Saturday, March 17, 2018

[Article] Jang Keun Suk's Meeting with Shingo at Paralymics in Asahi - 2018-03-17

The following is an English translation by Marchneko (Ya-Chan) and published on her blog of the Digital Asahi Newspaper (Japan) story regarding JKS meeting with Shingo Katori at the Paralympics.

Shingo Katori and Jang Keun Suk met at a venue of the PyeongChang Paralympics.


This is the text English translation of the article in Asahi Newspaper Digital.

English translation: Marchneko-chan @ yachan19870804

It was on March 10th, the second day of the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics which are being held in South Korea.
My cell phone rang soon after I arrived at Gangneung Hockey Center where the first para ice hockey game in the first league, the one between Japan and Korea, was to be held. I couldn’t believe what I was told. “Jang Keun Suk is here at this venue. He wants to see Shingo Katori.”

Shingo Katori was an Asahi Newspaper’s special navigator of the Paralympics. I was working alongside Shingo to report the games. Meanwhile Jang Keun Suk, Honorary Ambassador for the PyeongChang Paralympics personally purchased 2018 tickets for the game between Japan and Korea and invited his fans on the cheering tour to the game. He himself was at the venue with his fans on that day.


I thought it would be wonderful if the Hallyu actor who has a solid reputation in Japan and the Japanese star who is very popular in South Korea meet.....

I thought it was not a good idea if their meeting would bother athletes but at the same time I thought it might be an occasion to show the friendship between them, the Japanese and Korean who support para sports wholeheartedly.

From his seat Jang Keun Suk was walking toward Shingo Katori. I said to Shingo it’s time to see Jang Keun Suk. I walked down the stairs with him and let him to the meeting place.

It was just like a storm. Fans flocked to them to get a closer look. Numerous cell phones were turned to them to take pictures.


“Katori-san, it’s been a while. How are you?”
“Keun-chan! I haven’t seen you for ages.”

At the end of their meeting they hugged, saying to each other, “Do your best!” Though it was just a one-minute meeting, the coacting of the Japanese and Korean stars who support the Paralympics was brilliant.

This reminded me of one scene from the other day.

At the venue of the PyeongChang Olympics’ speed skating about three weeks ago Nao Kodaira (from Aizawa Hospital) who won a gold medal at the women’s 500-meter race held Lee Sang-Hwa in her arms. Lee is a Korean skater who ended with a silver medal though she hoped to win three times in a row in the Olympics.


It is said that Kodaira said to Lee, “You did a good job!” (in Korean) and “I still respect you.” The end of a story between the rivals who aimed to top the world from Asia was also quite impressive.

Regardless of which countries or regions they are from, athletes who share the same goal praise each other. Not only in the Olympics but also in the Paralympics l could witness such a dazzling scene. I was so happy about that. (Issei Sakakibara)


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