Approach to Jaejoong! 50 questions and 50 answers.
Q1. Please tell me the big three of the events that happened to you in 2018.?
J: The top news is that I have restarted activities in earnest in Japan for the first time in eight and a half years! That’s the top news! I was able to do a hall concert tour for the first time in a long while, the distance with the fans was close and it was a lot of fun. Last year’s top ranking of my news are all filled with activities in Japan.
Q2. What is your favorite among the photos of Instagram you uploaded in 2018?
J: This picture taken on February 4th is the best (explanation while showing Instagram). This was my first job with the staffs of my current office in Japan. It was the time when it had hardly decided what kind of work I do after this.
Q3. One of your charms is childlike. What is the occupation that you longed for when you were a child?
J: That is … When I was a little boy I had no dreams.
Q4. So, when did you want to become a singer?
J: It’s about the third year of junior high school. But to be honest, I thought that it was a dream that I could not reach at all. I never thought that I could become a singer, so I thought of becoming a hairdresser. Then I got the audition, I passed that!
Q5. What kind of child were you when you were small?
J: I think I was a plain type. But I may have been a little funny person (smile) I did not aim for a comedian, but while I was watching comedy programs I remembered everything, imitated at school, and liked to make my friends laugh.
Q6. When you were a child, who is your hero?
J: Hero … I did not have anyone.
Q7. What was your nickname?
J: That was … I did not have it. It has always been called “Jaejoong”.
Q8. Please tell me about your childish episode.
J: There was an old park in front of my parents house, and one broken car was parked in it. One day, when I played in that car alone, suddenly it caught fire. I ran away thinking it was dangerous, after that the car exploded. It was a real crisis (bitter smile). I did not get injured. But later, I was scolded badly by my parents that I was playing in the car. I had to be standing in the cold weather. It was probably about seven years old.
Q9. What do you remember that parents taught you?
J: My mother was hands-off style, my father was strict. It is natural for a child not to talk with his father, but I had an image that my father was always angry. When I go back home late to avoid seeing to my father at home as much as possible, my father got angry again…such a thing repeated. But a son and a father may be like that. Now we are the best friends in the world. Lol
Q10. What was your treasure when you were a child?
J: What is it? … It is my mom’s kimchi that I came to my mind right now. There was a period when I was away from my mother when I was 4-6 graders in elementary school. Then, there was no one even if I returned home, and there was nothing to eat. From that time, I became interested in cooking. But the most delicious food was mum ‘s kimchi. As long as I had it, I could have eaten as much rice as I could. As my mother pickles a lot of kimchi at once, no matter how much I eat, it would not run out. Moms kimchi is great.
Q11. If it is possible to return to the childhood, when is it better?
J: I do not want to go back (clearly). It is much better now than when I was a child.
Q12. What part do you want to change in your character?
Q13. On the other hand, what part do you like?
J: Indecisiveness(Lol) I think that it is good not to be disliked by people. Of the ten people, are there about two people who hate me? As a percentage. (Lol)
Q14. What is your charm point?
J: Huh? I wonder if I have? (Think for a while) Oh, armpits! I think that they are pure white with no wrinkles and I think they are beautiful by myself. (Lol) There are many people who have complexes in parts not shown to others and want to conceal them, but I want to boast about the parts not shown to others. My clean armpits with no wrinkles! In the future, depending on costumes I may show on the stage. (Lol)
Q15. Do you have any complex?
J: I am in trouble because I feel the pressure and stress easily. I often say, “I do not have stress” while laughing, but suddenly my physical condition worsens no matter how much I imply to myself. I want to train more mind.
Q16. What parts are you willing to be praised?
J: I am glad anything if I can be praised! For example, you sing well, etc. I will get power if you praise me about my work.
Q17. You seem to be “Mr. perfect”, but when are you uneasy?
J: I think human beings are not perfect. However, I am strict about my work, but also to others … I’m worried if I do not prepare perfectly and I hope the staffs around me will perfectly arrange the situation. While some plans are going on, if “Ah? Prepare is not over yet?”, I’m very uneasy. Such a part is that I will not show to my fans.
Q18. Your talent, efforts, luck, surrounding support, by what do you think that your work is proceeding smoothly now?
J: I think that the biggest cause is ties with people. Without encounters, work will not be connected. In Japan I can do my best like now because I could meet my fans and thanks to my staffs making efforts for me.
Q19. When do you feel that you became an adult?
J: I always think that it is difficult to become an adult. I thought that I would be an adult when I became twenty years old, but it was not so. Then, I thought that I would be an adult when I became thirty years old, it also was not so. Lol The way to adults is long.
Q20. Do you think that you have many friends?
J: I do not have so many.
Q21. Do you have anything to keep in mind in your relationship with your friends?
J: To respect them. For me, there are few friends who can tell the deep part of my life, but I cannot respect the person who is satisfied with the current situation. I like people who are striving to grow.
Q22. Do you consult when there is a problem?
J: Of course. But I do not rely on or depend on anyone.
Q23. Do you have the case to be consulted by someone?
J: When I was younger than I am, I was consulted a lot. Recently not much.
Q24. When you are with friends, which is your type, listening to someone’s talk or talking about yourself?
J: I like listening to people’s stories. I am not the type to talk about myself.
Q25. What is your favorite season?
J: Autumn! Is not summer feeling bad? Because it is hot. I do not like sweating very much.
Q26. You are born in winter but do not you like winter?
J: I like neither love nor dislike winter. Lol
Q27. What is your favorite time of day?
J: It’s 11 o’clock in the evening. At 11 o’clock in the evening, both when I am drinking with friends outside, and when I think I am going to go to bed at home, there is peace of mind.
One hour before the end of the day is not ‘still’ or ‘already’, it is time for me to feel relaxed.
Q28. What do you do for your health?
J: I have supplements. Vitamin etc.
Q29 .Is there any electric appliance that absolutely needs except smartphone?
Q30. Do you think you cannot live without a smartphone?
J: I do not think I will die without it, but it is very very useful if I have one. Lol
Q31. If you keep eating the same menu for a week, what would you like to eat?
J: White rice (prompt answer)!
Q32. How about a side dish?
J: I do not mind. It’s all right with only soy sauce.
Q33. What is the ideal menu for breakfast?
J: I hardly eat breakfast at all times. Even if I eat, just seaweed soup or miso soup is good.
Q34. What do you want to eat on the last day of the earth?
J: On the last day of the earth, I cannot imagine that there is food at home! Lol
Q35. What have you been crazy about recently?
J: Work! This year, I work more than last year!!
Q36. If you get hooked on something, what will you do?
J: I will concentrate on it without sleeping. In the meantime, when I started watching the new series of “Dragon Ball”, I was concerned about the last round and I watched all 130 and more episodes in a few days. Although I had the work the next day, I went to work without sleeping (bitter smile).
Q37. What kind of thing do you get absorbed?
J: I cannot think of it soon! Pass!!!! Lol
Q38. Do you know that Japanese has baby words?
J: Yes, I know.
Q39. Do you talk to cats with baby words?
J: No, I will not use it. I talk to my cats in Japanese, but they do not seem to understand the words well. I call them “nene~”” koko~”, but they don’t look me in their eyes. TT
Q40. Please tell me a cute episode of Nene, Koko.
J: Cats always wake me up in the morning. When they are hungry, drop what is in the room of the cat from next to next, and appeal to me as “get up!” “give me a meal!” As I sleep shallowly, I get up with a little noise immediately, so I feed the cats as they want, as soon as the cats rampage. Because I respond quickly to requests, I think that I am very friendly with a cat. Lol
Q41. Does your personality look like cats? Or a dog?
J: Is it a cat? No, both. Both a dog and a cat.
Q42. What is the most impressive music program that appeared in Japan last year?
J: I had a lot of fun at the FNS songs festival as I can collaborate with various artists. However I was nervous. Besides, NHK’s “Utacon”.
Q43. You are an actor too. What is the charm of the actor’s work?
J: I am scared before I start shooting. I get nervous. But once I become a character in a drama, living another man’s life is a lot of fun. It is fun to become another person and even if just breathing. It is a pleasure to live the life of a person completely different from myself.
Q44. How do you feel the enjoyment of variety shows?
J: Everyone laughs no matter what I say. Sometimes I feel confused that “What is so funny of this remark?”
Q45. Do you have your own rules for appearing on variety shows?
J: I say “I do not know” what I do not know. I do not do extra things such as intention to make people laugh.
Q46. Are you doing something to refine your tastes of comedy?
J: I do not know if it is an answer to the question, but when I appear on variety shows I try not to read scripts as much as possible. Because too much thinking makes me hard. I always try to work with a fresh feeling.
Q47. What is your favorite Japanese word now?
J: I like the greeting “Ohayo”. The relationship to say “good morning” is special. It is a greeting that you cannot do unless you live in “a” house? It is very pleasant to greet “Good Morning” at my workplace in Japan. It makes me feel like “Now, it will start from now!”
Q48. What do you want most now?
J: Actually, I had something I really wanted, but those who lives on the lower floor of my apartment presented me them, so now I do not have what I want anymore. They are kitchen paper, toilet paper and soft tissue paper. Because I can not return home much, my necessities for daily life tend to be short. As the inhabitants of the lower floor were asked, “Are there anything you want?”, I said various kinds of paper, then I was given about a year’s worth of paper. Lol
Q49. Have you seen your first dream this year?
J: I have a dream for 365 days. But I do not remember the contents. For 33 years, there is no night without dreams. I do not remember the contents of my first dream, but I probably had a dream of something. Lol
Q50. What dreams do you want to achieve this year?
J: I will make a wish at the moment of blowing out the birthday cake candle. “Be healthy and cheerful. Wonder a lot, think a lot and act a lot,” I wish in my mind.