MARInet of PESASA was one of the lucky kajoku who participated in the photo session!
She shared her wonderful experience with us on the PESASA site.
From the site of BYJ and LSH Supporters in Japan (aka PESASA)
Dec. 20, 2010
translated by flowerbossa
A photo session was held at JCB Hall (in Tokyo Dome City) from 4 p.m.
Aside from the press, 650 people from the public who were chosen in a drawing were invited.
I was on the 3rd floor in the 6th row of of the second balcony (second row from the back).
It was too far from the stage for an amateur to take photos with a digital camera.
So, it was more like an event for watching a photo session for the press, rather than one for taking photos for ourselves.
In the arena of the ground floor, there were camera crews from magazines and television stations. We were seated on the first balcony of the second floor and the second balcony of the third floor.
The artists appeared on stage one by one, and after a brief message, photos were taken immediately. First facing the right side, than the center, and finally on the left. This set was repeated twice - once for photographs and the other for footage.
After all of the participants came out, Yong Joon-san came out at 4:35 p.m. as the last artist.
The fans were in a frenzy letting out what seemed like screams welcoming him.
Yong Joon-san gave a brief greeting, but my heart was pounding and I was so flustered that I don't remember what he said (>_<)
Yong Joon-san's message:
"Hello. I am Bae Yong Joon. I hope this event will serve as a meaningful start that will enable the children of Asia to smile with hope. "
The photo session began from the invited crowd , and after the hall became just bit brighter, we were allowed just 2 minutes to take photos.
At 4:36 the MC of DATV said to YJ-san that the kajoku are on the 2nd and 3rd floor so please look up, but even with a 15x digital camera, I could not capture him well. Because he would not look up to the 3rd floor, I was not able to get his face clearly.
There were some people who seemed like professionals equipped with great cameras and tripods, and on the other end there were people who gave up on taking pictures all together and just watched. There were also many fans for artists other than Yong Joon-san.
I must say that taking photos of someone you like is an impossible task, because both your heart and hands shake from excitement(>_<)
..... (omit) I am sorry that these photos are so blurry, but I hope I was able to convey the atmosphere.
Later, there was a session for the press, and in the end Yong Joon-san made a cute gesture by raising both of his arms in the air.
At 4:40, YJ-san waved to us, and after giving a very courteous bow he disappeared into the wings.
At 4:41, all of the participants lined up on stage, and again posing for photos turning right, center, left (2 sets), the session came to a close at 4:45.