The influence of Korean pop culture has reached the southernmost island of the Japanese archipelago, resulting in a concert that showcased not only just K-pop idol groups like Kara and 2PM but also the soundtracks of Korean dramas.
"World Music Festival in Okinawa" took place Sunday in a two-part format at the Okinawa Cellular Stadium in Naha, the island's capital.
The first half saw soundtrack composer Oh Joon-sung of "Boys over Flowers" and "Prosecutor Princess" fame performing his biggest hits with an orchestra. The scenes from those dramas were displayed on a screen in sync with the music. R&B trio Monday Kiz also sang their renditions of Oh's hits from the likes of "Goodbye My Princess" and " Paradise".
Beginning as an event to mark the 40th anniversary of Okinawa's return to Japanese sovereignty in 1972, the music festival will become an annual event at the 30,000-capacity baseball stadium, best-known as where the Yomiuri Giants' train.
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