UPDATE: added the supplement and feedback from the Chinese author
tenshi_akuma’s note 1: Jac Tan from ECI translated the article into English. Sadly, the grandma passed away, but eels gave the author (the grandma’s son) encouragement even after her death. It seemed JKS didn’t know she passed away, so we hope this translation would help him to understand the background more.
The Swimming Eels:
In my heart, there is always a school of swimming Eels.
Eels is the name of Fans of Korean star, Jang Keun Suk. I have no idea why they are being called Eels but it feels very dynamic but yet kinda cute, really very cute. Majority of the names for Fans are pretty much the same, simple, generic but yet creative and have a very distinct image and character.
I will never make fun of these celebrities’ fans, because to the fans, they have entrusted their dreams with their Idols and all these beautiful dreams are to be respected. We have all, in those unforgettable turbulent years, with Teresa Teng’s beautiful voice, brought us solace. As a matter of fact, who hasn’t in their younger days, not had their own idols, if not, it would really be a pity and plain blank. Rather than having regrets in the future why not be able to reminisce those precious memories. Reminiscing is also a form of strength, warm and touching. Everyone is different, we cannot and are unable to dominate the Idol in everyone’s heart. Therefore, toward the fans we can give our greatest understanding and acceptance.
Last year August, my mother who had just undergone liver cancer treatment and I went to Japan for a trip. I had promised my mother that after every treatment, I will take her to a place she wishes to go. In fact, I am a cancer patient myself, I hope that my mother and I can give each other encouragement, in the face of despair, the broaden skies can lighten our hearts and bring us peace and good fortune. On the streets of Tokyo, as we lift our heads, our eyes met with “Asia Prince”, Jang Keun Suk’s poster. In the building with the posters, there is a café owned by Jang Keun Suk. We were seated in this café which is on the 2nd level, in this peaceful ambience, we enjoy a tea break filled with romance. My mother ordered a very characteristic Matcha tea. On the top of the frost, there is a very striking alphabet “Z” in green. My mother is delighted, holding the teaspoon with a wide smile on her face. Capturing this amazing moment on my phone, I posted this moment on my Weibo. What had caught me unexpectedly was, in a spit moment, schools of Eels swam over and within a short instance, the post have had 300,000 likes/views. The warm Eels had also left many well wishes which left my mother and I feeling very surprised. They referred my mother as “Grandma Eel” and my mother had gladly accepted it.
From that moment, Eels will occasionally swim over and send their regards to us, they swim pass quietly and only ponder around for a moment and then swims off again not leaving any tracks. I don’t know who they are, nor do I know where they are from or where they are swimming to, just like this, my relation with the Eels. Sometimes, I will think about them, therefore, I had submerged myself into the waters, listening to Jang Keun Suk’s songs watching the Eels swimming around happily. When my mother passed away, I had posted it on Weibo, Eels once again swam over in schools and they had lighted candles for her. The screen filled with candle lights had lit a glow of brightness into my pained heart and the warmth I felt was indescribable.
This year June, I had compiled and published writings of my life as a cancer patient into a book titled
Now, Eels had already swum into my heart, I give them my thanks. Therefore, I too am willing to become an Eel full of love and kindness and in this gradually freezing world, swimming warmly in the waters and continue spreading the warm.
tenshi_akuma’s note 2: Wen Lee from ECI gave us the supplements about JKS’ Weibo post.
The writer eel, 作家简平 responded to Sukkie’s two weibo posts on 20151106 as follows:
JKS: 마음이 따뜻해지는 기사다. 장어할머니 건강하세요^^
(Trans: It’s a heart-warming article. Eels’ grandma, please stay healthy ^^)
Writer 简平 : 非常感谢@张根硕 先生给中国鳗鱼带来的善和爱的力量
(Trans: Thank you very much Mr Jang Keun Suk for bringing to eels in China kindness & loving hearts energy)
JKS: 한자는 못읽지만.. 구글의 도움을 받는중 ㅎㅎ
(Trans: Although I can’t read Chinese, I will get Google to help me. haha.)
 Writer 简平 : 谢谢@张根硕先生
(Trans:  Thank you Mr Jang Keun Suk.)
 Writer 简平 : 非常感谢，祝张教授创作丰收！
(Trans:  Thank you very much, wish Professor Jang all the best in your creativity!)
This was the original post Writer Eel wrote on 20140802 when he took his mother to Japan & Zikzin Cafe:
(Trans: Korean celebrity Jang Keun Suk opened a Zikzin, not in Korea nor China, but in Japan. My Mother travelled long distance there to look for it, had a cup of Z tea.)
Furthermore, he posted on 20140808 they bought ‘Driving to the highway’ album in Osaka.
The whole family went to Zikzin Man show in China last yr, I can’t remember which one, I think Shanghai end of Aug. The daughter eel is now doing Masters study in New York. By the way, with the help of a Chinese eel & a Korean eel, the article is in Korean net as well, go click the little yellow star in the centre of the end of the article, Mr Writer Eel has already clicked it!