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10: How do you feel about making your official debut overseas and what are some of your expectations?
L: I am just extremely glad that we held our official showcase in Japan. I hope to take part in many activities in Japan. I was always interested in Japan because of the unique fashion style.
10: What were some of the unforgettable and memorable moments from your showcase?
L: The most unforgettable moment was the high-five event. It felt great being able to high-five the fans that came to see us during our showcase and there were several fans that cried while others were extremely ecstatic. It was memorable because we were able to meet our fans after our showcase was over. (Was your hand okay the next day?) No, my hand was actually quite swollen. (laugh)
10: What are some of the things that you’d want to do if you were to visit Japan again?
L: I really want to go to Japan’s Disneyland and visit hot springs. I want to visit those places with the other members.
10: Can you tell us about the best food that you have tasted in the country?
L: I was in Japan for a longer time than the other members because of the Japanese drama that I am shooting now and during that time I ate a lot of good food. (Can you choose your top three?) My No. 1 choice is udon then yakimeshi and finally Japanese style curry.
10: What do you think is the difference between fans in Korea and Japan?
L: I felt that there was a cultural difference when it came to fans’ reactions. The fans in Korea are very enthusiastic with their reactions while the fans were quiet during the showcase. And they probably thought we were charming because we are considered foreign artists. They thought we were cute even though we mispronounced some Japanese phrases. Also, the fans said encouraging things to us during the high-five event and I was really happy that they showed their love and support.
10: What are some fun or exciting things that has happened during your visit in Japan?
L: I am currently shooting a drama in Japan and there is a scene where I have to dress up like a woman in order to kill someone in a hospital. So I wore a nurse’s outfit and I was also wearing stockings and makeup. It was definitely a different experience. (laugh)
10: Who do you think was the most popular member among the fans?
L: I personally thought that Sung-yeol was popular among the fans. Many of the fans were cheered loudly whenever he spoke. Also, I stood in front of Sung-yeol during the high-five event and some of the fans walked right past me just to go high-five Sung-yeol. I was kind of hurt. (laugh) Even at the airport many of the fans were holding up signs with Sung-yeol’s name. However, I feel like we equally popular.
10: Can you tell us what it was like performing at the Tokyo Dome for KBS’ “K-POP Festival Music Bank In Tokyo” last week?
L: I felt very honored that we were give that opportunity. It was just happy being on stage for our fans in Japan as well as performing along with the senior artists.
10: Is there anything that you want to say to your fans?
L: I hope that all our fans will show their support and love since our first full-length album is coming out soon! And there will be a special broadcast featuring my character Jui from “Jiu: Keishichou Tokushuhan Sousakei” and my first appearance will be on July 29! I hope that you all enjoy it!

exclusive-k-pop-idols-go-to-japan-infinite-part-3Hoya
10: How do you feel about making your official debut overseas and what are some of your expectations?
Hoya: When I dreamt about becoming a singer, I always wanted to make my debut overseas just like our senior singers Rain and TVXQ. They worked really hard overseas and I wanted to follow their footsteps. It also felt really good making our official debut in Japan and I personally want to visit Europe and the United States.
10: What were some of the unforgettable and memorable moments from your showcase?
Hoya: I don’t think I can forget the high-five event. It was interesting because none of us have ever done it before. It was great seeing the fans after our showcase since I felt that we weren’t able to show our all during the show. (How was your hand the next day?) My hand was fine unlike the other members. (laugh)
10: What are some of the things that you’d want to do if you were to visit Japan again?
Hoya: I personally want to go sightseeing. I want to shop and visit Shibuya and other cities all by myself. (Won’t you be afraid going alone?) I think it will be exciting because of that language barrier.
10: Can you tell us about the best food that you have tasted in the country?
Hoya: We had the best tasting udon yesterday and I also liked donkatsu and Japanese curry.
10: What do you think is the difference between fans in Korea and Japan?
Hoya: The biggest difference was the age. Our fans in Korea are usually people in their teens and twenties but our fans in Japan were in their thirties and forties. Still, no matter the age difference they still cheered for us the same way.
10: What are some of the fun or exciting things that has happened during your visit in Japan?
Hoya: Besides performing on stage, it was great visiting a shopping mall. We were told that the mall that we went sold everything. (Did you buy anything?) No, because I didn’t have any money.
10: Who do you think was the most popular member among the fans?
Hoya: Me. (laugh) I was quite surprised because Sung-jong was popular among the fans. It seemed like he is more popular in Japan than he is in Korea. And during the high-five event I saw many fans holding posters with his name on it.
10: Can you tell us what it was like performing at the Tokyo Dome for KBS’ “K-POP Festival Music Bank In Tokyo” last week?
Hoya: I saw that there were a LOT of people when I first got on stage. I couldn’t even count the number of people that were there. We were all wearing earpieces and couldn’t hear the cheers and I wanted to hear the fans cheer so I took out my earpiece for a second during our performance and I thought my ear was going to fall off from the screams.
10: If you were given a chance to visit another country where would you want to go and why?
Hoya: I really want to hold a concert in the United States. (Are you fluent in English?) No, but I’m studying. I always wanted to pursue activities in the United States since it has been my dream.
10: Is there anything that you want to say to your fans?
Hoya: I want to tell all our fans that they should anticipate our comeback with our first full-length album. We will work hard and show our best through our performance.

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