KUALA LUMPUR: Music sure is borderless and the power of K-Pop continues to touch people in the most unexpected of ways.
According to Koreaboo, one particular Japanese fan of popular South Korean girl group Twice was actually a motorcycle-riding gangster heading down a dark path.
Apparently, he was inspired to turn over a new leaf by the nine-member K-Pop outfit and has since traded his wayward ways in order to wave light sticks at their concerts instead.
The fan, identified by his Twitter alias, akmau010, was previously a bōsōzoku (a motorcycle-riding gangster) who lived life in the fast lane.
He wrote: “Two years ago, I would not have dreamed of being a fan. Two years ago, I would have dreamed of an accelerator and a clutch, not a light stick, and a fan’s voice. It’s like changing your values and what you think is fun! First of all, don’t accept that you can only learn one way of thinking!”
According to the report, his entry had garnered over 64,000 likes and been retweeted over 25,000 times just after the first five days of being posted.
This Twice fanboy is just one of many other Japanese fans who have been touched by the group’s music.
Formed in 2015, Twice made its debut in Japan in the middle of last year. It then came in at the third spot in the Top Artist category of Billboard Japan’s 2017 Year-End Rankings.
Twice certainly helped to revive the Hallyu fever in the Land of the Rising Sun.
This year’s Twiceland Zone 2: Fantasy Park tour saw over 70,000 Japanese fans attending two nights of concerts, held at the Saitama Super Arena, considered to be the third-largest indoor arena in the world.
The tour also saw the hot group thrilling fans in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.
Unfortunately, a planned concert in Malaysia was abruptly cancelled at the eleventh hour due to safety concerns at the venue.
The idols, who had already landed in Malaysia, promised to come back next time for an actual performance. Here’s hoping!