Park Si Hoo Japan Fan Meeting (Part 2)
The first part of the 2014 JFM “Love” ended at 3:30 p.m and the second part “Forever” was scheduled to start at 7 p.m., so we thought we would have time to sit down for a proper meal, or at least high tea.
That was not to be. In between trying to meet some Japanese fans (as arranged) and going up and down the elevator to our 25/F hotel room, we ended up with just a little over an hour to find a restaurant which was not full. We didn’t find one, so we settled for sandwiches and water again, which we consumed sitting on a bench in the underground station. There are things I would do for PSH that I would not normally do. (I’m the kind of person who needs 3 meals a day^^)
Our seats for the evening show were 10 rows further from the stage than the earlier show, and on the right side this time, so we covered the entire arena.
The programming was somewhat different from the afternoon show, although the contents were 80% similar. This time the FM started with a song — Beat Win’s* もう二度と離さない（Another parting) — fast-paced, strong beat, accompanied by dancers. PSH was looking more relaxed, definitely less nervous, and very much in his element.
[I made a mistake in my report yesterday – the second song that PSH sang was Beat Win’s.]
I omitted an early part of the show in my previous report. Soon after PSH sat down with the MC and the interpreter, titles of all PSH’s dramas were displayed in a table on the big screen. Apparently Japanese fans voted on their favorite PSH drama. I saw those columns (of different colors) rising. Each time two of the shortest columns (each representing a drama) were stopped. The others kept shooting up and more were stopped – until only one reached the top. Guess which drama ended up the winner – “Queen of Reversals”! I would never have guessed. Even PSH was surprised; he thought it would be “The Princess’s Man”. I suppose QOR is so popular because Japanese fans live vicariously through Hwang Tae Hee — if a middle-aged divorcee with a daughter can snare what the Chinese call a 高富帥 (tall, rich, handsome), there is hope yet^^
In this evening show, PSH threw a lot of things into the audience. First it was a bouquet of flowers, followed by towels he used to wipe his sweat (his clothes were made of pretty thick materials and he moved around so much when he was singing and dancing), then it was shooting ribbons from a bazooka. What else did I miss? He also drank a lot of water – which must be why he had to leave the stage mid-way through a segment (I suspect for a toilet break^^)
In one segment he appeared in the outfit in the following photo – very glam but obviously too warm. He kept wiping sweat, no, he actually very delicately dabbed his forehead and cheeks with a face towel, and he drank one bottled water after another. In the end he couldn’t stand the heat anymore and took off the long cardigan. I particularly love his necklace – the cross.
In re-enacting the famous scenes – the “confession of love” series – PSH performed a little better than in the afternoon show, but he still found it hard to pretend the camera lens was Hwang Tae Hee and suffered several NGs from the MC which he good-naturedly laughed off.
When he was playing the game with the 3 fans, he discarded his long cardigan – otherwise he would not have been able to lift up the second fan (see photo below). This time the lucky fans didn’t receive any presents from PSH; instead they got their photos taken with him.
In the ENISHI segment, PSH played the role of a chef this time (wearing glasses) and prepared pasta with anchovy and garlic for 3 fans (the same dish he prepared for his mother in “Star Life Theater” in 2012). He has said before that this was his favorite pasta, and he looked a more proficient chef than he was a barista. But he was very generous with the oil, and if he really cooked like this at home, I’d like to ask him how he managed to stay so slim^^
PSH took his time preparing the pasta, like he was conducting a culinary lesson. When he’s done, he placed the pasta on the plates like a pro — the presentation deserved 100 marks! One little detail of interest — when PSH first came on stage as a chef, he refused to wear an apron; but when the oil started bubbling in the pan, he agreed to put it on.
Then he brought the plates of pasta over to the other side of the stage to serve the 3 lucky fans chosen by lottery. He kept asking them if they thought it was “oishii” (delicious). The first fan was very diligent and finished her plate. The third fan just nibbled, and when PSH came to her, he couldn’t help eating a little of the spaghetti himself and kept praising his own signature dish as “oishii”^^ I had the distinct impression he was hungry and would have gobbled the whole plate if he had not been on stage ogled by 5,000 pairs of eyes. And see the photo below for the extra “service” he performed.
PSH sang 6 songs in the evening show – 2 more than in the afternoon. The 2 extra songs came in the encore when he came out (strumming on a guitar) with the dancers and launched into “Shampoo” which was when everybody stood up and clapped rhythmically. The Japanese lady in front of us was singing along and swaying to the music. After “Shampoo” PSH gave his fans an extra present – his FM staple “Seasons in the Sun”. I just love the way he danced to this song. He was obviously having the time of his life, and so were his fans.
PSH looked so boyish in his simple burgundy T-shirt and tight white trousers (showing his long slim legs to perfection!) His enthusiasm was infectious and everybody present reached a natural high, especially when the white paper hearts started falling from the ceiling. I never wanted it to end, but I wish to believe this was not an end but a beginning — his re-birth as a Hallyu star and an actor. I am blessed to be a part of this momentous event.
* Beat Win – We left Haneda, Tokyo, on the afternoon of September 29. As we were entering the Departure area, we saw some professional cameras stationed there and a few girls waving goodbye to some young men. After our previous encounter with 2 PM, I now regard any good-looking or weird-looking young men as pop stars^^ There were 6 of them, so I walked up to the best-looking one and asked, “Are you a pop group?” “Yes.” “Japanese?” “No, Korean.” “What is your name?” “Beat to win.” “Beat with a B?” “Yes.” Never heard of them (not that I know much about K-pop). I googled them when I got back to Hong Kong. They’re called Beat Win (not “Beat to win”.) I did not know then that PSH sang their song at the JFM or I would have asked for their autograph (like I did with 2 PM). See this link for their song that opened PSH’s evening JFM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egYqkqAR7-w
(TO BE CONTINUED)
(Credits: Photos from MENTOR Co., Ltd. Thanks!)