annyong everyone! it’s been a while since i last wrote something here, ya? how everyone’s keeping well.
it’s the year end already, and gosh, where did all the time go? and hehe, for sure it’s been more than three years since WURI YJ PLEDGED ON NATIONAL TV on the MBC awards night that he’d be getting married in three years’ time.
any sight or the slightest hint that there’s bride waiting for our man?
anyway, seems like he’s now already (happily, i hope) settled into his new house. and dare i hope that he’s flipping through many many script proposals to decide his next work?
meanwhile, in case you miss him too much, you can check out the related news, pics and clips of his fairly recent kyoto trip. yea, wuri YJ had gone to japan (unexpectedly too!) back in october to attend the Sky Perfect Award, and he’d headed for kyoto, a place where he’d long wanted to go.
hee, talking about kyoto…. i’ve been to japan six times, but only been to kyoto once. but for that one time that i was there, it’d left a deep impression on me.
here, me and my parents in kyoto!
i love love love that lovely place! i sure hope i’ll get a chance to revisit kyoto one day. in my mind, it’s a place that’s full of history and mystery. lovely buildings with historical structures and intricate details. jinjja lovely!
anyway, before i drift further, wanna post a translation that our dear cloud nine has kindly done to share with us. it’s from Choa, Vol.5 (keke, not the latest issue… the latest issue is #6 and the cover is KIM HYUN JOONG!
Choa is actually published by Nikkan Sports. and… as most looooong-time (and mighty faithful!) bae-fans would know, wuri YJ has worked with Nikkan Sports quite many times over the years. in fact, he’s granted them some rather special rights to exclusive interviews and supplements, etc.
and now, everyone say, ‘Thanks, Cloud Nine-ssi!’
original in japanese: CHOA, Vol.5
translated into english: Cloud Nine
“I wish to go to Kyoto someday”, said BYJ when we interviewed him in a Seoul hotel in the autumn of 2009.
He mentioned so in passing when he was talking about his book ‘Travel in search of Beauty of Korea’ in which he introduced Korean traditional cultures. To write the book he travelled around Korea and even to Morioka city (in Japan) and he came to deeply understand the traditional cultures of Korean Peninsula and Japan and their cultural exchanges from old days.
In his book he refers to the Pensive Bodhisattva, one of Koryuji in Kyoto and the another one in National Museum of Korea. Both are designated as a National Treasure. By his nature he is attracted by the traditional cultures or the authentic that could survive for a long time. Through his drama ‘The Legend’ and the experience of writing the book it seems that his interest in the history has grown greater. In the book he writes ‘I think the history is a storehouse of treasures.’ So I guess it was only natural that he was more and more interested in Kyoto.
He had a chance, officially or non–officially, to come to Japan before or after 2009, but his wish didn’t come true due to the his scheduling problems. It has been two full years since he mentioned his wish and at last he was able to turn his steps to Kyoto.
OCTOBER 6 – DEPARTURE
This time he arrived in Japan at night of October 4th. Next day he attended the award ceremony in Tokyo because the drama ‘Dream High’, the first drama he joined as a special producer, won the Sky Perfect Award grand prize. Then the next evening of 6th, He took a bullet train at Shin-Yokohama station and headed to the ancient city.
As he arrived late at night, he only strolled around Pont-cho (cloud nine: one of five geisha districts of Kyoto). Pont-cho is a street stretching about 500 meters from Sanjyo avenue to Shijo avenue, between Kamo river and Takase river. It’s a restaurant area with about three hundred years history. He stepped into an alley, which is so narrow, just enough for two adults to pass each other.
Watching a classic geisha-teahouse style building bathed in a dim light, his eyes were shining like a child. He told his staff to move into a lane away from the traffic and to walk in single file. He never failed to show his thoughtfulness. He went into a restaurant facing Kamo river and enjoyed ramen.
OCTOBER 7 – SAGANO
First he headed to Ohkochi Sanso (cloud nine: the former villa of actor Ohkochi Denjiro), which is situated in the southeast of Mt. Ogura. Getting out of the car he rode in a rickshaw and started to stroll. The 300-meter long ‘bamboo trail’ from the villa to Nonomiya Shrine is well known as an especially beautiful bamboo grove in Arashiyama and Sagano area.
The trail at first slopes down gently and straight, then snakes its way and descends down a steep slope. ‘I prefer a winding road to a straight through one. Because the former reminds me of “desire” and the latter “contemplation”’ This is what he wrote in his book ‘Beauty of Korea’. I’m sure he was satisfied with this road too.
Along the way he got off the rickshaw and started to walk. Tenryuji Temple (north gate) at right and Nonomiya Shrine at left. Both sides of the bamboo trail are lined with brushwood fences, which are about 1.5 to 1.7 meters high. Being 180 centimeters tall the fences didn’t obstruct his view so he must have seen all the way down the trail. He might be reminded of the bamboo forest in Guanwondo he saw when he was visiting mountain temples for the book of ‘Beauty of Korea’.
Turning left at the end of the bamboo trail stands Nonomiya Shrine, which is famous for the scene of Hikaru Genji’s visit in ‘Sakaki’, the tenth book of ‘The Tale of Genji’. Incidentally the book sets September 7th of the lunar calendar 1000 years ago as the date of Hikaru Genji’s visit to this place. On the solar calendar it falls on October 3rd, so BYJ happened to visit there at the same season as Hikaru Genji.
Going a little farther there’s JR Sanin Line (Sagano Line) running ahead. Crossing the railroad, to the left there’s a straight stretch of the railway with Mt. Ogura behind and a tunnel is seen with its mouth open. The scene surely excites the emotions of a traveler.
Needless to say BYJ, whose hobby is camera, was taking pictures enthusiastically. Sagano stroll ended there beyond the crossing and it was about an hour walkabout.
Written by Yujin Kubo (Nikkan Sport)
6th From Shin Yokohama to Kyoto by a Shinkansen (bullet train)
stroll around Ponto-cho, Dinner.
7th Stroll in Sagano
Suntory Whiskey Yamazaki Distillery in Osaka.
Three hours of looking around and tasting.
8th Daikakuji Temple
Saw some treasures and important cultural properties.
Presented ‘a letter of appreciation’ by the commissioner of Japan Tourism Agency for his contribution to Japan-Korea tourism and the support for the earthquake disaster.
Restaurant ‘Nezameya’ (in front of Fushimi Inari Shrine) Unagi restaurant with 450 years history.
Kiyomizu Temple night visit. Enjoyed the night view of Kyoto from the temple’s ‘stage’
Saw the national treasure ‘Pensive Bodhisattva’
Sawai Shoyu (soy sauce) Main store, shoyu maker with more than 130 years history.
BYJ observed the shoyu making process and bought some.
Ebisugawa Street, known as a furniture street lined with long-established stores. Near Sawai Shoyu.
th Ebisugawa Street Visited some antique stores.
10th Soba restaurant ‘Honnke Owariya’, a famous restaurant with 540 years history.
Flew back to Korea from Kansai International Airport