Q: There are many junior idols making their debut nowadays, do you feel any kind of pressure?
"Seeing the younger 2000s generation, I only wish for the best of these friends. I can only imagine how tough it may be for them right now. They probably have no clue what's going on. I believe it's their turn to shine. I love TWICE, they are so pretty...It makes me feel so happy every time I see them working so hard....As juniors themselves, they look up to their fellow sunbaes as role models...knowing that, I think I should try harder."
Q: You began your Asia Tour recently.
"Yes, it opened in Taiwan and it was so much fun. Taiwanese fans are just so full of energy. It's been a year since I held a fan meeting and the meeting itself was really a 'Summer Storm'. Despite signs flying away in the storm and trees being plucked out, many came to greet me."
Q: Did you produce the entire album yourself?
''Yes, including the title tracks. As for the MV, I asked the directors to be in charge of the content. We had several discussions. I participated in every aspect of the production including mixing and mastering as well as jacket design."
Q: What is the overall image of 'Summer Storm'?
"Ever since my 1st solo album, I wanted to portray more of my own unique style. I changed a lot of the makeup...This time, I went for the more natural approach. It's more comfortable that way. As for photos, I didn't try to necessarily strike a pose, it just came out the way it was intended originally. I think I am gradually moving away from a particular image."
Q: What does Girls' Generation mean to you? 10th-anniversary question.
"It's a precious fate, something I had ever since I was little I guess. They are a precious existence to me. It's something I can't ever erase... We all dealt with it together after all, during both the good and difficult times."