Girls’ Generation (SNSD) was featured on the March 24 broadcast of MBS documentary program Jounetsu-Tairiku, where member Sooyoung expressed her disappointment at the group’s Japan promotions in Japan.
Jounetsu-Tairiku is a popular documentary program in Japan that follows a celebrity or famous figure around for 100 days up to one year. Not only did SNSD cross over to Japan and rise to top star status before the hallyu boom took over the country, it is the first Korean group to appear on the show.
On the show, SNSD was introduced as having made its debut in Japan three years ago and received a lot of love with its first album, which went on to become a million seller. Not only was its hit song Gee parodied on various Japanese programs, SNSD was the first Korean girl group to appear at Japan’s famous year-end NHK RedWhite Song Battle alongside Kara in 2011.
Although SNSD released a number of singles in 2012, it wasn’t able to promote as much as it had in years past. The Dokdo controversy and pending diplomacy issues swelled in the summer of 2012, diminishing opportunities for Korean artists to appear on Japanese programs.
When asked if she was satisfied with the group’s promotions in 2012, Sooyoung said, “I’m not particularly satisfied. In addition to variety, I wanted to challenge myself more with different things in Japan, but I wasn’t able to. The members’ personalities are really bright, but we didn’t have the opportunity to show it. I thought that it would’ve been nice if we had been able to show those sides.”
The episode also shows scenes of the SNSD members preparing for their Japan arena tour as well their promotions for Korean album I Got a Boy.