Posts Tagged ‘NHK’

Girls’ Generation to perform ‘Genie’ at ‘Kouhaku Uta Gassen’

December 21, 2011

On December 21st, the songs that Girls’ Generation, Kara and TVXQ are going to perform at Japan’s most prestigious year end music festival NHK’s ‘Kouhaku Uta Gassen’ were revealed.

From the list of songs to be performed by 55 artists at the event, TVXQ who will be participating at ‘Kouhaku Uta Gassen’ for the 3rd time will be performing ‘Why?’ which was released in January this year.

Girls’ Generation on the other hand, are looking to heat up the event with the title song of their Japanese debut single ‘Genie’ released in September last year. Kara will be presenting their ’2011 Special Medley’.

Meanwhile, the list of appearances is expected to be officially announced around December 27th. This year’s NHK’s ‘Kouhaku Uta Gassen’ which carries the theme ‘Let’s Sing for Tomorrow’ will kick off at 7.15pm to 11.45pm KST on December 31st and it will be broadcasted on both TV and radio channels.


Girls’ Generation to participate in this year’s ‘Kohaku Uta Gassen’

November 30, 2011

Girls’ Genearation will be participating in this year’s edition of Japan’s most prestigious New Year’s Eve special music program, NHK’s ‘Kohaku Uta Gassen’ (commonly known as Kohaku) or ‘Red and White Song Battle’.

At 4pm JST on November 30th, NHK made an official announcement of the list of participants for the 2011 Kouhaku event through a press conference. Girls’ Generation and Kara were grouped in the red team alongside AKB48 while TVXQ will be in the white team together with Japan’s SMAP.

NHK Kouhaku is a special show that divides 50 most popular music artists of the year into competing teams of red and white. The ‘red’ team is composed of all female artists (or groups with female vocals), while the ‘white’ team is all male (or groups with male vocals). The honor of performing on Kōhaku is strictly by invitation, so only the most successful J-Pop artists can perform.

This is the first time Girls’ Generation and Kara were invited to the event. However for TVXQ, this will be their 3rd participation. Sooyoung, Jessica, Tiffany, Taeyeon, Yuri and Seohyun attended today’s press conference. At the press conference, Sooyoung said, “Being able to participate in Kouhaku Uta Gassen, just like our seniors, Boa and TVXQ in the past, is really a great honor to us. We hope to deliver great performances like our seniors”.

The inclusion of 3 Kpop groups in Kohaku this year is indeed an indication of the rise of the new Korean wave.


Encore! NHK, put it back on!

July 16, 2011

In the space of just one month, NHK once again aired a special broadcast on SNSD.

According to a Japanese source, the NHK ‘M presents – SNSD Special’ aired last month which featured interview with SNSD members and videos of concert performances was re-compiled with videos that have never been revealed before. The product of this new compilation, NHK ‘M presents – SNSD Special Encore Special Edition’ was aired in the early morning of July 16th.

The special program featured interview videos of SNSD members, SNSD’s history from their debut to the present day and also their overseas activities.

In addition to that, the ‘Encore Special Edition’ program also included the Arena Tour performances at Osaka and Tokyo Yoyogi Gymnasium Stadium as well as unreleased interview videos.


No Kpop artist invited to this year’s Kouhaku

November 24, 2010

Despite all the hype by the media and netizens, SNSD, Big Bang and Kara will not be participating in Japan’s year-end show, NHK’s “White and Red Song Battle” or most commonly known as just “Kouhaku”.

On November 24th, the list revealed by Oricon indicated that no Korean artists were invited to participate in the 61st edition of the “Kouhaku” which will be held on December 31st, 2010. Among the big names mentioned in the 44-participants roster are all Japanese top stars such as SMAP, AKB48, Koda Kumi, Ayumi Hamasaki, AAA, etc.

Some of the Korean singers who have made an appearance on the year-end show in the past are BoA, Jo Youngpil, Kaye Eunsook and TVXQ.

*Look on the positive side! The girls get a chance to welcome the new year back home and we get to see them on end of the year shows @ gayo daejun.


Jessica got into “food” controversy with netizens

October 25, 2010

On Japanese music program, NHK’s “Music Japan” aired on October 24th, in reply to the MC’s question about her favorite Japanese food, Jessica replied, “Yakiniku”.

Yakiniku literally stands for “grilled meat”. In Korea, the almost-similar dish is called “bulgogi” and it was believed to be the origin of Yakiniku. Yakiniku is introduced in Japan through adaptation and modification to the original Korean dish, bulgogi during the colonial era.

Because of Jessica’s answer, netizens were quick to response and queried as to why Jessica likes to eat Japanese food originated from Korea.

Accusations were made by netizens who commented:

-”This situation is similar to Japanese singers replying “sushi” on TV programs when they’re asked about their favorite Korean food”
-”I was wondering why she would choose a Korean food when she was asked about her favorite Japanese food”.
-”At that moment, I thought Bulgogi is a Japanese food”

My comment: Jessie is free to mention about anything she loves to eat! She’s just being honest. Besides, it’s just a food.


Learn Hangul with SNSD

September 29, 2010

SNSD’s interview with NHK was recently broadcasted and here is the video and translations of the interview. Enjoy!

Translation of the Interview

1st question
There are kids and ppl from all ages imitating the Gee dance. What do you think about it?
Taeyeon: People who watched it on programs or fans grasped (the point) of the dance and imitated it. We are very thankful for that.

2nd question
There are 9 members right. Because you are with 9 what is your charm?
Hyoyeon: Energy.
Taeyeon: I think it’s because of our teamwork and that’s why everything goes well. This also applies to choreography and also during the recording of songs.
Seohyun: All the 9 members have different charms and also our personality differs and I think that’s why we are loved by many.
Sooyoung: Don’t start bragging.

3rd question
What do you think about your Japanese debut?
Tiffany: Before we officially debuted we had a showcase and a lot of people came, which was very encouraging and was touching.
Yoona: We are very thankful. We will do our best even more. We received a lot of strength from the beginning.

4th question
Congratulations on ranking nr 4 on the charts.
Jessica: It’s so amazing. We are very thankful to enter the Japanese charts. We will show more different sides of us.

5th question
How about the Japanese lyrics?
Sooyoung: The Japanese lyrics fits the Japanese people and is easy to listen to. And I think it also fits our image well.
Sunny: If we sing the pronunciation soft it’s easy. It’s easier to show your emotions.
Hyoyeon: I both love the Japanese and Hangul lyrics. I think because the charms of both differs a lot of people can hear the good sides of both songs.

6th question
How did you study Japanese?
Yuri: Recently there are a lot of interesting Japanese drama’s and Sooyoung recommended a lot of drama’s. While watching those drama’s I learn words that are used a lot in daily life. I also take lessons. I’m not yet perfect so please watch over me (sorry that last part sounds strange lol)

7th question
What is your favorite Japanese word?
Taeyeon: Osusume (recommendation)
I learned it from Sooyoung.
Sooyoung: When we go to a restaurant it is very hard to choose from the menu. And if we then ask the waiter about the day’s recommendation then we can decide.

8th question
What is your goal?
Sunny: In Korea and Japan people say they receive energy from us and gather strength. I’m very happy about that. That’s why in order for more people to become positive we want to give them more strength. That is our goal.
Yoona: Please support soshi!

Credit: Bekkychan@twitter/Soompi

NHK Radio: 10-hour long broadcast on Kpop

September 17, 2010

Due to the popularity of SNSD, Big Bang and Kara in Japan, there will be a special 10-hour long broadcast on Kpop.

On September 17th, according to Japan’s media Sponichi, NHK-FM will broadcast a special 10-hour long program “KPOP 三昧 in Fukuoka” on September 20th.

The person in charge of the production of the program, Matasake Date PD was amazed by the popularity of Kpop girl groups in Japan. He said, “At first, we planned to have drama based music program. The craze for Kpop girl groups is beyond our expectation.”

Fans have sent in their request through the program’s website and on September 16th, about 600 requests were received. Most of the fans requested songs from SNSD, DBSK and the late Park Yongha who passed away in June this year.

Date PD revealed his excitement by saying, “The reactions from fans are overwhelming. I don’t think 10 hours are enough for me to introduce all the songs.”


SNSD’s explosive debut in Japan revisited

September 9, 2010

SNSD are set to conquer Japan’s music industry with their HOT debut on September 8th and despite being a rookie in Japan, the girls manage to debut at #5 on Oricon’s Daily Singles Chart and placed among some of the big names in Jpop industry such as Arashi, Glay, Japanese 48-member (WOW) girl group AKB48 and French Kiss.

The girls had their very first showcase in Japan on August 25th which saw 22,000 fans turned out to catch a glimpse of the girls’ always-impressive performance. The explosive reaction from fans caught media’s attention and the girls were featured on “NHK News Watch 9″. In addition to that, news and reports of SNSD were also published on daily papers like Yomiuri Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, Sankei Sports, etc.

In Tokyo, publicities and promotions were huge. The girls’ debut on September 8th was put up on billboards along Shibuya, music video of “Genie” was displayed on screens in music stores and Tower Records have even set up booth at train stations to promote the girls’ debut single.

More than 80,000 copies of SNSD’s debut single “Genie” were pre-ordered. According to SM Entertainment, in addition of the 80,000 pre-orders, more orders are expected after the single’s officially released on September 8th. The agency added that it is rather unusual for the debut single to hit near 100,000 pre-orders. It was reported that 10,000 copies were sold on the first day of the release.

The girls’ explosive debut in Japan would spark the Kpop girl groups fever again in the country. SNSD who are awesome in singing, performance and dancing skills also wish to be the style icon for Japan’s young girls, in the age group of 10-20 years old. The girls are receiving lots of love and attention from female fans in Japan and as the “Genie” promotion in the country progresses, SNSD are expected to set a trend in terms of hair, make-up and clothing.