Sunday, September 24, 2017

[Instagram] Jang Keun Suk finally posts to IG - 2017-09-24

On Sept. 23, JK returned to his IG account with a new photo he shot, proving he's still alive and well.😆

_asia_prince_jksFrom mom😍😍 

Mom's birthday supper for her son? Probably, since he's scheduled to return to Yokohama and Osaka next week for the Zepp Voyage concerts. (Also, if you look closely, you'll see JKS' reflection in the spoon at the bottom of the photo.)


[Photos} Jang Keun Suk's Cri J allows members to download photos - 2017-09-24

Following the 5th Annual Sharing Birthday Photo Exhibition, Cri-J posted a number of photos to the club's Naver cafe blog (members only).

The club is allowing members to post these photos elsewhere. So, here they are.

Warning: these photos are not to be altered, photoshopped or have the Cri J logo cropped off. (c) Cri-J


Saturday, September 23, 2017

[charity] Jang Keun Suk Displays Eels Generosity - 2017-09-23

Near the end of Cri Present on Sept 3, JKS held up a sign announcing the final proceeds from the 5th Annual Sharing Birthday Photo Exhibition. The final amount exceeded all previous years, and, as previously noted, the amount raised during this event grows exponentially each year as a result of JKS' growing worldwide popularity.

We, at TEF, want to thank all our members and all the other JKS fan clubs - and most especially CRI-J - for making this event a huge success. As the Korean news media noted, CRI-J and all JKS' fans serve as a model for all fan clubs with their continuous charitable activities...and how, they wrpte, all fan clubs should be.

Please read the list of amounts given to this charity event, beyond the amount raised by admission fees.

Again, thank you, Eels everywhere, for your support both of JKS and for the charitable giving that emulates JKS' own sharing and from whom every Eel takes her example.

Sharing Professor Jang Keun Suk's first lecture at Hanyang University on the Charitable Giving (2015)


[Article] Jang Keun Suk's Cri J donates 75 million KRW - 2017-09-23

Jang Keun Suk, Cri-J and his fans worldwide made headlines in Korea for their charitable giving.
Several Korean news outlets, including Yanhap News, a media service company similar to Associated Press and Reuters, posted stories on how much JKS' 5th Charity Birthday Photo Exhibition collected and is donating to charity.

cr: Yanhap News 

Actor Jang Keun-suk's fan club to donate exhibit proceeds to charity

2017/09/22 10:25

SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Yonhap) -- Actor Jang Keun-suk's fan club will donate the proceeds of its photo exhibition to charity to mark the star's birthday, the actor's PR agency said Friday.

Y Tree Co. said the club Cri J earned some 75 million won (US$66,000) from the photo event held in Seoul earlier this month and will donate all of the proceeds to cover medical costs for sick children and buy food for abandoned dogs.

The fan club annually holds an exhibition with photos of the actor and has been using the profits from photo sales and admission fees for good cause.

Jang attended the event in a show of support.

Jang's fans have set an exemplary fandom culture where they make donations on his birthday, rather than spending on buying him expensive presents. His Chinese fans followed suit by planting 1,987 trees this year -- the number that represents Jang's birth year.

His fans also regularly visit Namsanwon orphanage and Aeshindongsan, a shelter for abandoned dogs, for volunteer work.

The orphanage expressed its wish to name a new hall under construction "Jang Keun-suk Hall" to express its gratitude for the fan club's long-standing support and attention.

These photos provided by Tree J Co., Jang's agency, show a photo event held on Sept. 1-3, 2017, in Seoul to celebrate Jang Keun-suk's birthday. (Yonhap)


Thursday, September 21, 2017

[Announcement] Jang Keun Suk's 5th Annual Birthday Sharing Photo Exhibit Proceeds Exceeds Expectations - 2017-09-21

Thank you to all the Eels who attended the 5th Annual Jang Keun Suk Birthday Sharing Exhibition.

As a result of all the Eels attending this two day event, donations and tickets exceeded 75 million won ($66, 219 USD) which is 50% more than the previous year. Thank you to all eels and to Jang Keun Suk too, who led the contributions with 10 million won.

That's a lot of cash for Cri-J to donate to very worthy charities!  Thank you, Eels!!!


[video] Jang Keun Suk Imitatons from Down Memory Lane - 2017-09-21

Let's take a ride down memory lane. Okay?

We all know by now that Jang Keun Suk loves to imitate other singers. Most recently he's imitated several iconic Japanese icon singers including Gackt and Masaharu Fukuyama. But before JKS presented imitations of them on stage, he imitated Justin Timberlake.

Want to see?

Yeah, we knew you would.

Now, keep his dancing style in that video in mind as you watch this next video.

See the similarity?

Pretty cool, right?  

When I first watch the video of JKS doing Sexy Back, I thought he was an awfully stilted dancer. It wasn't until I saw Justin Timberlake dancing that I realized JKS was imitating him almost perfectly

I wonder who he's going to choose to imitate next? Rain? G-Dragon?

Probably not chart leading Japanese group, Arashi.

Anyway, isn't it fun to to think about whom he might imitate next?


Sunday, September 17, 2017

[Photo] Jang Keun Suk's JOFC Halloween Party in Seoul -2017-09-17

The Japanese Official Fan Club announced a Halloween Party Tour in Seoul. Members who win tickets through a lottery will attend a private Halloween Party with Team H at Cafe Plano. The three day, two night tour will take place October 19th through 21st. However, it's rumored (but we've not found any confirmation yet) that JKS will not be attending.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

[Schedule] Jang Keun Suk Zepp and Cri Show IV Schedule - 2017-09-16

Hang Keun Suk has a very busy autumn and winter coming up in Japan.

First, he has two Zepp shows which Universal Music Japan put together. One show in Tokyo on Sept 27 and another in Osaka on the 28th. These two shows are only for those who have bought Voyage. Inserted into some albums is a special ticket or notice with a number. Those with winning numbers can attend these two shows. Each show was announced as having a limited seating of 1200, but UMJ announced that they discovered the Tokyo venue had room for more seats and has chosen to hold a second lottery but only for those who buy the album anew. Any cancelled or unredeemed original numbers will be offered by lottery to first time buyers.

Anyway, in a deal among JKS, UMJ and Frau International (the owner of the JOFC website), JKS, as he mentioned during ROCKUMENTARY, he will tour Japan for Cri Show IV.

After Zepp, Jang Keun Suk will go on a tour of five Japanese cities with Cri Show IV.

A new web page site has already been uploaded to provide information on the tour.

As noted above, JKS will visit five Japanese cities during Cri Show IV.  For those unfamiliar with Japan, the following graphic shows where he will be and when.

Maybe a little history on the origins of Cri Shows would be beneficial right about now. As most Eels know by now, “Cri” stands for critical. JKS has said he chose “cri” as critical to his to his future, to his ability to move forward, to his well-being. But the term has a deeper meaning which goes back to early days of creating a fan base. He said his fans were intelligent and critical thinkers. They didn’t just blindly follow the latest fad or popular celebrity, but instead used their critical thinking skills to cut through all the clutter to find the best. Consequently, the term “cri” has a double meaning, both as critical to JKS’ success and a description of his fan base.

Following the release of each full album, JKS chose to do a Cri Show. His first Cri Show followed the release of his first full album Just Crazy. JKS went on a major Japanese tour and around Asia in which he named Cri Show I. He chose the color purple for the album and again for the show.

Using the color green for his second album, Nature Boy, he went on another Cri Show tour following the release of the album.  Cri Show II proved to be huge hit and again garnered fantastic reviews throughout Asia. While his Cri Shows were very expensive to produce, but JKS didn’t care. He wanted to put on the best shows ever by any singer/entertainer.

It should be noted at this point that his dream of putting on the best show of any entertainer was not only met but exceeded. The media, throughout Asia, took note of his Cri Shows and praised him elaborately. Of course, all the venues at which he performed were sold out immediately...and in some cases he was forced to add extra dates because of the excessive demand.

With the release of his third full album, Monochorome, JKS scaled back everything. Gone were the elaborate stages indicative of previous Cri Shows. This time JKS chose Black and White for the color of his album. Monochrome.

He’s said that the time during which he made this album was a dark time for him. And that’s probably true since the selection of songs and making a new album can easily take a year or more. It was during this period that JKS endured perhaps his darkest days, having been personally accused of Tree J tax evasion. Although Tree J paid the fine and additional taxes due without dispute or any excuses, JKS personally apologized for his company’s error as if he personally had made the mistake. Nevertheless, the Korean press and anti-fans went after him ruthlessly, regardless of the fact that several other Korean celebrities at the same time were being accused of tax evasion. Yet, JKS alone was singled out and ended up dropping out a TV show in the middle of production. To make a long story short, he spent a lot of time in seclusion and aside from some concerts in Japan, where he is always welcomed with open arms, and some Team H activities, he remained quite silent. Not defending himself against the unfair attacks; not defending Tree J for having made the tax error; nothing. He silently let the storm pass.

Yet, Monochrome is perhaps his greatest album until now, exhibiting a diversity of songs, tempos, and arrangements that can only come from a deeply emotional spirit seeking a way forward out the darkness we, too, sometimes face.

When JKS went on his Japanese tour for Monochrome in Cri Show III, his fans were more than delighted. Eels around the world flocked to Twitter to learn the every detail the audience tweeted. The Monologue Cri Show III was electrifying to say the least. He showed a true singer's expertise and an ability that outshone any of his previous shows, indicating that he’d spent a great deal of time during the previous year or so training his voice. To put it mildly, JKS himself, without any elaborate staging, outshone any of his previous performances and exceeded everyone's expectations. He proved himself to be a great singer.

Monochrome moved JKS from a popular Korean singer in the Japanese market to a maga-star in Japan. As a result, Universal Music Japan picked up JKS in 2015 as one of their artists.

So, that brings us to Cri Show IV. JKS said that coming out the low during the Monochrome stage of his life,  he wants to Voyage and Cri Show IV to show his happiness again. What color he chooses for this Cri Show, however, is anyone's guess. Thus far, the images for album have concentrated on yellow and blue tones.  Like a sunrise. But who knows what he will choose or how he will greet his audience with Cri Show IV.

Regardless, Cri Show IV marks the release of his latest full album, Voyage, in which JKS hopes to relate the progress he and his Eels have made together. For everyone, including JKS, the ride has been a journey…a never-ending Voyage…that they are all taking together. Personally, I wouldn’t be surprised if he chose Blue as the color of Cri Show IV. “Nothing but blue skies ahead.” That’s fitting for JKS at this point.

JKS will perform Cri Show IV in the halls listed below. Note, this is the first time, my knowledge, that he’s gone to Kanazawa. Let’s hope hie tries out some of the absolutely, melt-in-your-mouth, magnificent sushi Kanazawa offers.

Yokohama Great Hall

Osaka Festival Hall

Honda Forest Hall 

Nitori Culture Hall

Fukuoka Sun Palace