Tuesday, February 17, 2009
BSJ Event IV
Hi dear sisters ...... thank you for patiently enduring my longwindedness. The rhythm of the event itself was actually quite fast, fun-filled but also with an underlying solemn tone. As you have probably read Satovic/flowerbossa’s post in Quilt recently, you know BSJ has been supporting charities like the ‘Lee Soo Hyun Asia Scholarship Fund’, Asian Tsunami and the Mid Niigata earthquake. Donations from the past 4 ½ years have amounted to a whopping 21,360,324 yen!
I particularly like the interpretation of the Bible story "5 loaves of bread and 2 fish" quoted in the post :
"One day, five thousand people gathered to listen to the teachings of Jesus. Though he did not have the money to buy bread to feed the crowd, a boy offered him five loaves of bread and two fish. When Jesus split the food and distributed it, he was able to satisfy the stomachs of five thousand people, and there were still scraps of bread left to fill twelve baskets.
There are some people who say that this story does not imply that God had multiplied the bread and fish as if by magic. They claim that seeing the boy had offered all the food he had, the others also took out what they had in their pockets and bags and shared them, and that was how everyone was able to eat to their heart’s content."
I am a Catholic since birth and have heard this story in sermon over 100 times. We even joked about this in our younger years whenever we referred to things that are impossible to achieve. Never once have I heard this brilliant interpretation that : we, the average people, could contribute a little of ourselves to create a bigger miracle! I have been pulling my hair today trying to figure out how to write a grand ending to the legacy of BSJ, but I think nothing is more powerful than words that come straight from the heart and I quote Satovic’s words again : (hehe see, if I wait long enough, I don’t even have to write anymore :)
"We are like the people in this story. It was Yong Joon-ssi, who first offered us the bread and fish. Because he called us fans family and respected us, and offered us love, it made us happy. Because he entertained us always trying to look his best, we wanted to make him happy in return, and to share this wonderful joy with others."
A perfect end to the day for me was meeting Makishi san unexpectedly face to face! She has been providing our BYJ Family with all those yummylicious vods of Yonsama on Japanese TV - almost instantaneously too. Without her diligent effort, we could only wreck our brains to imagine how gorgeous HRH looks when reading about his TV appearances. Sometimes, an image kind of pops into my mind associating it with certain handle name, do you? Makishi san reminds me of Yong Joon the first 10 seconds I met her – tall, slim, gentle features, scholastic looking, even complemented with long hair and dark-rimmed eyeglasses! Hehe, so next time when you watch Makishi san’s vods, please thank our sister in her Yong Joon’s image :)
Lastly, I really have to thank our dear flowerbossa for her kindness. She could have enjoyed the event without any distraction with her chinggus out there, instead she was tirelessly translating every dialogue to me. We all know her translation skill is over and above professional. I dare say I got myself a more ‘kwenchanyo’ interpreter than those sitting behind Yonsama in Kyocera Dome :) Without flowerbossa’s expertise, my report would’ve read like this :
1:30 pm – butt on the seat
1:45 pm – wine bottle starts TALKING on stage
2:00 pm – school girl next TALKING to imaginary Yonsama
3:00 pm – hanbok lady continues TALKING to pale-faced Sohn san
4:00 pm – hanbok lady stops TALKING and walks off stage
4:30 pm – butt off the seat ....... thank you very much.
I remember Yong Joon mentioned in his SkyPerfecTV interview that he treats every project/every scene as his last one, and he pours his heart and soul into each one. I dare not claim I share our prince’s sentiment, but I sure feel the unpredictability as a ‘passersby’ here. I DO value every event I attend as my last in Japan, everyone I meet as the last we see each other; and I treasure everyone and everything I see, hear and feel here. To BSJ, maybe they also see things in this new light : an end is not really THE end, an end actually marks the new beginning of something better. You agree?
Phew, that's about all. Thanks for reading, dear sisters. If I've said something stupid, sorry I can't help it, it's just me :) love love