Jun 30, 2006

Thank God It's Friday...

Let's call it a day, shall we?

Care to join me for a drink or two?

Welcome to "Joon's Bar"
Courtesy of Japanese sister Karu :


Message from satovic on Ayurveda

Message from satovic:

If you are interested in knowing you constitution, you can try the following check list. However, because one rarely knows about one's self, I cannot say that this is an accurate diagnosis. The best way of course is to have an Ayuruveda expert examine you, such as my Indian doctor. Unfortunately, doctors of his class are rare now a days, even in India.

Here is the link:


Jun 28, 2006

BYJ Seen Through Ayurveda -Part 2

By satovic
Translated by flowerbossa

I will first give the characteristics of the “fire” type.
The characteristics of the energy symbolized by fire (called “pitta”) is heat and sharpness, therefore, people with the pitta constitution tend to possess a lot of heat in their bodies. They perspire a lot, feel uncomfortable in hot weather, and are also “hot” in their temperament. In other words, they tend to be passionate and subject to temper tantrums.

The “sharpness” is evident in the intensity of their eyes and their minds – they are very intelligent. They are orderly and focused. If they moved something, they would not be content unless it is returned to the original position, and they are perfectionists at work, planning things carefully in the process. They like practical things. Pitta also has the function of giving color to objects, so their skin has a lot of moles or freckles. Their skin is warm, moist, and tend to be reddish or yellowish. Lips are red and give a sensitive impression. The light in their eyes is intense, but the eyes themselves are neither big nor small. They tend to get blood-shot easily.

Pitta people have good digestion, resulting in strong appetites. They tend to enjoy cold food and drinks, however, when this energy is out of balance, they crave for food that stores heat in their bodies like hot food, chicken, and alcohol. They are very sensitive to smell, and enjoy nice fragrance – especially aroma that cools, such as lavender and sandalwood.

They are passionate people, very brave and open to challenges. They have a warm heart that enables them to help other people, even enemies, however, once they are betrayed, they will never trust the other again. They are very stubborn. They are good leaders, and have a strong sense of responsibility, and very proud. They enjoy exhibiting their wealth. They like beautiful objects, and are fashionable. They are very interested in fashion and decorative objects, and sometimes like name brand goods, but have their own value system and are proud about that. Because they do not compromise, others may find them stubborn. Once under stress, they tend to develop problems caused by acid, such as skin disease and stomach ulcer, and tend to have diarrhea. People of this constitution move their bowels more than once a day. Because they have strong will power, they are able to manage their daily lives to be orderly, but persevere too much when they are busy. They get irritated when they are hungry. Favorite colors are red and yellow. Also, they tend to be argumentative.

Next, I will talk about the “water” type.
The energy symbolized by “water” or “kapha”, is like water itself - heavy, cold, slow-moving, easygoing, and smooth. Also, just as water solidifies when it turns into ice, kapha has the quality of solidifying.

Therefore, people of the kapha constitution tend to gain weight. They have well-developed bodies, and their build is larger than average and stocky. Because they are slow moving and slow-paced emotionally, they are calm and tolerant. They even may give the impression of being thick. Their way of speaking is smooth and not aggressive. They have a resonant voice that is thick and full, giving a gentle impression. Because they like to keep still, they enjoy staying at home. They like water, and water related places, and such places appear in their dreams.

Because solidification means aspects coming together to stabilize, their personality has a similar trait. People of this type like to collect memories and preserve them. They also like to collect knowledge. They are slow in learning, but what is learned is definite.

When this characteristic is applied in financial matters, these people like to collect money, exhibiting traits of greed, and can be stingy. Also, because they do not like to be active, they tend to be lazy and slob around.

They enjoy things like reading, listening to lectures, and like to spend time meaningfully by doing something that does not require movement. They are slow in taking action because they are slow in comprehension, and contemplative. But once they start something, they have the perseverance to complete it. Kapha people are not very interested in things such as fashion, and care little about what they are wearing, because substance means more to them than the exterior. However, they like things to be clean.

This type likes the colors blue and white. Skin tends to be fair, smooth and cool to the touch. They are quiet people, kind at heart, appreciative and tolerant.
They are considerate towards others. Like sweet things. Has the tendency to be resistant to disease – asthma and respiratory problems are some of the few disorders that this type may face. Is patient and complains little of discomfort such as pain and itchiness. Eyes tend to be big and captivating, lips are big and full, and teeth are white. Hair is black, straight and tends to be moist and heavy. This type likes to eat, but because digestion is slow, they can tolerate hunger.

There you have it, and I did not give the descriptions with Yong Joon in mind. They are all typical traits. But don’t you think many of these apply to wuri man? To sum things up, we can find the characteristics of pitta and kapha in Yong Joon, so therefore we can guess that he has the constitution of a “pitta – kapha” or a “kapha – pitta” (the predominant one comes first). Actors require “vata”, or the “wind” quality, but this seems to be scarce in Yong Joon. When one possesses this quality, inspiration comes first, so emotions can move quickly.

But I think Yong Joon is more of the type that needs to comprehend the situation in his head first, and then make his body take in the information through repetition. “Fire” and “water” is the polar opposite. Therefore, people who have both of these characteristics have an easy time maintaining their health, but if they placed themselves in either of the extremes, they would loose their balance. So, it is very important to keep the middle path.

If Yong Joon-ssi would ask me directly for advice on his diet and general care, I would be so willing to give him everything there is to know!
I would like to suggest this to all of you, too - if you could find out your constitution type, you will have a better idea of how to care for yourself on a daily basis. As for me, after I received Ayurveda treatment, and started to eat in the way suitable for my constitution, I became free of most of my physical problems such as asthma and constipation. And because my days have become more refreshing and pleasant, I am more able to concentrate on a variety of things. This is why it is my wish to share this knowledge with many people as possible.

In Japan, too, there seems to have been a period when Ayurveda was introduced. In the ancient city of Nara, lies the Imperial Repository, called the Shosoin, and this building built in the seventh century contains numerous items from the Nara period. Among the medical herbs preserved there, there are a substantial number of plants with Sanskrit names printed on them, which is used in Ayurveda. Buddha himself received Ayurveda treatment, as it is recorded in Buddhist scriptures, and it is considered that these documents came to Japan through China. If this is so, it would be no surprise if this knowledge went through Korea as well. As a matter of fact, there are many aspects of the diet and bathing methods (such as sauna) in Korea that show great resemblance to that recorded in the classic documents of Ayurveda. When I saw this on television for the first time, I was amazed. In Korea, the knowledge of ancient India is applied in their daily lives, to a greater degree than in Japan. So, I hope one day to visit Korea to collect such knowledge.

And, it is my dream to give a luxurious massage to Yong Joon’s beautiful back with oil containing herbs…oh, but it’s no good…
I will probably be too mesmerized by him….(^ ^;)

Thank you for reading, everyone!

SJS in Japan

Here is the link to SJS 's event in Yokohama, Japan.
(it's in English! Yeah, Broasia!)



Jun 26, 2006

BYJ Seen through Ayurveda - Part 1

My friend satovic is passionate about at least two things in life; BYJ, and the world of Ayurveda. Combining the two, she provided a good piece of writing for the members of B.S.J. (“Blue Sky Joonie” or “Bae Supporters in Japan”):

Originally posted in Japanese on B.S.J. on Oct. 1, 2004
Translated by flowerbossa (courtesy of satovic)

Bae Yong Joon Seen Through The Science of Traditional Indian Medicine

I’m sorry for not being able to come to this site very often recently - I was busy assisting my Indian teacher. If you are wondering what I am doing, I basically act as a translator between my teacher and patients. When my teacher diagnoses his patients, he silently takes their pulse. He would not even ask their names.

After he concentrates on taking their pulses for about a minute, he begins to tell about what is going on in their bodies in Indian English, occasionally using Sanskrit terms. It is then my job to write to them down in a real hurry, and explain it to the patients in Japanese. The content of the doctor’s diagnosis is not limited to the problems of physical health. The human exsistence is a combination of the heart, the soul and the body.

So, for example, if you happened to experience a psychological shock caused by a tragic incident 5 years ago, you might have liver problems stemming from this. The two aspects are related. The doctor is also able to tell your physical history from the time you were in your mother’s womb. And this is not fortune-telling. It is a form of medical science with its own theory. A record of our past is firmly stored in our bodies. Of course, it would require a long period of training to be able to tell these things, just by reading one’s pulse. However, without going through such rigid training, we do become capable of recognizing some aspects of our bodies, if we learn about this science. That is the wonderful part about Ayurveda, the science of traditional Indian medicine.I will like to talk about wuri Yong Joon through the perspective of this Indian science.

First of all, Ayurveda is founded on the premise that there are three major forms of energy in this universe. These three are symbolized in wind, fire, and water - however, we are not talking about wind itself. We call them such, as the characteristics of these three forms of energy resemble them to a large degree. For the sake of convenience, we will call it “the energy of wind”, but it is important to remember that this is not an accurate expression. This is an essential point as it will become clearer later on.

So, these three forms of energy works in everything in nature, and it is no exception with human beings. The predominant energy in each individual is determined at the moment fertilization occurs, and this depends on factors such as our parents’ physical and mental constitution, timing of conception and environment. What is determined at this time remains unchanged in the course of one’s lifetime. Although all three types of energies are functioning within us, we generally display the characteristics of two, with one slightly more dominant than the other. Therefore, if “wind” is the most predominant energy in a certain person, with “fire” about medium, and “water” functioning in an even lesser degree, we would call him a “wind-fire” type.

In Yong Joon-ssi’s case, I think his constitution is the typical “fire-water” type. The reason I say “I think” here, is because this analysis is only based on my indirect observation. I have never met him in person, let alone gotten to know him to a degree that I can see his true thoughts. Therefore, what I am talking about is the YJ I see through his works and what we hear about him through the internet – and I cannot say anything for sure.

So, how can we determine a person’s constitution? We can learn many things about a person through his build, hair, skin, eyes, lips, his way of speaking, the way of thinking, his way of behavior, his digestion, patterns of sleep, habits, hobbies,etc.

Then, when we discover the type of one’s constitution based on these observations, we are able to predict how a person might think or behave in certain situations. This will make things easier in terms of human relationships, and because we will become more accepting of the idea that we are all different, we will not get upset as much. Also, we will learn to step into other people’s shoes. And, because our constitutions will determine the type of illness we are prone to and how we can deal with them, it is useful in taking care of one’s own health and that of our family’s.

The more we learn about the relationship between one’s constitution and what one should eat, how we should sleep etc., the more interesting it gets, and the knowledge is useful in our daily lives. Not only do we become healthier physically, we can become happy through attaining a calmer state of mind. That is the great thing about this science. Although “treatment of illness” is a part of this knowledge, the prevention of illness is the essence of Ayurveda.

Alright, I’ve babbled enough on the wonders of this science. Let’s go back and talk about Yong Joon.

(to be continued)

Jun 20, 2006

From Fumi-san 's posting in JOB

I would like to share an excerpt from Fumi-san's posting in JOB, dated 2006-06-06

Originally in Japanese
Translated by flowerbossa

Today, I would like to give my views on why the Korean media is keeping quiet on the success of "April Snow" in France. There are of course journalists who support YJ, and I think they will write something related to this.

To give you an idea on the situation , here is an example. Last year, the Korean media used the phrase “a star representing northeast Asia” to describe a certain actor. Frankly, I laughed at this. What do they mean by “northeast Asia”? (Perhaps North Korea and the northeastern part of China?) I think they wanted to come up with a phrase that had Asia in it - like “representing so-and-so Asia”, but they couldn't use “east” in that phrase. If they said, “a star representing east Asia” or “a star representing Asia”, that would no doubt mean Yong Joon in Korea.

With another actor, they started to describe him as “a man transcending Asia, and a star that represents Korea in the west”.

In other words,

The star of Asia is Bae Yong Joon
Mr. A is the star of northeast Asia
Mr. B is the most popular Korean star in the U.S.
Mr. C is the most popular Korean star in Europe

This is the type of thing we see often. When you look at how “April Snow” is doing well in France, you would think people would write articles mentioning, “Bae Yong Joon, a star also popular in Europe”, but this would be “dokshiki (独食)”, something Koreans loathe.

Dokshiki literally means “to devour everything alone”, in other words, reign supreme. The male Korean society especially dislikes this dokshiki. In a company, too, when a single man gives a high performance, people will say “don’t dokshiki” and look at him with a cautious eye. They will try not to create such a person in the first place.

In Korea, it was reported that “Winter Sonata” was also well received in the States, and if he turned out to be successful in Europe, too, this would inevitably give the impression that Yong Joon is monopolizing the market. They would also probably want to deny his popularity in the U.S. and Europe.

Jun 13, 2006

Bae Yong Joon as seen by Maestro Seikyo Kim

Maestro Seikyo Kim conducted the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the "April Snow" Event, held at the Saitama Super Arena.I would like to share the maestro's comment on BYJ he posted in his official blog (with the kind permission of his webmaster).

A Man Named Bae Yong Joon

The number of people who participated in yesterday’s event was approximately 30,000. A number I had never experienced before. Because the sound of an orchestra is acoustic, and is not delivered through the use of a PA system, there is a limit to the size of the venue. I think a hall with the capacity for 3000 people, is probably the maximum acceptable size for an orchestra. Of course, the 30,000 people who assembled on this day were all waiting for the one and only Bae Yong Joon. I was able to see what was so special about this man right before my eyes (actually, the conductor’s podium was a pretty good seat!).

I will give my personal thoughts.

When I met him, I was struck by the elegant and sophisticated air about him, and while possessing a gentle demeanor, he seemed a man with an open and generous heart. Earnest and honest, always considerate towards those around him, this man is seen smiling at all times. Now, if you think this is easy…. When I arrived at the arena a little before noon, I saw an enormous number of staff working there, and due to the magnitude of the event, I could sense that the air was charged with something quite out of the ordinary. Watching the staff paying the utmost attention to security, I thought they really had a tough job. We were not able to go through any section of the arena unless we had a pass around our necks.

And in the midst of all this, Yong Joon-ssi is smiling, smiling, smiling. Every where he goes, there is a mob of staff and SPs of about 20 to 30 people. It was quite a sight! We had our final meeting before the event in this chaotic state with people running all over the place. This meant that we were not going to have a run through, which made me just a bit nervous, but I had a sense that we had the momentum to pull it off. Don’t be too nervous about the small things – that’s the Korean way. The strength of this style is that it utilizes the momentum. Or should I say instantaneous force and concentration?
Just before the event started, I happened to meet him in the hallway, and looking toward me, he gave me the message, “I would appreciate your support” with his eyes. Unbelievable! Who in this crazy situation would have the self-composure to act like this? He’s just that big. Anywhere, at any given time.

I had so much to learn from this man, and watching him stand at the front and leading those around him was just an incredible sight. He is an example I should follow. And to think he’s only 33! Amazing, really. This is a quality to be sought in conductors, too. I reflect upon myself, and feel I should have been more aware of this.

And as for the dialogue he had with the 30,000 fans who he calls “family”, I strongly felt that he was truly communicating with them from the bottom of his heart. This is probably what you call a true star.

Just one more thing. Something that was quite inconceivable 10 years ago, no, not even 5 or 6 years ago is happening right now. This is something that we Koreans living in Japan are truly happy about. The fact that Japanese people are taking interest in Korea, and showing admiration towards a Korean star. My grandmother would have been so happy if she had lived to see this. This thought moves me deeply.

Feeling the overwhelming voices of support from Yong Joon-ssi’s fans on my back, I felt that we professionals of the classical music world must also take action. WE need to wake up, too! Let’s do what we have to do! It isn’t right to think “classical music is only for people who can appreciate it”, we really have to think seriously about how we can deliver it to a bigger audience. Music is an international asset. A great legacy. Look, music is incredible, you know. I really want more and more people to be aware of this, and feel this!

I want to express my appreciation to Yong Joon-ssi in many ways. Thank you so much!!! And I would like to thank the staffs who gave me the opportunity to participate in this wonderful event.

Dae Han Min Guk!!

Good luck Korea!

Jun 12, 2006


A story a Japanese sister (A) heard from another Japanese sister (B):

Japanese sister (B) took a trip to Seoul last week, and met JP at"Gorilla". JP said that Yong Joon-ssi was at the TV station on June 9th. He is very busy.
He has meals to-go from "Gorilla".(delicious food!)
Although he is busy, YJ is well.

That's all folks!

Jun 7, 2006

BYJ's Message

I had many thoughts while watching the friendly match between Korea and Bosnia-Herzegovina which was held a few days ago.
In particular, the sight of Lee Chun Soo running energetically on the field made me realize that Korean soccer has made great progress over the years. I was not able to see the match against Ghana, (note: Korea lost this game), but sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose, so I am not very concerned about the results.

Soccer and show business seem to have something in common – the greatest aim for both of these worlds is to give happiness to its people. The sense of pride and joy the Korean fighters gave us in the 2002 games meant the world to us. I hope they do well in the upcoming World Cup games as well.

As for me, the shooting for the drama “Tae Wang Sa Shin Ki” (“Great Kings and Four Gods”) will begin soon, and while everyone is going wild over the World Cup games, I will probably be shooting my scenes in Kyrgyzstan. I had hoped to enjoy the excitement of the games in my country with all the other soccer fans, but as a Korean citizen, I will be praying for the Korean national team from afar. Fighting!

(From Joon Ang Entertainment and Sports - translated by flowerbossa)

Jun 1, 2006

"What is Ki" by Fumi-san

From fumi-san's thread on JOB dated May 30,2006
Translated by flowerbossa

I would appreciate it if you would contact me if you wish to repost this information elsewhere.

Yong Joon mentioned that “I do not have ki, so there are times when I cannot get along well with the other actors”. “Ki” is a genuine Hangul word, and I will explain what it means. I recall writing about this 2 years ago, in the beginning part of my analysis series on YJ.

So, what is “ki”?

There is such a thing called “charumera” in Japan (flowerbossa’s note: the music you can hear from the rahmen vendors), and I heard that the origins can be traced back to the days of the Korean Correspondent Mission.

It is said that in those days, the delegates from Korea played music while they marched in the streets of Japan, and this came to be called “charumera” in Japan.

Apparently, when the people heard this “charumera” by the Korean delegates, they gathered to see them. From this tradition, the “charumera” is used in the present day Japan for the purpose of attracting customers. In both Koreas, too, this “charumera” is the music used to attract people.

In the old days of Korea, there were many acrobatic groups (as can be seen in the movie “The King’s Man") and these groups were called “tantara”.

“Tantara” is a word which expressed the actual sound of the charumera. In Korea, this music used by these acrobatic troupes to attract an audience was called “tantara”. Even today, entertainers in show business are called “tantara” -although it is a discriminatory word.

Traditionally, the acrobatic troupes (also called “kuande”) were also able to sing, dance and do a comic act. This is the characteristic of the acrobatic groups of the old times. In Korean, “acrobatic group” means “to have the ability to do anything to entertain people”, and the talent to be a member of the “kuande” is called “ki”. It is an old, genuine Hangul word (meaning there is no Chinese character for it).

In the present day Korea, artists in show business are still called “tantara”.
The society sees actors or “tantara”, as people having versatile talent to do anything to entertain the audience, and in fact it is a “must” for them.

Thus, we often say, artists must have “ki”.

Now, Yong Joon does not sing, nor does he dance, and he does not pull funny jokes – he seems like an artist that is not capable of doing the things the “tantara” in the past were expected to do. In such a case, we would say, “Yong Joon does not have the talent as a tantara” in other words, “he does not possess ki”, and I believe this lead him to make that comment admitting this.

This concept of “tantara” and “ki” has a significant influence in the show business of Korea today.