Oct 31, 2008


Created by saita4
Originally posted on B.S.J. on Oct. 29,2008
translated by flowerbossa

I played the cool guy ...
I played the comical guy ...

I did say to the producer that I wanted to destroy people's preconceived image and show a different side of me...

But gotta confess, I wanted to do a kissing scene ~

Oct 24, 2008

From the Asahi Shimbun (newspaper)

BYJ was featured in the daily column "Hito" (Person) of the Asahi Shimbun on Oct. 23 (Thurs).

(Our dear sister cloud nine has provided a translation on QUILT. Thank you cloud nine!)

On Oct. 19 (Sun), there was also an article reporting on the glorious day YJ was decorated.

It introduced the happy comments of family:

"I've come here (Korea) to see him over ten times. He deserved the award years ago." (woman in her 6os)

"I only had a glimpse of him, but he gave me the power to start anew from tomorrow." (woman in her 30s)

Congratulations again Yong Joon-ssi!"!

Oct 23, 2008

Don't You Wish... いたらいいよねえ・・・・

Does this look familiar? Jaime kindly gave me permission to introduce this cute post from her blog in satovic's site B.S.J. (Some of you may not be able to read the Japanese characters - sorry!)

Original post: Zoom on Bae Yong Joon by jaime
December 21, 2007
Translated into Japanese by flowerbossa










Oct 14, 2008

Maestro Seikyo Kim's Interview with Korean Times

Excerpt from Korea Times English Edition
Conductor Seikyo Kim Bridges Old, New

Korean-Japanese conductor Seikyo Kim, 38, is one of the most promising artists of his generation. What was most important for him? "Just believing in yourself,'' Kim told The Korea Times. "It's always about believing in yourself, having that confidence. You always have to trust your abilities. There's not one instance when I said maybe (music) is not for me,'' he smiled.
/ Courtesy of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Lee Hyo-won
Staff Reporter

This is the 10th in a series of interviews with the next generation of classical musicians ― ED

Given Seikyo Kim's well-established reputation, it is perhaps misleading to include the 38-year-old conductor in this pool of ``next generation'' artists alongside budding teenage violinists.

As Vladimir Jurowski ― another ``young, star conductor'' like Kim ― said during a recent tour here, musicality and age are indeed two different things. But like Jurowski said, music does in fact get ``more interesting as (musicians) become older.''

Born in Osaka, Japan, Kim started playing the piano at age three and the violin at seven. When he turned 14, he moved to the United States. After majoring in philosophy in college, he studied conducting at the New England Conservatory and then Musikhochschule in Vienna.

After winning the 1996 International Competition for Young Conductors in Portugal, he made a highly acclaimed conducting debut in Japan. In 1998, Kim grabbed first prize at Denmark's prestigious Nikolai-Malko International Conductor's Competition, which put him on the map of world classical music.
The conductor was recently in town to perform with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. ``Overall they're very young, energetic. Young also means there's a drawback, because it means inexperienced too,'' he said about the ensemble.

``Right now it's time for them to find their own sound and whatnot. What I can tell is that everyone is very enthusiastic and willing to make music. As a group they have a long way to go, but it's good, because they're improving and going in a good direction under maestro Chung (Myung-whun),'' he said.

The April 23 concert marked the finale of the Seoul Arts Center's Orchestra Festival. The group gave zestful and lively yet refined renditions of Sibelius's Violin Concerto and Prokofiev's 5th Symphony. The concerto was particularly engaging, with an electric solo by 21-year-old violinist Shin Hyun-su.

It was Kim's third time in the country. ``I'm Korean, but I'm not Korean, as you know,'' said the third generation Japanese-born Korean. ``I'm quite Japanese but inside, it's very different. I feel close to (Korea) sometimes.

``I feel comfortable. Last time I came (to Korea) I felt uncomfortable being Korean-Japanese, particularly with the older generation who didn't want to relate to us,'' he said, looking relaxed in a red hooded sweater. Stripped of his black and white tuxedo, the conductor was, offstage, down to earth and spoke openly.

Much has changed for both countries. In 2005, Kim performed in a concert featuring hallyu star Bae Yong-joon, affectionately dubbed ``Yonsama'' by his Japanese fans. ``The fact that (Bae) has changed so much about the idea about Koreans in Japan, it's been quite helpful. I guess culture changes a lot of ideas in our stereotypes about each other, in our long, complicated history of Japan and Korea,'' he said.

Kim himself is a huge star and inspired the sensational comic and TV series ``Nodame Cantabile.'' ``It was a huge success (in Japan),'' Japan's premier classical guitarist Kaori Muraji said in a previous Korea Times interview. ``They say that it caused the young to go to orchestra concerts,'' she said. The TV soap version aired in Korea, garnering a considerable fan base.

Attracting Young People to Old Music

Kim chuckled when ``Nodame Cantabile'' came up, though he spoke very fondly of Muraji. ``I always say I'm a backstage guy. I should be upfront, but I'm not so much interested in who I am; I'm interested in what I'm thinking.

``It's very difficult to be a performer onstage but I've got my butt to the audience and I always try to hide my personality. I'm there, but I wouldn't get in the way of the music. Music should come out first and not the performer. The ideal is that the audience and we are immersed in it, and we feel just music and nothing else,'' he said.

``I tried to write music but it's impossible to create something so incredible out of nothing. And I'm just a normal man you see,'' he said. ``The filter (between the music and audience) is me, and naturally many of the audience are interested in what I do and that's very nice and I respect that. But my actual goal is to make those people feel more interested in music and not me,'' he said, pointing out that only 1 percent of the Japanese population is acquainted with classical music.

While it's great that ``Nodame Cantabile'' opened doors to those unfamiliar with the genre, there are problems, he warned. Many concerts related to the comic feature fractured movements from a dozen different pieces, which makes concentration difficult.

``It was more like a trend. But a trend is a trend, though some (of the fans) have stayed with us. It'd be great for them to learn how to read the music, the background and history, and classical music will become so much more enjoyable,'' he said.

Kim also expressed concern with the practicality of music education in Japan. ``They make girls play the piano and they don't become pianists and they don't even listen to classical music. It's a problem in Japan, we don't have quality audiences,'' he said.

``In 30, 40 years time, When I get really old I'd like to change the concept of classical music education,'' he said.

It's all about staying true to the original but what's the significance of reviving antiquated styles in the 21st century? ``That's a good question. I always think about what's the whole point of doing it. The point is the music should sound the way it was produced.

``It's all smart speculation. Of course I'm never going to get the right answer because (the composers) are all dead. But at least I'm looking for it, and I want to share with people and let them realize there's so much beauty in this old music,'' he said.

While he repeatedly expressed concern about whether or not he's doing the ``right'' thing as a conductor, it all stems from his most profound, unwavering
``I love music probably more than anyone else ― that's one thing I guess that makes me special from others. I want to let people know this is the great thing and not me,'' he smiled.

But such unassuming, almost self-sacrificing love for music shines through, making it hard to divert one's attention away from this maestro conductor onstage.


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Oct 4, 2008

A Gift of Love

4 Coma Comics by saita4
Originally posted on B.S.J. on Oct.3 2008
translated by: flowerbossa

One day, I found a scroll called "The Way to Capture a Girl's Heart" in the shelf.

(1. A gift should be something that will surprise and move her.)

With that advice in mind, I tucked my gift to Kiha in my breast pocket and hurried to the temple.

Suzini: Hey, she's not going to be surprised with that gift hidden there!

Damdeok: You just wait and see ♪

Alright, accept my gift...

.... she didn't notice it.

Suzini: See, I told you so~