An unfamiliar Japanese girl group made an appearance on September 10th at KBS's Seoul Drama Awards. SKE48 is a popular girl group in Japan, and it consists of a unique system that divides their group into teams according to popularity. In total, they have over 30 members in the final group.
Seven of the girls came to Korea for the appearance, including leader Matsui Rena, Kizaki Yuria, Ishida Anna, Ogiso Shiori, and others.
Sports World was able to personally meet the girls for an interview before their stage. When asked about their feelings regarding their visit to Korea, they answered, "This is our second visit. The first time we came, it was a bit surprising, but I think we have a lot more freedom this time around. We are working hard at learning Korean."
When asked why they were in Korea, they revealed, "We came in order to raise the awareness of Japanese idol groups in Korea. Before, Hallyu dramas were highly popular in Japan. Now, I think that Korean singers have a lot more popularity. We know that KARA, SNSD, and others are achieving much success. We'd like to show the charms of Japanese idol groups to Korean music fans as well. Should we receive the opportunity, we'd like to promote in Korea."
SKE48 is highly aware of Korean girl groups, commenting, "SNSD left the greatest impression on us. First of all, they have beautiful legs. We saw them often during broadcast shows and became envious of their skinny legs. It'd be nice if our legs were as pretty as SNSD's."
Unfortunately, Korean netizens weren't so welcoming, as the majority of the comments left were along the lines of, "Honestly, if you guys come to Korea with your skills, you guys will be chased back out," "It's not only you guys that won't make it in Korea, it's any Japanese group. Don't even dream of it," and "Not gonna lie, I was randomly flipping through the channels when I came across them and thought I was watching some school arts festival."
Source: Sports World