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K-pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
An estimated one million Korean pop star wannabes hope to find fame, among them an influx of Japanese talent that is reshaping the industry at a time of political acrimony between the two countries.
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Ibuki Ito, 17, also from Japan, who want to become K-pop stars, perform...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Ibuki Ito, 17, also from Japan, who want to become K-pop stars, perform at an Acopia School party in Seoul, South Korea, March 16, 2019. Acopia is a prep school offering young Japanese a shot at K-pop stardom, teaching them the dance moves, the songs and also the language. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, sings a song as she spends time after class,...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, sings a song as she spends time after class, in the Hongdae area of Seoul, South Korea, April 3, 2019. Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone. "It is tough," Hasumi said. "Going through a strict training and taking my skill to a higher level to a perfect stage, I think that's when it is good to make a debut." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuho Wakamatsu, 15, who wants to become a K-pop star, takes photographs of Japanese Yuuka Hasumi,...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuho Wakamatsu, 15, who wants to become a K-pop star, takes photographs of Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, during a training session in Seoul, South Korea, March 12, 2019. Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone. "It is tough," Hasumi said. "Going through a strict training and taking my skill to a higher level to a perfect stage, I think that's when it is good to make a debut." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, walks with a manager of Acopia School in...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, walks with a manager of Acopia School in the Hongdae area of Seoul, South Korea, April 3, 2019. Acopia is a prep school offering young Japanese a shot at K-pop stardom, teaching them the dance moves, the songs and also the language. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Nao Niitsu, 19, college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, and other Japanese children...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Nao Niitsu, 19, college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, and other Japanese children warm up for an audition at a park in Seoul, South Korea, March 15, 2019. "I've heard stories about no free time or not being able to do what I want. But, I think all of K-pop stars who are now performing have gone down the same road," said Niitsu. During a visit to Seoul paid for by her mother, herself a die-hard BTS fan, Niitsu auditioned for 10 agencies and was accepted by five. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Microphone and speakers lie on the ground as Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Ibuki Ito, 17, also from...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Microphone and speakers lie on the ground as Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Ibuki Ito, 17, also from Japan, who want to become K-pop stars, perform during their street performance in Hongdae area of Seoul, South Korea, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Yuho Wakamatsu, 15, also from Japan, who want to become K-pop stars, attend...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Yuho Wakamatsu, 15, also from Japan, who want to become K-pop stars, attend a Korean language class in Seoul, South Korea, March 12, 2019. Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone. "It is tough," Hasumi said. "Going through a strict training and taking my skill to a higher level to a perfect stage, I think that's when it is good to make a debut." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Nao Niitsu, 19, a college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, chooses her profile picture...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Nao Niitsu, 19, a college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, chooses her profile picture before an audition in Seoul, South Korea, March 16, 2019. "I've heard stories about no free time or not being able to do what I want. But, I think all of K-pop stars who are now performing have gone down the same road," said Niitsu. During a visit to Seoul paid for by her mother, herself a die-hard BTS fan, Niitsu auditioned for 10 agencies and was accepted by five. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Nao Niitsu, 19, college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, looks at BTS's photo book...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Nao Niitsu, 19, college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, looks at BTS's photo book in her room in Tokyo, Japan, March 20, 2019. "I've heard stories about no free time or not being able to do what I want. But, I think all of K-pop stars who are now performing have gone down the same road," said Niitsu. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Miyu Takeuchi, a trainee with the K-pop agency Mystic Entertainment, sings during a training...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Miyu Takeuchi, a trainee with the K-pop agency Mystic Entertainment, sings during a training session in Seoul, South Korea, March 22, 2019. Takeuchi said it wasn't a difficult decision to leave a 10-year career with a top idol band AKB48 back home in Japan to sign with the K-pop agency Mystic Entertainment in March as a trainee. Even with her experience, she has seven hours of vocal training a day and two-hour dance lessons twice a week, plus early morning Korean lessons. She is not allowed to have a boyfriend but she says she has no regrets, despite the fact there is no guarantee she will make it. "I don't know how long my training period will be, but it has to reach a point where my coaches and management company say 'Miyu, you are a professional!'" REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Nao Niitsu, 19, a college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, walks through Shin-Okubo...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Nao Niitsu, 19, a college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, walks through Shin-Okubo district, which is known as Tokyo's Korea Town, in Tokyo, Japan, March 21, 2019. "I've heard stories about no free time or not being able to do what I want. But, I think all of K-pop stars who are now performing have gone down the same road," said Niitsu. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Nao Niitsu, 19, a college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, practices dancing to K-pop...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Nao Niitsu, 19, a college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, practices dancing to K-pop songs in her room in Tokyo, Japan, March 20, 2019. "I've heard stories about no free time or not being able to do what I want. But, I think all of K-pop stars who are now performing have gone down the same road," said Niitsu. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Nao Niitsu, 19, a college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, studies Korean in her room...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Nao Niitsu, 19, a college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, studies Korean in her room in Tokyo, Japan, March 20, 2019. "I've heard stories about no free time or not being able to do what I want. But, I think all of K-pop stars who are now performing have gone down the same road," said Niitsu. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
SOUTHKOREA-JAPAN/KPOP
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April 30, 2019
Nao Niitsu, 19, college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, and other Japanese children...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Nao Niitsu, 19, college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, and other Japanese children sit on a bus heading for an audition in Seoul, South Korea, March 15, 2019. "I've heard stories about no free time or not being able to do what I want. But, I think all of K-pop stars who are now performing have gone down the same road," said Niitsu. During a visit to Seoul paid for by her mother, herself a die-hard BTS fan, Niitsu auditioned for 10 agencies and was accepted by five. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Nao Niitsu, 19, college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, sings during an audition in...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Nao Niitsu, 19, college freshman from Tokyo, who wants to be a K-pop star, sings during an audition in Seoul, South Korea, March 16, 2019. "I've heard stories about no free time or not being able to do what I want. But, I think all of K-pop stars who are now performing have gone down the same road," said Niitsu. During a visit to Seoul paid for by her mother, herself a die-hard BTS fan, Niitsu auditioned for 10 agencies and was accepted by five. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
A K-pop applicant performs at an audition in Tokyo, Japan, February 23, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon...
Tokyo, Japan
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
A K-pop applicant performs at an audition in Tokyo, Japan, February 23, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-hoon SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuho Wakamatsu, 15, who wants to become a K-pop star, adjusts her makeup during a training session...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuho Wakamatsu, 15, who wants to become a K-pop star, adjusts her makeup during a training session in Seoul, South Korea, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Ibuki Ito, 17, also from Japan, who want to become K-pop stars, talk before...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Ibuki Ito, 17, also from Japan, who want to become K-pop stars, talk before performing at an Acopia School party in Seoul, South Korea, March 16, 2019. Acopia is a prep school offering young Japanese a shot at K-pop stardom, teaching them the dance moves, the songs and also the language. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Ibuki Ito, 17, also from Japan, who want to become K-pop stars, spend...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Ibuki Ito, 17, also from Japan, who want to become K-pop stars, spend time before taking part in an audition in Seoul, South Korea, March 16, 2019. Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone. "It is tough," Hasumi said. "Going through a strict training and taking my skill to a higher level to a perfect stage, I think that's when it is good to make a debut." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, shops after class in the Hongdae area of...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, shops after class in the Hongdae area of Seoul, South Korea, April 3, 2019. Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone. "It is tough," Hasumi said. "Going through a strict training and taking my skill to a higher level to a perfect stage, I think that's when it is good to make a debut." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, and her friends have lunch after a Korean...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, and her friends have lunch after a Korean language class in Seoul, South Korea, March 12, 2019. Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone. "It is tough," Hasumi said. "Going through a strict training and taking my skill to a higher level to a perfect stage, I think that's when it is good to make a debut." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
SOUTHKOREA-JAPAN/KPOP
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April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, eats 'Tteok-bokki' after class, in the...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, eats 'Tteok-bokki' after class, in the Hongdae area of Seoul, South Korea, April 3, 2019. Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone. "It is tough," Hasumi said. "Going through a strict training and taking my skill to a higher level to a perfect stage, I think that's when it is good to make a debut." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
SOUTHKOREA-JAPAN/KPOP
RTX6TUUT
April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, watches her friend's performance during...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, watches her friend's performance during their street performance in Hongdae area of Seoul, South Korea, March 21, 2019. Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone. "It is tough," Hasumi said. "Going through a strict training and taking my skill to a higher level to a perfect stage, I think that's when it is good to make a debut." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
SOUTHKOREA-JAPAN/KPOP
RTX6TUUR
April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Ibuki Ito, 17, also from Japan, who want to become K-pop stars, perform...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, and Ibuki Ito, 17, also from Japan, who want to become K-pop stars, perform during their street performance in Hongdae area of Seoul, South Korea, March 21, 2019. Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone. "It is tough," Hasumi said. "Going through a strict training and taking my skill to a higher level to a perfect stage, I think that's when it is good to make a debut." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
SOUTHKOREA-JAPAN/KPOP
RTX6TUUS
April 30, 2019
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, promotes her Instagram account during her...
Seoul, South Korea
The Wider Image: K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill
Japanese Yuuka Hasumi, 17, who wants to become a K-pop star, promotes her Instagram account during her street performance in Hongdae area of Seoul, South Korea, March 21, 2019. Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone. "It is tough," Hasumi said. "Going through a strict training and taking my skill to a higher level to a perfect stage, I think that's when it is good to make a debut." REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji SEARCH "SOUTHKOREA KPOP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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