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I’m starting to write this fan account during my flight to Canada. Honestly, I’ve been very busy these days, completing my work, going to Sukkie’s arena tour twice and leaving for Canada. I can’t blame anyone except me for it. Because it’s me who arranged this crazy schedule. But thanks to my craziness to make a balance between public and private, I spent the happiest 6 hours in my life before leaving Japan for Canada.
I know, I know I’m one of the luckiest eels here to have seen Sukkie in person several times, but this was my first time to go to his own show, CRI SHOW! I regarded it as a quite different show from other events such as “Marry me, Mary” Fan Meeting. Because CRI SHOW is planned only for eels, so I expected that we must have spent invaluable moments only between Sukkie and his loyal eels. So I really really wanted to go there at least once. But as all you know, it’s quite difficult to get his ticket in Japan, so I was praying to get the chance every day. And I did it! I got his tickets for 2 days. Even though they were not both good seats, I was very happy to see him twice in succession.
OK, let’s go back to the subject. I went to Saitama Super Arena on Oct. 25 and 26 (the final day of his arena tour).
First of all, I’m gonna tell you about the first day, Oct. 25. The seat I got was sold as the limited sight. I thought it would be OK if I could get the ticket more easily. Eventually my seat was placed at the very top of the venue (4th floor) and alongside of the stage, so that I couldn’t see the front stage at all… 🙁 I watched most of the show through a small screen located near my seat. I could just look down the front stage directly. But fortunately, during the show he didn’t perform a lot on the front stage. The capacity of the venue was more than 15,000, so that to entertain the audience as much as he could, there were big runways. See the pic below.
It looked like a race track. So Sukkie was running there to approach us more. But my seat was too far from the track, so when he ran below my seat, I was about to fall down to lean forward him… Very scared… >.<
To tell the truth, I failed to make sense of the whole show on the first day. Because he used a big screen hanging on the front stage to create the arena tour for dramatic impact, but I couldn't see it well even through the screen… 🙁 So the first day went by just enjoying his songs and talks, not his special production for this arena tour fully… So I just share here about my first day only about his special talks on that day.
The day before Oct. 25, he attended the charity baseball game held at Tokyo Dome and sang Korean national anthem. Before that, he went to see a famous doctor because he had some troubles in his throat. So he got an injection in the throat! Poor Sukkie…(T_T) After that, he said the pain disappeared at once as hard as he could believe. Thanks to his effort, he succeeded to sing all songs during the show with a dreamy voice.
My first day of the arena tour was like a rehearsal for my first his CRI SHOW. I learned the procedures of his arena tour including knowing the order of songs he sang and practicing shuffle dance live. Before the show, I practiced a lot to dance shuffle, but my space was so small that when I danced shuffle, I hit my knee against my juice bottle and it was fallen down… Anyway, I was so excited to join his own show for the first time.
OK, let's talk about my second day, the final day of his arena tour. It was unbelievably super-duper-duper!!!!!
On that day, I was on the 2nd floor but the last line… So I couldn't see him clearly without opera glasses. But the sight was much better than yesterday. Especially I could see the whole venue and the screen hanging on the stage, so it was very helpful for me to understand the whole show.
From now I'm gonna show you the details about his arena tour, CRI SHOW in Japan!!!!
This arena tour is totally different from other CRI SHOWs. It was a marvelous entertainment show produced by versatile Jang Keun Suk. He can act, dance, sing, talk, play DJ and produce a great show by himself. So even if I weren't his eel, I could say it was super-duper. But as I'm his eel, I can enjoy it from the bottom of my heart fully and I can say it was super-duper-duper!!! LOL.
The scene of the arena tour was a country for eels. And Sukkie was the prince of the country, but he felt cramped because those who around him requested him to act like an ideal prince. For example, the butler of the castle said to him, "Learn the tight-knit relationship between you and eels. When you feel happy, eels feel happy, too. When you feel sad, eels feel sad, too. When you act recklessly, eels feel as if they were riding a roller coaster… So don't behave yourself freely. Because you are our prince!" However, one day he ran away from the castle to seek freedom…
You see? This story was mixed with fiction and reality. During the show, he spilled his heart about his current situation, boom in a short period.
At the beginning, Sukkie appeared on the stage with Suni (one of his managers put on Suni costume) and rode the wagon to greet the audience, his eels. And he sang "Hello Hello." After singing the first song, he told us in Japanese that he was really looking forward to meeting Japanese eels and really appreciated to be here for him. We all understood what he meant to say in his greeting. Because of the earthquake occurred in March, all the concerts he planned this year were canceled and we had to wait for the day coming till this arena tour. It took about 7 months… The audience were listening to his talks with deep feeling. Then he said to us, "So please enjoy yourselves fully tonight!" and sang "Oh my darling" cheerfully.
After two songs, the story continued with the screen. During the show, there was no additional MC. Sukkie played the role by himself (This means he spoke every single word in Japanese! So amazing and touching!). But the show was planned to last about three hours, with no breaks. So he used the movie effectively to go on the show.
On the screen, our prince ran away from the castle as if he wanted to be a bird, the symbol of freedom. Then Sukkie appeared on the runways riding motorcycle.
He didn't wear tight-fit costume any more. And he made one phone call to his friend, Kurt, Big Brother and asked him to enjoy night in the club together. Then "Lounge H" started. Personally, I was really really looking forward to Lounge H. I love seeing Sukkie in the Lounge H part. Because he is manly, sexy and more than anything, I can feel real Sukkie the most. Sukkie and Kurt form Team H and write up and make arrangements about their songs. So I wanted to feel their world with all my senses. And I did it! I danced with them in a huge venue, but at that moment, the venue changed into a huge club. So beautiful illumination, cool production covered the venue. Sukkie was also playing DJ music, but most of the time he was dancing bewitchingly. I was totally knocked down… (//▽//)
He used a special tool putting on his hand to emit a beam of green light directly to the audience seats. He enjoyed this part mischievously.
The lounge H lasted about an hour. After Lounge H, Sukkie asked Kurt how he felt to play DJ here and Kurt answered in Japanese, "It was great! (Sugoi-ne!)" Then Sukkie asked him other questions, but Kurt replied repeatedly, "Sugoi-ne!, Sugoi-ne!" So funny to hear their dialogue. And personally, I smiled to hear Japanese pronunciation of his DJ name, Big Brother. It sounded "Big Brassier!" So cute and funny 😉
After Lounge H, the screen showed gossip newspapers. They said, "JKS doesn't act like a prince! Drunken! Insane!" like that. On the screen, Sukkie sighs and says, "I wished sincerity would get across to everyone eventually, but should I choose my life others want me to live with?"
Then he appeared hanging on wires. On his back, big white wings were shown. He couldn't fly away because of wires, even though he had big wings. Then the introduction of "Let me cry" began.
This was the song ALL the audience were waiting to listen live. Just listening to the intro, I couldn't help crying… Yes, at long last, we could listen to the song live in Japan! (T_T) After that, he continued to sing "Take care, my bus."
After these two songs, he sat on the bench and wrapped his face in a towel for a long time. Actually, he was crying… and started to talk sincerely. Below is the summary.
"First of all, I have to say sorry to have kept you waiting for a long time. Finally I could sing "Let me cry" in front of you. This song was written in Japanese and my debut as a singer was in Japan, but I couldn't sing it to you first. I had mixed feeling when I sang songs in Japanese in other countries except Japan. I'm really sorry about it. But whenever I sing, I remember Japanese eels. So please forgive me."
He bowed for apologizing again and again. And this made us Japanese eels cry more and more… (T_T)(T_T)(T_T) We were so touched with his sincerity.
*tenshi_akuma's note: some Japanese eels were very shocked at the news that he sang "Let me cry" first in foreign countries, so Sukkie must have known the fact.
And he continued, "There are so many gossip today, and you must be worried about them. But I know, and I'm sure you understand what I am. Thank you for believing and supporting me always. I know I have many images like Prince, Hwang Tae-kyung, Rain bringer and so on. What I've wanted to tell you today is very simple. I am Jang Keun Suk, not Hwang Tae-kyung and Mu-gyul. I want to live my own life. I'm a son of freedom, right? I always want to do what I want, not what others force me to do. So sometimes I may make you worry about me. But believe me as a person and support me till the day to make my dream to conquer the world come true. You know I've been very busy these days. I wonder why I'm so busy and what motivates me even if I'm too tired. The reason is you! I can heal my tiredness and feel my spirit emerge, because you're my precious eels…" And he sang "My precious" and "I Will Promise You."
After singing songs, the most popular part of the show Sukkie mentioned himself came. It was like an improvisation he performed in Busan. Actually he didn't drink shochu, but he drank a water in the shochu bottle to feel he was drunken. So cute! To prepare this arena tour, he gave up drinking for three weeks!!!!! Unbelievable for Sukkie! But we knew that he was so professional to go through this special tour.
Anyway, at the beginning he introduced a song he prepared before the show as an example. On Oct. 25, he made a song for the famous doctor he went to see to have an injection. He thanked the doctor for getting rid of his pain, but he couldn't bear one thing about the doctor. The doctor was very talkative! He sang it as "No more talk, doctor!" Of course, he sang the song in Japanese. So he wrote the words in Japanese. We found it funny that he called the doctor "Isha-sensei (it sounds like Mr. Dr.)" On Oct. 26, he made a song of the integration during the arena tour. In this song, he introduced people around him such as managers and other staffs funnily but with a lot of love.
Then, ad-lib part. Each day Sukkie invited a person around him as a today's guest. On Oct. 25, he invited a camera person who filmed his documentary and promotional movies. He asked some questions like what your hobby was and what your dream was. He wrote them down on the blackboard in Japanese. Sometimes Sukkie couldn't write Japanese correctly, so the audience gave him a hint to correct it. So interactive! Sukkie sang a song that the camera person resembled angler. Sukkie prepared some pictures of angler searching Google. So funny! On Oct. 26, it was the final day that Sukkie invited Kim Byung Gun, executive of Tree-J company. They've known each other for 6 years. Mr. Kim is very popular in Japan. So we eels call him Gun-sama. Sukkie pretended how we called him. Gun-sama was very nervous on the stage. Because more than 10,000 people cheered for him, "You're so cool, Gun-sama!" Sukkie interviewed with Gun-sama and found his dream was to conquer the world with Sukkie. Usually in this part Sukkie made a joke about the guest but about Gun-sama's part he sang to thank him in Sukkie's way. After the song, they hugged each other tightly. We were happy to see their tight-knit relationship.
Going back to the screen, Sukkie confesses that sometimes he wants to fly away, but he won't because there are eels. He tells us that he can struggle against hardships because there are eels.
And he continued to talk. "When I was thinking about the relationship between me and eels, I accidentally encountered a Japanese word "kizuna (the bond)." He pushes himself to be busy and work hard. When he was wondering what makes him do so, he got an idea that it was because of eels as well as himself. He told us the reason why he could behave himself what he wanted to do was eels accepted me as such. When he smiles, there are eels who are happy to see his smile. And at the same time, he can smile because there are eels who are happy to see his smile. That is our special relationship, kizuna.
To record this valuable moment, Sukkie took pictures with eels. The venue was so huge that most eels weren't be recognized in the pictures, but he said, "It was very meaningful for me. It will remind me of our kizuna." You know my seat was not good at all, so I couldn't be taken in his pictures, but I tried to put me in. I want to share this precious moment with him forever.
After that, he sang two songs. First one was his new song and he made it for the sake of supporting victims of the March's earthquakes. He's given us many supports already, but this song was the most thoughtful and touching one. The title was "shugo-sei (guardian star)."
This song is also related to kizuna. All humans have hardship, but there are someone who support you and you can be a guardian star for others. And the last song was "The melody we made together."
We called for an encore, and he took it twice. At the first encore he flew like an angel with wires and sang "Bye Bye Bye", releasing heart-shaped-and-printed-kizuna confetti.
And final his performance was, of course, shuffle dance! He and other dancers ran together and danced and danced. Sukkie looked so happy and excited to see many eels were dancing together and he cried for joy, "I feel like dying for joy!"
I danced and danced with him, I sweated heavily but I felt so refreshed and happy superlatively. Even now I dance to cheer me up. At the end, Sukkie was tossed into the air to celebrate his accomplishment by the dancers. He looked not to expect that but looked so happy to be done.
This is my fan account for 2 days of the arena tour, CRI SHOW in Japan. Each show lasted for 3 hours and both were so amazing even with not good seats. It was quite hard for me to write up my experience in detail. So I was helped by many Japanese eels' fan accounts to remember the details. Honesty I couldn't remember what he said in which parts of the show. I'm still not sure above was correct, but what I want to share with you most was the show was full of his sincerity to eels, kizuna. I hope you'll see it even if it's a slight part of it.
My love to him has been bigger and bigger since his arena tour.
Thanks, Sukkie! I want to build our kizuna more than ever.