DF-Wave News Splash #54 – Easy K-Drama Beauty, Samurai Skills, Big Bang’s New Vids, SNSD at KCON 2015, and Bullet Train Wars

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Drama Fever News Splash

Can’t decide what to do this week?
Just take a break with DramaFever News Splash!

At the start of every week, we take a look back over the past 7 Days to bring a quick snip of some of the Top Stories and JaK Wave Faves from our good friends at DramaFever and share them with you!

So, let’s have a look at what’s been igniting the ‘Fever this week!

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10 K-drama beauty trends that everyone can pull off

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K-drama stars are always seen wearing new makeup styles and clothing in their newest series. Compared to trends in other parts of the world, South Korea is known for a young and vibrant, natural makeup look and for using bright and iconic colours. Keeping up with the current beauty trends of your favourite K-drama stars can feel overwhelming, so from the best lip colours to eyeliner, we’ve explored 10 of our favourite trends for you to try.

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Return of Superman releases stills of EXO’s Chanyeol and Baekhyun on a playdate with the twins

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EXO’s Chanyeol and Baekhyun are coming to Return of Superman, and these new preview stills are giving us a sneak peak!

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$14,000 might buy you a life-sized Attack on Titan statue — if you’re lucky

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Residents of Japan who are fans of the wildly popular anime Attack on Titan will be thanking heaven for 7-Eleven this Friday, May 22. Why? Because that’s when 7-Eleven stores across the country will team up with the AoT franchise for a “7-Eleven x Attack on Titan” Fair. Customers who jet into any 7-Eleven store and buy at least 700 yen ($5.85 USD) in goods (that’s pretty cheap!) will be eligible to draw a lottery ticket that might win them all sorts of Titan goodies.

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QUIZ: Can you identify these 16 Korean actors from their childhood photos?

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We love seeing our favourite Korean actors in their various K-drama roles, but sometimes it’s fun to take a trip back in time to see what they were like before they were famous. Not surprisingly, many of these stars were absolutely adorable little kids before they grew into the gorgeous actors we know today. To have a little fun with some throwback photos, we’ve made a quiz to test how well you know your stars. How many of these 16 Korean actors can you identify?

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SHINee dishes on what makes each member odd

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With the release of their 4th studio album ODD, SHINee members got together with the media before their concert at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena in Seoul last weekend and dished on the “odd” little quirks that make each member just a little more amazing.

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How to make Spicy Korean Rice Cakes, Tteok-pokki (떡볶이)

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Whenever I crave a good authentic Korean food, I don’t think of the fancy gourmet kinds. I crave humble street foods in Korea. There are many to choose from. You will know what I mean if you have lived in Korea or travelled before.

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Master swordsman Isao Machii’s blazing speed in SoftBank’s latest ad will blow your mind

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Modern-day samurai Isao Machii was attacked by three incredibly swift assassins recently — an orange, a fried shrimp, and a glowing ball, all travelling from 80 to 150 kilometres per hour (50 to 93 mph). But the 41-year-old and his katana were faster, and he should be. Machii-san is the real deal, a master of the ancient discipline of Iaido, creator of martial arts style Shushin-ryu and his own samurai school, and holder of five Guinness World Records for his superhuman sword skills.

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Many young Korean workers still rely on parents for financial support

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The image of a new employee in the Producer drama gave us a realistic and touching feel, especially when she said she gave her first paycheck to her mom. In real life, 3 out of 10 young Koreans rely on their parents for financial support, even when they have jobs. What’s going on?

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Block B and AOA to join Super Junior at KCON 2015 in Los Angeles

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BBCs and Elvis across the US can now join SONEs in releasing their feelz. After Girls’ Generation was announced to headline KCON 2015 New York this morning, #KCONLiveChat has announced Block B and AOA as the next artists to take part in KCON 2015 Los Angeles, joining Super Junior on the Staples Center stage!

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This is why Japan will always beat America when it comes to the subway

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When foreigners come to American cities like New York for the first time, one of the things that shocks them the most is how dirty and inefficient public transportation can be. One country that has set the bar impossibly high is Japan, whose Shinkansen train is incredibly fast and practically spotless despite carrying over 400,000 passengers a day. Their secret? A team of highly synchronized efficient workers who clean each train in 7 minutes flat. Watch the incredible video below!

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So Ji Sub lends support to the first Iranian vampire western

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Hot actor So Ji Sub apparently is a suave businessman with a selective taste in movies. He has purchased the rights to distribute a very unusual movie in Korea, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, touted as “The first Iranian vampire western.” Find out why the The Master’s Sun actor likes this movie and see the trailer.

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BIGBANG keeps fans on edge with exclusive clips from their “Loser” and “Bae Bae” music videos

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Kings of K-pop, BIGBANG, have had fans excited for their comeback for years. Marking the first of their monthly releases, the group gave VIPs two tracks and accompanying music videos for “Loser” and “Bae Bae”, but G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri also had more up their sleeves for all those who waited so patiently for their return.

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Girls’ Generation returns to headline KCON 2015 in New York

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Get ready, Girls’ Generation (SNSD) fans! The 8 members of “Korea’s top girl group” are returning to KCON for 2015 and will headline the NY convention!

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​10 Perfect places for a K-drama date

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Without a doubt, romance is a central theme in K-dramas. Watching the relationship blossom between the main couple is crucial to the majority of drama story lines. So if the main couple wants to spend a special day together, where do they go? From Jeju Island to the Han River, the best locations keep popping up on the screen!

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5 Distinguished South Korean gentleman we wish would move in next door

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After reading all of your terrific comments to my last boy-next-door article, I decided to compile another list just for you. I read that some of you loyal K-drama fans would love to live next door to guys who are over 30. I completely understand the need to live next to handsome gentlemen with a little more wisdom. My last list was full of sexy, smart guys who were all in their twenties.

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WATCH: Americans learn foreign curse words

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The awesome people over at Buzzfeed have created another entertaining video where Americans learn how to say curse words in different languages. The curse words are featured in Hindi, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, and French. It’s always interesting to hear how people say things in other languages, and it is even more hilarious when you hear people saying curse words. Check out the video below!

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Janie’s Tips & Tricks: Quick & easy tips on how to highlight

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Have you heard a lot about highlighting but don’t know where to start? Janie’s here to help! Check out this quick tutorial where she recommends some great highlighting products, explains what highlighting is supposed to do for you, and gives you some great tips on how to best get that healthy glow like your favourite K-drama actresses.

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Kim Woo Bin puts his action skills to use for new Powerade commercial

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Kim Woo Bin recently filmed a commercial for the sports drink Powerade, and the latest stills feature him showing off some of his great action skills! This CF is said to be inspired by his recent film The Technicians and should be very exciting to watch. Kim Woo Bin received nothing but praise for his enthusiasm and professionalism during the commercial shoot.

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WATCH: Americans react to K-dramas for the first time

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Buzzfeed recently released a fun video introducing complete newbies to Korean dramas. Some of the Buzzfeed regulars watched segments of the K-drama hits Boys Over Flowers, Modern Farmer, and Coffee Prince, sharing their immediate thoughts and impressions. From Jan Di’s ingenious dry cleaning bike rack to the characters’ perfect windswept hair, the viewers were impressed, but admitted the actual shows were not what they had been expecting.

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Sadly, there will be no
JaK’s Top Pick
This week!

There is no Top Pick for this week, but be sure to come back next Monday for our next team recommendation for all you Drama-loving Wave Riders out there!

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That concludes this week’s DF Wave News Splash! 

Come back next Monday, when we will be once again sharing the best DF stories from the last 7 days!

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All article images and clips in this post, aside from JaK Wave Logos, are courtesy of DramaFever.com. All rights reserved.

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Published by SurfinHaruru

SurfinHaruru is Sub-Editor, Head Graphic Designer/Coordinator, and Resident Photographer at JaK Wave, and manages the Korean Language section of the site. He loves Asian culture - living with Chinese culture day-to-day, and studying Korean in his spare time. He has a passion for Asian cookery, dramas, and music, and enjoys attending Traditional and Modern cultural events frequently.

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