â€˜SM Town Live in Tokyoâ€˜ was more than a family concert for solo singer BoA â€“ it was also a celebration of her 10th debut anniversary. As one of the founders of the Hallyu wave, the star spoke up during the concert about being a leader of the K-Pop boom in Japan.
BoA began, â€œItâ€™s not an easy feat to be able to perform at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, so Iâ€™m glad that not only am I able to stand on this stage, but that Iâ€™m here with my seniors and juniors from SM Town. Itâ€™s especially meaningful for me in that Iâ€™m performing here soon to mark my 10th anniversary.â€
Reflecting back to her debut, she commented, â€œTen years ago, there was no Hallyu, and it was rare to see Korean artists performing on Japanese stages. I had to constantly endure things I wasnâ€™t used to and I was really lonely. Compared to my friends who are making Japanese advancements now, I was at a disadvantage.â€
She continued, â€œI get jealous sometimes seeing juniors advance into Japan. I think itâ€™s great that theyâ€™re able to show exactly the type of music, performance, and personal color in just the way they want it.â€
BoA concluded, â€œIâ€™ve been promoting in Japan for 10 years, but Iâ€™m really not lonely anymore. The fact that Iâ€™m able to fill up the Tokyo Dome with the seniors and juniors I love is just happiness in itself for me.â€