K-Pop girl group KARA were asked at a recent press conference what they thought about Takeshima/Dokdo.
Naturally, not being politicians, it is unfair to call on them in this way… but journalists are cruel and cannot resist stirring up a hornet’s nest.
KARA are on of several K-Pop bands who are active in Japan and have fans are both sides of the ocean. A wrong word on these thorny issues can alienate people forever.
Korean actors and music artists who work in Japan have been submitted to this trial recently, compared to “fumi-e” — where in the Tokugawa period, Shogunate authorities would test the faith of suspected Christian renegades by making them step on a picture of Christ or the Virgin Mary.
Many Korean celebrities have chosen the less of two evils, probably knowing how little thought mainstream Japanese seem to give to nationalism, and have given comments that the rocky outcrop is Korean territory.
KARA were holding a press conference in Seoul last Monday when the dreaded question was thrown at them. Apparently all five members’ faces changed immediately. The lead singer, Gyuri Park, chose her words carefully, saying how they were held in affection in Japan and it was their first time to come back to Korea and work in a while.
This skillful circumnavigation of the question, though, was greeted with derision by certain sections of the Korean press and internet. The girls were swiftly denounced as pro-Japanese traitors, whose only interest is making money in Japan and protecting their interests there.
All this fury and fuss over a few rocks in the sea…
KARA are just about to release a new album in Korea and are planning to do promotional work in their home country for a while.
No strange to controversy, KARA have previously had trouble with their management, with a changing line-up, and even with accusations from the government that they are just too sexy! Now they have the wrath of ultra-nationalists to deal with too! Hang in there, girls!
Our favorite Korean sexy ladies, the indubitable and undefeatable Girls’ Generation (aka Shojo Jidai or SNSD) are going to perform tonight on the CBS talkshow, “The Late Show with David Letterman”. It’s apparently the first Korean music act to appear on mainstream American television!
Their five-minute set will feature “The Boys” (in English!), the title song of their third full length album. AKB48, eat your hearts out! The gals with the long legs are in charge and all your moe antics count for nothing against pure, unrestrained female sexiness!
Japanese pop stars better start pulling their act together otherwise the leaders of K-Pop are gonna rule the world. It’s significant, if you examine the stats for their YouTube videos, that viewers are coming from all over the world, and much more widely than say, rivals, AKB48, whose fan base is still almost irrevocably Japanese.
Much as I like to support my country, I’d have to say the Koreans have the upper hand in this fight.
*Update* Here’s a video of their performance! Almost a million views in less than 24 hours!
One of Japan’s most popular “entertainers” these days is Mana Ashida, a child actress aged just seven years old.
In her latest TV advertising campaign, some innovative ad guys came up with the idea of having Mana dance in a sexy move reminiscent of Korean girl band KARA.
So we get to see Mana-chan gyrate her “thighs” while wearing a short skirt. K-pop group KARA alone have caused a sensation here and in their native Korea for their too-sexy dance moves. So apparently getting a young infant to imitate their groove was a good idea…
We guess the gimmick is the fun of marrying one popular icon with another booming trend. But boy, did you guys screw this up! This is about as low as it can get — overtly sexualizing a seven-year old just to sell some beauty products!
The battle of the Asian girl groups has reached a new level. The relatively newly formed SDN48, who are considered to be the bit older and sexier counterpart to AKB48, have recently armed themselves against sexy K-Pop group KARA.
According to Zakzak in Japan, SDN48 has employed a Korean song writer and added “Korean-esque” lyrics to their songs to battle the threat that is the K-Pop boom in Japan at the moment. Lyrics aside, the sexiness levels of both SDN48 and KARA is quite high, but as far as the Japanese public is concerned, KARA and their sexy hip dance is winning. Can SDN48 move out to the front of the girl group war with their gibberish song “Gagaga”? Will KARA continue to dominate with their young round behinds? Do any of us care so long as there are loads of barely legal sexy Asian girls dancing around in costumes that we could only dream about?
We have been quite happy with the current flow of sexy South Korean girl groups that have been appearing here in Japan as of late, but the South Korean government seems to think they are going over board in the sexiness category.
Korea has long stuck by the Confucian ideal of showing no cleavage and no mid drifts in the media. Since the K-Pop boom has come to Japan, these principals are coming into question. Some of the big offenders, by Korean standards, are Girls Generation who have become famous for their legendary sexy legs, Brown Eyed Girl which, has a higher average age than most K-Pop groups in Japan, has become famous for their playful ass shaking, and they young group KARA who did some racy ass shaking of their own in the music video “Mister”.
Here’s the version of KARA’s “Mister” that has recently appeared on Japanese television in Japanese.
According to Cyzo the Korean parliament has been questioning the sexiness of these groups as of late due to their popularity in Japan. Some would argue that since they are not in Korea the rules do not apply, but the Korean government is saying that is not the case. Whether in Korea or Japan they, the image they are projecting is not one the Korean parliament condones.
Laws have been changed in the last few years, prohibiting under aged women from being seen as sexy symbols. The age was changed from 12 to 15. Many Koreans don’t think that is enough, and that the age should be higher. The restrictions, as far as show business is concerned, include sexy costumes, lyrics and dancing. Seeing as Japan as long been known for allowing much younger women to be seen as sex symbols, some in Korea believe that the K-Pop groups are being coerced into changing their image for the Japanese public. One of the main cases in point is a member of KARA who is still underage according to Korean law. A source was stated as saying that if it is found that the girls were coerced to change, it could even become a matter of child abuse punishable by law.
Having standards in show business is all well and good, but why did these questions come up once the sexy ladies from Korea appeared in Japan. If you take a look at any videos from before the K-Pop boom in Japan, they are doing the exact same thing. Girls Generation still show off their long sexy legs and KARA does the exact same ass shaking tantalizing they are doing in Japan. So I guess the question is whether or not the Koreans are just trying to pin the bad influence of sex on Japan or if they are just embarrassed at the image the girls are creating over seas. A case of something that’s ok to do at home, but embarrassing to do the neighbor’s house. For the record, I have no problem with them doing it over at my house.
They’re sexy. They’re slinky. They’ve got thin legs. Korean girl band sensation Girls Generation (known here as Shoujo Jidai) are now trying to make it big in Japan.
Hence why you might have seen this poster everywhere in Tokyo! Let’s give these girls our support!
Over the weekend Korean pop group KARA gave a press conference to announce their music debut here in Japan.
To the joy of their fans, the girls told us they will release their first CD for the Japanese market this August. The single will be Mister, said the group in brave, broken Japanese (this is only their second visit to these isles!).
We’re big fans of K-Pop and think the groups rival the Japanese ones for cute factor. Sure, Perfume are great…but check out how young KARA are! 16 years old! Pure virgin bliss in a white dress.
KARA started way back in 2007 but, like any decent pop group, have gone through some line-up changes.
Now they are five sweet girls: Goo Hara, Nicole, Kang Jiyoung, Park Gyuri and Han Seung-yeon. Jiyoung, as I said, is a mere 16 and none of the other ladies exceed 21. Still plenty of years of ogling these gals ahead of us!
[Pics via Oricon.]
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