[2 interviews] PATI PATI Magazine Aug 2009 Issue – Interview with THSK/DBSK/TVXQ -Nikkan Sports: “The Gods” who Brings Up The Hottest Summer

“The Gods” who Brings Up The Hottest Summer

The 4th Session in A-Nation

The name who has awaken the entire pop world. Tohoshinki, their popularity and talent are growing rapidly. After making debut in 2005, they’re experiencing a steady high-speed growth until now. In August a-nation 09 held in Nagai stadium (29th, 30th), as reported by Korea Daily News, they would make the 4th times appearance. In addition of the first concert at Tokyo Dome which turned to be successful, Tohoshinki, for has been noticed, is running their very own “best summer”.

A Crushing Force
Tohoshinki is having their sweeping attack. Yunho, the leader, “We just happened to finally realize that our popularity is growing high recently. It’s an unbelievable feeling. Thank you very much for that.” he said in wide smile. Hero Jejung who is responsible as the main vocal of the group explained what it means by just realizing their popularity. “More people now could suddenly aware of our appearance” he said. “Before, when I had no make up on, I could walk around without everyone notice, but now, even when I’m wearing a hat to undercover, people just suddenly knows. For example, when I’m in convinience store, I could hear people starts to questioning who is me, like ‘Don’t you think he’s just like TVXQ member?’ and another one will say ‘No, he couldn’t be!’” Jejung laughed. “But I better pretend not to hear anything.”

The desire for the 5th stage
Does not lose the original intention even when popularity and capability are zooming

The most eye-catching thing among the members is the increasing number of male fans. “We heard for this year, the number of male fans who get interest to us is increasing plentifully. They said we had good songs. I must say, as an artist, this is overjoyed me much.” Yunho said. However, as an idol group, there’s one possible thing that can’t be avoidable. Following an increasing popularity, is a rapid decreasing of privacy. “We can’t have a truly rest day. There’s no day where you can actually relax all day.” (Hero Jejung), good thing that all members are still in their beginning 20 years old. It’s an agony for popular stars, however, “The hard moments when we have to work all day, abandoning our resting time, yet when we come up the stage in many regions to see a lot of people coming to our concert… the hard times are swept away.” (Park Yuchon) said to keep on faithful day by day. Since 2004 in Japan, five of them are still living together in a mansion in Tokyo downtown. “We talk about a lot of things. We talk about music, about game, about anything people in their 20 years talking. There’s always Junsu who keeps telling jokes. No matter what, we always want to be like this, the five of us. Things we’re impossible to do alone, becomes possible when we all five people do together.” Yunho said proudly about the good teamwork in them.

Hero Jejung on behalf of other 5 members talked about the 5th a-nation, “It’s a great show with a lot of artists performing, there are many people who are not our fans as well. How we can live up the stage with our power, that’s the burden of this big stage.” Yunho added, “Also there are many collaboration stages we can’t do with a lot of artists before, that can be done on this stage. I’m so looking forward to it.” he showed his desire.

Awaken (We’re aiming for a new Tohoshinki’s goal)

Changmin revealed, “Until now, I still have the rookie feeling whenever we perform that never changes.” he told in calm expression of him.

“Of course we’re looking forward to get awards like anyone else. However, to get that, it’s not likely that we will do something we won’t do. We will just work our best, and see how’s the result later. Being number one is not always the most important thing.” Yunho said emphatically.

Ever since January 2008 release “Purple Line” until April this year relese “Share The World”, they already have six continuous Oricon Weekly Chart 1st singles (except planning work). They have become the first foreign artist that record such success. It’s in the end, a result of them not losing their original intention everytime they create a new record album.

source: Nikkan Sports
credit: JaeJung loves good
trans: sharingyoochun@wordpress


A heartbreaking and lonely farewell portrayed by the amazing harmonization of these 5 people. They’ve released their new single while having their Arena and Tokyo Dome tour. They also shared their opinion on ideal families with us, and this is worth expecting.

Tohoshinki, who have completed their national tour and performed at the Tokyo Dome for the first time with 2 successful lives, brings their new summer single “Stand by U”. This piece of work, from start to finish, leaves its sad melody in the heart of the listeners. You can also call it a continuation piece from “Why did I like you”, as it is a song which depicts the steadfast love of a man. This time, the interview was done while their national tour was still on-going and when Junsu’s leg injury had just healed, and he could be active on stage again. Of course, besides questions about the new song, we will also reveal things about Junsu, who have managed to retain his innocence until today. This is an issue worth collecting.


— First, let’s hear what Junsu has to say about the tour this time around.

JS: It really became unforgettable memories. Although I injured my foot before the tour began and when I thought that I couldn’t stand on the stage and dance with everyone, I felt really down initially. After that, there was the waiting period for the actual performance to arrive… I had really bad feelings. What should I do? After getting hurt, I thought it would be fine (to perform), but when I went to the hospital, it was a definite no. Even though the members told me they would wait until I recovered, but to be honest, I still felt the pressure in my heart.

YH: When the 5 of us could dance together again, the feeling was extraordinary.

JJ: We felt really blessed.

— The new song “Stand by U” was revealed during this tour.
JJ: Because no one has heard this song and we didn’t know what the reaction would be like, we really felt worried. But, just after we started singing, there were female fans who cried, and the male fans were also very absorbed, so we got reassurance amongst the worries.

JS: In the first half, I kept looking at the fans, and everyone made different expressions while listening. That one song can evoke so many different emotions, it was a little surprising.

— They could finally reminisce while listen quietly to the song.
CM: Through the lyrics, you can feel the reality of what it’s saying. Although I’ve not experienced it yet, it’s a feeling that only a man can feel.

JJ: I can relate to the part that says “anticipating your name when I get a call”

YH: I can related to the lyrics that say “seeing your back view and meeting you again”. In the past, while walking on the streets, there were times when I walked pass the person I liked. I wanted to say something, but I didn’t have the courage. Just as I was thinking about what to do, the person is suddenly walking in my direction.

— Maybe it’s a miraculous second meeting?
YH: No, it’s just the opposite. Just like what the lyrics say, it’s someone else completely. Although it’s nerve-wrecking, it’s still better not to gather the courage to go up and talk (laugh)

JJ: Ah~~ I’ve experienced this a few times.

YH: The feelings that you once had, even if you forget them, once your remember, they become good memories too.

— After that, will you still buy the perfume used by the other person?
YC: Ah, it’s just like you say. The person’s smell still lingers.

JJ: You must have a memory that is deeply embedded in your mind, one you can’t forget no matter how hard you try.

YH: Men will definitely relate to this feeling, and women will understand through the song. Even though the distance gets further and further, it won’t change the man’s feelings. If the song makes you treasure those memories even more, we’ll be more than satisfied.

— Your singing voices carry the bitterness of the male lead’s feelings.
JS: When listening to this song, your feelings will be drawn into the song. So this time, we sang it with our true feelings. I think it would be great if we could use our voices to express the bitterness of the male lead. To get this, I even put myself in his shoes. This way, singing while pretending that the lyrics are words I want to express to the other person; these are the feelings I have while performing.

YH: Our performances for this song could possibly be the most natural to date.

— In the MV, there’s a scene where there are multiple members appearing one after another.
YH: That’s a trick where we split our bodies (laugh)
JS: But it seems like our bodies were not joint back properly, especially Yunho (laugh)
YH: No such thing
JS: No no, it was never enough in the first place
YH: If this were in the video, it would be a little embarrassing
JS: So, let’s return to the question. The MV this time is simple and cool.

— Although it’s simple, the song and harmonization is exceptional, the filming was also interesting.
JJ: It was filmed with the mindset of “no matter when, I’ll always be here”.
JS: Whether is day or night, I’ll always be here.
YH: Although there are times when you can’t meet the other, isn’t it good to miss the other occasionally?
JS: But everyone will always be with me, right?
CM: (immediately) Okay, that’s enough. (everyone laughs)
CM: Although being with Junsu makes you happy, but there are times you (T/N: Junsu) feel tired too, so for the sake of yourself and everyone, please take a break sometimes (laugh)


— If you have children in future, how would Junsu like to bring them up?
JS: I want to wait until the child is 3 years old, before finding out his interests, then focus on developing the child’s talents.

— Ah! Bring them up according to talent!
JS: Yes, to the best of my abilities!

— So, that means that the child can decide the contents?
JS: Yes, it’s like that. I loved soccer since I was young, and I played it often. If I have a son, I’d like to teach him how to play soccer, if he could become a professional player in future that would be good; there’s a lot of thoughts like this. But if the child doesn’t do well in soccer, or has no interest, I can’t force him to either, right?

— You won’t force him?
JS: Yes. I won’t force him to do things he doesn’t enjoy. I should still respect my child’s opinions, to let him make his own decisions.

— From the little things, I can tell that Junsu wants an education focused on the talent, and is more concerned on his growth.
JS: Yes. Rather than a child, I’d rather we be like friends.

— By the way, do you prefer a boy or girl?
JS: It would be great if I could have 2 boys and a girl.

— Is there a preferred sequence?
JS: First a boy, then followed by a boy again, then it would be best if the last was a girl. Regarding the future, I’ve already thought about it since high school.

— You started thinking from such a young age?
JS: Yes. I like to plan my future, but there are conditions, and it’s impossible if I’m not a mature adult yet (laugh)

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