Q. This is your first official visit to Korea. How do you feel about visiting korea?
A. This visit, alot of fans were giving me a warm welcome at the airport. Before exiting the airport gate, I heard the fans shouting "Yamapi". I thought, "Since I've come to korea, I'll do my best"
Q. What's your favourite korean food?
A. I like kimchi, I eat it often. I like pork belly, tofu stew and bibimbap (korea's california sushi roll) too.
Q. Do you like to drink korea's alcohol? For example, soju.
A. I like to drink. I like soju and korea's sweet rice wine.
Q. You came as a solo artiste, without NewS members. Arashi, KAT-TUN and other japanese stars have been to korea. Did you hear/seek any advice from them?
A. I felt honored that I'm here to promote my solo album that will be released soon. I would like to come to korea again together with NewS. I didn't have the chance to hear/seek any advice from Arashi and KAT-TUN. I've listened to interesting stories about korea from my korean friend. (He's probably talking about Kim Jaejoong, ex-tohoshinki member, current member of JYJ)
Q. What are the other members' reactions?
A. I haven't got the chance to meet the other members recently. Next time, I'm going to buy some seaweed and share with them.
Q. What kind of appeal/charm do you want to show with the solo album? There are different attractive points in 2 CDs, which one is much better to show your charm?
A. This album's attractive point is different mood from 2CDs. The first one, "super good" includes songs that are J-pop like, which was popular in 80' and the second one 'super bad' includes songs like club music. I like club music and I think there are many songs which the Korean fans would like too.
Q. What do you think of Japanese singers performance in korea. Tell us about your activities.
A. I dont think I'm the person to judge the performance of that. Japan and Korea are neighboring countries. Apart from political problems, it seems that exchanging cultures are important. I wish many korean singers will perform at japan and japanese singers in korea as well. In korea, I'm performing in a music program and a concert is planned.
Q. How's the preparation for the concert? Any points to share?
A. Most process for the concept and stage are almost done and still have to modify, improve. There are fancy clothes and cool one for stage too. Comparing them during the show would be fun for you. I hope that people who come to see my show will leave with smile after the show.
Q. This is your first entry into the korea music market. Why made you decide to come to korea?
A. I've been interested in entering the korean market. Since 2-3 years ago, I thought it was been interesting to do so. I want to enter the korea music market seeing that korean artistes came and promoted their activities in japan. I've one korean friend in korea, I would like to meet him in korea and I want to and plan to collaborate (sing) with him (He's talking about Jaejoong again)
Q. Is there any singers that you admire, other than TVXQ?
A. Till now, only TVXQ. I wished I knew more singers. I can exchange Japanese information with them and I wish I could get more information about Korea.
Q. What do you think is different between Korean and Japanese singers?
A. Korean singers put in effort when filming their music videos. When you see their videos, you can tell that they practiced alot.
Q. One day, if you have the chance to make a joint appearance in a drama, what kind of actors would you like to work/appear with?
A. Anyone and anywhere. If there's a chance/opportunity, I hope I get a chance to get casted.
Q. What do you think of the korean songs that succeeded in japan? (I think they're asking him why korean songs are popular in japan)
A. A lot of korean songs emphasizes on the rythm and beats. I think the melody in ballads are good too. It's a pity that I can't understand the lyrics.
Q. What is the difference between Korean fans and the others?
A. I think the cheering for me from Japanese or Korean fan is same. I have to make my fans happy. I feel that Korean fans are more powerful.
Q. We're curious if you have prepared any special fan-service for your fans in korea.
A. I want to leave a surprise present. For those coming to the concert.
Q. Any activities in korea after your tour?
A. No specific plans. I want to make good music. If there's a piece of good music, I want to make an appearance (for the song). I want to have activities in korea.
Q. You have a Japanese (language) album. Have you thought of making a Korean album?
A. Certainly, I want to try. I want to achieve it as soon as possible.
Q. As a Japanese man, what do you think about Korean girl group when you see them?
A. Korean girl groups have both cute and sexy sides. I think men from any countries will like those points.
Q. Why do Japanese idol groups live(last) long?
A. We seperate the time for group and personal activities and I think that's the reason why we can stay together longer.
Q. What's your wish or dream as an artist?
A. I want to do my job for long time. I don't mind a big or small of stage or drama. Personally, I want to buy a big house.
Q. Who do you want to work together among Korean singer?
A. I was close with Jaejoong and we promised to work together someday. I don't know about others. I'd rather ask the Korean fans who they think would be good to work.
Q. Last words?
A. This is my first visit to Korea, I'm happy and I will be back soon. I will always do my best, so I hope you will support and cheer me on.
translation credits: cookupsomelove (please do not take translation out of je_ikemendump )
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