She was born the elder child of her middle-class parents, Geum Il-bong and Na Gong-joo. Jan-di had a younger brother named Kang-san. Her father operated a dry cleaning business named after her, Jan-di Dry Cleaners. She met her best friend Chu Ga-eul in kindergarten. Jan-di was protective of Ga-eul and saved her from bullies throughout elementary and middle school.
After graduating from middle school, Jan-di had to give up swimming and her hopes of becoming a professional swimmer. She attended a normal high school, which had no swimming pool. During high school, she worked part-time at a restaurant with Ga-eul while also helping out at her father's dry cleaners.
Meeting the F4
In late 2008, Jan-di went to Shinhwa High School to deliver a uniform to a student. She found him on the roof, threatening to jump. Jan-di tried to convince him not to, but he jumped anyway. Thankfully, she caught him in time. It became national news, resulting in Jan-di being offered a scholarship to Shinhwa. She wanted to decline, but her parents forced her to go. At Shinhwa, she learned about the F4 whom she hated for using their privilege for bad rather than good. Jan-di soon began feeling like an "outcast," though she eventually made a new friend, Oh Min-ji. One day, Min-ji accidentally angered F4's leader Gu Jun-pyo. Jan-di stood up to him when he did not accept Min-ji's apology. She subsequently received a red card in her locker, causing the other students to bully her.
Sometime later, Jan-di was attacked by three students in the locker room of the school's pool. Yoon Ji-hoo intervened, forcing them to leave her alone. The next day, a rumor about Jan-di being pregnant was spread. She confronted Jun-pyo, kicking him in the face. The following morning, she was kidnapped and unknowingly brought to Jun-pyo's house where she was given a makeover. He made an offer for her to be his girlfriend, which she flat-out refused. Afterwards, she met Ji-hoo who cheered her up. For the school's break, she went on a trip with Ga-eul. She was irritated when Jun-pyo showed up on his yacht. He invited Jan-di to his party which she declined until Ji-hoo encouraged her. Choi Jin-hee and her friends tricked her into coming in costume. Ji-hoo and Min Seo-hyun stepped in to protect her.
Back at the party, Jan-di danced with Ji-hoo. She then went outside and heard Jun-pyo fall in the pool. Jan-di helped him and used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until she realized he was faking it.
Jan-di's looks were generally considered average by her peers at Shinhwa. However, as beauty is objective, she was viewed as pretty by a large number of people. She was particularly thought to clean up well, when given a makeover and wore expensive clothes.
Personality and traits
Her full name, Geum Jan-di (금잔디) can translate to "Korean lawngrass" or "Japanese lawngrass," which is a common type of turfgrass. On its own, Geum (금) has a variety of meanings, including "fracture." Jan-di (잔디) means "grass," "sod," or "lawn." Her name references her manga counterpart whose name means "weed."
Behind the scenes
- See also: Category:Tsukushi Makino portrayals
|Boys Over Flowers (2009)|
|Boys Over Flowers (2009) characters|