What has AJ been up to since he left for university?

First Japanese post.

Hello This is my first blog in Japanese.
I am the freshman (1st grade) of the Columbia University.
I want to study(learn) a lot everyday at Columbia University and be good in Japanese. I will be doing my best.

See you!

Why am I learning Japanese?

Why did you choose to study Japanese?
-I chose to study Japanese because I want to communicate with my Japanese fans. Every time when I visited Japan if I had concert, even though I wanted to convey my words and messages, I was not able to convey my messages clearly. Therefore, by learning Japanese, I would like to become a step closer to my Japanese Fans

What are you excited, and what you find difficult after the first 4 weeks of the class?
-I am excited about the fact that I mastered the Hiragana; moreover, I knew nothing about the grammar in Japanese, but I came to know the fundamental level of Japanese grammar after the 4 weeks of the class.
-I can see how the level of Japanese is getting harder as day goes on. I am worried whether I can master Katakana like I did Hiragana. However, learning Japanese is interesting!!
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Credits: konnichiwacolumbia91.blogspot.jp + ROCKETBOXX.NET


Takamura vs Bear

Today, my teacher(professor) taught us “Emotion” in psychology class.
I don’t know (why) but, the teacher taught us “Emotion” by using “a bear.”
This reminded me of this animation.
Takamura got fight and he defeated the bear.

Isn’t it interesting?
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Credits: konnichiwacolumbia91.blogspot.jp + ROCKETBOXX.NET





The song which heals my heart.

This is the song which I like the most. This song is called “Hoppipolla” of Sigur Ros. I feel so happy from bottom of my heart when I listen to this song.

How do you like it?
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Credits: konnichiwacolumbia91.blogspot.jp + ROCKETBOXX.NET



Vegas at night

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Recently I went(flew) to Las Vegas by plane with my friend.
I felt very good (I was very happy) to meet my friend after so long.
This photo was taken from the top of the Cosmopolitan Hotel. It is nice view.

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I wanted to see the circus “O” which is very famous in Las Vegas, but there was no seat available.
So, I saw “LE REVE The Dream” instead. Unfortunately, it was boring(sleepy).
Then, I saw “Zarkana” of Cirque du Soleil in NY.
I was moved and cried.
The Dream was not as impressive as Zarkana. It was a pity.

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This trip was not that good.
Only good thing was to see my friend.
I’m looking forward to the next trip to Las Vegas. (I hope next trip to Las Vegas will be better.)
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Credits: konnichiwacolumbia91.blogspot.jp + ROCKETBOXX.NET


Composition Homework

You will go to Japan to study Japanese next summer and stay weith a host family, the Yamada’s, while in Japan. Write a letter to introduce yourself to Yamada san.

Let’s write a letter to Yamada-san.

To Yamada-san,

At first, I’m writing a letter to greet you before we meet.
I am a freshman at Columbia university.
I’m not so dirty. You don’t have to worry too much since I’m a tidy person.
I would like to live in Japan.

I‘ll be arriving in Japan at 4:44 on June 4th next year.
I would like to meet you at Narita (airport).

Thank you in advance.
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Credits: konnichiwacolumbia91.blogspot.jp + ROCKETBOXX.NET


U-KISS Completes “Stop Girl” Promotions + Upcoming Korean Album


This is NH Media. This is an announcement regarding to the completion of U-KISS’s “Stop Girl” promotions, amongst other news.

Last month, U-KISS promoted temporarily as a 6-member group, without AJ, for their 7th mini-album; a meaningful period for everyone. We are sad to announce the completion of this meaningful promotion period.

Although we were unable to promote with AJ during this period of time, SooHyun, KiSeop, Eli, Hoon, Kevin and DongHo have worked hard to put in even more effort to produce a great stage for everyone to see. The six members would like to thank you sincerely for the passionate support and love all the Kiss Mes have given. Thank you x 10000. ♡♡

Usually U-KISS holds a goodbye greeting in the very last week of promotions. However, due to unforeseen circumstances of broadcasting, we cannot organise the final greeting. The members and staff are equally as disappointed that we were unable to meet each other for the last time.

We hope that Kiss Me can be understanding towards our situation of the final broadcast. We will put in more effort to create more opportunities to meet on stage during the next album promotions.

U-KISS will be embark on their South American tour in Peru after their remaining domestic activities. After Peru, there is a scheduled performance in Malaysia. And finally, after Malaysia, they will once again begin their Japanese activities.

It is planned, after their Japanese activities and AJ’s return next year, for U-KISS to release their next Korean album. The details have yet to be confirmed, and we will post another announcement when it has been finalised.

Lastly, we’d like to thank Kiss Mes for showing such immense support towards the 7th mini-album ‘Stop Girl’. We will work harder so that there will be more opportunities to meet on stage and through broadcasts for the next album.

You know that U-KISS’s official fan cafe is always open for 365 days a year, right? Whenever there is U-KISS news, everyone is quick to spread the information!

Credits: U-KISS Fan Cafe + Rocketboxx.net (translations)

Important Notice

Calling all Toronto Kiss Me!

Alright, please ignore the last post, I assumed it was going to be the same thing in every city/country. Apparently, we only need to represent the country in one city (though I feel it is highly unfair to fans in other parts of such a large country but rules are rules).

Does anyone have any suggestion for an event? We can’t do Karaoke or art activities because Sydney is doing that. We have to choose one activity, below are few options, please respond quickly so we can finalize it.

Date: Sunday, May 13th
Time: If we choose light show it will take place at 7pm, everything else will be at 12pm
Place: Christie Pit (Downtown Koreatown)

– U-Kiss Flashmob
– U-Kiss light show (we can create U-Kiss’ name wearing their official colour)
– Promoting U-Kiss at one of the Koreatowns in Toronto 
– Creating a message book for U-Kiss (we can take pictures and film the process) 

Also, does everyone still want to grab lunch since apparently Sydney is not filming that part so we can do it. As in, order U-Kiss favourite Korean food and have a feast. What do you think? We can make this one of the options as well.

Any other ideas? 

Please RSVP by April 20th! Since I need to know how many people we have to be planning for.

Message me on tumblr (sumaiyaa), tweet me @sumaiyaAh or email me at sumaiya_peace4@hotmail.com

We need to come up with an idea but the end of this week!

Oricon Special Interview with U-Kiss

It’s been about 2 months since your debut, have you adapted to Japan?

[Everyone] Not at all!
[Hoon] Since we’re too busy, we can’t go play around.
[Soohyun] But I went to Don Quijote. There are many things there, so it’s interesting.
[Kevin] It’s nice that shops are open for 24 hours. I buy food often.
[Hoon] There are things for lifestyle also. Things like pillows and hangers.
[Soohyun] And rollers (laughs). I’m just playing around, for everyone to have fun.
―But is it bad when the fans see you?
[Hoon] No, (the fans) have not found us yet.
―So then, this Spring which fashion do you want to try?
[Hoon] I’ll be naked from the waist up (laughs)! I’ll show my muscles.
[Hoon] I’m lying (laughs). In spring we want to be warm, and in summer we want to be cool. The colors black and white together are chic. I also want to try fancy designed silver accessories.
[Kiseop] I also like monotone. I want to dress in jeans and a white shirt with a jacket, to give it a simple feel. The point is to find leather work boots that will suit you.
[Kevin] I’m similar to Kiseop, I like to dress in T-shirts and jeans. Since it’s spring, I want to wear a nice blue shirt, and I want to wear a fedora or cute straw hats.
[Soohyun] I also think a hat is one of the items you’d want to wear in the spring. I think you could match a trench coat and skinny jeans for a cool appearance.
[Eli] I like simple clothes like jeans with a T-shirt, and you can accent with a cool belt and accessories. More recently, I want a silver metal watch.
[AJ] I’m addicted to ONE PIECE, so I want to dress like Luffy. For the whole spring, blue toned thin and long shirts, short pants, and slip-on (shoes) with no socks. I want to wear a straw hat to feel cool.
―Thank you. “Forbidden Love” is your new song. What was your impression when you first heard it?
[Soohyun] I think it’s a strong and sexy image. The dance and facial expressions have a sexy appeal to them.
[Eli] During the chorus part you wave your body, it’s a distinctive dance.
[Kiseop] Since it was the first time I did a sexy dance, I was embarrassed at first.
[Dongho] It was fun simply because of the fast beat and dance. The lyrics included a lot of nuance and fresh content, once you knew (the lyrics), didn’t the meaning become more interesting?
―The lyrics of “Forbidden Love” have shocking content. Would you desire such a romance?
[Soohyun] The song is cool, but actually, since this kind of love is popular, it’s okay.
[Hoon] But there’s some interest in it…… isn’t there a thrill?
[Eli] No, at first that love is thrilling, but I think over time it becomes painful. Well after all, normal love is the best kind of love.
―Among the members, who’s dangerous to fall in love with?
[Hoon] I think Kevin.
[AJ] I also think Kevin.
[Hoon] Because he’s very pure, all the girls would like him.
[Kevin] I also think so. But if she’s a bad girl, it’s not good. (laughs).
[Hoon] Soohyun is also dangerous. Because he’s a strong man, he’ll riskily pour out his powerful affections.
[Soohyun] Embarrassing! I don’t do that (laughs).
― The new song is released at the same time as the 1st album. What are the contents?
[Soohyun] This time our theme is to appeal with diverse music. Our debut song “Tick Tack” and now “Forbidden Love” show our strong and sexy side, while other songs show a gentle yet manly romanticist side. Other than dance, there are also vocal songs, so I think that people can enjoy a variety of our work.
―Do you have a favorite song in particular that you’d recommend?
[Kiseop] The album’s title song, “A Shared Dream”. I really like ballads, and the song along with the dance will give you a relaxed feeling.
[Hoon] Also for this song’s music video, Kevin dove into water.
[Kevin] That shot was hard! I was underwater from 3 o’clock in the morning through most of the day.
[Eli] I recommend “Show Me Your Smile”. Because it’s a very bright and fun song, people who are listening together will liven up. I want to sing it at a concert soon.
―You’ve also recorded Japanese versions of some of your Korean songs. Is it good in Japanese? Is there something good within the Japanese (of the song)?
[Soohyun] The Korean song is a lot more strong and aggressive, but the Japanese suits it as well. Japanese has a strong pronunciation and a lot of accent for each word, and the melody fits the beat. Although it’s easier to sing in Korean, to properly understand the meaning in Japanese, we put emotion into our singing. By all means, I want the Japanese fans to listen to the Japanese version.
[Kiseop] This time, I want not only the strong beats to be heard, but also the ballads on the album to show the soft and gentle side of U-KISS.
―By the way, everyone’s personal strength is being strong? Being friendly?
[Hoon] (We) have either of those but…… anyway, everyone is genuine?
[Soohyun] The members are really rambunctious with each other. Our presence with each other is good (laughs).
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