Honesty is the best policy. That is what my parents have always taught me ever since I was young. Whenever I did anything wrong, they'd get really angry if I lied about it (laughs), but if I confessed to them honestly, they'd be okay.
2. When was it that you felt like you'd grown up?
When memories from the past kept resurfacing in my mind. For example, when I meet up with friends from primary and high school and talk about the old days, or when I see cartoons and toys that remind me of the past.
3. Are there times when you feel like you're still a child?
When I'm with my parents. Whenever I'm with my parents, I'm always extra stubborn (laughs). I don't really speak my mind when I'm with my colleagues, but I'm extremely honest when my parents are around.
4. Are there times when you feel that you just cannot lose to others?
When I'm truly passionate about something, like work, sports, relationships. If I genuinely loved something, I'd never be able to stand losing, but if I'm not very interested, then I wouldn't mind so much.
5. What kind of child were you when you were young?
Cuter than I am now. My skin was like milk, it was white and pale. I was lively, energetic and extremely noisy.
6. If you had a time machine, where would you go and what would you do?
I'd go back to the middle school days. I want to learn and be in love.
7. What are your favourite seasons?
Fall and winter.
8. What do you look forward to in winter?
9. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Move and stretch my face muscles. I'll huff a little to loosen up my mouth and then I'll use my tongue to push against my cheeks. I learnt that in my singing lessons. I think it helps make the swelling go away if you do it first thing in the morning, as soon as you wake up.
10. What is your secret to maintaining your figure?
To be perfectly honest, I'm just not the type to get fat. I don't really take much notice of it… I'm just naturally like this… sorry (laughs). I work out at the gym 4-5 times a week nowadays.
11. What is your favourite physical feature on yourself?
Eyes. Lots of people have complimented them and I really like them myself. They're not overly small and they don't have to be huge.
12. Do you pay special attention to fashion trends?
Not particularly, but I have my own style. Basically I just wear jeans all the time. Since it's winter now, I'll wear a long coat or knitwear with jeans. I like long tops and long coats (laughs)).
13. Do you read magazines?
I read a lot of fashion magazines. If something I see in a magazine catches my eye, I'll go and buy it. I look at girls' fashion magazines too. In terms of books, I read novels, and I don't read any manga other than 'One Piece'
14. What type of music do you listen to the most?
When it's cold, I like to listen to slow, mellow music.
15. Who is your favourite musician?
Stevie Wonder. Right before this, I went to his concert in Korea. I was so happy to see such a wonderful performance that even cried. It was just amazing (laughs).
16. What do you like to eat?
More to the point, there's nothing that I don't like. I really like pizza and pasta and Italian food in general. I can't really grasp the idea of salted fish… Basically you could give me anything in the world and I'd eat it, just not salted fish.
17. What food or beverage would you recommend?
Water. When I'm thirsty, I'll drink up to 4 litres of water at once, especially if I'm sick. It makes your skin better and speeds up metabolism. It's a lot better than working hard to lose weight.
18. What's your favourite number?
It's always been 2. You might think this is a really ridiculous reason, but I think 1 is an extremely pointless number. Wouldn't 1 become 2 if it just worked a little harder?
19. Favoutie book?
Recently I've been reading '1Q84'. Although it's taking quite a while, I'm honestly hooked. I think it's a book with such an irresistible appeal. There are a lot of avid Haruki Murakami fans in Korea. I've also read 'Norwegian Wood'
20. When have you felt the most motivated recently?
When I'm dancing and learning to sing! I'm the happiest when I'm singing and dancing. I feel like I really push myself whenever I'm learning, but I always get disappointed once I've reached my limit.
21. What do you do during breaks?
I like to spend my free time at home, in peace. Usually I watch TV or DVDs and listen to music at home. Those are probably the things I do most often. I've always liked peace and quiet. When there are a lot of people making a big racket, I get uncomfortable. I don't like it.
22. Where do you go when you go out during your holidays?
I'll go out and have a drink with some friends. Or I'll just go for dinner.
23. Is there a sport you'd like to challenge yourself in?
Bungee jumping. I haven't tried it before but I always feel at peace when I'm standing somewhere high. There aren't a lot of places in Korea that are high enough for me to jump off. I have a really intense desire to jump off somewhere high.
24. Is there anything a girl could do that would make your heart skip a beat?
When she's made food and offers me some. If she goes like 'try some!' and gives me food, yeah something like that (laughs). I'm the type who wants to live eating good food, it'd be even better if it were someone who could make good miso sauce.
25. What type of girls do you like?
Anyone who is innocent and cute is fine. Since I'm not a very lovable person myself, I think I'm attracted to girls like that (laughs). Oh and it'd be nice if she were a little introverted and very gentle.
June 2009 witnessed one of the biggest controversies in K-pop history, as three members of TVXQ - Jaejoong, Junsu, and Yoochun - decided to withdraw from their agency, SM Entertainment, and file a lawsuit against them for being locked in ’slave’ contracts. Soon after, a new trio was formed under the name ‘JYJ‘, who have been actively promoting their new worldwide album, ‘The Beginning‘.
When the three were asked about their decision to walk a different path, the members confessed that they’ve been so busy that they could only concentrate on their JYJ schedules.
Yoochun explained, “For a while now, we’ve been going back and forth between Korea and Japan for promotions. We had concerts in both countries, as well as our individual activities. We didn’t want to think about other issues, which is why we put in effort to keep ourselves preoccupied.”
Feeling that SM Entertainment was causing them undue suffering during their time as TVXQ, the trio finally put their foot down last year and made the weighty decision to withdraw from the company. During the difficult time of their lawsuit, they had only each other for support. But that’s not to say that they didn’t have something to fill their void before meeting with their current agency – the boys had activities with their Japanese agency, AVEX, up until the end of last year.
Jaejoong reflected, “It’s still the same now, but we never had an opportunity to voice out our perspective, and we tried to be really careful. This was during the time when there were all sorts of rumors going around in Korea. In that kind of situation, it was difficult for us to willingly approach news reporters ourselves. It was a situation when just one comment could become a huge misunderstanding and receive criticism, because saying anything would have hurt a lot of people. It was only afterwards when the legal proceedings were complete that we could finally begin to talk.”
After their promotions in Japan, JYJ finally decided to release a new meaningful album titled, ‘The Beginning’. However, due to circumstances with their visas, the trio had no choice but to hold free-entry showcases for their fans in the U.S. Fortunately for JYJ, their misfortunes later turned into a blessing.
Junsu recalled, “We couldn’t even imagine that so many fans of different races would come to our concert. It was a sight that you could only see at concerts from pop stars like Michael Jackson, where fans of all ages came to watch. In the beginning, there were a lot of people who looked at us with blank faces because they didn’t know the songs. But later on they started to move their bodies and get into the groove, even praising us with a thumbs-up. It was definitely a different feel from our fans in Asia.”
Having free showcases allowed them to expose their music to a wider range of people. Well-known, global producers such as Kanye West helped produce three of their tracks, including ‘Ayyy Girl‘, ‘Empty‘, and ‘Be My Girl’. Other songs in their album were produced directly by the members themselves: ‘Still in Love’ was produced by Jaejoong, ‘I Love You’ by Yoochun, and ‘I Can Soar‘ by Junsu.
Jaejoong elaborated, “They are all tracks in the traditional pop sense. This is something we were trying for the first time, but at the same time, we weren’t trying to change our style. We wanted to turn back to the origins of music. We went to America to personally work with producers. During that time, Yoochun was filming his drama and probably had a really difficult time.”
The members expressed that they would like to keep concentrating on their States-side activities. Junsu concluded the interview with some final thoughts on their American career: “We haven’t even officially released our album in America, as it’s only sold on iTunes for now. We heard that our song was picked by readers of Billboard as one of the ‘Top 10′ songs of the year – we came 5th. Seeing Kanye West and Lady Gaga getting 10th and 7th respectively, we were very surprised.”
@TOHOSHINKISTAFF: There will be a local version. We are adjusting the release date at present. RT @smile_988 @masatomatsuura @MAZINGER_DRAGON @TOHOSHINKISTAFF @harumasamaeda ★Good morning♪ Will a Japanese version of Homin's Korean album be released? I can't wait (*^O^*)/
TVXQ’s participation track for SBS’s “Athena: Goddess of War” OST will finally be released on December 20th.
As previously reported, their song will be the background music for thrilling action scenes. The duo’s passionate voices (combined with the deep string performance and strong bass) will surely make the viewers’ hearts race as they anxiously follow the tense scenes.
Starting from 10AM KST, the song can be found on various music sites like Melon, Dosirak, Bugs and Cyworld; the music video, which features footage from the drama, will be available during that as well.
The duo’s official comeback album is scheduled for release January 5th, 2011.
Source: Newsen via Nate Credits: allkpop Shared by: DBSKnights
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