Hi hi sisters ..... I was kind of hesitant about writing a full report on the Dome Events. First, thanks to all the heartfelt reactions and detailed reports this past week, I don't feel that my writeup can offer any value-add to whatever's been said. Second, seeing Yonsama this time around really felt like seeing an old friend again - calm & sweet, but no thunder or lightning striking my head. Third, drawing from last year's Osaka Premium Event, I learn not to have high expectation of much 'alone' time with Yong Joon among the presence of other performers. But once again, Yong Joon proved me wrong and showed us how much he treasured and loved his family.
The setup inside the Dome - there were 2 parts to the stage, the main stage where the orchestra was situated and the 2 giant snowmen as the backdrop (hehe of course, we had no idea at that time these gigantic balloons were the highlight of the show :)
A long runway extended to the center of the dome where a center stage was set up, surrounded by brightly-lit trees.
When Yong Joon appeared at the main stage under the sweet melody of Winter Sonata, we all screamed and cheered for our prince.
He looked so handsome in his short hair, so chic in that graduated 2-tone coat sweater.
He walked slowly and gallantly like a knight towards Choi Jiwoo, who also looked stunning waiting at the center stage. It seemed like MinHyung and Yujin came alive again after 7 years, they looked at each other, smiled and Yong Joon embraced her in his arms :)
We broke down and applauded again. For those fans who are captivated by Winter Sonata, this represents the dream couple with the purest and unselfish love. Hers is a Miu Miu, don't know much about his sweater though. Hehe, don't you think the colors of their outfits actually complemented each other?
Next, the formal interview of the 'voice' cast of the Anime
To be honest, the line of sight from my seat was blocked by the frame of the center stage and those sparkling trees, so I really could not see Yong Joon on the stage the whole time. But this didn't dampen my spirit at all, I felt grateful already that I was under the same roof as Yong Joon. The 2 interesting things that I heard during the interview were : Yong Joon pointed out that the girl actress kept referring him as ajussi, but CJW as unni; his expression was so cute :) And when the other actors were speaking in Japanese, poor Yong Joon said originally he had planned to speak in Japanese too, but he forgot it all when he suffered from a high fever. CJW joked that she didn't have a fever, but still she forgot her Japanese too! Sigh, I can relate to what they were saying, I forgot most of what I learned too after my anxiety attacks earlier this year :(
After the interview, Yong Joon and CJW re-appeared in their stunning black attire - him looking sexy in a black suit and her in a sparkly dress AND that infamous shocking pink super spiky heels! I guess this year's high heels prove to be a challenge even for chic, elegant actress/model like CJW. She seemed to have a little difficulty maneuvering her way through the slanted slopes on the runway. She instinctively held onto the strong arm of that perfect gentleman walking next to her, and we again cheered happily for this heartwarming scene.
By now, our Yong Joon had changed his eyeglasses too, from the thick dark frame to this softer tortoise shell frame. He looked so handsome and gentle @@ They performed the voice acting on stage based on the script which Yujin taught JunSang the way to make friends - walking one step at a time closer to others. Eventhough we have watched this scene 100 times, it's so wonderful to watch the facial expressions of CJW and Yong Joon saying those lines. You know at the end, Yong Joon even closed his eyes as if JunSang was enjoying the gentle breeze blowing to his face while riding on the bicycle :)
Now, the MCs had been mentioning to us about the BIG surprise. We really had no idea what we should be expecting. Even though Yong Joon going around the Dome like in Osaka did cross my mind, but people were still pacing back and forth in the main aisle, so what could the BIG surprise be? Suddenly, I saw the 2 big snowmen in the main stage started to rise slowly. Then it dawned on me that these were actually 2 hot air balloons, Yong Joon and CJW were going to float around the Dome to greet us! Everyone broke into loud cheers :)
The 2 balloons each moved in opposite directions, hehe of course 99.9% of the heads turned to our prince's side. We saw Yong Joon's balloon floated up & down & around, so all 3 levels of the audience got a fair chance to be close to him. Wherever the balloon was or whichever way Yong Joon turned, we would see commotions and cheers from that section. Yong Joon's balloon moved much slower than CJW's, the 2 balloons finally met at one point. Haha, we realized the idea was the snowmen balloons were supposed to kiss just like in Winter Sonata, how brilliant!
Seeing the tremendous love pouring out from the family, and how much Yong Joon was touched by it, I secretly wish that this moment could last forever. And you know what happened? The balloon really turned around and went again for the 2nd round! Omigosh, we really went wild at that time, he is just too good and considerate to us! It was not easy standing in that box, with half of his body exposing and being swayed back and forth. You see, the movement of that balloon was manually controlled by the 4 cables being pulled by 4 men on the ground (not as technically sophisticated as I thought)!
CJW was also very graceful and kept waving to the fans. When she passed over our section, she actually blew a kiss to us and we were overjoyed :) She really is a very stunning and elegant woman. Now it's Yong Joon's balloon which flew over us, I felt like my adrenaline was rushing through my whole body and my blood had shot up to my brain. I waved and cheered happily together with other sisters. It really didn't matter that he only saw us as a sea of faces below, it's our pure love and sincere hearts that we wanted to send up to him.
When the Event came to a close, Yong Joon and CJW appeared again. This time, CJW had switched into a pair of more-walkable grey high heels, but still they came out hand in hand and stood on the center stage ready to say goodbye. The turntable began to lower and lower, our cute Yong Joon kept making the hand signal to raise the platform back up! He looked so happy and relieved when the platform went up again :) Maybe this time we did have the luxury of seeing Yong Joon again the next day, I was very content and happy when the event ended. See, how many times can we afford to say "See you tomorrow, Yong Joon!" It was windy and drizzling outside the Dome, I was hungry and exhausted, but I looked up the dark sky and was very grateful for what was given to me today :)
.... to be continued