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KARA in Thailand


On 2ch, someone posted some links of KARA‘s rehearsal and live in Thailand. Along with a video of SHINee in Thailand as well. They arrived on 9/16 for the Thai-Korea concert. KARA, SHINee, and Ryan represented Korea for this friendly gathering. To represent Thailand, Golf&Mike also performed. If you don’t know Golf&Mike, they are part of Johnny’s in Japan. They had a side unit with NEWSYamapi to form the group GYM.

Don’t forget that KARA is also going to make their debut in Japan soon too.

FanCam of KARA and SHINee at the airport

For Live and Rehearsal; under cut.

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The award for best writers goes to?

Here’s the new trailer for Yuichi Sato‘s Genkai in a Black Company. The film is based on a popular forum thread on the Japanese internet forum 2chan in which a 26-year-old computer geek documented his struggle working at a “black company” after the death of his mother and subsequent loss of her financial support. A black company (burakku gaisha) is a Japanese slang term referring to companies which overwork their employees beyond the legal limits and generally exploit people who can’t find a better job someplace else due to lack of qualifications or the general state of the economy. The story was also adapted to a best-selling novel last year.

Teppei Koike plays the geek in question, referred to only by his internet screen name “Ma-Otoko”. Maiko, Kei Tanaka, Hiroshi Shinagawa, Tetsuhiro Ikeda, Yasuhi Nakamura, Masako Chiba, and Seiichi Tanabe also star.

“Genkai in a Black Company” will be released in Japan this November.

Oh 2chan you are so popular. So popular that it makes me think twice about lack of creativity in Japan that they had to go to an internet forum to make a movie. Don’t get us wrong, we here at STC love 2chan, it’s where we get a lot of goodies.

So who’s going to watch this?

source: nipponcinema

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Jay safe at home


Jay arrived safely yesterday in his home in Seattle. A hottest spotted him at SEATAC and reported her encounter on 2ch:

jay park-2ch

“We saw him at SEATAC, he broke into tears when he saw his mother.
It was heartbreaking, she cradled his face and wiped his tears.

When he was by the baggage claim, he kept saying how sorry he was to his parents. It was just heart wrenching.

One of the girls who was with us, got the picture of his mom wiping his tears. It was just so full of emotion, I didn’t have the heart to even approach him and break up the family moment.”

jay park -2ch

Another poster said she recieved this from her friend:

“dear everyone. jay came home safely.
he’s actually napping behind me. i’ve received countless emails concerning this situation.
the honest truth is, even though you all support and love him, the situation doesn’t allow it. please respect both his and jyp’s decision.
let him have a good rest while he’s in the states. and if the circumstances allow for him to return, be supportive then.
again, thank you for the emails but he needs time and so does everyone else. thank you everyone!

p.s. i don’t think you’re weird or a stalker for sending those emails. it’s very heart warming and touching that so many people love jay. thank you.”

I don’t know who posted these, but as for the second poster, I’m just the messenger. I don’t know how close or what type of relationship that person has with Jay, but at least it’s a nice message.

Other netizens on 2ch have expressed their concerns, concerning Korean fans, saying, “Is it because of the netizens again?”, “It’s a scary country”, and “Didn’t someone commit suicide before (because of netizens)?”* (cited from akp)

I’ve been reading posts from other fans on 2ch have expressed that they hate Korean fans. One even wrote, “2PM will always be a 7 member group and it will never change.”

While I can say I have seen first hand yarakashi and okiri fans, I do say I stand with the Japanese fans on this one. As much as yarakashi and okiri fans scare the living daylights out of me, none of the Johnny’s boys have ever resigned from status. They may have been on suspension, but for good reason.

I mean we all remember the incident with Yamapi a couple of years ago, when he went to visit Korea with some friends? The yarakashi over there did way more damage to him than any other yarakashi in Japan. So much Yamapi’s bag was stolen, his clothes were torn, I mean really, Korean fans are probably the scariest things on earth.

I’m seeing DBSK not breaking up because of the reaction their yarakashi might have. They may not even go back to Korea if they could help it.

I really hope that netizen’s will learn from this, and this is the price these people pay. They pretty much ruined him, in short, and there was no reason for it.

The first poster also included a video she took at SEATAC when she saw Jay leave with his family. Kudos to deedeethao.

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