Thu, 10 Jan 2013 08:45:00 GMT | By Wenting Ang and Ng Jie Ying, MSN Entertainment
A beginner'€™s guide to K-Pop

10. Japan

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What non K-Pop fans think:

The country that is a major global economy and is famous for its technology companies.

In K-Pop context:

An extremely lucrative market that is just a short distance away from Korea.

Winter Sonata kicked off the whole Hallyu wave in Japan but K-Pop artistes have BoA and TVXQ to thank for paving K-Pop's way into Japan. SM Entertainment made both acts play in the same field as Japanese artistes at a time when the Japanese were relatively unreceptive towards K-Pop. Things seemed to change after BoA and TVXQ started topping Oricon charts (Japan's equivalent of Billboard) and now some rookie groups even opt to make their debuts in Japan.