The content written by BYJ from "Traveling to discover the beauty of Korea"
As Gaulsan nim introduced below, the bookstores in Korea started to take reservations for YJ’s book. I translated an extraction of the text, which is posted on the bookstores' websites, that BYJ wrote himself in English.
Original in Korean: Bae Yong Joon Translated into Korean: suehan
Even though I believe in a different religion, I’ve always been wondering about how the temples of Korea could have produced so many cultural properties and maintained the communities for such a long period of time. Actually, I’ve been thinking to exclude the Buddhistic color from the Korean culture and to discuss the remainder except the core are same.
There is a word called humanity. Even though there is someone who is very smart and reasonable, but doesn’t have enough humanism to care for others, our society judges him as being short of humanism. Sometimes, there are cases that this humanism ruins the Korean society, but I think that is misunderstanding from the wrong use of that humanism. Everyone has their own wishes. I think the humanists are such as, if you and I, both want to have it, then admit it equally like “let’s give it to others.”, and give it with open-mind, but without hesitation. That humanism penetrates our basics what we need to survive, and I think that is the one of characteristics of our culture.
In my case, I would like to have a tea with friends, even one. I 'd rather drink tea alone without lots of efforts and devotion, but if there is even one person next to me, then I would like to deliver the taste and scent of tea with more devotion to that person. I think that “we can contemplate when we drink alone, we can communicate each other when two people drink together, we can develop the sympathy when three people drink together, and we can work toward harmony when four people drink together.”
The culture isn’t difficult and boring. If so, it couldn’t appear as the materials in the countless dramas and movies. I might chat for hours with someone who is interested in the culture of The Silk Road that has lots of hidden stories which connect Asia and Europe, or Gahya which had an Iron Age differentiating itself from the culture of the era of the Three States.
No matter how difficult and troublesome they are, the usual worries and concerns have disappeared like smoke when we sit and face each other at the dining table with fresh foods. It gave us the power to overcome. When someone expressed his anger with his body covering with blanket, we said, “Eat first and go back to sleep.” It is the inner loves of mother saying not skip a meal. I remember that this is the mysterious power of a dining table.
I would like to build a traditional Korean house on a high-rise building in New York. Someone questioned saying, “Is it possible?”, but I think that it isn’t impossible. How nice to have our house, a breathing traditional ‘Korean House’ nicely in New York where it is packed with a skyscraper that has r isen only upward, which is against the providence of nature! Recently, the rooftops of the high-rise buildings have changed to the gardens in the air are increased. Just like those, if one traditional Korean house is built on the rooftop of the building, then an accent will be showing in the desolated skyline of city.
"The Beauty of Korea"(title subject to change) that BYJ has worked for over a year will be published on 23 Sep.
You can make reservation at internet bookstores from 12 Sep. For those who make reservation before 22 Sep, a pocket notebook with the logo of 'the Beauty' will be sent together.
The list of internet bookstores are : Yes24 : http://www.yes24.com Kyobobook: http://www.kyobobook.co.kr Interpark: http://book.interpark.com/bookPark/html/book.html Aladdin : http://www.aladdin.co.kr Libro : http://book.interpark.com/bookPark/html/book.html
The book has 432 pages, filled with YJ's photos and essays over 13 themes, informations of the travel rout, etc. I was surprised with the price - it's only 16200 won! (18000won is the original price, and 10 % off when you buy from the internet.) I've searched these websites and found out that Kyobobook is the most convenient for foreigners. Below is the direction to order "the Beauty of Korea'.
* Click '예(yes)' to the pop up window, and click in the three small boxes.
* Then scroll down a little.
* Fill in the information in category 01 주문 고객 0l름 = your name 연락처 = phone number 0l메일 = email address 주문 비밀번호 = password to your order information. It is needed for you to monitor the order status.
* category 02 click '해외배송(send abroad)' at the first line. choose your country and fill in the information. (US, Canada, China, and Japan are in the top of the list. Other countries are listed in alphabetical order.) The red letters say that 'Phone 2(mobile)' information is essential.
* category 03 select '신용카드(credit card)' at the second line. Now lets choose the card in the box below the price.
In the box next to [카드 유형], click '해외카드(foreign card)'. In the box [카드구분], click '해외발행카드(card issued outside Korea)'. Fill in the card number and expire date. (월=month, 년=year)
After you fill in all the information, click '결제하기(pay)' at the bottom of that page.
I cannot go further because I don't have a card issued outside Korea. If something pops up, it usually means that some information is missing. If it still doesn't work, write me what happened. If you succeed, please write us what happened in the next step.
ps. Reading the lines he wrote..... sigh..... he is a REAL ambassador of Korean culture, and he is writing like a philosopher or a scholar, and yet he is so humble! I thought, 'oh uh! I should study hard to catch up this man!' No wonder it would take long to translate his book!
Source : Donga.com http://news.donga.com/fbin/output?n=200909100232 Reporter: Hur Min Nyung trans K to E : gaulsan (Quilt)
BYJ hires a flu-prevention team for Tokyo event.
What can we do for the 90 thousand people crowded in Tokyo Dome?
BYJ, who is preparing two huge events in Japan declared a war against the influenza pandemic. The organizing team made a contract with a flu-prevention team, and is discussing about signing a liability insurance for the fans.
The events are for the launch of 'WLS animation' and his book 'The Beauty of Korea'. The audience of both events are estimated to be at least 90 thousand. However, with the recent influenza pandemic and the news that idol Kim Hyun Joong has caught flu, there are raising concern about the safety of such large events.
The organizers seem to be preparing for that. "We hired a flu-prevention team that will work under the control of the Japanese authorities," said a staff, "and we will carefully organize both events under strict control of this team."
The organizing team is considering of installing thermal imagers at all gates. A staff said, "it is not recommended by the government, but to prevent infection, we are trying to ensure safety even if it costs extra charge."
The organizing team is considering of signing a liability insurance for the fans who might get infected after attending the event. The staff said, "our goal is 100% prevention, but we are also preparing for any possibility. This shows how considerate BYJ is of his audiences."
About the events, Choi Ji Woo is also appearing at the event of WLS animation, and the book of BYJ will be published both in Korea and Japan.
Bae Yong-joon's photo essay contents revealed Lynn Kim 기자lynn2878@asiae.co.kr
기사입력2009.09.10 17:28최종수정2009.09.10 17:28 00
Actor and photo essay author Bae Yong-joon [BOF Korea]
The contents of a photo essay authored by Korean Wave star Bae Yong-joon have been revealed through the actor's agency in a press release.
The actor had announced two weeks ago that he will release a photo essay, tentatively titled "Journey in Search of Beauty of Korea - Bae Yong-joon", containing some 200 photos the actor took during his trips around Korea.
The content of book includes 11 cultural artisans that Bae met, including master potter Cheon Han-bong and Hanbok designer Lee Hyo-jae, along with introductions to Korean traditional food and cultural content, such as the kimchi, hanbok, King Sejong the Great and the National Museum of Korea.
The book also introduces culturally-rich travel locations that might help foreign travellers to see the true beauty of the country, explained the agency.
Korean Wave star Bae Yong-joon [BOF Korea]
The actor himself wrote in the preface that the book is "a record of a journey by a beginner who studies Korean culture" and that he "hopes [the book] will be a small present to people who love and want to know Korea."
In Japan, over 650,000 dollars worth of the book has already been sold ahead of its release on September 30. On the same day, a promotional event will be held at the Tokyo Dome with 50,000 fans expected to attend.
The Korean version of the photo essay will be out September 23.
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BYJ faces a tough question from the Maestro of Ceramic Art
Article from : Asia Economy News 2009.9.10 http://www.asiae.co.kr/news/view.htm?idxno=2009091008450648421 Reporter: Moon Yong Sung Translated into English; gaulsan
“Choose the best one among these 48 tea bowls"
In his photo-essay, BYJ introduced an episode that he has experienced while he was learning ceramic art from maestro Cheon Han Bong.
Maestro Cheon Han Bong is a ceramic artist who is designated as a Human Cultural Property, and it is inevitable that his work became one of the major theme of BYJ's photo-essay. The maestro that BYJ met in Moongyung, Kyungsang province was a short-statured, diligent, and generous man.
For several days, Maestro Cheon showed BYJ the process of ceramic art - finding clay, processing the clay, spinning, trimming, firing, and so on. After showing the entire process, the maestro gave YJ his last mission to choose the best ceramic piece.
Even though the maestro was a gentle person, he was the master to BYJ, and it was not easy to find the correct answer. [This article doesn't tell us whether YJ chose the right one or not. - gaulsan]
After visiting maestro Cheon, BYJ started to make ceramic pieces at home. YJ wrote frankly, "maestro breaks the finished pieces when maestro doesn't like the outcome, but I cannot do like that. I cannot break the peaces that have gone through all the elaborate processes. They are like my offspring."
He showed his respect as "so much time and effort are needed to become a master, and it is so difficult for even a master to create the 'Real One' ".
Maestro Cheon Han Bong was born in 1933, and he is a professor of ceramic art at Moonkyung University, and is designated as a Human Cultural Property. He started to learn ceramic art when he was 14 years old. He is famous both in Korea and abroad, and had more than 150 times of exhibitions in Japan.
KEYEAST (054780), Signs deal worth ₩ 800,000,000 in advance book sales - Bae Yong Joon's photography travel essay, “Discovering the Beauty of Korea” - Secured a minimum guarantee of ¥60 million, for sales in Japan to begin in late September. - A commemorative domestic event in mid-September with another grand event to be held in Japan at the end of the month are drawing strong interest for pre-sales of the book’s publication. - Bae Yong Joon’s photo-travel publication along with a Korean cultural project to launch at the end of September.
KEYEAST (054780, CEO: Kim Ki Hong), an Asian culture content company, signed a contract worth (KW) 8 billion with a Japanese publishing company.
Bae Yong Joon’s photography travel essay, “Discovering the Beauty of Korea”, will begin publication in late-September. KEYEAST signed a contract with a minimum guarantee of ¥60,750,000 for sales in Japan. Book quantity and other minimum guarantees to be determined separately in the future.
The site for Bae Yong Joon’s book has already been flooded with inquiries and strong public interest in Japan. KEYEAST, in commemoration of the book’s publication, will host a large press conference in Korea in mid-September and host an unprecedented event at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo,Japan in late-September, expecting over 50,000 people to attend.
KEYEAST’s CEO, Kim Ki Hong said, “Traditional artists and cultural contents discovered in Bae Yong Joon’s book will be accompanied by a unique culture and travel site, ‘Key to Korea’, to coincide with the book’s publication in September. “We are greatly looking forward to the many businesses that will spawn through the development of great content: books, travel packages, and merchandise while introducing Korean culture to the rest of Asia and the world,” he said.
KEYEAST’s successful merger with the Japanese content company, DA, earlier this year has successfully lead to a (KW)95billion income valuation for the first-half of the year.
BYJ Mail Magazine August 2009, Bae Yong Joon Birthday Special Issue
(issue date 28 August 2009) source: tomato byj
★participating in this year’s “24 hours charity TV” BYJ’s message together with his latest information will be shown in the program.
★BYJ’s two big events, finally coming next month!
★Animation Winter Sonata and Bae Yong Joon Exhibition
this event will display BYJ’s favorite items, treasured photos and materials from Animation “Winter Sonata” [lineup]
go through snow tunnel from the entrance, there is another Winter Sonata waiting for you.
At Animation “Winter Sonata” section, exhibition of art director Hiroshi Ohno’s background images, character setting images, storyboard and dubbing scripts. Also, recreation of “production studio” and “confession at the fireplace scene.”
At BYJ section, costumes from drama and special exhibit of his private owned camera and photos.
Singers Kang Yo Hwan and Yoonji and actress Lee Se Na will be joining for daily talk session and mini live shows at special stage. Video limited for the event, including dubbing scenes will be shown.
★2010 BYJ official diary
★BYJ 2010 Calendar, TWSSG 2010 Calendar
★BYJ’s “Trip Following the Beauty of Korea”
★Animation “Winter Sonata” on air!
★DATOUR for Tokyo Dome Events in September!
★New Gosireh Kimchi
[Shim Shim Diary Friday, 28 August] Hot season is over soon. How are you all doing?
Last week, I visited Korea for the first time in a month to attend Mr. Yang’s wedding ceremony, I met Bae Yong Joon.
It may be because he was trying to introduce beauty of Korea as much as possible, he had gone to every place for interviews, he was getting pretty thin but his mind and body looked very well.
I felt his love for family… when we were heading to Mr. Yang’s wedding by car, he talked all the way, how he is looking forward to September event and that he wishes to meet everyone soon.
He seemed to be looking forward to introduce Korea. I am starting to read the draft copy bit by bit. It is coming out to be a book with new understandings and very informative.
Please look forward to BYJ’s “Trip Following the Beauty of Korea” which will be delivered to you soon.
Please take care and stay well and have happy days till the September events!
【staff diary】 Finally next month, BYJ is visiting Japan. To have joyous time with everyone, Bae Yong Joon and all staff are coming up with ideas every day and our spirits are climbing high. We are doing our best to make the event unforgettable wonderful memory for all the family and BYJ.
All the staffs are looking forward to meeting you at the event.