice Age’ stages like the looooong wait for the filming of TWSSG in 2006-2007 and errrr, like right now in 2009...... not even knowing what exactly we’re waiting for?? So what do we family do during the Ice Age?
Chewing dry cuttlefish, huh? We basically are left with no choice but to re-watch every one of his old drama frame by frame and to regurgitate every single story about HRH’s every move. We know each and every one of them so well that we probably can recite Yong Joon’s lines before he even starts speaking! Hehe, Satovic referred to these periods as ‘dry cuttlefish chewing’, it is very tasty and juicy in the beginning. As we chew and chew after a long while, the cuttlefish becomes tasteless and our gum muscles become weak, numb and we can't chew anymore! How's your cuttlefish now, still tasty?
One of the celebrity guests in the Event was Mr. Sohn, President of IMX. Even though he no longer involves in Yong Joon’s business, he remains a familiar figure with the Japanese family. He actually just returned from Seoul and rushed here to deliver his final greetings to BSJ. I have seen Mr. Sohn before in the BYJ Classic Concert last year. Both times he gave me the impression that of an impromptu appearance i.e. uneasy, unrehearsed, in a rush to leave (mind you, the man was suffering from a very bad cold) but always candid and witty. Sorry, consider I don’t even know the guy, I am being judgmental, ain’t I?
After we watched some clips of Yong Joon’s Japan visit, Mr. Sohn commented that : “My experience behind the camera was very different from your perception. While you laugh at some of the scenes now, but they were not laughable to me at that moment. I haven’t given you an examination yet. You have no right to graduate on your own. You are expelled!” We all laughed but I can appreciate the ‘tears & sweats' behind his words. It’s impossible for us to comprehend Yong Joon and Mr. Sohn’s pressure and mind set under the watchful eyes of media, government authority and thousands of fans in Japan.
This segment was quite fun, BSJ had done a categorization of our BYJ kazoku (family). Just for fun, are you any one of these?
1. Chasers - a stepstool was shown on the screen and I think any fans who had followed Yong Joon from Samcheok to Jeju knew it came in very handy when you tried to catch a glimpse of HRH above the heads blocking in front of you.
2. Collectors – pictures, magazines, phone straps …. we got them all, eh?
3. Crafters – BYJ cushions, bags, curtains .... did you make any of them?
4. Artists – those creative graphics and artworks by the likes of Pallet and Hiyonn
5. Korean buffs – from K-drama to K-pop to K-food to K-man (or men :)
6. Info seekers - from JOB to KOB to another dozen sites and blogs to satisfy our cravings for HRH
7. Philosophers – did you actually set your 2009 self improvement goals aligned with HRH's?
8. Practitioners – Yonsama is a way of life, guess it means you are wearing Megane Ichiba, donning a ponytail and walking with a dozen bodyguards behind you?
9. Unconditional lover – drama, BTS, events DVD, OST, CF ..... everything BYJ
There were many more segments that I enjoyed : like when a BSJ sister playing the piano and singing TWSSG’s Approval, LL san’s MVs, Appreciation awards for those sisters who have contributed so much for the past 4 ½ years with their talents. The screen showed the familiar names like makishi, nagajun, daisukibyj, tomochang and many more. It then dawned on me that these famous sisters were actually sitting among the audience today! Where? Where?
.... to be continued (last part)
picture from Quilt by satovic