On the 4th, a day after it was revealed that the popular, 5-member Korean group Tohoshinki is going on an indefinite hiatus, their official fanclub [Bigeast] received a flood of more than 6,000 emails of supportive messages on their site.
According to their recording company, Avex, the contents were, “I’ll wait for when all 5 of them come back together again” and “continue the fanclub”. There were also mails from Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and more.
Upon receiving news of the pause in their activities, the fans’ reactions seemed to be more calm than expected. Also, since it’s a “pause on activities” and not “disbandment”, there are many who believe that there will come a day when all 5 of them will do activities together again.
The fans said, “The fanclub is the place where all 5 members can return and be complete” and some fans are energetically starting activities to try and ensure the continuance of the fanclub.
There have been messages posted on Internet bulletin boards calling out to other fans to send messages to the management office to ask for the continuation of the fanclub and there are fans who have posted a similar call on their personal blogs. In addition, there are also fans who are recruiting participants for a plan to simultaneously send letters of support to the members.
On the other hand, scriptwriter Eriko Kitagawa (48), a big fan of Tohoshinki, poured out her feelings on her blog that same day, “I am really disappointed.” However, she continued, “Although I understand everyone’s (fans’) feelings of loneliness and sadness, this is what I think. Their own personal happiness should come first.” She also pointed out the reason why the 5 members had to make that tough decision, “People should not live for others. A person should live life for himself.”
ISSA from DA PUMP, who is also from the same recording company, shared, “There was a change in our members during the early days and although there were things that I wanted to do for myself, there was no means for me to do it.” He also sent a supportive cheer, “I hope that the 5 members who work so hard will flourish wherever they are.”
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