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[2012.06.14] 5 questions with Korean girl group, KARA

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From the butt-shakin' hit 'Mister' to the psychedelic tunes of 'Step', Korean girl group KARA has come a long way to attain their global standing in K-Pop-dom today. One of the most successful Korean imports to Japan, the five-member group (Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeong, Nicole Jung, Goo Hara and Kang Jiyoung) catapulted to instant stardom with their hip-swaying dance moves and mild-mannered ways.

While they have chalked up numerous chart-topping Oricon hits and No.1 bestsellers, before they became a household name in Japan, the group had more lows than highs in the course of their idol careers. They had a lacklustre debut, underwent a reformation with two new members -- when ex-lead singer Kim Sunghee left the group -- and got embroiled in a legal lawsuit over contractual dispute, which was eventually amicably resolved out of court in 2011.

Nervous and excited to be meeting their Singaporeans fans for the first time this July during the launch of their first signature fragrance K5J (Kara 5 Jewel) at their KARA showcase, the members could hardly contain their excitement in an e-mail interview with xinmsn.

Apart from expressing their gratitude towards fans in light of their historical milestone - the launch of their signature fragrance - the girls also spoke of their most memorable fan encounter with a visually handicapped fan during the KARASIA Japan tour.

What kind of fans attracts KARA's attention during their showcase and what should you do to stand out? Read on for more!

xinmsn: How do you cope with your global popularity? Does it surprise you when you travel to a new place and see tons of fans?

KARA: Each member has their own Twitter account. As we check Twitter, numerous fans from different countries cheer us up all the time. We are always surprised by fans who come to the airport and greet us - we feel like we've got the whole world right beside us.

xinmsn: What is one of the most memorable fan encounters you guys had?

KARA: We remember one couple who is around 50 years old, whom we met in Yokohama during the KARASIA Japan tour. This husband took his visually-handicapped wife to attend KARASIA and she said, 'I couldn't see [your concert] but I feel your concert. I felt very happy, thanks for your hard work.' When we read this article the next day, we decided to work even harder for the fans who love us.

xinmsn: If you had more time in Singapore, where would you like to visit?

KARA: We want to travel everywhere in Singapore! We heard the Dolphin Show is very impressive and we especially want to visit Sentosa Island. We heard the water is so clean and beautiful. As a matter of fact, we want to visit everywhere we possibly can visit.

xinmsn: Amongst the five of you, which member takes the longest to get ready?

KARA: As we are always wearing full makeup while we are on stage, we prefer to not wear too much makeup when we are in our casual attire. All of us do not take too much time to prepare before we go out but Ji-young loves to sleep, so sometimes, she comes out just a little later than the other members.

xinmsn: What kind of fans would capture your attention in the audience?

KARA: Fans who are dancing and singing with us while we are on stage!! Come and enjoy with us 200%!

Package sales to K5J showcase begins today (June 14). There will be two types of packages to KARA's showcase for sale. Fans who purchase a KARA 'K5J' Diamond Class pass at S$151 will receive a KARA mystery gift and one diamond entry pass to zone A; fans who purchase a KARA 'K5J' Sapphire Class pass at $101 will receive a KARA mystery gift and one sapphire entry pass to zone B.

Catch K5J by KARA Showcase 2012 on July 10, Tuesday, 7pm at Festive Grand Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa.

Catch KARA at an autograph session on July 9, Monday, 7pm, Causeway Point.

Source:xinmsn

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Thank you so much for translating this it's always good to get to know our girls better. I wish I could go to meet them in Singapore

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thanks for translating and share to us,,, wahh they look so happy in singapore,, i hope, i can meet them in my country,,, :D ,, :thumbup:

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Is there any info about the autograph session?

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thank you for sharing and translating this! hope the girls will have a great time in Singapore.

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KARA without make up?

i bet they still look pretty

ah~ :crying:

i still they will visit my country, Indonesia, even just for fan meeting

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I hope for our lovely five to have a wonderful time on Singapore. LOL baby Jing loves to sleep keke so cute!

Anyways thanks for sharing and translating! :thumbup:

KARA JJANG!

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Thanks for translating! I was really touched by that middle-aged couple fans that they mentioned. Absolutely shows that everyone loves and cherish KARA very much.

I hope that they can come visit my country someday.

Baby Jing loves to sleep huh? She's really a kid by. So cute! I hope they can enjoy Singapore as much as they want to :D

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Singapore Kamilia, please treat them well, cause they will come Malaysia after this :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

upload their autograph for me :P :P :P

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ahhh...very nice answers! As same as other fans, i would love to attend their concert as well. However, the time seems not really make it. Maybe someday...Indonesia pleaseeee :crying:

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Thank you so much for translating this interview ! I am hungry for even more Kara interviews :tongue: :tongue: Also i have to say , i was shocked and touched by the old couple love for Kara !

This is what they do , they gives love ! Kara Jang !

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Thank for this translation ! KARA deserves so much their fame ! Thet are the proof that if you work hard and follow your dream so everything is possible.

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Thank you for the translation and your hard work. Kamilias are very thankful for your help.

I wonder what the perfume smells like.I hope you can purchase here in America. I really want to buy it. ^_^

Edited by kara1fan

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Que liindas!!!!Que liindas!!!! KARA THE BEST!!!!!! SOY DE PERU!

ALGUIEN QUE SEA DE LATINOAMERICA PLSSS SE CONTACTA CONMIGO!1JJEEJJEJEJE ALGUIEN QUE SEA DE LATINOAMERICA PLSSS SE CONTACTA CONMIGO!1JJEEJJEJEJE ME GUSTA ESTE FORUM!!!

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KARA likes fans who dance and sing together with them during their performance. Let's make it a jam at the K5J event in Singapore!

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thanks for the effort in translating news into English :)

I actually lol a bit when I read the description of this box :P

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I saw this on dkpopnews. Very interesting article to say the least. I love their outgoing personalities :)

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Yeah ...We shall make it an enjoyable one on 10july one ! Lets spazz together guys !! :thumbup: Cant wait..LOL!

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thanks mae for posting it..

short but nice interview...

jing's love for sleep is too obvious lol never changed

ah i hoped they will have time to enjoy singapore

and for those who will attend the event, make sure that it will be enjoyable event for both KARA and Kamilia :)

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Kara is so good with their fans! Replying to twitters and posting candid pics. Really appreciative of kamilia!

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I want to have at least one k5j but I don't afford the price cause I'm not an employee yet :(

Anyway, I wish their showcase in Singapore will be held successfully ;)

Kara hwaiting! :gemcheer:

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I really love how all of them have been tweeting frequently! his makes us feel more closer to all of them..

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the 50 years old couple story is really touching, it's incredible that Kara can make people from every age as their fans =)

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