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Kan Mi Youn and K-pop groups in Japan: behind the beauty real hearts exist

Kan Mi Youn and K-pop groups in Japan: behind the beauty real hearts exist

Michel Lebon and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The “Korean cool” image is generating a real buzz in many nations because the energy which came out of South Korea many years ago is reaching a head of steam. This momentum is based on many fabulous K-pop groups and soloists coming from South Korea.

This collective momentum is rapidly changing the image of South Korea internationally and music lovers in Japan are eagerly awaiting new tracks from Girls’ Generation (SNSD), Kara, T-ara,, Chocolat, Sistar, and other buzzing groups. At the same time you have great soloists and Kan Mi Youn is one special lady because of her creativity, individualism, adorability and a lovely voice which fuses all her special attributes.

However, behind catchy tunes and powerful images of music stars who have so much to offer to their adoring fans, you also have another angle which is mainly hidden for all the right reasons.  This applies to individuals and groups which have reached out in different ways in order to help others who are not so lucky. Therefore, while K-pop stars don’t want to make capital from this because the reasons are genuine and sincere, it is still nice to focus on this side of music.

Recently Kan Mi Youn released another fantastic music track and like the high octane “Paparazzi” single it is clear evidence that 2011 is a fantastic year for this special lady. At the same time many K-pop groups are hitting the heights in Tokyo and throughout Japan. This fact is great for the music sector in Japan because it is refreshing the J-pop scene and the more raunchy style and sophisticated approach within K-pop is hitting a chord in cities like Tokyo and Osaka.

However, for K-pop groups which are based in Japan or are targeting the Japanese market, then they are fully aware of the devastating effects of March 11. This applies to the earthquake which triggered the deadly tsunami and created the nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

Therefore, Kara donated all their profits from their hit single called “Jet Coaster Love” in order to help the needy in areas hit by the devastating tsunami. Gu Ha Ra commented that “It breaks my heart to think about the pain of the Japanese people, who have showed us so much love.”  Her comment, and other comments made by this classy group were deeply appreciated in Japan because it showed you that in times of crisis, that people with hearts of gold come to the fore and help others.

Girls’ Generation also donated heavily from their hit single and like Kara these elegant ladies showed that despite all the glamour and mega attractions of being famous, that underneath the image, stunning fashion, lovely dancing and beautiful looks, are sensitive individuals whose hearts are in the right place.

Musically, Girls’ Generation, Kara, T-ara, and many other K-pop groups, have so much to offer and they are blessing Japan with their talent and other new bands will follow in their footsteps in the future.

However, music is just one side but when music stars come to the fore and show their humanity, then this is the icing on the cake.

Kan Mi Youn is also another lady who is a great role model because all too often famous music stars, sport stars, and so forth, forget their roots and easily fall into the trap of looking down on others or distancing themselves from reality.  However, for Kan Mi Youn she is not only a fantastic singer who is blessed with passion, individuality, creativity and stunning looks – but her heart is clearly in the right place.

This applies to being a volunteer at a rehabilitation center in Seoul whereby she helps elderly citizens and infants who have various issues to deal with.  This information was published by Soompi ( on their website.

Soompi caters for latest K-pop news and other areas of the entertainment world emanating from South Korea. In the report by Soompi they express several comments by Kan Mi Youn and she states that “When it’s about time for me to come, the elder grandmothers and grandfathers with behavioral problems wait outside for me. They warmly hold my hands and lead me into their rooms, sharing stories and even candy with me. When it’s time for me to leave they wave and say goodbye until they can’t see me anymore.”  

It is also clear in the article by Soompi that Kan Mi Youn began voluntary work many years ago and this fact shows a new angle to this exquisite lady.  Therefore, irrespective of individuals doing voluntary work, charity, or donating, it is nice to know that so many groups and individuals have their heart in the right place.

Of course individuals are attracted to these music stars because of their voices, melodic beats, style, movement, expression, connection, raw energy and based on so many other factors.

However, it is nice to see glimpses into the world of music stars and when you hear about individuals like Kan Mi Youn volunteering, despite her limited free time and the host of options available to this talented individual – then it is a reminder that some individuals are “real role models.”  (Gu Ha Ra from Kara)  Girls’ Generation – Mr. Taxi  KARA – Honey  Girls’ Generation  KARA   Kan Mi Youn and “Paparazzi”    Kan Mi Youn and “Going Crazy”  Beautiful photos of Kan Mi Youn T-ara (Bo Peep Bo Peep Japanese Version) T-ara (I Go Crazy Because Of You) T-ara (Like The First Time)     Magazine for latest K-pop/culture/entertainment   please visit


Posted by on October 17, 2011 in ASIA, Japan


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K-pop: Kara reaches number 1 with Korean song in Japan on Recochoku Chart

K-pop: Kara reaches number 1 with Korean song in Japan on Recochoku Chart

Michel Lebon and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

According to Soompi which gives latest information about K-pop and Korean entertainment and is highly regarded (, Kara have reached number one with their Korean version of “Step” in Japan.  This applies to Japan’s Recochoku Chart and this not only shows you the popularity of Kara but it also highlights the growth of K-pop which is sweeping many nations.

Soompi states that “Topping this chart is extraordinary as the song is in Korean and has reached number one while competing against Japanese artists. The Korean market seems to be influencing others around it and this has proven to be noteworthy.”

This is further evidence that the youth of Asia are bypassing traditional norms which kept people divided based on past history or religion. After all, K-pop is extremely popular in Japan and Indonesia, and many other nations. 

Of course, cultural influences work both ways and Harajuku fashion and the fashion sector in Japan is widely respected internationally and in recent times major Japanese J-pop groups have ventured into China and other nations.  Therefore, K-pop is adding to a unique generation in Asia which is utilizing technology and with great marketing skills, and talent coming out of South Korea, you are seeing global interest into the K-pop boom.

Kara is one of the most liked groups in Japan because of catchy lyrics, stunning features, a powerful image of zest and control, great fashion sense, and the characters in the group appeal individually. 

In Japan their fans are eagerly awaiting their new single “Winter Magic” which should be released by the middle of October.  The title is appropriate because with the rays of sunshine weakening and dress styles changing, then people need some winter magic to reach them.

Therefore, I am sure that “Winter Magic” by Kara will just do the trick and maintain their high visibility.  Kara and other K-pop groups and soloists are showing another side of Korean culture which is reaching out internationally. Also, with the music market being so large in Japan it makes commercial sense to be visible in major cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kobe, and throughout Japan.

“Step” by Kara is very catchy and all members ooze energy, freedom, and passion and for this reason they are in high demand.

“Jumping” was another great success and the same applies to many other  tracks by Kara. Therefore, fans in South Korea, Japan, and internationally, are looking out for their next move. Tokyoites and music fans in the rest of Japan are keenly waiting for the release of “Winter Magic” because “Korean cool” continues to grow in Japan.  “Step” by Kara ”Jumping” by Kara “Go Go Summer” by Kara ”Honey” by Kara

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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in ASIA, Japan


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Kan Mi Youn: another buzzing track from the angel of K-pop


Kan Mi Youn: another buzzing track from the angel of K-pop

Michel Lebon and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Tokyoites and people who reside in Japan have another powerful K-pop track to listen to because the latest tune by Kan Mi Youn is a fabulous track. Therefore, the growing trend of high quality sounds from “Korean cool” is being maintained by this exquisite lady from South Korea.

Kan Mi Youn once more hit the heights because “the angel of K-pop” certainly pleased her fans and with this lovely track more will be following. “Won’t Meet You” was energetic, fantastic beat, exquisite dancing movements from this stunning lady and of course a voice which graces the ear. 

Simply put, “Won’t Meet You” was A-one and even for house/trance vultures like me, I can feel my heart melt to yet another amazing track from “the angel of K-pop.” Kan Mi Youn is having an amazing 2011 and I thought “Paparazzi” would have been hard to beat but “Won’t Meet You” hits every chord and so much more.

The preview of “Won’t Meet You” looked promising but the real McCoy was even better than imagined. Not only is the track the real McCoy but Kan Mi Youn is the “triple McCoy” and clearly this special lady graces international music.

In Tokyo and throughout Japan the K-pop scene is growing and while you have many fantastic groups and soloists within K-pop, I firmly believe that Kan Mi Youn stands out because of her verve.  Her voice appeals to the ear and Kan Mi Youn plays to her strengths and this applies to style, panache, and stunning looks irrespective of hair color – but the brief blonde look in the video certainly increased an already high temperature.

Therefore, with the music market in Japan being huge it will be interesting to see how this track does in major cities like Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe and throughout Japan.

Fashion wise, perfect because “if you have it then you don’t need to flaunt it” and clearly the sex appeal of Kan Mi Youn is an added bonus. Throughout the video of “Won’t Meet You” she looked snazzy and so adorable and the movement to the track worked perfectly.

In the track Kan Mi Youn sings:

My mind is in and out in and out
My mind is in and out in and out
Mind is in in Mind is out out
My mind is in and out in and out

You love me, you love me
You whisper in my ear every day
But today you’re with this girl, tomorrow, with that girl
You met them behind my back and got caught

If you keep saying that it’s not (do you think I’ll forgive you)
If you say you only love me (do you think it’ll be okay)
What about the other girls?
If they are just friends, do you kiss your friends?

I won’t meet you, won’t meet you, won’t meet you
Why would I meet you, I won’t meet you
I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know
But I meet you again, why am I meeting you again
I won’t meet you, I will never meet you, for real
I don’t know, I can’t help it, I meet you again

* repeat

Don’t meet other girls (promise with me)
Please just love me alone (pinky swear)
I know I can’t trust you but
Like a fool, I fall for you again

repeat (x2)

The track is certainly a hit when it comes to a catchy beat, sweet voice, lovely dancing moves, exquisite singer, style, amazing fashion sense which matched the tune, and a high octane track which hits the heights immediately.

If you are new to K-pop then Kan Mi Youn is the lady to follow because the “angel of K-pop” doesn’t disappoint one iota.  On the contrary, this stunning music artist makes you want to search and check other K-pop soloists and other groups.

However, no matter how much you search you only have one soloist who is the real McCoy, and this applies to Kan Mi Youn, who is adorable and elegant beyond words. Kan Mi Youn and “Won’t Meet You”  Kan Mi Youn and “Paparazzi”   Kan Mi Youn and “Going Crazy” Beautiful photos of Kan Mi Youn    Magazine for latest K-pop/culture/entertainment


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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in ASIA


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Kan Mi Youn and K-pop: new powerful song to be released on Sep 29

Kan Mi Youn and K-pop: new powerful song to be released on Sep 29

Michel Lebon and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The beautiful and elegant Kan Mi Youn who is blessed with a lovely voice will release her new song on September 29.  A short preview of “Won’t Meet You” looks full of energy and vibrancy and the lady from South Korea will hopefully visit Japan in the near future. 

Kan Mi Youn is extremely talented and her song “Paparazzi” was a classic.  Full of energy from start to finish and with a catchy tune which hits you straight away.  If “Won’t Meet You” is anything like “Paparazzi” then it will be another fantastic tune.

However, knowing Kan Mi Youn it may even surpass “Paparazzi” because this music artist is very special. Also, with the growing appeal of K-pop in Japan then it will be interesting to see how “Won’t Meet You” fairs in the land of the rising sun.

The 30-second release certainly teases because the exquisite Kan Mi Youn plays three roles in the video.  Her characters apply to a stunningly sexy star and no acting was needed for this part and the other two images are a flash doctor and a quaint and estranged patient who still looks adorable. 

Her fans are counting the days before “Won’t Meet You” is released.  Appropriately her single “Going Crazy” is apt because many people are going crazy while waiting for her latest tune. 

“Going Crazy” was another lovely hit from Kan Mi Youn and for international lovers of music then this is one lady who appeals globally.  Kan Mi Youn is graceful, stunning, and bubbly.

Also, tracks like “Paparazzi,” and “Going Crazy” are buzzing with energy and backed-up by her lovely voice and stylish moves.  The videos express a lady who is in control and highlight a real gem.  Therefore, I know that “Won’t Meet You” will be another success because like the most delicious wine this young lady matures musically with each new song.  Kan Mi Youn and “Paparazzi”   Kan Mi Youn and “Going Crazy” Beautiful photos of Kan Mi Youn



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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in ASIA


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Kanstyle magazine to open up South Korean fashion, K-pop and culture in Japan

Kanstyle magazine to open up South Korean fashion, K-pop and culture in Japan

Olivier LeCourt and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Kanstyle magazine is now on the shelves in Japan because of the growing popularity of South Korean culture in the land of the rising sun.  The Seoul based magazine is clearly hoping to make the “hanryu” (Korean wave) even bigger and being based in Seoul it is a major scoop.

The Japanese language magazine which is produced in Seoul will clearly have an edge over rivals who highlight South Korean culture. This applies to being on the ground and while focusing on established names the new Kanstyle magazine promises to unearth hidden gems. Therefore, if you are fascinated about South Korean culture and want to know the latest vibes, talents, and cultural tips to look out for, then Kanstyle will be the right magazine to buy.

The magazine will be bi-monthly and with South Korean dramas being in such high demand and k-pop being so raunchy and stylish, then many avid fans will be waiting avidly for latest tips and to connect with this vibrant culture. 

Modern Tokyo Times highlighted K-pop and commented that South Korean sexuality is being fused within K-pop (Korean pop music) in order to make further inroads into the Japanese market.  This is a sure-fire winner in Japan and a very obvious market ploy. Alongside this traditional route you have catchy tunes and a more mature outlook with pouting looks and sexy outfits to appeal to many fashion conscious youngsters of both sexes in Japan.”


“The South Korean girl group Shoujo Jidai (SNSD – Shojo Jidai) or Girls’ Generation, continue to prosper and grow in Japan because of catchy tunes, easy on the eye dancing, sexy and fashionable clothing and extremely good marketing.  Therefore, Girl’s Generation is showing the pulling power of K-pop. The same applies to Kara and the male group Toho Shinki who were the forerunners of making K-pop so popular despite not being the first K-pop group to hit Japan.”

Of course you have so many other fabulous K-pop groups with raw energy, style, movement, sexuality, and a real buzz about their future direction.  This applies to groups like Sistar, Chocolat, G.NA, Girl’s Day, 2ne1, F (X), T-Ara, Secret, After School, and many more. Also, you have great rap tunes from Bang Yong Guk and underground groups just waiting to be discovered.  Therefore, it is hoped that Kanstyle will enlighten the general public in Japan who are avid listeners of Korean music.

Recent sounds like Syndrome by Chocolat, So Cool by Sistar, and I Remember by Bang Yong Guk, show the vibrancy of music in South Korea.  The track by Bang Yong Guk is powerful rap and the video of I Remember reaches the inner soul.

Kanstyle is about fashion, culture, food and so much more and the cover of the latest issue featured Yoon Sang-hyeon who made a major impact in the hit TV show called “Secret Garden.” 

What promises to be a big winner is that Kanstyle will highlight young and up and coming actors and singers. This will be eagerly awaited alongside mainstream news about the latest vibes coming out of South Korea.

Therefore, if Kanstyle management can get it right this magazine should really make an impact in Japan and help the Korean wave blossom even more. After all, being published in Seoul gives Kanstyle a major edge.

South Korean dramas are widely acclaimed in Japan and K-pop is thriving alongside Korean cuisine. With all the other perfect pieces in the jigsaw then Kanstyle is a welcome magazine because the diversity of South Korean culture is extremely rich.  Magazine Chocolat – Syndrome Bang Yong Guk – I Remember Sistar – So Cool (Gu Ha Ra from Kara)   Girls’ Generation – Mr. Taxi KARA – Honey  Girls’ Generation  KARA  Girl’s Day website  – Article highlighting K-pop by Modern Tokyo Times


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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in ASIA, Japan


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