Thursday, January 07, 2010

[News] Lotte Entering Hotel Business In Japan

source: tomato / The Japan Times
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010

Snack maker Lotte Co. has announced it is opening a hotel in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on April 6, including rooms featuring its Koara no Maachi (Koala's March) cookie snack mascot.

Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho will also house a chocolate cafe and a Korean restaurant owned by Bae Yong Joon, who rose to fame in Japan playing the lead in the popular drama "Winter Sonata."

The hotel, the first in Japan for the South Korean company, will have 213 rooms, ranging in price from ¥13,750 to ¥36,950.

Located in eastern Tokyo near the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo arena, the hotel is also expected to draw tourists eager to take in Tokyo Sky Tree, which is slated to replace Tokyo Tower as a radio and TV transmission site in 2012.

In its press release, Lotte noted that some of the rooms have a view of the Sumida River Fireworks Festival.

Lotte also operates hotels in Seoul, other South Korean cities and Moscow, according to the firm's Web site.

Snack shack: Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho in Tokyo's Sumida Ward is set to open in April. COURTESY OF LOTTE CO.


source: Nikkei Report / tomato

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Lotte Co. said Tuesday it will open its first domestic hotel in Tokyo in April.

The maker of sweets and foodstuffs operates six hotels in South Korea, but none in Japan. Located near JR Kinshicho Station, the new hotel will have 213 guest rooms.

Single rooms will cost between 13,750 yen and 14,800 yen a night. The 19-story facility with two underground floors does not have a large ball room and will target mainly tourists and business travelers.

In order to give guests a unique experience, Lotte intends to use the character in its Koala's March cookie snack to decorate some rooms.

(The Nikkei Jan. 6 morning edition)

hotel homepage:

Gosireh Hwa is scheduled to open at 4th floor of the hotel.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

[VOD & Trans]A Secret Phone Call with BYJ

source: Quilt by suehan


Hi, everyone:

The Korean actor, Phillip Choi is known to have a face resemblance with BYJ. He appeared on a TV program called, “Gangshimjhang, on the 5th of January and shared his interesting experience with BYJ. Please enjoy.

A Secret Phone Call with BYJ

Emcee 1: You had a secret phone conversation with Bae Yong Joon?
Emcee 2: Are you really close to him?

Phil: What happened was that I said, “I’m me and Bae Yong Joon is Bae Yong Joon”, when I had the interview with the newspaper company. He saw that interview article and called me.

Emcee: Really?

Phil: HeIIo.
BYJ: Are you Phillip?
Phill: Who is this?
BYJ: I’m Yong Joon.

I was so nervous when Bae Yong Joon ssi called me

Phil: Oh, senior. How are you doing?
BYJ: You said, “Bae Yong Joon is Bae Yong Joon, and I’m me.”, in the article?

I remember saying that, but I insisted denying it.

Phil: Well, I don’t know. I can’t remember well.

But BYJ said that he had seen it.

BYJ: Did that fact give you damage?

I thought a little while, because I was scared.

Phil: No, brother. I’m honored to have such face.
BYJ: Is that right?

I want to use this incident as an opportunity to get close to him. It was summer time and I like water skiing. So I told him that I would invite him to the shore someday. And we went Cheongpyeong Lake (suehan; 清平湖畔, with his closest friend, Ryu Seong Soo.

So, we all went there, Bae Yong Joon probably imaged to ride a big yacht, but the shore I went to is a very shabby pIace. And I even had a hard time turning on the engine. I told to him to get on the boat, and he did. He had a cast on his arm at that time. When I turned on the engine, the boat started shaking.. Daldaldal… And we had fun and I thought he was hungry. He said, “How about ramen?” So I cooked ramen and serve him on an aluminum pot. He picked noodle like this on the lid of pot and ate it uncomfortably. So, I said, “Bro, you look a bit awkward.”, and he responded, “What are you talking about? It’s fine.” He ate it like this..

He was so humanly and awesome to me. And someone asked him for his autograph, but he couldn’t do it because he had a cast on his arm. He told him that he would send it to him later. And I had a phone call from that person (the store owner on the lake) about a week later; he said that BYJ sent him an autograph. He kept his promise. He’s surely different than others.

[Tran] BYJ to open Gosireh Fua

Original in Japanese: (media?)
Translated into English: Cloud Nine

Lotte Hotel advances to Japan with “Koala’s March”

Lotte Co. announced on Jan. 5th that they will open Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho
in Sumida Ward, Tokyo on April 6th.
Their group company runs a luxury hotel in Seoul,
however, this will be their first move to hotel business in Japan.
Emphasizing its uniqueness by setting up guest rooms
with the character of their main product in confectionery: Koala’s March
they aim to invite tourists and businessmen.

Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho is being constructed in front of Kinshicho Station of JR and Tokyo Metro,
with 19 floors above ground and 2 below.
It has 213 guest rooms of 9 types.
Besides to meet the demand of businessmen in central Tokyo,
the hotel also targets the tourists to Tokyo Disney Resort (Urayasu City, Chiba Prefecture)
and to “Tokyo Sky Tree”, a tower under construction in Sumida Ward.

The hotel’s concept is [Tokyo Sweet Stay] which is totally appropriate to the confectionery maker.
It includes two Koala’s March rooms
and a chocolate theme café restaurant [Charlotte Chocolate Factory]
in order to [provide sweet and welcoming amusement, flavor, and healing.] (according to Lotte Co.)

In the hotel a Korean restaurant ‘Goshireh Fua’,
produced by a Korean Wave Star Mr. Bae Yung Joon, will open.

Tokyo’s hotel market has seen a series of advances by luxury hotels from overseas for the past few years,
however, because of the recession by the financial crisis
the number of hotel guests has declined and is still suffering badly.

Lotte City Hotel Kinshicho, while bringing in the luxury images and service know-how from Lotte Seoul Hotel,
sets the room charge at rather low rate from 13,000 yen per person (tax included)
Their strategy is to stimulate new demand in downtown Tokyo.“

[Trans]The production of BYJ’s has been cancelled

Source : My Daily
To English : cam /

The production of BYJ’s has been cancelled. The plan to return to TV has reached a temporary deadlock

Based on the media report in Korea, in Beijing reported in the afternoon of the 5th January that BYJ’s Keyeast has announced the cancellation of the production plan for the TV drama staring BYJ. This news has greatly disappointed many viewers who have long anticipated for his return to the TV screen.

is the first TV production for Keyeast. In early 2008 Keyeast signed an agreement with Kodansha of Japan for the remake of the TV drama, in the hope of promoting wine appreciation in Korea.

However if they choose to follow the original manga, it is inevitable that numerous brands of wine will be appearing on TV. This will be in violation of S Korea’s indirect advertisement provision. But filming with fabricated brands would diminish the original storyline.

Due to the many issues in question, in addition the agreement of the remake has- expired. After careful consideration of all aspects, Keyeast has finally decided to cancel the plan production of .

[News] Bae's series scrapped over ad regulations

[news] Bae's series scrapped over ad regulations

source: The Korea Herald / tomato

Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon's latest television serial has been scrapped indefinitely due to the production's failure to gain authorization to use the name of a brand of wine, his management company Key East said yesterday.

For the drama to have been successfully developed the production team needed a particular brand of wine to be used on the show to stay faithful to the original source material.

But Bae and camp hit a snag with local advertising regulations which limit the amount of product placement on television shows in Korea.

According to Key East, the television adaptation rights for the property was returned to the Japanese publishing house that released the original comics.

Bae, who holds a major stake in Key East, purchased the rights to the popular Japanese comic book in 2008, which was to be developed as a follow-up to his hugely popular television series "Legend."

Bae is currently involved in the pre-production phase of the ambitious new television series he is producing with K-Pop mogul Park Jin-young titled "Dream High."

The 39-year-old actor has also recently published a travelogue of Korea that he penned himself.

[VOD] WLS Anime Ep 5 Subbed

source: YouTube

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

[Photo] BYJ Mobile Jan 2010

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[Random] The snow in Seoul.......

source: kyaputenQ

[VOD] 2010.1.1 Japan BS TV 10 yrs Anniversary Special - Gosireh

[Vod] 2010.1.1.BS日本TV開局10周年特別プログラム-コシレ(gosireh)
source: makishi

[Captures] WLS Anime Tokyo Dome Event BTS - Part 2

source: byjgallery by 권오경

[Capture] Layout of "Beauty of Korea" - cyworld

배용준의 '한국의 아름다움을 찾아 떠난 여행'북 레이아웃
source: byjgallery by style

Sunday, January 03, 2010

[Trans] BYJ Mgr’s Blog (52) - Happy New Year!

source: BYJ Mobile Official Site
BYJ Manager’s Blog

Happy New Year! This is Yang Geun Hwan.
1 January 2010

by: Manager Yang Geun Hwan
Japanese to English: tomato99

Year 2010, a new year with family has started.

Dear family, happy new year!! (sae-hae-bok, mani-ba-du-se-yo!)

It is already fourth year to give my greetings through this blog.

Looking back last year, personally, I was able to create a good family and with the birth of my adorable daughter, I had a most meaningful year.

What can I say to everyone at this blog this year, I am excited and nervous as I am writing this.

Last year, Bae Yong Joon-ssi appeared to you in new styles, he had worked as writer for “Beauty of Korea (Discovering the Beauty of Korea),” and did dubbing for Animation “Winter Sonata.”

There are high expectations what kind of style he will show this year.

To make this year a year to respond to family’s love, and to grant to everyone’s wishes,
Bae Yong Joon-ssi and myself will do our best in year 2010.

I wish every family will have all their wishes come true and have a happy year.

And, please be well and have pleasant time.

Kamsa Hamnida.
Yang Geun Hwan

[News] 'Winter Sonata' icon Yonsama branches out to Korean cuisine

source:tomato / The Korea Herald

TOKYO - Even after all these years, it is impossible not to mention actor Bae Yong-jun, the 37-year-old hero of "Winter Sonata," when talking about the Korean pop culture boom in Japan.

In 2004 he rose to stardom there when the KBS drama, which began broadcasting here in 2002, became a mega hit in Japan. In the years since "Winter Sonata," none of Bae's other works have been as successful as his first. Nonetheless, he was greeted by 45,000 fans at Tokyo Dome last fall, when he hosted a promotional event for his latest book on Korean culture and tourism, "A Journey in Search of Korean Beauty."

Fifty-thousand copies of the first edition were sold on the day it was released. Among the fans who showed up at the promotional event was Miyuki Hatoyama, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. Known as an enthusiastic fan of Bae and Korean dramas, the Japanese first lady chatted with him for 10 minutes prior to the event.

In recent years, Bae has played a singular role in broadening the Korean pop culture boom into tourism and cuisine.

He has opened two Korean restaurants, plus a grocery store in Japan, all under the name of Gosireh. "Gosireh" is a combination of "Gosi," the name of the agricultural god who appears in Korea's founding myth, and the Chinese letter "reh," which means "politeness." The name is meant to emphasize the restaurant's determination to always put its customers first, explained Kim Mi-hea, a culinary researcher and public relations representative for all three stores.

In addition to Gosireh, Bae launched a traditional Korean barbeque restaurant called "Goshire Hwa" in Nagoya last year. Most recently, he opened "Goshire Gun" in the basement of Seibu Department Store in Tokyo last month.

Located at the heart of the large commercial and entertainment district called Ikebukuro, Seibu Department Store is a top retail giant owned by the Seibu Group, a company responsible for multiple railway lines in Tokyo.

The store specializes in Korean-style dishes, or "banchan," plus various different types of salads, "ssambab" (lettuce wraps) and "juk" (porridge).

Despite the fact Bae is something of a magnet attracting flocks of Japanese to Korean restaurants, Kim said Bae has never thought of using his popularity to promote his restaurants. Kim said Bae believes this would never help Korean cuisine gain mainstream popularity and that taste should be the only thing that matters in the restaurant business.

Before Gosireh, Bae also had a successful restaurant business in Korea. Gorilla in the Kitchen, a hip western restaurant located near Dosan Park in southern Seoul, is popular among young people for its herbal salads and sandwiches.

"The food cultures in the two countries have much in common, as both depend much on soy sauce (ganjang) and soy paste (doenjang)," Kim said. "What I think is missing from Korean cuisine is something to entertain eyes of customers while preparing food. We are working on it so you will be seeing it soon."

By Lee Yong-sung Korea Herald correspondent

[News] [Top 10 Stories] Events That Marked First Decade of 21st Century

source: tomato / The Korea Times
12-29-2009 22:02

Former presidents' summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il were jointly chosen as the top national story of the decade by The Korea Times. Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun visited Pyongyang in 2000 and 2006 respectively to discuss peace with the leader of the communist nation. In the international category, the terrorist attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2002 has been selected as the top story of this decade. The following are lists of the 10 major domestic and overseas events compiled by The Korea Times that defined the first decade of the 21st century.


1. South-North Korean Summits
2. Korean Golfers Dominate LPGA
3. Kim Dae-jung Wins Nobel Peace Prize
4. Roh Moo-hyun Commits Suicide
5. Birthrate Hits Record Low
6. North Korea Tests Nuclear Bombs
7. 2002 World Cup Korea/Japan
8. Top Sports Stars Kim Yu-na and Park Tae-hwan
9. Fierce Controversy Over US Beef Imports
10. Korean Wave (Hallyu) Sweeps Asia


1. 9/11 Terrorist Attack on the United States
2. War in Afghanistan
3. War in Iraq
4. Tsunami Hits Southeast Asia
5. Huge Earthquake in Sichuan, China
6. First African-American President Obama
7. Change of Global Financial Landscape
8. Japan's First Power Transfer in Five Decades
9. Birth of Euro Zone and EU President
10. China's Rising Status as a World Power

Korean Wave in Asia: Actor Bae Yong-joon and other top Korean pop stars have created a ripple known as the Korean wave or “hallyu” in Asia. Despite its ups and downs, the Korean wave is expected to remain a strong cultural phenomenon in the region.