1. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  2. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  3. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  4. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  5. Drama: Meteor Garden
  6. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  7. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  8. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  9. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  10. Moon festival
  11. Band: LOVEBITES
  12. Chinese Traditional clothing
  13. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  14. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  15. Review: Wish
  16. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  17. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  18. Book: The White Book
  19. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  20. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  21. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  22. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  23. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  24. Artist: Hanggai
  25. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  26. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  27. Produce 101 China
  28. Crossfaith (interview)
  29. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  30. Food: Ramen
  31. Artist: Jackson Wang
  32. Special: BTSXARMY
  33. SPECIAL: BTS
  34. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  35. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  36. 10 years of SHINee
  37. Drama review: Erased
  38. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  39. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  40. Artist: Miyavi
  41. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  42. 10 Korean Proverbs
  43. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  44. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  45. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  46. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  47. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  48. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  49. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  50. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  51. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  52. Religion in Japan
  53. C-Pop
  54. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  55. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  56. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  57. Boygroup: GOT7
  58. Artist: BABYMETAL
  59. Online shopping in China
  60. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  61. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  62. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  63. Boygroup: Day6
  64. Drama Review: Last Friend
  65. Valentine’s day in China
  66. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  67. Valentine’s day in Korea
  68. Valentine’s day in Japan
  69. Terracotta Army
  70. Beauty in Korea
  71. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  72. Chinese New Year
  73. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  74. Review: Snackfever subscription
  75. Cat Cafe
  76. Religion in China
  77. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  78. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  79. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  80. Review: Kaomoji
  81. Chopsticks
  82. Drama Review: Save Me
  83. LGBT in Japan
  84. Artist: Zhao Lei
  85. The power of BB Cream
  86. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  87. LGBT in China
  88. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  89. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  90. Rental bikes
  91. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  92. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  93. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  94. The Three Sovereigns
  95. LGTB in South Korea
  96. Japanese street food
  97. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  98. Mumun Pottery
  99. Boygroup: SF9
  100. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  101. Izanagi & Izanami
  102. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  103. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  104. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  105. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  106. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  107. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  108. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  109. Halloween in Japan
  110. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  111. Halloween in China
  112. Halloween in Korea
  113. Social Media in China? No!
  114. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  115. Camera Japan Festival
  116. Movie Review: Noise
  117. Heungbu and Nolbu
  118. Konpeitō
  119. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  120. Chinese Street Food
  121. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  122. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  123. Jeulmun Pottery
  124. Boyband: NEWS
  125. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  126. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  127. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  128. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  129. Review: Hite
  130. The Rising Sun Flag
  131. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  132. Drama review: Hwarang
  133. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  1. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  2. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  3. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  4. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  5. Drama: Meteor Garden
  6. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  7. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  8. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  9. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  10. Moon festival
  11. Band: LOVEBITES
  12. Chinese Traditional clothing
  13. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  14. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  15. Review: Wish
  16. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  17. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  18. Book: The White Book
  19. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  20. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  21. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  22. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  23. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  24. Artist: Hanggai
  25. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  26. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  27. Produce 101 China
  28. Crossfaith (interview)
  29. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  30. Food: Ramen
  31. Artist: Jackson Wang
  32. Special: BTSXARMY
  33. SPECIAL: BTS
  34. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  35. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  36. 10 years of SHINee
  37. Drama review: Erased
  38. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  39. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  40. Artist: Miyavi
  41. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  42. 10 Korean Proverbs
  43. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  44. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  45. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  46. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  47. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  48. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  49. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  50. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  51. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  52. Religion in Japan
  53. C-Pop
  54. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  55. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  56. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  57. Boygroup: GOT7
  58. Artist: BABYMETAL
  59. Online shopping in China
  60. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  61. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  62. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  63. Boygroup: Day6
  64. Drama Review: Last Friend
  65. Valentine’s day in China
  66. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  67. Valentine’s day in Korea
  68. Valentine’s day in Japan
  69. Terracotta Army
  70. Beauty in Korea
  71. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  72. Chinese New Year
  73. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  74. Review: Snackfever subscription
  75. Cat Cafe
  76. Religion in China
  77. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  78. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  79. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  80. Review: Kaomoji
  81. Chopsticks
  82. Drama Review: Save Me
  83. LGBT in Japan
  84. Artist: Zhao Lei
  85. The power of BB Cream
  86. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  87. LGBT in China
  88. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  89. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  90. Rental bikes
  91. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  92. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  93. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  94. The Three Sovereigns
  95. LGTB in South Korea
  96. Japanese street food
  97. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  98. Mumun Pottery
  99. Boygroup: SF9
  100. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  101. Izanagi & Izanami
  102. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  103. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  104. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  105. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  106. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  107. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  108. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  109. Halloween in Japan
  110. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  111. Halloween in China
  112. Halloween in Korea
  113. Social Media in China? No!
  114. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  115. Camera Japan Festival
  116. Movie Review: Noise
  117. Heungbu and Nolbu
  118. Konpeitō
  119. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  120. Chinese Street Food
  121. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  122. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  123. Jeulmun Pottery
  124. Boyband: NEWS
  125. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  126. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  127. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  128. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  129. Review: Hite
  130. The Rising Sun Flag
  131. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  132. Drama review: Hwarang
  133. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
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We’re still talking about BTS, this time we will discuss their fanbase; Adorable Representative M.C for Youth (or in short ARMY (아미) ). This includes every country in the world and not just Korean fans; and let us tell you there are MILLIONS of them. We picked up some statistics but that doesn’t mean there are not many more in the world.. 

The ARMY numbers on social media are staggering with 3.39 million followers, 3.4 million followers and 3.7 million subscribers just on Instagram, Twitter and Youtube we haven’t even counted fans in their official fanclub or the people who haven’t followed them for whatever reason. All in all BTS is huge and growing every single day.
We discussed BTS in our previous post but today I would like to talk just ARMY,
If every single date on the us and eu tour selling out isn’t cue for how big they are let me tell you that there are a lot of fans who can not go because it sold out so fast.

As an ARMY myself, I sat in front of the computer and had half a mental breakdown with how stressful buying a ticket for the Amsterdam show was. But I’ve been watching everyone on Twitter and Facebook connect, protecting each other from scammers and trading tickets so friends can sit together. There’s an age restriction on the shows, everyone below 18 needs to have an 18+ guardian with them and a lot of 18+ are volunteering to take younger ARMY inside to their spots but also a lot of them are arranging to meet up so at least the seated ARMY can all come together and have fun together before and during the shows.

The start of an ARMY
A month after BTS debuted they announced their fandom name to be ARMY (아미) but why that you might think? As explained in our previous post, BTS was short for Bangtan Sonyeondan; Bulletproof Boy Scouts and their logo was a body armor because 방탄 (bangtan) means body armor. In their explanation military and shields will always be together. BTS and their fanbase will always be together as one.

The longer name Adorable Representative M.C for Youth was designed to fit their goal.

In 2017/2018 a new logo was introduced for both BTS and ARMY, in which both logo’s can be put together and form a shield, connecting ARMY and BTS even more.

bts official facebook army bomb

ARMY bomb
It’s very normal for Korean groups to have a lightstick of their own, If you have no idea what a lightstick is, it’s a sort of flashlight with the band’s logo on it. They usually design a new one every now and again. It is an absolutely important key in live shows, it’s called an ‘Ocean’ no matter what color, every single lightstick represents one fan. This means the artist can visually spot them. It’s also usually used in live shows with multiple artists, as usually each artist has their own light color or shape and the artist corresponding with that lightstick can adress his or her fans directly.

BTS’ offical lightstick is called the ARMY BOMB, it’s shaped as a traditional bomb with the lint on top but the outside of the translucent ball shows the world. Unlike many others, BTS’ light stick is the brightest of all lightsticks! It also has an Bluetooth build in connecting every single ARMY BOMB to the stage lighting. so they’re able to control your light!

Another thing connected to BTS, ARMY and ARMY bombs are fan chants. These are also very important, besides from chanting each member before the singing parts of the song start they will always do the fan chant. During the song there are also parts repeated or sung together with BTS. I’d like to refer you to YouTube to practice before the shows!

https://youtu.be/eN9D09dn3Kw
Theories
As I said in my previous posts, BTS tell a story with their music and videos joining those songs. However when they released HYYH 1 and 2, they started telling these stories for real but never really explaining them. There’s an entire happening beyond the scene (wink wink) where ARMY try to figure out all the hints. It’s a massive puzzle and super interesting. If you go to The Bangtan Theory you can read up until now, for the new album however you’ll have to hit up the BTS fanpages!

Purple Ribbon Project
When BTS arrived at the Gimpo airport in Korea in 2017 fans absolutely swarmed them, causing Jimin to trip and J-Hope to be bruised on the wrist. It’s stressful for both fans and the group when these things happen so an 36-year old ARMY from Florida took matters in her own hands when they were coming to America and wanted to give the boys and the fans a safe landing. She created the Purple Ribbon Project.
They would achieve this by finding ARMY volunteers to create a barrier between BTS and ARMY by holding hands in a line and holding the purple ribbon. Everyone was asked to be respectful towards everyone there and they did.

The reason for using a purple ribbon came from BTS themselves. Purple has a meaning to it and V (Taehyung) expressed it in the following words “Purple is the last colour of the rainbow’s colours. Purple means I will trust and love you for a long time”.
Even in an interview BTS mentioned it and V has been seen carrying a piece of purple ribbon with him on the red carpet.

Now when they’re coming to Europe I know a dutch ARMY reached out to the Purple Ribbon Project, and together with the American ARMY they’re creating the same project.

You can find their project on Facebook

Continuing this post in another one, where we interview some ARMY and the purple ribbon group! so stay tuned.
For now please enter the poll, there is also a giveaway coming up! (NO not concert tickets because we’re just as poor as you are 🙁 ) but something else BTS! We’re just waiting for it to arrive!.

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