tomato: i am a bit too slow in reposting this article, but time is never too late to hear a good news on Bae family, isn’t it?
the article translated by and posted on flowerbossa’s blog.
Thank you, flowerbossa !!!
Organizer of the concert, Cranberry-san (left) and PESASA’s MARInet-san
From Tokyo Shimbun Jan. 8, 2011 (Sat) Edition
Remember Lee-san’s Courage
“Accident at Shin- Okubo Station”
Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Death of the Korean Young Man
Yon-sama’s Fans and Others Organize a Concert to be Held On Jan. 28th in Support of Asian Students in Japan
Commemorating the death of a young Korean man who died from trying to save a man who fell down on the tracks at Shin-Okubo Station, a group of people including housewives who are fans of Hallyu star Yon-sama (Bae Yong Joon) will hold a charity concert at Yotsuya Kumin Hall (Naito-cho, Shinjuku-ku) supporting the Asian students studying in Japan. They claim that they were inspired by Yon-sama’s activities as a philanthropist.
Reported by: Yuko Muramatsu
(translated by flowerbossa)
On January 26, 2001, a young Korean man studying in Japan named Lee Soo Hyun (then 26) jumped down on the railway tracks along with a Japanese cameraman trying to save a Japanese man who had accidentally fallen off the platform. All of them died. The following year, with contributions such as the solatium from his parents, a scholarship was established to support the Asian students studying in Japan.
The organizer of the charity concert, Cranberry-san of Suginami-ku was influenced by Yon-sama’s activities such as his act of supporting children in need. Ever since 2004, she called out to his fans on his birthday (August) and Valentine’s Day (February) and collected donations for the scholarship. On occasions such as the anniversary of Lee-san’s death, she met with his parents, and was deeply moved by how they kept active that their son shall not have died in vain and the condition of their minds when they spoke, “he (our son) did not do anything special”.
“We have continued our activities all this time, but the world has already forgotten this incident. We would like for everyone to recall Lee-san’s courageous conduct once more,” says Cranberry-san. Being a member of the nonprofit organization which manages the scholarship, she is well aware of the difficulties of securing funds. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of his death, she planned the concert with the hope of “keeping the scholarship which was born as a result of Lee-san’s conduct alive”.
Appearing in the concert are, the classical guitar duo Ichimujin – a duo of two musicians who are presently 26 years old, the same age as Lee-san at the time of his death- and Wei Wei Wuu, a ehru player from China who has being active in Japan for many years.
Cranberry-san says that “being a mother of two sons myself, I learned many things from Lee-san’s mother. I wanted to do what I could do. I want everyone in the world to become aware of Lee-san’s courage”.
The concert starts from 7 p.m.
Advanced tickets 3000 yen
(At the door 3500 yen)
Contact: Organization committee
note: Korean translation and the original article as posted on Bae Yong Joon’s Official Board on January 17 by PESASA’s MARInet:
We Shall Not Forget; In Memory of Lee Soo Hyun-ssi
From the NEWS COMMENTATORS BUREAU of
NHK’s program “Konnichiwa from Studio Park”
Charts by NHK
(English translation by flowerbossa)
thank you flowerbossa for sharing!!!